In Spy Hill, Saskatchewan, reader Carol Twardzik relies on vanilla wafers to create the no-fuss crusts for these darling individual desserts. For a different look and taste, vary the kind of jam that tops these tempting treats.
- 24 vanilla wafers
- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- Place wafers flat side down in paper-or foil-lined muffin cups; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, lemon juice and vanilla; beat well. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full.
- Bake at 375° for 17-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Carefully remove from pans to cool completely. Top each cheesecake with 2 teaspoons preserves. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Mini Apricot Cheesecakes in Quick Cooking July/August 2001, p37
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