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Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes

 Tiny Cherry Cheesecakes
I prepare these mini cheesecakes every Christmas and for many weddings. I've received countless compliments and recipe requests. When I send these along in my husband's lunch, I have to be sure to pack to extras because the men he works with love them, too.
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry or strawberry pie filling


  • In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar and cocoa; cut in butter until
  • crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms
  • a ball. Shape into 24 balls. Place in greased miniature muffin cups;
  • press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of each cup.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • milk and vanilla. Add egg; beat on low just until combined. Spoon
  • about 1 tablespoonful into each cup.
  • Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack
  • for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from pans to cool completely. Top
  • with pie filling. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 119 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.