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A close up of strawberry heart mini cheesecake bites topped with strawberries cut like hearts on top

Strawberry Heart Mini Cheesecake Bites

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Mini cheesecake bites get an extra bit of flavor with the addition of a strawberry topping. Cut the strawberry into a heart for a fun Valentine’s Day treat!


Ingredients

Scale

For the crust:

  • 45 graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • strawberries (approximately 30)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line mini-muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. In a mixer cream together cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Add lemon juice, vanilla, sour cream, and egg.
  5. Mix until just blended.
  6. In a sandwich bag, crush graham crackers. Pour into a small bowl.
  7. Add sugar and mix.
  8. Add butter in small increments until mixture is sticky.
  9. Spoon 2 teaspoons of graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each muffin liner.
  10. Top with filling mixture.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes. Cheesecakes are done with the edges are set and the center still slightly soft.
  12. While cheesecakes are baking slice strawberries in half and cut a “v” in the top to create heart shape.
  13. Immediately after removing cheesecakes from oven press strawberry hearts into the top of each cake.
  14. Allow to cook 30 minutes on a wire rack then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

  • if refrigerating more than 2 hours, loosely cover with plastic wrap.
  • to make in a standard muffin tin, increase crust to 1 tablespoon and cook 16-20 minutes until edges are set and middle is still slightly soft

Keywords: mini cheesecake