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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mini Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes are cupcake size cheesecakes.
They are simple to make and very convenient to pack in a lunch for work or school.
So, if you love cheesecake here is a simple and yummy way to enjoy it.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
You will need muffin pans lined with 12 cupcake liners.


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
small can of fruit pie filling or make your own fruit topping

In a small bowl mix the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar. Add the melted butter and blend with a fork until crumbly.
Divide the mixture among the twelve muffin cups. Press down to make a crust.
With a mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.
Add the sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. Beat that until everything is smooth and no lumps of cream cheese remain. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl down a few times.
Divide the batter evenly amongst the 12 muffin cups.
Bake for 16-18 minutes.
Remove pan from oven.
Let the cheesecakes stay in the pan just to firm up a bit so it is easier to take out.
When cool enough, carefully remove.
After the cheesecakes are completely cool, spoon a couple tablespoons fruit filling over the top of each mini cheesecake.
For long time storage, keep in the fridge.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Chocolate Star Cookies

Chocolate star cookies can also be called peanut butter blossoms. The only difference being is these use chocolate stars and peanut butter blossoms are traditionally made with Hershey kisses.
But whatever, you make them with, or call them, they are super good.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp baking soda
About 48 chocolate stars or kisses
Granulated sugar for rolling

Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and set to the side.
Cream together the butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Beat in the egg.
Add the flour mixture and blend well.
Roll the dough into about 1" balls. Roll in granulated sugar.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes. The cookies will just start to color.
Remove from the oven and immediately press a star in the center of each cookie, pressing lightly.
Don't stack for storage until the chocolate has firmed back up. The cookie will be cool and so will the chocolate, but it still may not have firmed up enough to stack without making a chocolatey mess.

Enjoy the cookies!