Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Personal Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

We recently had a dinner at our church and I was in charge of bringing a cheesecake. So I made one and topped it with fresh raspberries, no problem. Then I made a Chocolate Peanutbutter Cheesecake as well.....and then....well I decided the kids might like little cheesecakes so I made these lovely little bits of heaven. The cheescakes were a hit and made a beautiful display on the dessert table.

Looking for the recipe for the larger cheesecake?  Click HERE

Personal Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

For the crust:
1½ cups chocolate wafer crumbs
4 tbsp. butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
For the topping:1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam , melted
For the filling:4 8oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and line cupcake pans with foil liners. In a small bowl, combine the  crumbs, melted butter, and sugar, and stir until crumbs are thoroughly moistened. Press one tablespoon of the graham mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner.  I use a small glass to press it down firmly. Bake for 5 minutes, until just set and transfer to a cooling rack.

To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Blend in the sugar until smooth.  Mix in the salt and vanilla.  Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Spoon 3 or so  tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture over the crust in each cupcake liner.  Dot a ½ teaspoon of the melted jam in a few dots over the cheesecake filling.  Use a toothpick lightly swirl the jam through the cheesecake.
Bake until the filling is set, about 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.  Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.  Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least several hours before serving.

TIP: I often top mine with homemade whipped cream and a single fresh rasberry..very pretty! See photo below...


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