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Birthday Dinner, Part I and Mini Cheesecakes

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CHEESECAKE–the very word has come to suggest extravagance and luxury.

And with good reason–the dense and rich mixture of cream cheese and eggs and vanilla set in a complementary graham-cracker crust makes one feel pampered and special, not to mention sated and full: just like being treated to a fancy restaurant.

But with the following quick and easy mini-cheesecake recipe, you can have that feeling of extravagance and pampering right in your own home, in your own kitchen. So give it a try–you’ve earned the treat!

And while you’re at it, check out the first part of the novel Birthday Dinner. Becca is treating Zach to a birthday dinner at a very fancy restaurant, one that in fact offers several types of cheesecake for dessert (though dessert comes in Part II–have to come back next week). So while you’re treating yourself to mini-cheesecakes, listen (or read) about Becca treating Zach to a very special meal that might not end exactly how it starts out (but that part comes later too.)

single cheesecake

Mini Cheesecakes

6 pre-made mini graham cracker crusts *

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 egg

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

prebaked cheesecakes

{Cheesecakes before they are baked}

Add the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Mix ingredients together with an electric mixer until they are well blended and very smooth.

baked cheesecakes

{Cheesecakes after they are baked}

Divide the batter between the pre-made crusts. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until cheesecakes are set and no longer giggle in the middle when moved. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before putting them in the refrigerator. Refrigerate the cheesecakes for 1-2 hours, or until chilled. Serve plain, with fruit, hot fudge, caramel drizzle, or other toppings.

chocolate drizzle cheesecake

{With hot fudge drizzled on top-talk about delicious!}

*You can also make this recipe using vanilla wafer cookies. To do this, line a muffin pan with four aluminum foil liners. Place one vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner, flat side down. Make the cheesecake batter as instructed and then divide it among the four liners. Bake for 15 minutes.

inside of cheesecake

{Recipe adapted from Dessert for Two}

And here’s the first installment of the novel:

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part I, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part I, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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