Part Two of Angie’s celebrations will feature desserts and the main course. We are still celebrating a one year anniversary special for Fiesta Friday. There were tokens of gratitude, accolades and testimonials complimenting Angie on embarking on this virtual fest exactly one year ago. I’m sure she was well pleased with the turn out and the offerings at the last party. For today, I thought I might bring some miniature desserts as there will be so much to choose from. Folks love cheesecake and the minis will mean that you will definitely be able to go back for seconds :). The warm spices compliment these minis and the lemony taste definitely enhances the flavor. I’ve put the coffee pot on too, so we can enjoy coffee with a selection of desserts.
For the crust
- 1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs (I used a food processor to crush mine)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- A small pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons greek style yogurt
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pre-heat oven to 350deg F. Line mini muffin pan with paper liners. In a medium bowl mix the gingersnap cookie crumbs, brown sugar, lemon zest and salt and stir to combine. Pour over melted butter and stir with a fork to moisten the crumbs. Place about a tablespoon of crumb mixture in each of the prepared muffin liners. Place about a tablespoon of crumb mixture in each of the prepared muffin cups and pack down into an even layer.
In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, yogurt and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract. Stir in lemon zest. Divide cheesecake mixture evenly into prepared muffins tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan, then carefully transfer cheesecake to a cooling rack to cool completely before refrigerating. Makes about 18 mini cheesecakes.
I’m bringing these to Angie’s Fiesta Friday celebrations – this week her wonderful co-hosts Selma @ Selma’s Table and Nancy @ Feasting with Friends will be there to welcome and greet us. Thanks ladies for co-hosting.