strawberry cheesecake cupcakes

I am surprised I have not yet shared this cheesecake recipe - it is a family favorite. I got it from my mom, who got it from her sister, my crafty Aunt Nancy, who got it from .... who knows. I wouldn't be shocked if she came up with the recipe herself. Nancy has many talents and is a great cook (I posted her unbelievable dinner roll recipe here).

Crust:
1 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C sugar
1 stick of butter, melted

Combine and press into a spring-form pan (bottom and about an inch up the side).
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until it starts to brown.

Filling:
3 eight oz. packages of cream cheese - cream until soft in mixer
add 5 large eggs and beat until smooth
Add: 1 C sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and a dash of salt

Mix until well combined. The recipe says to beat at least 10 minutes, which I know breaks the cardinal rule of making cheesecakes (don't overbeat the batter). However, I'm not one to argue with family recipes - I beat it for 10-15 minutes or until my arm is about to fall off, whichever happens first.

Pour into the cooled crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until the top browns and the center isn't jiggly. Check often after the 45 minute mark, but try to resist checking earlier. Cool for about 20 minutes.

Sour cream topping:
Mix 1 1/2 C sour cream, 1/3 C sugar and 1 tsp vanilla
Pour on top of the cheesecake and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Chill at least 4 hours, but overnight is best. Top with your favorite fruit and devour.

I typically use a large springform pan (12 inches, I think??), but for the cheesecake pictured above, I used a small, 8" pan. This left a lot of extra crust and batter ... perfect to experiment with cheesecake cupcakes!

I followed all the same steps, and surprisingly did not have to reduce the baking time by much. I just kept watching until the top was browning.


Pretty darn cute, right? I think these would be fun to serve at a baby shower/bridal shower/[insert your excuse to party here].

16 comments:

Penny said...

I really HAVE to make these! They are so cute but even better, I bet they taste fabulous! Are they like Lay's chips? Can't just eat one?

mau said...

Here I am sitting here and decided to check my blog and everyone that I normally check, and when I saw this cheesecake, I literally drolled. It is 12:50a.m. bakery closed and I'm not baking now...DARN,not even cookies here.

Sarah S said...

These look so yummy. I can't wait to try these out.

Lori Beth said...

oh goodnesss....I'm on my super strict diet to lose that last bit of weight from the baby and I am drooling over this post. I can't wait to get all the weight off so I can try this....I absolutely LOVE cheesecake!

ashley said...

this makes me want to run right out and buy a springform pan just so i can give this cheesecake a try. it all looks great! :)

New England Quilter said...

Thank you for sharing such a yummy looking treat!
Amy
http://newenglandquilter.blogspot.com/

Shannon and Dan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I usually lurk on your blog but I just had to comment on this one. I am definitely trying this out as cupcakes for our next [insert your excuse to party here].
I'm glad to see that you are posting more. I love all the crafts that you do. You have inspired me to get started on some again.
Shannon

whitney said...

This is making the sugar cookies I made last night look pretty pathetic! Can't wait to try it.

Victoria said...

Being almost 5 months pregnant myself, one of craving weaknesses is belive it or not...cheesecake! What a time to post this recipe :) You can bet I will be making this recipe sometime this week...Sounds YUMMY!!!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Oh, yummy. thanks for sharing, cheesecake is my fave! I posted a chocolate mocha recipe at
http://ethanzachemma.blogspot.com/2008/02/valentines-day-recipes.html. That's a yummy one too!

Homemade by Lisa said...

So Delicious!!!! Been waiting for another recipe from you.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

They look GREAT. Have to try them!!

Kelsie said...

Jill, That looks amazing!

Also, I wanted to let you know that I picked your blog for the Arte y Pico award. :)
http://snazzy-cakes.blogspot.com/2008/09/que-maravilloso.html

Glamour Moms said...

I looove this recipe so much!! Just wanted to let you know that I chose this as the featured recipe of the day at www.glamourmoms.ca I linked back to you of course. :)

Lynds

Jocey said...

This recipe is awesome! I hope you don't mind that I shared it on my LiveJournal, crediting you of course. http://jocelina.livejournal.com/530792.html

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