Saturday, June 4, 2011

Lemon White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites

It seems like all the baking I've been doing these past few months have been for events.  Not that this has proven to be a problem... better that I get lots of people eating my goodies than just me!  Straight from the "Betty Crocker Best Cupcakes & Cakes" came the delightful little mouthfuls.  They were just perfect for the dessert table at our ladies tea!  There is just something about mini foods that I find just especially tasty.  Maybe its because I can get away with eating three (or four) of them as compared to one big piece of cheese cake.  I'm not saying it makes a whole lot of caloric sense - just that in my greedy little mind, more seems all the better!

Lemon White Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled.
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup white vanilla baking chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Heat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place mini paper baking cups in each of 18 mini muffin cups; spray paper cups with cooking spray.  In medium bowl, mix crust ingredients until crumbs are moistened.  Spoon and lightly press 1 teaspoon mixture in bottom of each cup.
Add chips then add more mixture
In Large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.  On low, beat in egg until smooth.  Add lemon peel and lemon juice; beat until smooth.  Spoon about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture into each paper cup.  Place 5 to 6 of the white baking chips on top of each (using 1/4 cup total).  Divide remaining cream cheese mixture evenly among cups (about 2 heaping teaspoons each).  Bake 25 to 30 minutes or just until filling looks set.  Cool on racks 30 minutes.  Refrigerate 1 hour.
after baking

 In Small microwavable bowl, microwave remaining 1/4 cup white baking chips and the oil uncovered on high 30 to 40 seconds until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Drizzle over cheesecakes.  Store covered in refrigerator.

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