Bite Size Berry Cheesecakes

Perfectly sized, perfectly sweet, perfectly decadent Bite Sized Cheesecakes are the perfect after dinner dessert. #dinnerparty #Christmas #cheesecake #berrycheesecake #dessert

Community Cookbooks are the Cornerstone

You know those old-style community cook books? The ones that have all sorts of strange, but wonderful and notoriously bad for you recipes? I wonder why no one makes them anymore. Do you think that websites like Allrecipes and food blogs in general have replaced good old fashioned community recipe book? I still consider myself a ‘spring chicken’, as my grandma used to say. However, I’m old enough to remember my mother submitting recipes for these community driven cookbooks.

The Ruel Family Cookbook

When I say ‘community’, it’s in the broadest sense of the term. Family can also mean ‘community’.  My mother’s mother (or ma mére as we all call her) had many brothers and sisters on the Ruel side of the family. After several huge reunions they decided to compile the dishes they shared at each family function into one handy book.

In it were several recipes for ‘never fail’ pastry, the Black Bottom Cupcakes that I make for every super bowl party, my mom’s Tomato Soup Cake, and MY Creamy Mushroom Linguine. I guess since it was published in 1997, I was already a mom (and a half!) and so entirely domesticated. Never in my dreams would I have imagined that mom and I would have recipes published in one book! Now that I am thinking about it, I think it was probably my very first original recipe.

Perfectly sized, perfectly sweet, perfectly decadent Bite Sized Berry Cheesecakes are the perfect after dinner dessert. #dinnerparty #Christmas #cheesecake #berrycheesecake #dessert
The Herzog Family Cookbook

I have several of these ‘community’ cookbooks that I drag out every year at about this time, one from the Herzog side of the family with my grandma’s buttertart recipe and another from the Shellbrook Elementary Playground Fund Raising Committee which holds one of our family’s longest lived Christmas traditions (which has been around since our buttertart munching days); the Petit Cheesecakes.

A Taste of Home Down Under

There have been years when I never thought making these was going to be possible, like when we lived in Perth, Australia. I had no clue if I would be able to find the special ‘Nilla wafers needed for the cheesecake bases. I feverishly checked every store until I found them.  It made me realize that year, more than ever, to appreciate this little bite of home.  That year we had Western Australian rock lobster instead of turkey and went snorkelling at the beach instead of sledding on the family hill. In a place of uncertainty and of new experiences, these Berry Cheesecakes brought us closer to home and the loved ones we missed terribly.

Perfectly sized, perfectly sweet, perfectly decadent Bite Sized Berry Cheesecakes are the perfect after dinner dessert. #dinnerparty #Christmas #cheesecake #berrycheesecake #dessert

The Best ‘Make-Ahead’ Sweet Treat

I usually make these Berry Cheesecakes quite a bit ahead of time, because they freeze extremely well. The recipe makes a lot so that people can steal them right from the freezer container and there are still plenty to share on Christmas. I freeze them topless, then take them out of the freezer and top them up just before we eat dinner. They have just enough time to thaw while everyone eats dinner. If you forget and do it after dinner, no one will care because they are just as good frozen.

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Bite Size Berry Cheesecakes

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Bite Size Berry Cheesecakes

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Tiny little cups of cheesecake bliss.
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins
  • Serves:20
  • Freezable:Yes

Nutrition per portion

Ingredients
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese; softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 boxes ‘Nilla wafers
  • 1 can cherry or blueberry pie filling (or assorted fresh berries)
Method
  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla until fluffy.
  2. Separate small baking cups (like the ones used for homemade chocolates or mini muffins) and place on baking pan.
  3. Press a Nilla wafer into the bottom of each cup.
  4. Place cream cheese mixture into a piping bag and fill each cup 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes. Freeze until needed or top with a tsp of filling (or fresh berries) and serve.

 

15 comments

  1. Lenny

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It is a lost classic for me. We learned this recipe at a tupperware party!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      Really? wow, I haven’t been to one of those in ages. I wonder if they still happen?

  2. The FoodOlic

    Fruits and cheese makes the best desserts! I would so eat 3 of those beauties in one shot! Yum!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      It’s been known to happen…

  3. Dr. Kimberley | Healthy Life Redesign

    These are so cute Bernice! My grandma used to make delicious mini cheesecakes that were similar to this and I loved them!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      I just started putting the fresh berries on last year…we always used just pie filling previously but I kind of prefer the fresh berries.
      What did your grandma use as a topper?

  4. Isabelle @ Crumb

    These little cheesecakes look so adorable! Not to mention that there’s nothing better than a) a tasty dessert you can stash in the freezer for another day, and b) a tasty dessert that’s small enough for you to eat the whole thing (or, ummm… two whole ones) and not feel guilty.

  5. Cassie @ Crumb Kitchen

    Cheesecake in portable form is simply the best idea. No longer are we stuck with eating cheesecake at dining room tables…now we can eat it all the time, anywhere. 😉 The best idea or the worst? Haha. Great recipe, Bernice!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      The best….I think. Talk to me in a couple of weeks, lol.

  6. annika

    I love cheesecake and when they look as cute as this… it’s simply irresistible!

    1. dishnthekitchen

      totally agree! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Teresa

    I love community cookbooks! My mother has a very well loved one that she uses all year long, but especially at Christmastime. Those little cheesecakes are so cute and classic! It’s dangerous to know that they are good frozen, though – I’d be tempted to sample one or two before Christmas day.

    1. dishnthekitchen

      That’s why I just made them yesterday!

  8. chefkreso

    Bite Size Berry Cheesecakes look so delicious and mouthwatering! 😃

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