Monday, February 11, 2013

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

This Thursday will be my first Valentine's Day as a single lady in quite a few years. I know a lot of people who aren't in a relationship on this day get bummed out, but seriously, don't. Just don't. Celebrating Valentine's Day as a single person can be equally, if not more fun. Take the money you would have spent on a gift for your significant other and treat yo self to a fancy ass bottle of wine and some chocolate. Drink the bottle, eat all the chocolate, and revel in the fact that you don't have to share a single sip or bite.

Whether you're single or coupled-up this Valentine's Day, you should definitely make these little cheesecakes to celebrate. They're super easy to whip up, and look and taste like you put in way more effort than you actually did. Plus, if you have any Valentine's Day related rage to work out, you get to violently pulverize Teddy Grahams in a food processor to create the crust, which feels fantastically cathartic.

I'm going to keep this short today, because I'm writing this while watching the Grammy's. Specifically, I'm watching that guy from "Fun" bop around in skinny capri pants. Are those a thing for men now? If so, I probably have many single lady Valentine's Days ahead of me, because that is SO not cute.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes



For the crust:

1 1/4 cups chocolate Teddy Grahams crumbs (Pulverize whole Teddy Grahams in a food processor until you have 1 1/4 cups of crumbs. A 10 ounce box is enough to get this amount, with some left over for snacking!)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon black or dutch cocoa powder (totally optional - I added this because I wanted an extra punch of chocolate flavor in the crust)

For the filling:

20 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons red food coloring
3 eggs

For the whipped cream: 

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with 16 foil liners.

Combine the crust ingredients in a medium bowl, until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Place a slightly heaping tablespoon of crust in each prepared liner. Firmly press crust into each liner. You can use your fingers for this, OR just spray the bottom of a shot glass with non-stick spray, and use it to pack the crumbs down.

In a large bowl, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add in sugar and cocoa powder until evenly combined and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and food coloring. Beat in eggs one by one until thoroughly incorporated. Evenly divide batter among cupcake liners, almost to the top of each liner. (You may have a little bit of leftover batter. You can bake it in a ramekin if you want, or just throw it away.) Gently shake each pan back and forth to smooth the batter in each liner out.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the center. Cool cheesecakes for 15 minutes (the centers will sink slightly as they cool.) Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

To make the whipped cream, place a medium bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill. Pour the heavy cream and the powdered sugar into the chilled bowl. Whip on medium-high speed until stiff (about 3 minutes.) Top chilled cheesecakes with whipped cream and sprinkles. I used an Ateco 849 tip to pipe the whipped cream.

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Source: Adapted from Pillsbury

25 comments:

  1. YES YES to treating yourself on V-day, no matter the relationship status. All about love right? And speaking of love, Teddy Grahams in the crust?! Get out. I'm falling all over this.

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    1. I can never find those chocolate wafers that cheesecake recipes call for, and came up with Teddy Grahams as a solution! Totally works!

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  2. these look amazing!!! I love red velvet cake and i love cheesecake so I know i would love this mini version!

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  3. These are so precious, Maggie! Super cute and colorful. My Valentine would scarf these up!

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  4. These are beautiful Maggie! I would love to share a Red Velvet Cheesecake with my Valentine!! xoxo

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  5. These are adorable! Perfect for Valentines Day, and so cute!

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  6. Oh wow! These are A. adoable and B. contain a crust made out of a childhood snack-- sign me up! [Love the Parks and Rec reference, BTW. SO pissed/super sad it's ending]

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    1. The funny thing is...I'm not even a regular watcher of Parks and Rec. I thought the first couple episodes of the series were kind of weak and didn't get sucked in. I've maybe seen like 15-20 episodes total now, but happen to love that particular reference from the show, and I ADORE Aziz Ansari. In the summer when shows are on hiatus I'm probably going to get all the DVDs and catch up!

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  7. Yes and please! These look like extremely delicious.

    I've spent many a Vday single and I totally agree that it is just as good if not better than being in a couple. Treat yoself 2013!

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  8. Sad for those poor Teddy Grahams, but these turned out completely gorgeous! And completely agree re: Valentine's Day -- my favorite February 14 of all time was a spent at a single-girls fondue party that quickly turned into a single-girls-prosecco-drinking-contest party. Unsurprisingly, that year also happened to be my LEAST favorite February 15.

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    1. Hahaha, hilarious. A prosecco drinking contest sounds super fun though.

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  9. Looks wonderful! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  10. I have a strong dislike for man-pris. Ever since Zac Efron wore them in HSM2 I have been unable to jump on the man-pri train. Anyhoo, these look great. And I WILL be spending V-day on my own, so I totally plan on making these and eating them all in one sitting while watching Bridget Jone's Diary. Yay me. lol

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  11. Yeah, capris on men are so not OK. But these cheesecakes are way more than OK. They look awesome!!

    Sues

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  12. These are adorable and they look so decadent! Mmm.

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  13. Teddy Grahm murderer! Just kidding! You should just call V-Day Treat Yo' Self day instead and eat cupcakes and drink wine all night! You deserve it girl!

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  14. Yum - these look amazing! Who cares if I'm single if it means I can eat more of them?!

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  15. WOW. WOWOWOW! Is all I can say. I've never had red velvet flavored cheesecake before but my red velvet swirl brownies are *kind of* similar. These are adorable and look incredibly perfect. I honestly don't think I could stop at just one! Can I have two for lunch today? ;)

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  16. I'm cracking up over your skinny capris comment. Seriously, what is up with these dudes?

    These are adorable!

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  17. Red Velvet is the best and then mix that with cheesecake! They look wonderful.

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  18. My family really doesn't like the "eggy" taste that some foods get once the eggs are added in. After the eggs are added to the filling, does the filling have a recognizable "eggy" flavor, or do the eggs blend in well with the other ingredients? If the eggs don't blend well with the other filling ingredients, if I add 2 eggs instead of 3, do you think that it'll ruin the cheesecakes? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Melody - nope, they're not eggy at all, they just taste like regular cheesecake! Definitely don't decrease the eggs.

      Enjoy! :)

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