Are you thinking about your menu for Easter this year, wondering what you can make for dessert that would be a little different? Maybe you’re looking for something you can make with your kids. Here’s a really easy recipe you can try which meets that criteria, plus as an added bonus, it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, including the baking time! Bake these Cheesecake Cupcakes with your kids and your guests will cheer.
For this recipe you’ll need:
– Vanilla wafer cookies
– (2) 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
– ¾ cup sugar
– (2) eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– Either a hand or stand electric mixer
– Cupcake baking sheet and cupcake liners
– Your favorite toppings, ie: chocolate chips, fruit, coconut, walnuts, etc.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take your cupcake liners and line your baking sheet. Next, take one of the vanilla wafer cookies and put it at the bottom of each liner. You now have your cheesecake crust done. In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and the sugar using your mixer, unless you’ve been hitting the gym lately and you’re feeling confident in your manual mixing abilities. Next up, add the eggs to your mixture along with the vanilla extract. Mix everything until it is smooth. Pour into each liner, filling the cups about ¾ full. Bake for about 15 minutes. You can tell if the cupcakes are done by the hardened edges. You can also take a toothpick and stick it in the center of the cupcake. If you pull out the toothpick and it’s just about as clean as it went in, the cupcakes are done. Take them out and let them cool.
Now for the fun and probably your kids’ favorite part: decorating. If you’re a cheesecake purist, you can leave them just the way they are. If not, you can get as creative with it as you want. Top your cupcakes with some chocolate chips, fresh fruit pieces, caramel sauce, or hot fudge. For a fun Easter twist, take some grated coconut and put it in a sandwich bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring into the bag and mix into the coconut. Put the now green coconut on top of the cupcakes, arranging it like grass. Then take a few jelly beans and nestle them on the “grass” like eggs. Not only will they look adorable, putting them on a cupcake tree would be a fantastic Easter centerpiece.