Cheesecake to Ring in the New Year

If you need a splashy dessert for New Year’s weekend, try this easy recipe for mini cheesecakes. My three taste testers loved the recipe, and couldn’t tell the cheesecake was lower calorie/fat/carb.

One tester was my adult son, who came for a visit last week. He plans to bake the cheesecakes for a party back in Chicago.

Each mini cheesecake contains only 110 calories, 14 grams of carbs and 3 grams of saturated fat. Bonus: Each serving of cheesecake contains 5 grams of protein. Some people (me!) may consider a mini cheesecake part of a good breakfast.

Traditional Flavor, Light Texture

These mini cheesecakes have the same flavor of regular, full fat cheesecake. The difference is in the texture, which  is extra light and more creamy. That’s the result of subbing reduced fat cream cheese for regular and 2% Greek yogurt for sour cream.

I adapted the recipe from the food blog Gimme Some Oven, making several changes. The original recipe called for a seven-inch spring form pan, a homemade crust and extended cooling period.

Recipe Shortcuts

I made that recipe several times, then simplified it. I substituted a muffin tin for a springform pan and put a single vanilla wafer in each cup rather than fuss with a crust. These changes made the recipe much quicker to prepare and eliminated the need for extended cooling. The finished result? Almost identical.

Tips

Decorate! These mini cheesecakes are adorable fancied up for an event. I used gold sparkles and candied pecans for a New Year’s theme; other fine toppings are fresh berries or a scattering of mini chocolate chips.  The toppings will add a few calories and carbs, but nothing major.

The mini cheesecakes are best when made the same day they are served, but they can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. For longer periods, freeze the mini cheesecakes and thaw for two hours in the fridge. Since the cheesecakes are softer than the regular version, to retain best texture, try to avoid placing them at room temperature for more than 30 minutes.

Guests May Want Seconds

Although the recipe serves 10, people may want seconds. If this is the only dessert you are serving, plan accordingly and make additional batches. Each batch takes about 20 minutes to make. I have not tried doubling the recipe, but it should be OK to do so.

Strongly consider using an instant read or quick-read food thermometer to make this recipe, as it can be tricky to figure out when cheesecake is done. The thermometers can be found everywhere these days – grocery stores, Target, Wal Mart, etc. – and cost under $15.

Happy New Year and enjoy some cheesecake!

 

Mini Cheesecakes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 muffin tin
  • 10 cupcake liners
  • mixer Hand or stand

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese Softened
  • 1 cup 2% Greek yogurt, plain I use Fage brand
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla use full amount
  • Optional colored sprinkles, berries, nuts or mini chocolate chips
  • 10 vanilla wafers

Instructions
 

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put liners in muffin tins. Place vanilla wafer, flat side down, into each lined muffin cup.
    2. In large mixing bowl put yogurt, cream cheese, sugar. Mix well until creamy, making sure there are no visible specks of yogurt.
    3. Add beaten egg, salt, vanilla to mixture. Bend until mixed, but don’t overmix.
    4. Pour mixture into muffin tins. Top with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate chips if using.
    5. Bake about 13-15 minutes, or until instant read thermometer reads at least 150 F. (Do not use toothpick as gauge of doneness.)
    6. Cool on counter for about 45 minutes. Refrigerate cooked cheesecakes (still in muffin tin) about two hours. Top with fresh berries if using.
    7. Cheesecakes should be served in muffin liners for easiest presentation.
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