Cheesecake Cupcakes

Enjoy the simplicity of these individually portioned cheesecakes with ginger and graham cracker crumb crusts. Top them with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and garnish with fresh sliced strawberries. It's a delightful, cool treat for hot summer days.

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Cheesecake Cupcakes

Crust

  1. 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  2. 2 Tablespoons sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter, melted

Filling

  1. 16 oz. 2 (8 oz.) packages Challenge Neufchâtel Cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. ½ cup sour cream
  5. 2 eggs

Topping

  1. ¼ teaspoon unflavored gelatin plus 1Tablespoon cold water (optional)
  2. ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  4. 1 pint fresh strawberries for garnish

Crust

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 300°F. Place paper liner into each of 12 standard size muffin cups

  2. 2

    Thoroughly mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and ginger. Blend in melted butter. Press mixture (about 1 Tablespoon) into bottoms of muffin cups.

Filling

  1. 1

    Blend together Neufchatel cheese, sugar and vanilla. Combine thoroughly at low spend; do not whip air into the mixture.

  2. 2

    Blend in sour cream. Add eggs, one at a time, gently mixing until just blended.

  3. 3

    Pour (about ¼ cup) over crusts in prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 minutes, or until centers are almost set. Cool completely and refrigerate.

Topping

  1. 1

    Add water to a small heatproof cup, sprinkle gelatin on top. Allow gelatin to soften 5 minutes. Place cup in a pan of simmering water and heat until gelatin dissolves, then let it cool to room temperature.

  2. 2

    In a cold mixing bowl whip cream. As it begins to thicken, beat in gelatin mixture and gradually add sugar. Continue to beat until mixture forms soft peaks. Refrigerate. Top cheesecakes with a dollop of topping and garnish with sliced strawberries.

Note: Adding gelatin stabilizes the whipped cream and allows it to hold up longer

Source: Challenge Home Economist

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Wonderful recipe, my family loved them wouldn't change a thing, Delicious!

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Terri

I was going to make a large cheesecake, but now that I've seen this one it's on. Will be fixing this one for new years. Thanks!!!

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Venessa