Mini Cheesecakes

They say this is the time of year for miracles between Christmas and the New Year. Every Christmas show that comes on is about miracles from “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

This simple cheesecake recipe just might help you save some time on New Year’s Eve so you can have plenty of time to enjoy the party yourself.

Now, I’m a glass-half-full kind of guy. I really try to always find the positive in everything and realize that when things aren’t great, they could certainly be a whole lot worse. But, do I believe in miracles? I guess to be honest, I would have to say: Kinda. I would like to believe it is possible for miracles to occur with happy endings for some people. It’s just not going to happen to me. Wait, wait, wait — I’m not complaining at all. The fact of the matter is: I am a glass-half-full kind of guy and I don’t need a miracle to make me happy. Would I like a Ferrari? Of course, but the speed limit is 65 mph and my Subaru will do that comfortably and get me to my fishing holes — so no big deal.

That has been pretty much how I felt about miracles since my older brother spilled the beans about Santa.

This simple cheesecake recipe just might help you save some time on New Year’s Eve so you can have plenty of time to enjoy the party yourself. This is a recipe that my mom would use for holidays and events that were not dinner-oriented feasts such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. These were crowd favorites at parties. She would use canned fruit pie toppings, cherry or blueberry, but you can boil fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries or cherries in a little simple syrup and jam and they will be even better.

For a quick and simple desert snack for this New Year’s Eve, try these simple treats and have a happy time.

Mini Cheesecakes
16 oz. cream cheese
¾ C sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 box small vanilla wafers (Keebler seem to fit best)
Mini-muffin tins
Mini-muffin paper cups

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Place paper muffin cup in the muffin tin. Place 1 vanilla wafer in the bottom of each and fill three quarters of the way with the cheese mixture. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Cool for a few hours or overnight. Place a spoon of pie fruit filling on each one.

Fruit Pie Topping
1 C fresh or frozen fruit
1 T sugar
½ jar of jam, same flavor as fruit
⅛ C water

Combine water, sugar and jam. Bring to a boil and let reduce a little. Add the fruit and let boil for about 3 minutes or so for frozen fruit or until fresh berries start to soften.

If too thin, thicken by dissolving 1 t corn starch in cold water and add it slowly to the boiling fruit mix. Let cool completely before spooning on mini cheesecakes.