Mini Easter Egg Cheesecakes

March 16, 2015

Mini Easter egg cheesecakes is a celebratory dessert that anyone can bake.  Whether you are an expert or a beginner, this recipe works for all experience levels.  Since these are individual cheesecakes, they are perfect for large Easter gatherings as they are small enough for kids but big enough for the adults to sneak two or three and not feel guilty.  The toasted coconut and speckled egg garnish adds a decorative touch that add to their appeal.

Easter Mini Cheesecakes
Courtesy of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
Prep time: 20 minutes Total time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Servings: 18

Ingredients:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, toasted
54 speckled malted milk eggs (about 9 ounces)

Directions:

Step 1: Heat oven to 325°F.

Step 2: Mix graham crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter; press onto bottoms of 18 paper-lined muffin cups.

Step 3: Beat cream cheese, vanilla and remaining sugar with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Spoon over crusts.

Step 4: Bake 25–30 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 2 hours. Top each cheesecake with 1 tablespoon coconut; shape to resemble bird’s nest. Fill with malted milk eggs.

Note: To soften cream cheese, place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 10 seconds or just until softened. Add 15 seconds for each additional package of cream cheese.

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