Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mini Cheesecakes

Many people say cheesecake is one of the hardest things to make. With my recipe, they don’t have to be! I’ve gone through so many recipes and techniques that I’ve nailed down what makes them great. These cheesecakes are among my favorite things to cook (and eat), as they’re not only delicious but impossibly cute. Take them to your next potluck or office party to impress the pants off your friends!
Many people say cheesecake is one of the hardest things to make. With my recipe, they don’t have to be! I’ve gone through so many recipes and techniques that I’ve nailed down what makes them great. These cheesecakes are among my favorite things to cook (and eat), as they’re not only delicious but impossibly cute. Take them to your next potluck or office party to impress the pants off your friends!

INGREDIENTS
FOR THE CRUST:
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 TB unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt

FOR THE FILLING:
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, whites and yolks separated at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of granulated sugar

ASSEMBLY AND TOPPING:
  • cupcake/muffin liners
  • melting chocolate
  • strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt and melted butter. Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and begin dropping rounded Tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture into each liner. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the liner lightly, creating a crust. There may be some crumbs left over.
  3. Pre-bake for 8 minutes, then remove from the oven and reduce temperature to 350°F.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla extract until fully combined and creamy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.
  5. In a small bowl using a hand mixer, beat the two egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add a dash of sugar and continue beating for another 30 seconds – 1 minute.