Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert Cups

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always in the mood for something sweet to finish off the meal. I know I shouldn’t binge on the desserts and all of that added sugar. So I’ve set out to change the way I eat by making smaller controlled portions and lighter fare. I especially need this in the sweets arena. So here’s a shot at a dessert that will ease your sweet tooth with amazing flavor, and it looks pretty sexy :)

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Mini Berry Cheesecakes

Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert Cups
 
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Serves/Makes: 4

Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Fresh Raspberries (or blueberries, or strawberries, or blackberries)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Lemon Zest
  • ¼ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 2 tsp. Honey
  • ½ Cup Light Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Light Whipped Cream (Redi Whip)
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice

Directions
  1. If you want to use fresh berries skip to step 2…A couple hours or the night before you want to eat. Heat your rinsed and dried fresh berries in a small skillet over medium heat. Add sugar and lemon zest. Allow for the berries to burst. If you’re using raspberries you can squish them down into a sauce. Allow for the berries and juice to reduce a bit, stirring occasionally, until the sauce/juice begins to thicken. (you’ll let it reduce until it has lost about ⅓ of it’s volume). Refrigerate until cooled.
  2. Microwave cracker crumbs and honey in a bowl for about 10 seconds and then stir together to moisten all of the crumbs. Set Aside.
  3. Whip the Cream Cheese and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl, either by hand or with a mixer, until smooth. Add about double the volume (about a cup) worth of whipped cream, and whip together.
  4. Add the crumbs to the bottom of the shot glasses and press down to create the crust. Add the cheesecake mixture, and then top with the cooled berries, and a little extra whipped cream if desired.

Tips
You can use any variety of berry you’d like. Raspberries do cook down into a lovely sauce.

 

Blueberries were on sale this week, so I just cooked those down tonight until their juice thickened, they were amazing over the cheesecake, and leftover berries can be eaten over oatmeal too! I’ve also just sliced and used fresh strawberries before if you don’t want to take the time to cook your berries, it’s not a problem. Cooking the berries down, just lessens the need to add sugar, and the natural sugars in the fruit come out so you’re left with a wonderful sauce. So if you find your berries are a little too tart for you, try cooking them to sweeten things up a bit. I hope you enjoy this sweet, and healthy treat!


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  1. Reblogged this on Land Of Reblogs and commented:
    These are delicious!!

  2. wow!! these look delicious!!

  3. These are beautiful and look delicious!

    • Thanks so much!

  4. These look so tasty!!

    Sarah
    {www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

    • Thanks :)

  5. Oh, these look divine!

  6. Wow that is mouth watering!
    Stopping by from the Strut Your Stuff party :-)

    • Thanks! They’re tasty, hope you’ll try them out!

  7. I LOVE this!! Just PINNED! My hubby’s favorite dessert is cheesecake and this is a great portion-controlled serving. I am a fan! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Jenn! Those were my thoughts exactly. :)

  8. These look great. I have been looking for a “dessert shooter” idea for a baby shower I’m hosting. This is definitely in the running

  9. Those are so cute! Plus I’m sure they taste good!

    • Thank you :) I hope you try them out!

  10. These look absolutely amazing! I hope to try this recipe out soon. I’m always ready for something sweet after dinner, and this would be perfect.

    Megan

    • Thanks Megan! I think these work great to satisfy that sweet tooth after dinner!

  11. YUM! Those look amazing, and I’m totally with you as far as needing to cut down on sweets! What a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and keep the sugar under control. Thanks for linking up to a Pinteresting Party!

    • Thanks Liz!

  12. I always need something sweet to end a meal with. And these are so cute and yummy looking…although I just might eat all 3 to end my meal:-) Yay for a lightened up version!!!

    • Lol, yeah I could eat all of them too, but even that wouldn’t be too bad. ;)

  13. Stopped by from Brassy Apple … what a great little few bite dessert :)

  14. We love the mini idea!! These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

    • Thanks! We’ll be back every week!

  15. That looks so fresh and yummy! I totally agree, dessert is a huge plus after a meal.:)

  16. Thanks for sharing such a simple healthier dessert recipe

  17. These look so good,pinning these :) Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays …

  18. Pinned this …. they look sooo good!

  19. WOW!! Those look delish! Visiting from Sugar Bee, thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks for stopping by Colette! Hope you’ll try them out :)

  20. These look really yummy too!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  21. Oh how I love cheesecake! These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Party.

    • Thanks for hosting Lauren :)

  22. These look so good but the hubby is lactose intolorant so I’m going to make the parfit version with low sugar cheescake jello and almond milk.

    • That’s an awesome idea Amber! Please let me know if that works out!

  23. Yummy!
    JoAnn

  24. Congratulations your post is being featured at tonights party @ CountryMommaCooks…thanks for linking up : )

    • Thanks so much for featuring us!

  25. Those look sooooooo good! Pinning this for later! Thanks for linking up to Fantabulous Friday this week!!

  26. what a cute idea! love that it’s almost healthy:)

  27. That sure does look delicious! I’m going to Google + this post right now.

    Thanks for linking up to Say G’day Saturday. This week’s post is now live so I hope that you can join in again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  28. Thank you for sharing this at Mangia Mondays….I featured you today!
    http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/2012/06/mangia-mondays-june-features.html

  29. I am with you on needing something sweet to end dinner with:-) Love that these are made with light ingredients…I won’t feel so bad downing 3-4 of them;-) Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

    • Haha, yeah it’s easy to eat more than one if you’re not careful :)

  30. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) Your Whims Wednesday is up and going strong! Come link up to the party! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/06/your-whims-wednesday-65-and-features.html

  31. What a beautiful dessert. I’d love to give this a try! Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday to Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

  32. These are so beautiful and I bet they taste amazing too! I love berries with cream cheese, and these look so much more appetizing to me than a typical cheesecake.

  33. WOW…my church runs a 6 days a week adult day care program…and bringing in a special treat now and then is always appreciated….so I got some plastic punch glasses at “one of my favorite” stores….three people are gluten intolerant…so I crushed some “pongaroons” for the base at the bottom of the glass…..they weren’t eaten…..they were “gobbled!”…….”pongaroons?”….keep in contact with the blog…they might show up some day……

    • I’m so glad these were a hit, and you were able to create a gluten free option. That’s awesome! Thanks for trying them out :)

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