Individual Mini Cheesecakes

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I thought this sounded like an interesting dessert idea for small families. For baking this recipe uses 8 ounce clean cans, which is an interesting way to re-cycle cans and is a great idea for Earth Day. This is a high altitude recipe - adjustments need to be made cooking at sea level in the oven temp and cooking time. Overnight cooling time is not included in times. Recipe source: local newspaper

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  • add   2 cups frozen raspberries
  • add   1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • add   1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • add   butter or margarine, for greasing cans (for baking)
  • add   1 teaspoon sugar
  • add   1/4 cup sugar
  • add   2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • add   1/4 cup whipping cream
  • add   1/4 cup sugar
  • add   1/2 cup chocolate wafers, crushed (10 cookies)
  • add   1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • add   1 egg
  • add   5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • add   2 tablespoons butter
  • add   1 egg yolk
  • add   fresh raspberries
  • add   2 teaspoons water


  1. Place a fine sieve over a small saucepan and press the thawed raspberries and juices through it, extracting as much liquid as possible. Stir in sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Boil liquid, stirring constantly,until mixture is reduced to 3 tablespoons (20 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside, cooling completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 325-degrees F. Grease inside of cans with butter. Place cans on parchment paper, tracing circles to fit insidecans. Line bottom of cans with paper circles. Place cans on cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. Place the crushed cookies and sugar in a small bowl and mix with a fork. Add melted butter to crumbs and stir withfork unil crumbs are moistened. Spoon crumb mixture into cans, dividing evenly among the three cans, pressing down with fingers. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven but keep oven on.
  4. Place cream cheese and sugar in mixing bowl and beatwith electic mixer on medium speed for 45 seconds or until mixture is creamy. Add egg, yolk and water, reduce mixer speed to low and beat until combined (20 seconds). Beat in theprepared raspberry reduction(the raspberries that were boiled down and set aside), cream and vanilla (15 seconds) until blended. Spoon batter into cans, dividing evenly among the three cans. Return to oven and bake until set (25-30 minutes). Remove from oven and transfer cheese cakes to cooling rack. Cool completley in cans. Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight to cool completely.
  5. The next day- pour cream(1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) into saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate, swirling to incorrporate chocolate into cream. Let stand one minute. Stir with a whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Use immediately.
  6. To serve - run a knife around the insides of the cans to loosen cheesecakes. Turn cakes out and remove paper circles, placing cakes upright on cooling rack. Spoon chocolate sauce over cheesecakes, using a spatula or knife to smooth it over top and sides of cakes. Arrange a few raspberries on each cake, if desired. Refrigerate until firm (20 minutes or up to 4 days). Transfer cakes to individual dessert plates.