So I LOVE cheesecake. No, I SERIOUSLY love cheesecake. More specifically, I love Strawberry Cheesecake! Do you want to know how much? Okay, so when my friends threw me a baby shower for my daughter, Jasmine (over 13 years ago folks, don’t get excited), one of my friends made my FAVORITE cheesecake: Strawberry Cheesecake. To this day, Lessie Kelly makes the best cheesecakes EVER! So at my baby’s baby shower (again, over 13 years ago), I had in my possession for me and me alone a huuuuggggge strawberry cheesecake all to myself. Or so I thought.
Along with me came this person that I hadn’t invited to my shower because I really didn’t know her, but because they showed up our house as I was leaving to go to my shower, with gifts in hand (my husband knew this person’s “boyfriend”), I couldn’t do anything but do the polite thing and ask if she wanted to come along while my husband stayed entertaining his friend at home. Yes, yes I know people don’t normally do these things, but I DO, because I’m nice and because I was full of hormones and stuff. So I brought her along to my shower. The point to this story, as I’m going to fast forward so as not to bore you with too much details, is that there was a lot of leftover food at my baby shower and so I said that anyone wanting to take food home could do so.
EXCEPT FOR THIS LITTLE CAVEAT: MY STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE THAT WAS MADE FOR ME WAS NOT A PART OF THAT DEAL!!!!!
Now, anyone that knows me would have known that. So when this person (that didn’t know me nor I her) offered to pack some food for me so that I could take back to my hubby that was at home
stuck with this person’s boyfriend and our at the time, 17 year old son, I said “sure” cause I was tired, out of breath, huge, etc., etc., and I just thought that was a nice gesture. Naturally when she pointed to MY strawberry cheesecake, I said with a definitive wave of the hand “oh yes, that too”. Then, when she asked if she could have some to take because it was oh so delicious, I said with some hesitation, sure.
Well imagine my SURPRISE, when her and her boyfriend left and I proceeded to brag to my husband about the delicious cheesecake that awaited us and of which we would have for several days since it was a big one, when I opened the different food bags, I COULDN’T FIND MY CHEESECAKE!!!!
I sent out the posy…”LOOK FOR IT”!!! I said, “IT HAS TO BE HERE”! Well, my son found it all right. In a little corner from all the food that was bought home, there wrapped up in the tiniest aluminum foil in an appetizer paper plate (which by the way, I had seen and totally ignored when I went looking for MY cheesecake cause I said, that’s not it – because I was looking for something BIG), well in that little appetizer paper plate was a SLIVER of my strawberry cheesecake. A SLIVER….can you believe that???? She took my CHEESECAKE and left me a SLIVER. Oh man, I could just kill all over again. Every time I remember that I FUME!!!! And DON’T you even dare to say that maybe she made a mistake and took the wrong plate. Nooooooo sir! There was a very noticeable difference between MY piece and HER piece. She DELIBERATELY took MY Strawberry Cheesecake!!!!
So 13 years later, I still remember Lessie’s cheesecake and this gross offense committed on a HUGE, hormonal pregnant woman. It just left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended) and it’s still with me apparently. So every now and then, the need for a strawberry cheesecake just overcomes me but I have to keep it in check cause, you know…all the calories? So I found a way around that little bump in the road by making my own version cause nobody could replicate Lessie’s cheesecake; I made it into mini cheesecakes (that way there’s less guilt to go by, cause hey, I no longer have the excuse that I’m pregnant anymore). Although as a warning for you, if you eat 6 or 7 of these mini cheesecakes, you’re absolutely defeating the purpose….oh, what the heck? What purpose? The purpose is to devour these!!!! And as a bonus, they are so EASY to make I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a dangerous thing.
Remember folks, the motto of this story is….DON’T INVITE PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW YOU TO YOUR BABY SHOWER AND IF YOU DO, DON’T LET THEM PACK FOOD FOR YOU….ESPECIALLY CHEESECAKE 🙂
Enjoy these little suckers, I bet you can’t just eat one!
These little cheesecakes certainly pack a punch and you can easily have more than one. The strawberry topping with some syrup that formed when you macerate the strawberries, are over the top and makes this dessert INSANELY good!
10 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 whole sleeve of original graham crackers
- 1/2 stick of butter, melted
- 12 oz cream cheese, softened (1-1/2 bars)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 lb of Strawberries (fresh is best), hulled and diced into small cubes
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- Mix sugar and diced strawberries.
- Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a 24 cup mini muffin pan with 24 mini baking liners and set aside.
- Crush graham crackers in a food processor or place into a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until you have fine crumbs. Add melted butter and stir to coat crackers throughly.
- Place 1 heaping teaspoon of crushed graham crackers into each mini cup and tamper down.
- In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice, almond extract and eggs. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Place cream cheese mixture into a Ziploc bag and snip off a piece of the corner. Fill each mini muffin cup well.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until cream cheese is set.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before topping with diced strawberries and some syrup.
These cheesecakes can be done with any topping you desire, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, you get my drift.
If you have any ingredients left over, poor you. Guess you'll have to make some more...boohoo.