Mini Easter Cheesecakes

One of my specialties for the holiday is making a cheesecake. I have been wanting to make mini cheesecakes for quite a while. I figured Easter would be the perfect time to try them out. They turned out so well.

These cheesecakes are easy to make within a few hours (only because you have to chill certain ingredients!) to be ready for your Easter feast!

Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients

  • 10 graham crackers
  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 5 tbsp. butter / margarine

 

Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. cream cheese
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1 tub 8 oz. cool whip
  • 1 box food coloring

Optional: Sprinkles

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Mini Easter Cheesecakes:
Makes 8

One | Create mini crusts
Crush the graham crackers until they are finely crushed. There will be some pieces that are a little bigger, but they will work just fine. Combine the crushed graham cracker and sugar until well blended. Melt 5 tbsp. butter. Combine the butter and cracker / sugar mixture until well blended. Once the graham cracker crust mixture has been created, it’s time to create the mini crusts. Take an empty can (ie. olive, soup, chili beans, etc.) and cut the bottom of the can out so both ends are open. Scoop a good portion into the can and flatten with the spoon. Let the crusts chill for one to two hours.

Two | Create the cheesecake filling
Beat cream cheese and sugar until well blended. Gently stir in whipped cream until well blended. After creating the basic cheesecake filling, it’s time to create pastel cream cheese fillings. Separate the filling into four different bowls. I like to scoop out relatively large chunks and then add smaller scoops afterwards until all four bowls look even. Use the red, green, and blue colors to create pink, green, and purple colors. I created pink, green and purple filling. To create the pastel colors, use one drop of red to create a pastel pink, one drop of green to create a pastel green, and two drops of blue and red for a pastel purple. When I created the purple, I originally added one drop of blue and red, but it wasn’t enough, so I added in another drop of blue and red. Use this method if you’re not sure how purple it will be. I wanted one set of filling to remain white, so I set that off to the side after I scooped out the portions so I would not change the color.

Three | Mini Easter cheesecakes
Take the chilled mini crusts out of the fridge. Add the cheesecake filling on top of the crusts. I scooped two scoops of filling onto two crusts then topped off each with the rest of the filling that was left. I did this for each color.

*Side note: If you don’t want to make “thick” cheesecakes, make 16 mini crusts and spread the filling evenly.

Four | Sprinkles
Since these mini cheesecakes are for Easter, I decided to top them off with flower sprinkles. The perfect sprinkle for spring / Easter.

Five | Chill
Chill the mini Easter cheesecakes for one hour before serving.

Six | Enjoy!

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Enjoy these wonderfully delicious mini Easter cheesecakes with your family and friends!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a great breakfast item or snack during the day. I made a simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie that was very delicious!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 c. Milk
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Honey drizzle

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

Step One | Milk

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Pour the milk into your blender. You’ll always want to pour the liquid in first.

If you don’t want to use milk as the liquid, there are a variety of substitutions you can use as the base: water, coconut water, almond milk, fruit juice, etc.

Step Two | Yogurt

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Drizzle honey on top of the yogurt and mix it together. This will give a little sweet flavor to the smoothie. Pour the yogurt mixture into the blender.

Step Three | Strawberries + Banana

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Add the strawberries + banana to the blender. The strawberries can be fresh or frozen.

Step Four | Blend

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Blend all the ingredients together to create your smoothie.

Step Five | Enjoy!

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Bacon Lobster Mac and Cheese

For some people this recipe may come as a shock. Well… coming from me it’s a shock. I am not a huge pasta fan, however, I tried some lobster mac and cheese and it was amazing! So, I decided to make my own version of mac and cheese. I like this mac and cheese because it’s not the “fake, gross cheese” mac and cheese if that makes any sense… This recipe makes more then what you would think {I had tons of mac and cheese, and more than what I wanted}, I would recommend making half of the recipe unless you’re having a dinner party.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. large elbow macaroni
  • 1 c. bacon bits
  • 1 pkg. lobster
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 8 oz. bags sharp cheddar cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. colby Jack cheese – shredded
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese – shredded
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese

Bacon Lobster Mac and Cheese:

Step One | Preheat the oven

Preheat oven to 350°. Grace you’re baking pan. Set aside.

Step Two | Make the macaroni

Follow the directions on the macaroni packaging.

Side note: you can use whichever macaroni you prefer, I chose large elbow macaroni to make.

Step Three | Create flour mixture

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In a medium sized saucepan melt butter and flour together over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the milk, making sure to stir constantly. Stir in the salt and pepper. Once the ingredients are in the sauce pan and mixed together, allow the milk mixture to come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for two minutes.

Step Four | Create cheese mixture

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In a bowl toss together the cheddar, colby-jack, and mozzarella cheeses.

Step Five | Whisk

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Whisk in provolone sliced cheeses and 1 1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture into the flour mixture. Remove from heat. Toss bacon bits and lobster in with the remaining cheddar mixture.

Step Six | Combine

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Combine the pasta and cheese sauce. Toss the pasta in the cheese sauce to coat completely. Scoop half of the pasta with the cheese sauce into the prepared greased dish. Sprinkle with an overflowing cup of the bacon, cheese, lobster mixture. Repeat layering until the pasta and bacon, lobster, cheese mixture have been used.

Step Seven | Bake

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Bake the mac and cheese for 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

Step Eight | Enjoy!

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What is your favorite mac and cheese recipe?

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 can of refrigerator biscuits

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes:

Step One | Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a shallow pan with cooking spray.

Step Two | Melt butter

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Heat the butter in a small bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted.

Step Three | Create the cinnamon sugar mixture

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In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Mix until completely blended.

Step Four | Donut holes

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Separate the biscuits from the can. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Roll the quartered pieces into round balls. Roll the donut hole in the melted butter. Make sure it is completely covered in butter. Roll the donut hole in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place the donut hole in the greased pan.

Step Five | Bake

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Place the pan in the oven. Cook the donut holes for twenty minutes. Let them cool for 10 minutes before digging in.

Step Six | Enjoy!

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Enjoy these homemade donut holes with a glass of milk!


Have you made these? What do you think of them?

Avocado Egg Rice Cake

This is one of my favorite breakfast meals! It’s so simple and easy. If you eat your breakfast at work, this is a great option as there are minimal ingredients and you only have to create the hard boiled eggs!

What you’ll need:

  • Rice cake
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Avocado
  • Pepper

Avocado Egg Rice Cake

Step One | Slice the avocado and hard boiled egg

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Slice the avocado in four thin slices. Save the rest of the avocado.

Side note: If you’re trying to take the pit out of the avocado with a knife, be careful to not slice your finger{s}! I made the terrible and terrifying mistake of slicing my finger this week and now have three stitches in my finger 😦

Use one hard boiled egg and try to slice it in an even amount {it’s not always easy!}.

Step Two | Layer the egg and avocado on the rice cake

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You can choose whichever kind of rice cake you like. I personally like the caramel flavored rice cakes. I find its easier to layer the hard boiled eggs then lay the avocado slices on the top.

Step Three | Sprinkle pepper

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Add a little pepper flavor to your breakfast!

Step Four | Enjoy!

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Have you tried this breakfast twist?