Recipe

Easy Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe

The Holiday is upon us.  If your family is anything like mine, December 24th to 31st will be filled with nothing but food, libations, games and laughter.  My family loves pot lucks, which is unfortunate for me since I am not a patient cook. I’m usually the person who brings salad or veggies and dip. I’m a bit more skilled than one of my Bliss Series heroines–Veronica’s specialty is Rice Krispies Squares, and Chase can make a mean cup of coffee.

This year, I am bringing these bad boys!

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The easiest cheesecake you’ll ever make. I’ve made these two or three times now. I find turning them into cupcake forms just adds to the fun and pretty presentation without all the fuss. It takes no time to prepare and even less time to bake.

EASY COOKIES AND CREAM CHEESECAKE CUPCAKE*

Ingredients:

2 large eggs

2 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 Cream cheese bricks

1/2 can condensed milk**

2 Tbsp. Melted butter

24 Cupcake liners

1 package cookies

** You can use the whole can of Condensed milk. I prefer my cheesecake half sweet and cut down on the sugar.

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Directions:

Make your crust.

  • Crush cookies using a blender or food processor. You can do this until it’s a coarse texture. If you want a traditional cheesecake, use Graham crackers. If you want much less work, you can purchase ground up crust. Add melted butter and mix.
  • Place liners in muffin trays and add crust, pressing them down on the bottom of the liner.
  • Another fun option (one my kids prefer) is to use a whole cookie as a crust…no butter needed!

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a large bowl, whip the cream cheese using an electric mixer. I like to soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds before I do this, and you’ll get less chunks of cream cheese, but this is optional. Slowly add the condensed milk and vanilla extract and mix on low speed. DO not over mix otherwise you might get too much air bubbles into the batter!

Mix the eggs in, one at a time.

Another option is to crush up some cookies and incorporate it to the cheesecake mixture.

Using an ice cream scooper, fill each liner with the batter up to the brim.image2-2

Bake for 25 minutes (cooking times may vary). Remove from the oven and let cool until room temperature, then refrigerate.

While you’re waiting patiently for the cupcakes to chill, you can prepare your toppings. This is where you can get creative. I love a simple drizzle of melted semi-sweet chocolate on top (see above photo) or add a mini-Oreo cookie on top of whipped cream. If you want something more festive, use red and green sprinkles or crushed candy canes (not peppermint).

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* Change this recipe! If you want a vanilla flavoured cheesecake, don’t add the Oreo cookies and use the graham cracker crust. And instead of incorporating crushed Oreo cookies, you can use crushed peppermint patties, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, Skor pieces…the possibilities are endless!

If you make this recipe, I would love to see photos of your creations. Post them on the comment section below.

Don’t know what to do with your leftover condensed milk? Tune in next time for fudge recipe goodness!


 

Here’s an excerpt from Proposing Bliss, where Veronica reveals that all she knows to cook is Rice Krispie Treats:

 

BLISS BEFORE THE STORM

VERONICA

Many moons later…

How could I ask him to go, while at the same time ask him not to go? Maybe I could figure it out later, when he looked less sexy.

I blew a raspberry that fanned the hair on my forehead.

Like that was ever going to happen. Levi, less sexy? Never with a capital ‘N’!

Not when he had on black Armani boxer briefs that left little to the imagination, his glasses, and nothing else. Problem was, I didn’t have to imagine. I could pull those down, past the tattoo on his hip, and take a nice, long peek at his…

“Did you say something?”

Eyes up! “What?” I propped my elbows on the mattress.

Levi peered over his glasses. He’d totally caught me, red-handed and dirty-minded! I cleared my throat and dragged my eyes back to what I was reading: some hoity-toity Sweet Sixteen event details.

Levi snapped his book closed and set it aside. He reached for me, ghosting the pads of his fingers along my spine, pushing my shirt up and off. Then he blew warm breath from the small of my back all the way to the nape of my neck.

I was drowning in desire. How could I work with him around?

“You wanted to ask me something, sweetheart?”

“Hmmmm…” Closing my eyes, I hummed at the vibration of his voice behind my ear. “I didn’t say anything.”

“Oh, but you have that look.”

“What look?” A look of want? Of fire-coated desire? I screwed my eyes tighter when he pushed my bra strap off one shoulder and peppered kisses on my skin.

“All you have to do is ask me, my sweet, sweet love.” He punctuated those words with flicks of his tongue along my neck.

“I didn’t say… I… Levi, you gotta stop or I… Please let me finish.” I panted in between words, while Levi trailed those kisses down my back to one side of my ribs.

Then he stopped. Completely. And leaned away from me.

Looking over my shoulder, I gaped at him.  He sat against the headboard, grinning. “Why did you stop?” I protested.

He shrugged and cocked his head to one side. “You told me to.”

I pouted. Reaching forward, Levi tilted my chin up, tugged my bottom lip and leaned in for a quick kiss.

“Now, ask me.” He sat back, arms crossed over his chest, and had that sexy smirk on his face.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Trying to ignore him, I glared at the paperwork before me.

“Veronica, you are a horrible liar.” Levi added a chuckle. He wrapped his arms around my waist and propped his chin on my shoulder.

I clicked my tongue, feeling like I’d already lost this battle and I might as well give up. “What makes you think I’m lying?”

“For one, you can’t even look at me.” I stared at him over my shoulder and then narrowed my eyes to prove a point. Yet, he continued. “And…your mother called me today.”

I disengaged from him, turned to face him and sat on my heels. My head swam from my quick change of position, but I shook it off. “She what?” My voice raised an octave higher.

“Relax, love, she asked me if I’m going home for Thanksgiving with you.”

That sneaky little she-devil! No wonder she’d bugged me with so many questions about Thanksgiving dinner this weekend.

“She thought it was time to meet the man schtupping her daughter. Those were her exact words, by the way.” Levi’s shoulders shook with laughter.

I huffed. It was so like my mother to go behind my back like this. Time for plan B. Ducking my head, I flipped innocently through the pages of work beside me.  “You don’t have to come. It’s just a boring dinner with my mother and my sister. Nothing huge. Maggie might not even be there. For the last two years she’s gone to her boyfriend’s for the Holidays.”

“Oh, but she said everyone will be there this year, and they’re all eager to meet me.” Damnit Mother!

I crawled seductively to him, batting my lashes and licking my lips, and straddled his lap. “Or…” I trailed a finger from the hollow of his throat down to the center of his deliciously toned abs. “We can just forget all about it and stay here all…weekend…long, without any disruptions.” I peered up at him from under my lashes, caught my bottom lip between my teeth and let my finger wander further south.

His attention panned to that last bit. I let go of my lip and licked the center of his slightly parted lips. He moaned and tickled my sides.  I bucked on top of him.

“Nice try, you little nymph. We’re going. Unless you’re too embarrassed to introduce me to your family?”

“Embarrassed? No, not at all. I’d love for you to meet them one day…someday—” Never.  “—It’s just…”

Worry filled his blue eyes.

“My mother isn’t the best cook.  We might end up eating sandwiches…which, for her, is still a stretch.”

His expression changed into something more relaxed. “I’m sure it’ll be fine. I told her I’ll bring wine. I’ll bring a case so we can gargle with it if the food is thoroughly inedible.”

He didn’t know how likely it was that would happen. Clearly, he’d thought about this and determined it was a great idea.  It was impossible to win when he’d already made up his mind.  “Okay, fine, you can come.”

“I love it when you say that.” Levi nuzzled my neck, pushing my hair off to the side.

“Pervert.” I playfully slapped his naked chest and tilted my head so he could access more sensitive areas.

“What are you bringing?” he asked against the apex of my shoulder and neck.

Now, that was the million-dollar question. Levi still had no idea of my lack of cooking skills. I mean zero. Nada. Zilch. I could eat food, I could serve it, but I could not cook it.

“What I bring every year, Rice Krispie squares with Reese’s Pieces.”

He stopped nibbling on my earlobe and looked at me straight on. “What are those?”

I chuckled. “What do you mean what are those? What do you think?” He shrugged. Oh my god. “You don’t know what Rice Krispie squares are! Oh you poor, rich, sheltered man.”

“I could take a wild guess that they’re made out of rice.”

“Not rice, rice cereal. And butter and marshmallows. They’re super good. I pretty much grew up eating them.” Wrong! I grew up eating those and only those. “I’ll make extra to keep here for snacks.”

“All right. Sounds delish. Speaking of snacks…” His fingers made their way up my back, and underneath my bra clasp. I swatted at his arms. “No. I have work to do. Go read your book.” I reached for my paperwork. He took it from me and threw it on the floor. I gasped. I would have protested louder, but Levi showed me some other more pressing matters.

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