Valentine's Day is this weekend and many of us are looking for those quick and easy desserts that we can whip up in no time. Well you've found one! I usually don't like instant cheesecakes, however this is like no other. It's simple with only a few ingredients - and it tastes heavenly. Feel free to jazz it up with different extracts and flavorings.
For the video tutorial & my taste test (along with my mom's) watch the tutorial video above.
Happy Valentine's Day
This recipe is for 4 medium sized cups. If you're making this recipe for two, simply cut it in half.
For 4 Cheesecakes- You'll Need:
1 8oz. Cream Cheese
1 Tub Cool Whip
2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 C. Sugar
Vanilla Cookies (I used almond vanilla)
Red Food Color
Toppings: Candies, Cookies, Sprinkles, etc.
4 Cups (plastic or glass)
Step 1: Whip It Good
In a mixing bowl:
Add the package of room temperature cream cheese, along with the 1/2 C of sugar.
Using an electric mixer, mix for at least 4 minutes to disintegrate the granulated sugar and remove any chunks of cream cheese.
Add vanilla extract, and mix for another minute until smooth and incorporated.
Step 2: Color Me Bad
After the mixture is smooth and creamy, add the cool whip.
Mix the cool whip gently by hand to keep it from losing too much air.
After a couple of minutes, add 2 to 3 drops of red food color, and incorporate.
Step 3: Crush & Press
In a sandwich bag:
Add a few cookies and close tightly, removing large amounts of air.
Lay the bag on a flat surface and crush the cookies using a rolling pin. When rolling over the cookies - be careful not to puncture the bag.
Place a heaping teaspoon of crumbs into each cup. Place an extra cup inside of the dessert cups. Press firmly to compact the crumbs and create a crust. If you don't have a cup that fits within your dessert cup, use the back of a spoon.
Step 4: Fill
Fill a piping bag (no tip needed) with the cheesecake filling.
Fill each cup about halfway with the cheesecake filling. Then top with cookie crumbs and gently pat with the back of a spoon. Continue to pipe cheesecake filling until you've reached the top.
If you don't want two layers - leave out the center cookie crumbs.
Step 5: Make It Pretty
Decorate your cheesecakes however you'd like. Chocolate drizzles, candies, cookies, fillings, flowers, etc.
I topped these with Pocky Sticks, Licorice candy, Chocolate hearts, Cookie Crumbs and Cookie pieces.
I hope you guys try out the recipe and enjoy!
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