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Island Bites: Amaretto Mini Cheesecakes

Almond Mini Cheesecakes

Almond Mini Cheesecakes

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

Aprox. 18 - 20 mini cheesecakes

Let's bake!

This recipe adds a nutty twist to a classic dessert. It is a delicious treat for cheesecake lovers.

Instructions

  1. To make the crust: Melt the butter. In a food processor, ground almond cookies. Add melted butter and pulse 3 or 4 times.
  2. To make the cheesecake batter: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese for 3 minutes. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, for about 2 more minutes. Finally, add eggs, milk and extracta and amaretto. Mix well.
  3. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Add a tablespoon of cookie crumbs to each liner. Press them to the bottom with the spoon. Fill each liner cup with the batter.
  4. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake the cheesecakes for about 16 to 18 minutes, until just set. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Garnish just before serving.
  5. To garnish: Whip heavy cream with 1/2 tsp almond extract. Add a dollop of whipped cream to each mini cheesecake. Sprinkle toasted chopped or slivered almonds.

Ingredients

  • 2 (8oz) boxes Almonette cookies
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tbs almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbs amaretto

For the topping:

Almond Whipped Cream

  • 8oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbs powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • toasted almonds, chopped or slivered (to garnish)

Other toppings

Topping ideas:

  • Chocolate ganache: Heat 1/2 cup heavy cream. Add 8oz chocolate chips. Stir until melted. Set aside for 3 or 4 minutes. Add a teaspoon to each mini cheesecake. Sprinkle almonds or chocolate shavings.
  • Orange mermelade
  • Caramel
  • Banana pastry cream
  • Coconut whipped cream: Whipped 8oz heavy cream, 2 tbs powdered sugar and 1 tbs coconut milk. Garnish with almonds and toasted coconut.

More decadent desserts:

Comments

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on December 16, 2014:

Glad you like it. Thanks!

Beth Perry from Tennesee on December 15, 2014:

Mm! There are few things I like better than the taste of almonds. I will definitely have to try this recipe.

Voted up (and love the mouth-watering photos)!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on November 16, 2013:

Thanks for your comment!

Susan from India on November 16, 2013:

I love cheesecake and your recipe is making my mouth water. Voted up.

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on November 01, 2013:

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Thanks, moonlake!

moonlake from America on November 01, 2013:

These look delicious. Voted up.

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 07, 2013:

Thanks for your comment, epbooks!

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on October 07, 2013:

Those look soo delicious!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 06, 2013:

Ya comiste de coco! :) hahaha

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on October 06, 2013:

Mmmmm, seeing this made me crave them again!! XD

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 05, 2013:

Thanks, Flourish!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 05, 2013:

This looks simply divine. I sure could use some right now!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 05, 2013:

Thank you, peachpurple!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 05, 2013:

oh... you are so good at baking. Wish I had yr magic hands

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 05, 2013:

I appreciate your comment, Eddy! Thanks!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 05, 2013:

Another great recipe for me to save.

Thank you for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 05, 2013:

Me too. Almond flavor is great. Thanks!!

IslandBites (author) from Puerto Rico on October 05, 2013:

Thanks for your comment, Kathryn!

CraftytotheCore on October 04, 2013:

This looks delicious! I love almond flavor.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 04, 2013:

My tastebuds are going crazy now, looking at the photo. It's too bad I don't have one of those tasty morsels right here!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing, and pinning!

Have a great weekend.

~ Kathryn

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