Photos by Constance Higley.
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How cute are these cheesecakes? I’m a sucker for anything mini and these are just way too fun.
Actually, this recipe came about when my partner REAL® Seal challenged me to create the ultimate sweet treat perfect for Valentine’s Day. When working with real dairy (be sure to look out for that little red seal to ensure you’re buying genuine dairy made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms), there are so many baking options available.
Dairy is basically a crucial component to most delicious baked goods. I actually overwhelmed myself with all the possible ways I could use REAL® Seal to create a scrumptious Valentine’s Day recipe!
I thought back to when I was a kid and we celebrated Valentine’s Day at school. We’d all go from desk to desk handing out our Valentine’s Day cards, then get to munch on some sweet treats we all brought in (thanks to our parents).
I thought of those artificially sweet grocery store Valentine’s Day treats that usually lined the classroom table and remembered even as a kid I didn’t like them.
So I decided to create a recipe that was sweet and rich, but made with real ingredients and real flavors everyone adores. I decided on a recipe that could be made ahead of time and is easy to transport. That way, if you wanted to bring them to your kid’s classroom, or to a Galentine’s day party, or to your collegues at work, it would be super simple.
By the way, for more recipes and inspiration, be sure to check out REAL® Seal on Facebook and Pinterest.
Mini Cheesecake Recipe Tips
I used my beloved Mini Cheesecake Pan for this recipe, but if you don’t have one go ahead and use a standard muffin tin with paper liners sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Also make sure to grease your mini cheesecake pan if you’re using that. We don’t want any sticking here since there is no baking!
Make sure your cream cheese is completely at room temperature. You want to beat it very well so no lumps remain. However, once you add the egg be careful not to over beat, which can cause the cheesecakes to crack and deflate.
Here’s a little sneaky plus though, even if these cheesecakes deflate it’s okay because that basically means more room for ganache on top!
Make sure you chill the cheesecakes for at least 3 hours so they have the best shape, texture, and taste.
Making Ahead & Storing
The plain cheesecakes, without the ganache or strawberries on top, can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 3 days ahead of time. Once you add the toppings they’re best served within 1 day,
The other key is to be sure to use real full-fat cream cheese and cream that has little red REAL® Seal on the packaging to ensure you’re buying genuine dairy products that meet strict standards and are made with milk from cows on U.S. dairy farms. Nothing else quite compares!!