When my son was a baby, we were at a party and cheesecake was served. I gave him a nibble, and next thing I knew, he was practically begging for more.
The boy loves his cheesecake.
So, when my son’s kindergarten graduation was nearing, I knew the perfect dessert to serve for the special occasion: strawberry cheesecake.
But a full, big cheesecake in June isn’t quite what I wanted. I grew up on New York cheesecake, a dense, rich, to-die-for confection that is thick and heavy. But that’s not the only kind of cheesecake. Some is more like airy silkiness. That’s what I wanted to serve for his celebration.Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
are the perfect answer. They have a light texture (not dense like New York cheesecake, although I love New York cheesecake), and are perfectly portioned into single servings. Then, you top them with macerated strawberries. It’s so pretty, and the flavor is incredible.
Making these is a cinch too.
You start with a vanilla wafer cookie. That’s the crust. Worried it’ll be too stiff? Don’t be. Once it bakes up, the hard cookie is rendered completely soft and blissful. Anyway, then you mix up the batter. Let the whisk aerate it a bit (that’s why you beat it for 1-2 minutes at the end!) and then divide it between the muffin liners lined with the vanilla wafers. Bake for a mere 20 minutes or so, and it’s practically ready … just needing to cool.
Top with the strawberries just before serving.
More Desserts to Celebrate
Seems like special times call for special treats. Here are a few that will light up the celebration:
Featured recipe: Strawberry Cheesecake CupsSarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
What’s your favorite celebration dessert?