Make your Valentine’s Day sweeter with these adorable mini conversation heart cheesecakes!
So okay, we have explored my love for cheesecakes here before. There was the time I made mini cheesecake cupcakes and it was glorious. The time I made a patriotic cheesecake, and of course my recent adventure with cheesecakes in a cup, gingerbread style. It is a tale as old as time, and I have ONCE AGAIN found an occasion for cheesecake because I present to you, Valentine’s Day conversation heart cheesecakes.
The most adorable little colourful dessert you can eat in three bites, two if you’re feel frisky. Actually though, these were way easy to make and turned out way more fun then I could have expected, so I had to share!
First, I have tried a few mini cheesecake recipes (I feel like a different one each time I tried the above projects) but I made this one in a hurry (think, 1am, hot gluing a marquee sign and spray painting in a bathtub) so I dug out a different recipe with less ingredients and so far it’s delish.
What you need:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tblsp sugar
3 tblsp butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 packages cream cheese (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
* a silicon heart pan, I got mine from Wilton, at Bulk Barn because I basically keep them in business
First preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. I found since the pans were so small I didn’t need to cook them for very long, or at a very high temperature. Mix your crust ingredients together and spoon about a tablespoon into each heart, using a spoon (or your fingers, no judgement) to spread it into a thin layer covering the bottom. I usually pop the pan into the oven for a couple minutes to firm up the crusts a bit, but that’s totally optional. I also recommend Netflix. Because, obviously.
Next, blend together your filling ingredients. Add the eggs one at a time mixing them until they’re just blended. Spoon them out into little bowls and add your colours. Pour the mixture over the crust and smooth with the back of your spoon. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the middle is just set.
Let them cool completely before even trying to get them out of the pan. I made two batches (one coloured and one not) and I tried one in the freezer for about an hour before popping them out (super clean, very easy, couldn’t eat them for like a full day) and one in the fridge over night (exactly same, but eatable whenever you damn well please) but I think the lesson is to chill them so they’re firmed up before popping them out of the pan. The good thing about cheesecake is you can sort of gently push mistakes back together.
Next, use icing dye (gel dye, obvs) to “paint” your sayings on. I started with red because traditional conversation hearts have red writing, and then I decided I HATED that and switched to black. I usually put a dab of icing dye on a palette and have a little bowl of water and put a tiny bit of dye on my brush, dip it in water and paint. There is little strategy there, but it’s always worked for me.
And that’s it! Adorable, amIright? Perfect for serving up to someone sweet this weekend!