Cheesecake is one dessert I have a hard time passing up and when you add lemon or lime to the mixture, well, I'm all in. I like to make mini cheesecakes as opposed to a regular sized cheesecake because #1, portion control is my friend when it comes to these and #2, they take 15 minutes(ish) to bake, rather than 45. It makes for a quick & easy dessert option when I'm in a pinch!
|the instagram shot, this recipe makes about 1 dozen cupcakes|
To make your own delicious lime cheese-cupcakes...
1 package from one box of graham crackers, crumbled
3 TBSP butter
1 package of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar (still looking for a good natural option to this--raw sugar does not work...trust me, I tried)
1 tsp vanilla
juice of one lime
1/4 tsp lime zest
And here's what you do:
Preheat oven to 325*
Combine graham crackers in a food processor until sufficiently crumbled (or crush them to death with your hands, whatever works)
Add 3 TBSP butter, melted & mix until evenly distributed. Place cupcake liners in cupcake tin & pat down 2 TBSP graham cracker mixture into each liner.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar & mix well. Still beating, add in 1 egg, juice of lime, & vanilla until well blended. Stir in the zest. Distribute mixture into cupcake liners, until each is about 2/3 filled. Bake at 325* for approx. 18 minutes or until done. Cool completely, then chill for 2 hours. Finally, for good measure, garnish with whipped cream & zest of lime. Enjoy :)