Sunday, April 25, 2010

Quick no-bake cheesecake

Fluffy Cheesecake
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature (I like Neufchatel)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust (I like making one with Nilla Wafers)
  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gently fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
  2. Cover with any toppings you desire or eat plain.
I don't know how I haven't posted this recipe yet, since this is one of my favorite desserts. I love cheesecake that is baked, but this no-bake cheesecake is rave-worthy as well.

Blueberry Cheesecake Squares

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup plus 3 Tbsp. sugar, divided
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix crumbs, 3 Tbsp. of the sugar and the butter. Press firmly onto bottom of foil-lined 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 10 min.
  2. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1 cup sugar and the vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust. Puree the blueberries in a blender or food processor. Gently drop spoonfuls of the pureed blueberries over batter; cut through batter several times with knife for marble effect.
  3. Bake 45 min. or until center is almost set; cool. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.
I have made this recipe several times, and we love it. I usually half the ingredients and cook in a 11x7 pan.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pink cookies

Strawberry Nesquick Nibblers
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1/2 cup strawberry milk Powder, Nestle's
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 oz bag White Chocolate Chips
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer beat the butter, strawberry milk and brown sugar until well combined.
  2. Place eggs into a bowl and whisk in 1-2 drops of food coloring. Pour into mixer along with vanilla and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl; mix to combine then slowly add to wet ingredients along with white chips. Mix on low until just combined.
  4. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart (or grease the pan).
  5. Bake for 9-11 minute or until edges just start to brown. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. about 3 dozen cookies

These were a hit and the whole family loved them. Will try with Chocolate Nesquick next time.