Be My Valentine: Mini Cheesecakes

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In our house, it’s go big or go home when February 14th rolls around. We go all out to celebrate V-Day in our family. Heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast, mini cheesecakes for dessert, and – new this year – an exciting hunt throughout the house for Valentine cards and/or gifts. Don’t tell the kids, but I already found my Valentine card from my 7 year old secretly hidden under the plunger in the bathroom…oh boy!

Here’s a fast, bite-sized dessert from our family to yours just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Mini Cheesecakes
Makes 24 mini cupcakes

12 oz cream cheese (1 1/2 of the 8oz packages)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 egg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp butter
5 graham crackers
Garnish – strawberries, blueberries, cherries, chocolate chips, etc.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a food processor (I use my mini prep), grind the graham crackers. Then, add the butter. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of 24 mini cupcake liners. Rinse the food processor bowl, then use it again to combine the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and egg. Spoon the cream cheese batter over the top of the crust in the 24 mini cups. Bake for 12-14 minutes until top is firm. Remove from oven, cool slightly, and add toppings.