The Best Blueberry Cheesecake

A title like that promises a lot, doesn’t it? I found this recipe online; the title pulled me in. I make really good cheesecake, but I wondered if this was better than mine. Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes - fresh from the oven!

Our karate club was about to have a reason to celebrate, and I was looking for a special Banzai Treat. One of our students was testing for a big milestone rank and the treats needed to be something beyond our usual bars and cookies. Our group likes cheesecake (seriously – what don’t we like?!?) and I had a lot of blueberries in the freezer, so I went looking for a blueberry cheesecake recipe. I would have used my standard recipe, but was curious to see what I would find online. This one, from Food.com, had great reviews and the name intrigued me.

The original recipe is for a regular sized cheesecake but things that are “grab and go” are easier than desserts requiring plates, utensils, etc. So instead of making one large cheesecake, I made minis! Making crust for tiny cheesecakes is a pain (and I’m impatient!), so I dropped a cookie in the bottom of the tin to give the cheesecake filling some support. You could choose any cookie that works well with the cheesecake flavors, and I went with Golden Oreos. Why? So I could eat the rest of the cookies that weren’t used for the cheesecakes! Why else?!?

I loaded up muffin tins with muffin liners, a Golden Oreo, and the creamy filling and popped them in the oven. The recipe made 26 minis. Well, in my case it made 24 minis plus a 6 oz. ramekin which I’m calling a Quality Control mini. Other than changing the crust and leaving off the topping, I made the recipe as it was written. Click for recipe.

Mini Blueberry CheesecakesThese cheesecakes puff up in the oven and will sink and shrink while they cool, but don’t be alarmed. I didn’t add the topping suggested in the recipe, but might next time. Alternately, you could top your creation with whipped cream and fresh blueberries.

Oh yeah – you probably want to know if they’re any good. Yes, they definitely are! And coming from someone who has made and eaten as much cheesecake as I have, that’s high praise.

The filling is smooth and creamy, and the lemony cheesecake base highlights the blueberries nicely. I still prefer my cheesecake recipe, but I really enjoyed these and so did our Karate Club! If you’ve never made a cheesecake, don’t be scared by these – they’re hard to mess up. You’ll be surprised at how easy they are, and I think you’ll like them!

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