Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes #ProgressiveEats

These Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes are perfect for your holiday dessert buffet. Top with a single raspberry and watch them disappear.

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes #ProgressiveEats

The Versatile Mini Cheesecake!

I make variations of these mini mascarpone cheesecakes for all sorts of events. Some with graham cracker crusts, others with chocolate cookie crusts and now these with Biscoff crusts. Flavored with a bit of dark chocolate, plain old vanilla or the extract of your choice, they are two bite, scrumptious little numbers. To jazz them up even more, I topped this version with small dollops of raspberry coulis and perfectly plump red raspberries. But I’ve also decorated these babies with dark chocolate and white chocolate ganache crowned with colorful M & M’s. Red and green candies are perfect for Christmas, but fall colors work for Halloween and Thanksgiving or pastels for Easter. You get the picture.  Then I shook these up even more by adding some of my homemade mascarpone for an Italian flair. Plus I stripped them of their dull white paper baking suits and set them into festive holiday wrappers. To ease the removal process, freeze the minis, then remove the original cupcake liners. They look ready for our Progressive Eats Holiday Desserts party today, don’t they???

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes #ProgressiveEats

November’s Progressive Eats

Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

This month’s theme is Great Holiday Desserts hosted by Jenni of Pastry Chef Online. Cookies, cakes, pies and more for your holiday party planning! Jenni is the one to contact if you ever have a baking conundrum…besides being a stupendous baker, she’s kind, generous and hilarious.

Progressive Eats

Great Holiday Desserts

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Candies

Cookies

Desserts

Pies and Tarts

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes #ProgressiveEats
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Biscoff cookie crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • Raspberry sauce, raspberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Line mini muffin tin with 20 paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325º.
  3. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Place 1 teaspoon into the bottom of each lined muffin cup. Tamp it down to cover bottom of cup and to compress the crumbs. Set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and mascarpone in a medium bowl till smooth. Mix in sugar, then vanilla. Mix in the flour. Add egg and beat till just combined.
  5. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of batter and carefully place over crusts. Smooth tops with offset spatula. Bake for 18-20 minutes till puffed, but not browned. Remove from oven to cooling rack.
  6. When cool, remove cheesecakes from tin to decorate. Top each with a small dollop of raspberry sauce and one ripe raspberry. Alternatively you can make a white chocolate ganache by melting 2 ounces chopped white chocolate and 1 tablespoon heavy cream and use instead of the raspberry sauce.

Comments

  1. Perfect little bites, Liz! And I am impressed that you made your own mascarpone! I have yet to delve into cheesemaking, but if these guys are at the end of the journey, I might have to get started!

  2. So cute! Mini desserts are the best for the holidays!

  3. Love these mini-bites Liz – they’re beautiful and perfect for any holiday dessert table!

  4. Gloria Roa Baker says:

    Aww Lizzy what besutiful and cute treats!!
    xo

  5. These are so cute – picture perfect!

  6. So fun for the holidays. I love your tip about freezing them to make removing the wrapper easier.

  7. I love the idea of progressive dinners! The first time I understood this, was in “Desperates housewives” I would like to participe it, it sounds like you have so much fun 😉
    Love your mini cheesecakes, I wish they disparated en 1 minute! They are so cute !

  8. those are so cute! Perfect for a holiday party

  9. These look great! I love mini desserts. I’ve never made mascarpone cheesecake but it sounds delicious.

  10. Love it, Liz. I’m a big fan of mascarpone and these cheesecakes are too cute and delicious!

  11. Dear Lizzy, That certainly looks delicious; perfect for the holiday table.
    Have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. xo Catherine

  12. These would be perfect for my holiday table! They are so pretty and I am sure they are tasty. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  13. I have a coworker who does a family progressive dinner every year during the holidays. I love the idea!

  14. Hi Liz, these mini cheesecakes look delicious, perfect for the holidays!

  15. There are times when I wish I was in the States and enjoying Thanksgiving buffets like this – especially with these wee cheesecakes. They look and sound super, Liz. Also love mini sweet treats. End up eating just as many but the guilt factor is less, at least! Enjoy yourselves! xo

  16. Yummy.

  17. These really grabbed my attention because I made something similar myself last weekend. Yours look absolutely perfect! I love anything ‘mini’, not least because you can eat them without guilt. What a great recipe for the holidays!

  18. These tiny goodies are so cute. I just want to stare at them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Liz. 🙂

  19. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Very cute, I bet they disappear fast:@)

  20. Very festive, indeed! These look perfect for the upcoming season!

  21. These are just adorable. Perfect for a cocktail party!

  22. I love mini desserts like these, they are so pretty too. I’m not sure we have biscoff here, I’ll have to look into it.

  23. Liz, these are so pretty, festive and adorable! Leave it to you to make your own mascarpone 🙂 You’re a machine in the kitchen!

  24. Puuuurfection! Love the versatility of these gems. And your Italian versions looks very Christmas cheery, too!

  25. I was awestruck at Homemade Mascarpone!! Amazing looking mini cheesecakes, Liz!

  26. I’m going out this weekend and I’m taking these with me. I’m in love.

  27. Liz, I’m all about the mini desserts for the holidays! (this means I can eat more and more variety! :)) love the Biscoff cookie crusts and I’m still in awe that you made homemade mascarpone!! love these!

  28. Great recipe to use your homemade Mascarpone recipe. Simply love it

  29. Just gorgeous, I love the raspberry topping!

  30. These bite sized cheesecakes look incredible!

  31. Love a mini cheesecake because I can enjoy one and not feel guilty about eating a big thick slice. These beauties will be stunning on anyone’s Thanksgiving table. 🙂 Have a wonderful, safe and extra delicious Thanksgiving friend!!! 🙂

  32. These are incredibly adorable! Love them! Plus marscepone is AMAZING!!

  33. Mini cheesecakes are so adorable 😀
    These would be gone in seconds!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  34. I love how versatile these mini-cheesecakes are. It’s like there’s 20 possible variations. I do like how these can be decorated in festive colours to mark special occasions. The patty cases are very cute. Love the mascarpone and raspberry topping! xx

  35. These are adorable and so tempting…. I want to just pop one or two in my mouth so perfect for a holiday dessert buffet! And I love that you cut the cream cheese with mascarpone!

  36. Very festive and the perfect addition to any dessert table!

  37. These are super cute and super delicious 🙂
    Biscoff cookies with cheese = wonderful combination!!

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