Completely satisfied Saturday, mates! We made it! Digital high-fives throughout! Right now’s snack is the right factor to assist usher within the weekend. It is candy, it is easy, and it includes the basic mixture of chocolate, cream cheese, and cherries.

Right now’s recipe comes from the little treasure trove that’s Ratatouille: What’s Cooking? (A Cookbook for Youngsters). We have baked from this e-book earlier than, and, though it is labeled as a cookbook for kiddos, it isn’t simply that. Youngsters might undoubtedly assist create the dishes discovered within the e-book, however should you’re a child at coronary heart, this one’s for you, too. As I’ve talked about up to now, I bought this cookbook from the beloved Writers’ Cease in Disney’s Hollywood Studios again in 2012. And I am scripting this from certainly one of my favourite quiet spots in Hollywood Studios proper now, so it is heat fuzzies throughout. Hooray for Hollywood!

Right now, we’ll be diving proper into the desserts part of the cookbook to whip up Cherry Cheesecakes. I really feel just like the title of the recipe is considerably deceptive, nevertheless. We’re making a lot greater than cherry cheesecakes. We’re creating mini chocolate cherry cheesecakes. And, higher but, we do not even have to fireside up the oven to welcome these creamy individually-sized desserts into our weekend. May this get any higher?

Earlier than we proceed, should you’re new right here at Saturday Snacks, welcome. I am so glad to have you ever right here at our digital kitchen desk. We meet right here each Saturday to assist welcome slightly Disney magic into our kitchens. If you would like to make amends for the recipes we have made up to now, click on right here.

As with most Saturday Snacks recipes, I kicked issues off with a little bit of analysis. I wished to take a peek into the entire of no-bake desserts simply to see what others have executed. As I dug by means of accounts of no-bake adventures, a query arose in my thoughts that might influence how our little cheesecakes prove. You see, one of many first steps that we’ll be requested to do requires us to press a chocolate graham cracker crumb combination into the bottoms of a muffin pan. If the crumb combination goes into the pan, it ought to come out ultimately, proper?

Properly, from what I learn, the chances had been not ever in our favor that that wonderful graham cracker crust would maintain collectively with out using cupcake liners. I made the choice to separate the distinction. I might perform a little House Ec experiment and make six of the cherry cheesecakes with out liners, and 6 with liners. And we’ll simply see what’s what. And, if the crust determined to not stick collectively, the recipe would not be an entire failure. I might no less than have six mini cheesecakes to get pleasure from.

The substances for immediately’s recipe did not name for something too far out of the field. We’ll be incorporating lemon rind into the cream cheese combination, so you should definitely seize a recent lemon, and for the reason that huge field retailer from which I used to be gathering the substances from did not carry pre-made chocolate graham cracker crumbs, I grabbed a field of chocolate graham crackers. I might do the work myself and luxuriate in an additional graham cracker or three on the identical time. Win-win!

To start out issues off, pull your 12 ounces of cream cheese out of the fridge and allow them to soften on the counter for a bit. You may additionally wish to soften your 1/3 cup of butter or margarine. I used to be quick on butter, so I opted to make use of margarine. Margarine is not at all times my favourite, however the recipe stated that we might use both, so I went for it. A fast zap within the microwave had the margarine good and melted. And it popped because it melted, so control it. You may be cleansing your microwave should you do not. Ahem.

I subsequent grabbed a gallon-sized zip prime baggie out of the pantry, tossed seven chocolate graham crackers inside, and smashed them with a butter knife deal with and my fingers, and in addition ran them by means of my blender. When you’ve got any pent-up frustration, this step serves therapeutic functions. All of us take it the place we are able to get it lately, proper?

Our subsequent step requires us to seize a medium-sized bowl out of the cupboard and toss in our 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs, together with the 1/3 cup of melted butter or margarine, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

Seize spoon and stir the whole lot to mix. You wish to guarantee that all the crumbs are coated with the melted butter/margarine.

We have now come to the purpose at which the recipe asks us to press the crumb combination instantly into the muffin pan or a 9 x 9 pan. And the beautiful coloration image within the cookbook has fantastically intact crumb cracker crusts with out liners, so simply urgent them into the pan(s) ought to work, proper? Oh, if solely that had been true.

I grabbed six cupcake liners, popped them into the muffin pan, and proceeded to press the crumb combination into them. I did the identical with the six unlined muffin spots, too. After the crumb combination is pressed into the pan, place the entire thing into the fridge to sit back when you whip up the cream cheese combination.

Now’s the time to get your 2 teaspoons of recent lemon peel off of that lemon. Wash it up and run it throughout a superb grater till you get to the white a part of the lemon rind (the pith).

When you attain the pith, transfer to the following yellow spot and preserve going till all the yellow peel is gone. One lemon ought to offer you two teaspoons of grated lemon peel with some left over.

Into a big bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer), toss the two teaspoons of lemon peel, 12 ounces of softened cream cheese, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Flip the mixer pace to medium excessive and let the great instances roll. You are attempting to get that cream cheese combination to a light-weight and fluffy state, and it will take a little bit of pace and some minutes to get it there. Whereas the recipe stated to beat the combination for two minutes, it took simply north of three minutes for my combination to get to the purpose the place I might name it gentle and fluffy.

When issues are fluffy, seize your container of whipped topping and fold 2 cups into the cream cheese. Do not forget that folding in an ingredient requires us to be light; simply flip that spoon and work the whipped topping into the filling.

As soon as the whole lot’s totally mixed, seize your muffin pan out of the fridge and fill the spots with the cream cheese combination. The recipe does not inform us precisely how a lot filling to heap onto the crusts, so I went with my intestine. Extra is extra, proper?

Despite the fact that I stuffed them generously, I nonetheless had cream cheese filling left over. Which, after all, wan’t a nasty factor.

After loading within the cream cheese filling, you and I are requested to unfold the ready-made cherry pie filling onto every cheesecake. Pals, do not skimp right here. That is not who we’re right here at Saturday Snacks. Load these little infants as much as your coronary heart’s content material and simply know – spoiler alert – that your efforts might be rewarded ultimately.

I have to admit that I used all the can of cherry pie filling. This was a choice that I didn’t remorse. Not. In. The. Least.

The recipe requires us to refrigerate the cheesecakes till able to serve, which, in my thoughts, is fairly imprecise. In a be aware under the recipe, it is talked about that the cheesecakes will be made after college to be loved after dinner, however within the analysis that I did relating to no-bake snacks, I used to be suggested to allow them to chill in a single day. Now you and I each know that ready for snacks to sit back shouldn’t be my sturdy go well with, however I stored my eyes on the prize and stored these cheesecakes within the fridge.

Guess what I had for breakfast the following morning? Yep, you guessed it: chocolate cherry cheesecakes. And guess which cheesecakes did not come out of the pan in a single piece? Yep, those made with out cupcake liners. We have discovered our lesson: use the liners.

We have additionally discovered one other lesson: when the cheesecakes do not come out of the pan, take a fork on to the pan. It is the weekend and we’re grown ups; we are able to do as we please.

The truffles made within the liners lifted out of the pan completely. Gently unwrap them and luxuriate in each morsel.

That recent lemon rind that you simply and I added to the cream cheese? Goodness gracious. It provides the brightest, most pretty citrus notes to the filling and pairs fantastically with the cherries.

The chocolate graham cracker crumb combination is so very yummy, and the whole lot all collectively combines to be one basic, pleasant, scrumptious snack.

These scrumptious and wealthy mini cheesecakes are the right factor to snack on when you and I look ahead to the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Journey in EPCOT. Remy would need us to savor the mix of flavors present in these easy and extremely yummy treats, in any case.

What have you ever been whipping up not too long ago? Please let me know within the remark part under what your favourite taste combo or recipe is lately.

I hope that your weekend is a good one. You’ve got received this, mates. Take in slightly solar, savor amusing or two, and eat one thing scrumptious.

Prepared to ask a basic taste mixture into your kitchen? The recipe is under:

Cherry Cheesecakes


  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 20-ounce can cherry pie filling
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the butter or margarine, mixing properly. Firmly press the crumb combination into the underside of a muffin pan or 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Place the pan within the fridge to sit back when you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. In a big bowl, mix the cream cheese, lemon peel, vanilla extract, and the remaining quarter cup of sugar. Beat with an electrical mixer till gentle and fluffy, about two minutes. Fold within the whipped topping, then unfold the combination onto the chilled crust.
  3. Unfold the cherry pie filling over the cheese combination. Chill the cheesecake within the fridge till able to serve. Makes 9 servings.


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