Petite Dessert: Vanilla Cheesecake Shots

by Lisa on April 21, 2011

Hi!  Lisa from Stop and Smell the Chocolates here.  I’m happy to be a part of Thrifty Kitchen here at Pennies and Blessings!  I thought it would only be right to start off by offering up a yummy dessert recipe {my favorite food group}. :)

Petite desserts have become very popular lately {even Starbucks has started offering them}.  They cost less, contain less calories and well…they’re cute!  I found this recipe idea through Kraft and then made some changes to make it even more yummy!  I found 1 oz plastic cups at Smart ‘N Final, but you could also use that eclectic collection of shot glasses stuck in the back of your cupboard!

Served in cute little 1 oz plastic cups!

Served in old shot glasses!

Vanilla Cheesecake Shots

8 oz tub cream cheese spread (not solid cream cheese block, but not whipped cream cheese either!)
3/4 cup half and half
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Crushed Nilla wafers, graham crackers, or other cookies for garnish

Blend all ingredients except cookie crumbs in blender until smooth.  Serve immediately in 1 oz. plastic cups or glasses.  Garnish with cookie crumbs.  Makes approximately 16 servings.

Variations:  Try different flavors of extracts or add chocolate syrup.  Substitute 2 tablespoons liqueur (Kahlua, amaretto, etc.) for vanilla extract and lemon juice and increase sugar to 1/2 cup.

I think these would be lovely for an Easter brunch or a Spring party!  Or how about serving them alongside a decadent piece of flourless chocolate cake?  Or maybe let guests pour them over a simple slice of yellow cake or a bowl of fruit.  You could even serve it in espresso cups with espresso spoons and call it “Cheesecake Soup!”  So many fun possibilities!

I hope you get a chance to try these and would love to hear your ideas for variations!

Lisa  :)

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Heathahlee April 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM

This looks sooooo good! I will have to try this!
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Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates April 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Thanks Heathahlee! They are really yummy and so so easy!
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Kim @ Homesteader's Heart April 22, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Oh my friend. That sounds yummy! And it’s all about portions isn’t it? LOL!
Love ya!

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Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates April 23, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Yes, the small portions mean you can have more of them – LOL! And you know you could make chocolate ones too my friend!
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ButterYum April 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM

What a cute idea – and no baking, cooling, chilling time required!

:)
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Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates April 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Thanks! They are a quick and easy dessert – gotta love that! :)
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Erika April 25, 2011 at 7:19 PM

These looks great I can’t wait to try them. As I said on Lisa’s blog looks like you forgot or could add a dollop of Nutella on top.. I know it says vanilla but even dieters need a tad of chocolate sometime and we dont always want 90 percent dark either.

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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM

If you want to add Nutella, I would add it in the blender and mix it all up so you have Nutella Cheesecake Shots – yum!
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SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen April 26, 2011 at 8:21 AM

That’s kind of a fun recipe — looks tasty.

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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 12:55 AM

Thanks – it is so tasty! :)
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Sherry April 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM

THose are too cute and look delish! Love that they are in small portions!
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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 1:03 AM

They are too adorable to resist! :)
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Traci April 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Looks fabulous! Here’s my ECLAIR CAKE recipe:

http://ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2011/04/eclair-cake.html

Love,
Traci

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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Thanks! And the eclair cake sounds yummy and easy!
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Miz Helen April 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM

What a great recipe and a super idea for entertaining! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!
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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Thanks so much!
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angie April 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM

I love this idea so cute and would be great for parties

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Lisa April 27, 2011 at 1:06 AM

Definitely great for parties!
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Jan April 30, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Wow! I am on a specially prescribed diet by my physician, so I seldom ever check out the dessert recipes anymore. But, if I switched out the sugar to Splenda, then I could have this delish dish! Thank you so much!
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Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates May 2, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Oh I’m so glad!! It would definitely work with Splenda and I’m sure you’ll love it!
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