Sherry Yard’s No-Bake Cheesecake

I am so sad.  My Kitchen-Aid broke Tuesday and it is in the shop until Monday, at least.  😦 So, what is a baker to do? Well, I have been trying to find desserts that I can mix by hand, use a food processor or even my old school hand mixer.  I got Desserts by the Yard for Christmas and I came across a recipe for no bake mini cheesecakes.  Perfect!  The book is written by Sherry Yard, Wolfgang Puck’s pastry chef.  I was surprised that the woman behind all the fancy pastries for the Oscars also had a recipe for such a simple, but delicious dessert.  The crust is made up of Nilla wafer crumbs, no butter, just crumbs.  A lemony cheesecake filling is then piped over the crust.  You then refrigerate them for a few hours and you have cheesecake without all the hassle of  a leaking spring form pan, baking in a water bath and trying to hide the cracks.  I love that you can change the dessert up in a variety of ways- add fresh fruit or pie filling to the top, fold chocolate chips into the filling, use an Oreo crumb crust and topping…the possibilities are endless.   So if you need a quick and delicious dessert for some easy-peasy entertaining, look no further than these no bake mini cheesecakes. 😀  After all, everything is better in mini!

Mini No-Bake Cheesecakes

Yield: 24 Mini Cheesecakes

12 vanilla wafer cookies

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons sour cream

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

12 ripe strawberries, hulled and halved OR quartered (depending on the size)

Pulse cookies in a food processor until you have crumbs. Line the cups of 2 mini muffin pans with paper liners and spoon a layer of cookie crumbs into the bottom of each.

In bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. On low speed, beat in sour cream and lemon juice until well combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl.

Spoon or pipe filling into cups, dividing evenly. Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, until set, or overnight.

Sources:  Desserts By The Yard:  From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills:  Recipes From the Sweetest Life Ever

Helpful Hints:

  • I found that chilling overnight allowed the crust to set better.
  • If you don’t have a pipping bag, just cut off the corner of a Ziploc bag and pipe it that way or you can just use a spoon.
  • Sherry Yard says she also pipes this filling into raspberries…now that sounds delicious. Or how about hulled strawberries?

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