|Low Fat Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Mini|
Christopher: Why are you making those?
Mom: For a lunch for your teachers.
Christopher: But why?
Dad: To bribe them so they will let you pass this year.
Christopher: (angry eyebrows)
Today, Tuesday, May 7, is National Teacher Appreciation Day, and Christopher's school is having an appreciation lunch today. Recruited by a friend to provide a dish for the luncheon, I said yes with no hesitation. Teachers are beautiful, hardworking people who have chosen a difficult and under-appreciated profession, so there was no question that I would help out. And my son's teachers? Well, they put up with him, so enough said :)
But then she said she wanted a desert.
I had assumed she wanted a savory dish (and we all know he saying about assumptions). Regular readers know that deserts are not my forte and I rarely make them...to the deprivation of my children according to the above mentioned Christopher. Ben suggested mini cheesecakes which sounded like a fine idea. He also suggested full fat, full sugar ones, which didn't sound like such a fine idea. This recipe is for 12, so double or triple if necessary.
Low Fat Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Minis
Makes 12 mini cheesecakes
12 small chocolate wafer cookies
1 8oz pkg. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 8oz pkg. fat free cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Splenda Sugar blend
large pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
5 Tbsp. raspberry preserves, divided use
2oz (about) dark chocolate chunks
6oz pkg. fresh raspberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the sugar blend, salt, vanilla and cream cheese with a mixer until well blended and fluffy. Introduce the eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated. Line a (1/2 cup-12 capacity or two 6 capacity) muffin tin with foil cupcake liners. Place a small chocolate wafer cookie into the bottom of each cup.
WW PointsPlus Breakdown
These were 5 points each as made.
If you use all fat free cream cheese they would be 4 points, and also using stevia instead of the sugar blend would bring them down to a miserly 3 points each. I plan to make some plain ones (Ben's preference) in this manner, but will sub gingersnaps for the chocolate wafers and add a tablespoon of lemon juice to the batter.