Easy Mini- Cheesecakes- for my sister Donna



Easy Mini- Cheesecakes

This post is in honor of my sister Donna, who passed recently away on April 3. Donna was my big sister who looked after me and took me fun places when I was young. She was a gifted pianist and inspired me with her music.

At the gathering following the funeral, my friend, Karen, served these homemade mini-cheesecakes, topped with blueberries and raspberries. These are so easy to make and Donna would have loved them since she adored anything sweet.

To make these little cheesecakes, all you do is line individual muffin (cupcake) cases with either a vanilla or chocolate wafer cookie and then place the cream cheese mixture  on top, bake and then garnish with fruit of your choice.

Donna, we will miss you and hope you enjoy these treats, which we made especially for you! 

                                          Donna Flint

                                          Sept 8, 1940 to April 3, 2013 

10 - Donna (Xmas 1962)


Easy Mini Cheesecakes- for my sister Donna
Author: Fran Flint
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Serves: 12
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh berries
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 ° F (165 ° C).
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl with electric mixer until soft and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and almond extract together and beat well.
  4. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake ‘patty cases.’ Place a vanilla wafer (biscuit) in the bottom of each case and then spoon the batter into each until 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 22 -24 minutes or until the centers are almost set
  6. Cool and then refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  7. Garnish with blueberries, raspberries or fruit of your choice.
  8. Variation: you can substitute a chocolate wafer (cookie) for the vanilla wafer, if desired.










33 thoughts on “Easy Mini- Cheesecakes- for my sister Donna

  1. Mama mia, those are delicious! We can’t wait to make them ourselves :).
    How do you include the vanilla wafers in them without crumbling or breaking them?

    • Thanks for your comments! Regarding the vanilla wafers, all you do is place one in tact on the bottom of each cupcake (or muffin) casing and then spoon the cream cheese filling on top. The vanilla wafer forms the base for each mini-cream cheese cake- there is no need to crumble or break it up first.

  2. Wow, so sad to loose a sister. I have 3, all of us still alive but I did loose a brother 2 years ago. It’s so sad but it sounds like you have many wonderful memories. Your little cheesecakes are adorable and your blog is lovely. Wishing you much success!

    • Thanks so much, Chris, for your kind words. My sister had a real sweet tooth and would have loved your pink cupcakes!

    • Thank you for your comments, Barb. Here in Australia, we’re just going into Autumn with a bit of ‘nip in the air’- so your Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes will suit us well!

  3. Dear Fran, I am sorry for your loss.
    It is lovely that you dedicated these beautiful cheesecakes for your sister. I am sure she is smiling from Heaven.
    It is very nice to meet you and hope that you will enjoy blogging and being part of the foodies. Your food looks wonderful.
    I met you from Maureen’s beautiful blog.
    Blessings, Catherine

  4. Thank you GG! I’ve just added my photo on Twitter (although it looks a bit too small). I hope to get more ‘up and running’ with Twitter very soon. Cheers!

    • Thank you very much for your kind words. Cardomon Pod- Here I come! We sometimes holiday nearby at nearby Palm Cove so this restaurant sounds like a cool place to visit!

  5. First, my condolences on losing your sister. I have a little one, and we are very close. I cant imagine losing her ever. Your sister was a very beautiful young lady. Hope she had a fulfilling life, and may she RIP.

    The cup cakes look wonderful, and so easy too! I am Minnie, I blog at TheLady8Home. I have been blogging for an year now, though I still consider myself a novice, and still learning. Welcome to our world.
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    • Thanks Minnie- I must try some of your Indian dishes- glad you were able to overcome the initial “Eww factor” with your Karupatti Appam dish!

  6. Oh I am so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing, such a difficult time you must be having. It’s lovely to see that you’ve been able to turn that grief into these beautiful mini cheese cakes which your sister would have loved. I’m now going to go see that absolutely gorgeous molten chocolate cake that Maureen featured, now that is a show stopper!
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    • Many thanks, Eva. I see from your photo that you’ve visited Paris-
      “a girl after my own heart”! Yes, the molten chocolate cake is very good- only one problem- you can’t stop eating it until it’s too late!

  7. Hi Fran and welcome to the world of blogging! I found you from Maureen’s post about you and I’m so glad that I did. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your sister – my sister is my best friend and I can’t imagine life without her. I hope you have many happy memories to sustain you.

    I will definitely be back to visit again, and I hope that you will stop over and say hello on my blog as well. -all the best
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    • Wow, Donalyn! 1 million hits on your recipe ‘Crash Hot Potatoes! That’s impressive- I must try it soon! Yes, I will definitely follow your blog!

    • Thank you, Claire. How interesting that “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”! My son is a new lawyer and I know how stressful that job can be- cooking can definitely help relieve the stress!

    • Thanks Tricia. Desserts are my favorite part of the meal- your blog has given me new ideas for desserts- I am especially attracted to your recipe for Marshmallow Key Lime Pie- must try it sometime!

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