Mini Berry Cheese Cakes

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Ingredients

  • 12 ozs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 gingersnap or vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 1/2 s (4 or 5 ozs. each) fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries)

Directions

In mixer bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; beat until smooth. Add egg, lemon peel and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in berries; set aside. Place baking cups in each cup of regular muffin pan. Place cookie in each cup. Divide berry mixture equally between baking cups. Bake in 350° oven 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving. To serve, remove paper from cheese cakes and place on plates. Garnish with additional berries, mint sprigs and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
Note: Use foil baking cups. These cheese cakes can be made 2 days ahead of serving.

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