Looking for something lighter to serve with your greasy and heavy appetizers on New Year’s Eve? Not willing to brave the stores any more? Does turning on your oven seem like mission impossible? Let me introduce you to No Bake Citrus Cheesecake Bites.
Originally a full-on spring form pan cheesecake, I have revamped this into a more party friendly size. This make ahead dessert appetizer only needs a few hours to set, meaning even your last minute party prep can be pulled off without a hitch.
No Bake Citrus Cheesecake Bites
- 1-1/4 cups Honey Maid Graham Crumbs
- 1/4 cup butter , melted
- 2 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1 pkg. (85 g) Jell-O Orange Jelly Powder
- zest and juice from 1 orange
- 2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
- 1 can mandarin slices , drained
Combine graham crumbs and melted butter.
Divide evenly between 24 regular muffin papers or 48 mini muffin papers
Press with the back of a spoon.
Dissolve Jell-O in water and stir well
Beat in cream cheese, one brick at a time.
Beat in zest and juice.
Stir in Cool Whip
Divide evenly between muffin tins and smooth top with a knife.
Place a single mandarin slice on top of each
Cover and chill for at least three hours.
Variations on the Theme of No Bake Citrus Cheesecake Bites
I’m going to offer you a couple of variations on this recipe, all of which can be whipped up in only a few minutes.
- This light dessert appetizer can be made using any citrus-y Jell-O. Lemon, lime, orange. Likewise the fruit juice and zest – Meyer lemons, blood oranges, Key limes – use whatever you have on hand. Don’t feel like candying peel or supreming the citrus, keep back a bit of the graham cracker crumb base or use some lemon and orange slice candies.
- No bake cheesecake looks great and makes a light, elegant dessert for sit down parties. Use a small ramekin or glass dessert dish to highlight the bright and airy colour. Added bonus? No need to bake the graham crumb bottom. Simply press it into the bottom of each glass and let guests scoop it up along with the cheesecake filling.
- Running really short on time? Use a Nilla wafer in the bottom of a mini muffin cup and skip mixing up the graham crumb base.
- The mini muffin cup version also freezes well, offering not only a texture difference for your nibbles, but a temperature one as well.
In case you are still looking for more cheesecake recipe options, Kraft has assembled a whole list of easy to make desserts in a wide variety of flavours.
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