Easiest Mini Cheesecake Cupcake Bites Recipe

These are all over the net, we have made them since I was a teenager and we won't say how many moons ago that way!
I had this written down and somehow forgot about on how sometimes the simplicity is best. Nothing better to bring along to a party or serve on your favorite night watching that family movie or sports event! Even the kids can make these easy treats!

I use two cookies on the bottom but you can use one if you like, I found that using just one always browns way too much. This is such a versatile recipe, you can add any toppings your like. Chocolate chips, any fruit like fresh blueberries, strawberries or chopped peaches. Nutella with chopped hazelnuts or even Macadamia nuts with coconut and caramel ice cream topping. There are endless possibilities! Hope you find a favorite you like!

Easiest Mini Cheesecake Cupcake Bites
2 packages 8oz each of cream cheese softened (fat free works great too for dieters!)
1/2 cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon almond extract or clear vanilla  (or any other flavoring combinations you like orange flavoring goes well with topping with mandarin oranges!)
Cookie suggestions: Shortbread cookies, Oreo's without the creme, Ginger snaps, Duplex Cookies, Chocolate chip cookies or Peanut butter.
Vanilla Wafers are the original recipe suggestion in which I used them today however the oreo without the crème are fantastic or nutter butters and even lorna doones!
2 - 12 cup cupcake tin pans
I used 2  vanilla wafers in each paper liners, since they are so small, in the past experiences the cookie cooks too fast and sometimes scorches, this won't happen with two overlapping each other in the tin.
In a heavy duty mixer bowl, beat the sugar and the cream cheese together until soft and very smooth around 5 minutes.  Add one egg at a time beat an additional 2 minutes more total. Fold in the flavoring.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using a gravy ladle, pour 1 scoop of batter in each lined cupcake tin. Shake evenly way your all filled to level batter.
Bake until browned around 20 minutes.
Cool and top with your favorite pie filling.
This one was Cherry pie filling.  Suggestions that I have used are blueberry, apple, caramel and nut toppings, banana and caramel and chopped toffee, chocolate fudge sauce, sprinkles, nuts and chocolate chips. Jam and coconut.  Other flavorings for the batter could be used, coconut, lemon, orange, almond, raspberry, strawberry etc.  Enjoy!

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