I've made these before and they are yummy little treats. I'm going to make them again this afternoon (or evening) with the leftover creme fraiche in the fridge. Yum!
Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes
24 plain chocolate wafer cookies, preferably Nabisco
3 tB. unsalted butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 c. sugar
2/3 cup fromage blanc (6 oz), at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 c. seedless raspberry preserves, warmed
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12 cup muffin pan with foil baking cups and spray the cups with vegetable oil spray. In a food processor, crush the chocolate wafer cookies. Add the butter and process until find crumbs form. Spoon the chocolate cookie crumbs into the prepared baking cups and press with the bottom of a glass to compact. Bake for 5 minutes, or until almost set. Leave the oven on.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the fromage blanc, then add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
3. Pour the cheesecake batter into the baking cups, filling them 3/4 full.
4. Bake the cheesecakes for 15 minutes, or until slightly jiggly in the center. Remove from the oven and spread 1 tsp of warmed raspberry preserves on top of of each cheesecake. Transfer the muffin tin to the freezer and chill the cheesecakes until set, about 15 minutes.
5. Remove the cheesecakes from the pan and peel off the foil baking cups. Transfer the cheesecakes to a platter and serve.
Make Ahead: the mini black-bottom cheesecakes can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Notes Instead of Fromage Blanc: Creme fraiche, goat cheese, lebneh, or quark.