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Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes Makes 12

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

For the crust: 10 Oreo cookies 2 tablespoons butter, melted For the cheesecake: 12 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 tablespoon sour cream 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 teaspoons red food coloring 1 large egg, room temperature For the topping: 1/2 cup heavy cream, cold 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350º

Lightly grease or line a 12 cup muffin pan. In a food processor, add Oreo cookies and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a small bowl and pour in melted butter. Use a fork to mix in melted butter until all crumbs are evenly moistened. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of crumbs into each muffin cup. Use the back of a spoon to press down and compact the crumbs into an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. In a medium-sized bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, sour cream, and granulated sugar until well-blended and smooth. Add cocoa powder and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Beat in red food coloring. Lastly, beat in egg just until combined. Bake cheesecakes for 13-15 minutes, or until tops are set. Turn off the oven, and leave the cheesecakes in there for 5 minutes with the oven door open. Then, remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature, before transferring to the refrigerator overnight. In a small bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat together heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Remove mini cheesecakes from pan and decorate with whipped cream as desired before serving.

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