This recipe was taken from my high school 'Family and Consumer Economics' cookbook. I'm not even kidding, though I have modified it ever-so-slightly. I can't tell you how many times I have gone back to this simple cookbook. One of these recipes was for mini cheesecakes made in the most simplistic way possible. This is idiot-proof cheesecake.
You will need:
18 cupcake wrappers
18 vanilla wafers (or substitute crushed graham crackers or digestive biscuits mixed w/ butter).
16 oz. of cream cheese at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1. Line cupcake tray and place 1 vanilla wafer at the bottom of each. If you cannot find vanilla wafers, you can substitute crushed digestive biscuits or graham crackers mixed with butter or margarine. Press this into the bottom of each cupcake holder.
2. Beat room-temperature cream cheese until smooth.
3. Beat in sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
4. Divide mixture amongst the 18 holders.
5. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes.
6. Melt chocolate chips and mix in 1 Tbsp oil. Drizzle over cheesecakes.
7. Chill cheesecakes before serving.