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Valentine Strawberry Heart Mini Cheesecakes

If you are planning to make a romantic dinner for your loved one on valentine’s day, what better way to finish it off than to serve these cute valentine’s day cheesecake hearts? Of course you can buy romantic desserts like mini cheesecakes, valentine’s day heart shaped cheesecakes and other valentine’s day goodies from the store, but making your own is much nicer and it will show your partner how much you love him or her. Nothing demonstrates your love better than handmade valentine’s day strawberry gelatin cheesecake!

This cheesecake needs to be made either first thing in the morning or the day before for the best results, so if your partner is likely to look in the refrigerator and spoil the surprise, you had best make it on valentine’s day morning!

This valentine’s day dessert is quite easy to make and, if you are looking for valentine’s day dessert recipes, this is a great one to consider because it looks great and tastes wonderful. The chocolate is optional but it does look cool in the cheese layer and chocolate tastes great with the strawberry gelatin, so you might want to include it.

Romantic Heart Shaped Cheesecakes
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 2
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Ingredients
For the Crust:
  • 1 ½ cups finely ground graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the Filling:
  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lb sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons small plain chocolates (optional)
For the Topping:
  • 1 packet strawberry gelatin
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Mix together all the crust ingredients well.
  3. Grease the base of a 9-inch spring form pan with butter and press the crust mixture on to the base of the pan. Refrigerate the pan for 15 minutes.
  4. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well.
  6. Add the sugar gradually and beat well for a few minutes on a medium speed.
  7. Beat in the lemon juice, vanilla, and sour cream on a low speed for a few minutes until smooth. Add the chocolates if you are using them.
  8. Pour this batter into the spring form pan and smooth the top using a spatula.
  9. Cover the sides and base of the pan with aluminum foil then place the pan into a larger oven pan.
  10. Pour hot water into the outside pan until it is an inch deep.
  11. Make sure the foil is not ripped; else, the water will leak into the cheesecake.
  12. The hot water bath stops the cheesecake cracking.
  13. Place these pans into the oven and cook for an hour and 15 minutes.
  14. The cake should still jiggle in the center because it will set more in the refrigerator. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool for a couple of hours.
  15. Chill overnight in the refrigerator or for at least 5 hours.
  16. Make the strawberry gelatin according to the packet instructions and pour it over the cheesecake. Refrigerate until the gelatin is set.
  17. Run a hot knife around the outside of the cake to remove the sides of the spring form pan.
  18. Cut heart shaped mini cheesecakes using a heart shaped cookie cutter or leave the cheesecake whole if you prefer.

Photo Description:

These cute strawberry gelatin cheesecakes are easy to make and they look so good. You can see the stripy chocolate effect in the photo but you can leave the chocolate out of the recipe if you want to. Valentine’s day is a special day and, if you like to bake, why not make something like these valentine’s day heart shaped cheesecakes. Your loved one is definitely going to love these mini cheesecakes. If you are short on funds for a gift, why not make these instead? Actions speak louder than words and these cheesecakes are so romantic.
 
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