Personalized Valentine's Day Cheesecakes with Jessie Jane
Ingredients (crust) • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
• 1 pinch of cinnamon • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp white sugar • 9 tablespoons (1 ⅛ stick) butter, melted
Ingredients (cheesecake) • 16 ounces (2 blocks) cream cheese, softened
• 1 cup sugar • 3 large eggs • 2 cups sour cream • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • food coloring - pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and red
Supplies needed: • Stand mixer or a mixing bowl and hand held mixer • Rubber spatula • Heart shaped silicone molds • Fine tip paint brush (new or food only brush) • Roasting pan big enough to fit your heart shaped molds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Now prepare your water bath for your cheesecakes. Use either a roasting pan or a shallow baking dish that's large enough to fit the cheesecake mold and fill it with enough water that it goes half way up the sides of your heart molds. Make sure you don't add too much water. You don’t want the water going into the cheesecake mold. Place this roasting pan with water only in the preheated oven so it comes up to temperature by the time you need to cook the cheesecakes.
In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, white sugar, and butter for the crust. Mix with spoon until well combined.
spoon graham cracker mixture evenly among 3 silicone heart molds (16 hearts) and pack down with back of spoon. Store in refrigerator until cheesecake mixture is ready to pour.
In a stand mixer, mix softened cream cheese until smooth (about 2 minutes) then add sugar and mix for another minute.
Mix in eggs and vanilla extract and mix for another 2 minutes on med-high speed until everything is well combined and your mixture is smooth with no lumps.
Stir in the sour cream and pour cheesecake batter into 6 small bowls and add 5 drops of each food coloring until you achieve your desired color.
Pour colored batter into prepared graham cracker hearts almost to the top.
Carefully place heart molds into your water bath and cook for 28 minutes.
remove from oven and remove from water bath. Let sit at room temperature for one hour and then place in freezer for two hours.
remove from freezer and pop them out of the silicone molds. using red or white frosting you can pipe whatever you want onto the top of the conversation cheesecake heart.