February 17, 2010

cheesecake. pink cheesecake. lemony pink cheesecake. in teensy little squares. simply divine, i tell you. made for my true love. who likes a good cheesecake (and isn't crazy about chocolate).

Lemon Cheesecake Squares (inspired by pink lemonade)
adapted from martha stewart .. and super, super easy

8 graham crackers (each 2 1/2 by 5 inches)
2 T. sugar
3 T. butter, melted

2 8 oz. bars cream cheese, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (2 to 3 tsp. zest|about 3 T. juice)
red food coloring

1. make the crust: preheat oven to 325 degrees. line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang.
2. in a food processor, or by hand, crush graham crackers and blend with sugar until finely ground. add butter and pulse (or stir) until evenly moistened.
3. transfer crumb mixture to prepared pan, and pat in gently. bake until beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. while crust is baking, make filling.
4. with a mixer, blend cream cheese until smooth. add sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 2 or 3 drops of red coloring; blend until smooth.
5. pour mixture onto hot crust in pan; smooth top. return to oven and bake until set (filling should jiggle only slightly when pan is gently shaken), 30-35 minutes.
6. cool completely in pan. cover very loosely with plastic wrap; chill until firm, at least 2 hours (and up to 2 days). use foil overhang to lift cheesecake out of pan. with metal spatula, lift cheesecake from foil; cut into tiny squares, or dig in with a fork.


Anonymous said...

Oh, look at THOSE. Am definitely filing them away for this spring.

Hannah said...

so cute and yummy looking! i bet your "true love" adored them.

natalie said...

YUMMY! i love cheesecake. i can't wait to try this. oh and i tried the biscuits you posted a while back and they were awesome!

Heidi said...

oh, those look good summer! I love lemon and I love cheesecake...why not put them together? Genius!

Rachel said...

I need one. Immediately.

Renee said...

they look yummy, and sound easy...I will have to give them a try...soon!

holly-lynn said...

i might bake these this weekend, because they look so springy! and i need a little spring in my life with all this snow!

Eeny said...

oh I just have to try this recipe. I am sure my sister will adore this yummy looking prettiness. She loves cheese cake and pink =)
Thanks for sharing.

Fallon said...

OMG!!! I can't wait to try this recipe out! Im thinking tomorrow night may be the day =) I'll let you know how it goes. Thank you!



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
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