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Recipe: Americana No-Bake Cheesecake

I love to make special desserts for the holidays, especially for July 4th. This Americana No-Bake Cheesecake will impress all your guests and it’s super easy to make ahead of time.

Ingredients

‘–for the crust
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (14 full sheets) you can also us ginger snaps or chocolate wafers
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted, unsalted butter
baking spray
for the filling
1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream
3 (8 ounce) blocks full fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp confectioners sugar
1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
for the topping
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Directions

Prepare the crust: Pulse the graham crackers (or your preferred cookies) in a food processor until you have a consistent crumb. Pulse in the sugar and butter until well combined. Spray a 9″ or 10″ springform pan with baking spray. Press the crust into the bottom of the pan, using your palms to make sure it’s firmly packed. Refrigerate while you are making the filling, 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the filling: Whip the cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until you have stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl and place in the fridge.

In the same bowl, you don’t have to rinse it, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Scraping down the sides of the bowl with a soft rubber spatula as needed. On medium-high speed, beat in the confectioners sugar, sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Be sure that there are no lumps of cream cheese in the mixture.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the whipped cream being sure not to over mix, you don’t want to cream to deflate.

Scoop the cheesecake mixture over the crust. Smooth out the top with an offset spatula. Decorate with the berries.

Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours up to two days. Serve cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blissful Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Americana No-Bake Cheesecake

I love to make special desserts for the holidays, especially for July 4th. This Americana No-Bake Cheesecake will impress all your guests and it’s super easy to make ahead of time.

10-12 servings

–for the crust
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (14 full sheets) you can also us ginger snaps or chocolate wafers
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted, unsalted butter
baking spray
–for the filling
1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream
3 (8 ounce) blocks full fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp confectioners sugar
1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
–for the topping
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Prepare the crust: Pulse the graham crackers (or your preferred cookies) in a food processor until you have a consistent crumb. Pulse in the sugar and butter until well combined. Spray a 9″ or 10″ springform pan with baking spray. Press the crust into the bottom of the pan, using your palms to make sure it’s firmly packed. Refrigerate while you are making the filling, 15-20 minutes.
Prepare the filling: Whip the cream in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until you have stiff peaks, about 5 minutes. Transfer the whipped cream to a bowl and place in the fridge.
In the same bowl, you don’t have to rinse it, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Scraping down the sides of the bowl with a soft rubber spatula as needed. On medium-high speed, beat in the confectioners sugar, sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla bean paste until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Be sure that there are no lumps of cream cheese in the mixture.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the whipped cream being sure not to over mix, you don’t want to cream to deflate.
Scoop the cheesecake mixture over the crust. Smooth out the top with an offset spatula. Decorate with the berries.
Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours up to two days. Serve cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Blissful Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

We love this Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes recipe for Valentine’s Day and anytime you want to tell someone you love them with a chocolate sweet treat!

12 mini cheesecakes

–for the crust
1 cup ginger snap crumbs
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup light brown sugar
pinch of salt
–for the filling
16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
dash of granulated sugar
–for the topping
1 bag (11.5 ounce) semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate chips
fresh strawberries
spinkles
–you will also need
standard sized cupcake liners

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F with the rack in the middle.
In the bowl of a food processor pulse the ginger snaps, melted butter, brown sugar and salt until you have a fine crumb. Place the cupcake liners in a standard sized 12 part cupcake/muffin tin and press equal amounts of the cookie mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner until it is all used up. Bake for 8 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350˚. Let the cookie crust cool a bit while you work on the batter.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla extract. Beat in the yolks one at a time. Make sure the mixture is well combined, transfer to a large clean bowl. Clean the bowl of the mixer.
With the stand mixer, whip the egg whites with the whisk attachment until you have soft peaks. Add the extra dash of granulated sugar. Continue to whisk for another 30 seconds.
Fold the egg whites gently into the cream cheese mixture with a spatula. The batter should be smooth and it will thin out.
Evenly divide the batter into the 12 cupcake liners until they are just about full. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. The filling will collapse a bit while the cheesecakes rest. Place the cheesecakes in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours.
After the cheesecakes have cooled, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or carefully in the microwave.
Drizzle some chocolate onto the top of a cheesecake, while the chocolate is melty place a chocolate dipped strawberry on top. Continue with this process until you have covered and strawberried every cheesecake. Gently place some sprinkles over the tops if desired while the chocolate is still warm. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

~ Marla Meridith