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Mini Cheesecakes: Can I use a Graham Cracker Round instead of a Nilla Wafer?

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I want to make a batch of mini cheesecakes, but I don't have Nilla Wafers (and would rather try something a bit more interesting anyhow) - I have some cinnamon graham crackers that I'd like to use instead.

Every recipe I've found for mini cheesecakes has called for either a Nilla Wafer - whole - or a graham crumb crust to be pressed into the bottom of the cup for a crust. But I'm wondering: Can I cut the graham crackers into rounds and use them, whole, to make crusts the way one would a Nilla wafer? Or do I have to use go to the trouble of making little crumb crusts?

Thanks!
Alia

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  1. I think it is about the texture...when you use the Nilla wafer, they get a little soft from the moisture of the cheese mixture. I'm not sure a graham cracker would have the same texture (the crumb crust winds up a little more porous).

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    1. re: BeeZee

      I agree. plus graham crackers would be REALLY hard to cut into rounds. they'd crumble immediately (unless they were stale, and that'd be no good).

    2. My 2 cents: pulverize the crackers you have make a crust. Use the bottom of a shot glass to press the crust into the mini muffin tins...makes the whole process a lot easier :)

      1. I'd do as maplesugar suggested or I just saw a recipe using Oreos instead of Nilla wafers. You could use any cookie that would fit in the muffin cup.

        http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com

        1. To make the graham crackers more malleable, just leave them out unwrapped for a couple days and they'll be soft and readily formable.