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cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2010 09:49 AM

I am looking for a cheesecake recipe for a party, want to be able to make it 2 days ahead, in a 9x13 pan rather than springform style. this is for a very casual, non foodie party of 13 people. Will be making another dessert too....open to suggestions. Thinking of tirimisu, but I am wondering if that and cheesecake will be too similar, maybe a make ahead brownie recipe instead, any good gooey, fudgy (not dense and cakey) recipes out there? thanks!!

  1. HillJ Nov 17, 2010 04:09 PM


    How about the classic Nilla Vanilla cheesecake cupcakes. Instead of a spoonful of graham cracker in each cupcake paper I place one Vanilla Wafer cookie and follow the filling recipe as described. Super easy, def. make ahead and easy to hold.

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    1. re: HillJ
      cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2010 07:32 PM

      those are a great idea, I was looking for something like that, not sure that I can get the vanilla wafers here (small town), but could at least do the graham crust

      1. re: cleopatra999
        greygarious Nov 17, 2010 09:25 PM

        You will have a hard time pressing buttered graham cracker crumbs into the paper liners. But you could use any round cookie of the correct diameter to fit the muffin tin and liner.

        1. re: cleopatra999
          HillJ Nov 18, 2010 04:51 AM

          No need to press the grahams down too hard, just spoon them in and pat lightly. The batter will hold down the crumb mixture.

          1. re: HillJ
            Pia Nov 18, 2010 06:06 AM

            Just make SURE you use the liners -- I just made mini cheesecakes in a mini-muffin tin using a Giada recipe (ricotta cheesecakes with orange zest and a chocolate crumb crust, probably too elaborate for your party) and they were simple to make, but I didn't use liners and unmolding them was a nightmare! (But yes, I just pressed down on the crumb crust and it worked fine.)

            I like the idea of having little squares of brownies and cheesecakes as your desserts -- they go well together and one or the other should satisfy pretty much everyone at your party. I also like to put out a bowl of fruit (grapes or pineapple are good, berries in summertime) for those who don't have much of a sweet tooth.

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        arp29 Nov 17, 2010 11:50 AM

        This is a recipe my mom makes every Christmas. They freeze well and everyone enjoys them. Hope you do, too!
        Cheesecake Cookies
        ⅔ cup butter
        ½ cup sugar
        ⅔ cup brown sugar
        2 cups flour
        1 cup flour
        1 cup walnuts, chopped
        2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
        2 eggs
        2 tbsp. lemon juice
        4 tbsp. milk
        1 tsp. vanilla
        Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
        Cream butter,and brown sugar. Add flour and walnuts and combine to make a crumbly mixture. Reserve two cups for topping. Press remainder into 9x12 pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
        Blend sugar with cream cheese until smooth. Add egg, milk, lemon juice and vanilla;beat well. Spread over baked crust and sprinkle with reserved mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool on rack.

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        1. re: arp29
          cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2010 03:24 PM

          Do you freeze these after you cut them, or freeze it whole? I only have 2 days before the party, could I just keep them in the fridge?

          1. re: cleopatra999
            arp29 Nov 17, 2010 03:47 PM

            We always freeze them after cutting into squares, but I don't see why you couldn't just let them hang out in the fridge until your party.

          2. re: arp29
            petitgateau Nov 17, 2010 04:27 PM

            Hi arp29,
            Your recipe contains two measurements of flour. Does one use 3 cups of flour?
            Thanks for the recipe.

            1. re: petitgateau
              arp29 Nov 18, 2010 06:08 AM

              Sorry about that! I was cutting and pasting from another document on my computer and spazzed out:-) I was just speaking with my mother about this recipe and she says that she now uses only about a cup and 3/4 for the topping, and presses the rest into the pan for the base. After many years of making them she founds that this makes a bit of a sturdier base.

          3. greygarious Nov 17, 2010 10:28 AM

            I like the cheesecake bar recipe on the back of the Nestle's butterscotch chip bag but I double the cheesecake part since it is rather thin. You could substitute other flavors of baking chips, or a combination. http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes...

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            1. re: greygarious
              cleopatra999 Nov 17, 2010 03:03 PM

              are those butterscotch flavored chipits? or more like skor bits?

              1. re: cleopatra999
                greygarious Nov 17, 2010 09:30 PM

                Nestle's, as it says in the recipe.

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