My favorite sport (to watch) is college basketball. Obviously my favorite team is Duke, but I can (and do) spend Saturday afternoons and evenings watching back-to-back excellent college basketball games. For the most part it can be fast-paced and exciting. I love love love a close, nail-biting, ending to the game. It just makes me happy.
The weekend before last I spent all of Saturday watching my favorite sport and prepping food for that other game on Sunday. You know which one I'm talking about. The "Super" Bowl. Can I just say it? There was nothing super about that game. It was just terrible. I do enjoy football on fall weekend, but that game. Nah, bro, nah.
Needless to say, I was ready for basketball again. Good thing we've still got almost two full months left. Bring on the madness! :)
Oh and if you are watching again sporting event, you should probably have some snacks. Like these delicious lemon cheesecake bites. Perfect for sharing with all of your friends. The gingersnap crust adds enough spice that complements the lemon creamy filling.
They are just the cutest little bites. So yummy!
Lemon Cheesecake Bites (adapted from Baking Bites)
1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
2 tbsp sugar
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of kosher salt
2 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
16 oz cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat)
1/4 cup sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
zest of two lemons
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line mini-muffin tin with paper liners.
Mix the crushed cookies, sugar, zest of 1 lemon and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir with a fork until it is moistened. Scoop about 1 tsp crumb mixture into each muffin liner and pack down with your fingers.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (or large bowl), cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and extracts. Fold in the lemon zest. Top the crust with the filling, about 1 tbsp per cake. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheesecakes are set.
Allow to cool completely before refrigerating.
Makes 48 mini-muffin cheesecakes.