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PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE AND BLUE DESSERTS JUST IN TIME FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

I will be making mini blueberry cheesecakes for the 4th of July!  Cool desserts are refreshing during hot summertime weather and being mini makes them portable and easy to serve.

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake closeup in patriotic red and blue striped baking cups photo by Kathy Miller

These cheesecakes are baked in patriotic red and blue striped baking cups!

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake cups photo by Kathy Miller

MINI BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKES
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 12 paper cupcake baking cups
  2. 14 crisp cookies (such as Lotus Biscoff)
  3. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 12 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  6. 1/3 cup sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 2 large eggs
  10. 1/4 cup blueberry preserves
  11. 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place paper baking cups in a standard 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. Pulse cookies in a food processor until finely crushed.
  3. Stir together cookie crumbs, butter and salt. Firmly press about 1 1/2 tablespoons crumb mixture into each paper cup.
  4. Bake at 325 for 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.
  5. Beat cream cheese, and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears after each addition. Divide mixture among prepared baking cups.
  7. Bake at 325 for 15 to 20 minutes or until just set. Cool on wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 4-24 hours.
Notes
  1. Kathy's Tip...I doubled the filling mixture to give a thicker filling to crust ratio.
Adapted from Southern Living
Adapted from Southern Living
Kathy Miller Time Tailgating Blog Entertaining and Travel http://kathymillertime.com/tailgatingblog/
Another cool and refreshing dessert..Fruits tarts in the
shape of an American Flag make the perfect 4th of July treat!
4TH OF JULY BLUEBERRY & STRAWBERRY TARTS
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Ingredients
  1. 48 phyllo cups, thawed
  2. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  4. sweetened condensed milk
  5. whipped heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Bake shells for 5 minutes. Cool.
  2. Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
  3. Fold in heavy cream.
  4. Spoon into phyllo cups.
  5. Top with blueberries for the stars.
  6. Top with strawberries for the stripes.
  7. Chill until ready to serve.
Kathy Miller Time Tailgating Blog Entertaining and Travel http://kathymillertime.com/tailgatingblog/

Watch for more recipes from my 4th of July menu.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the picnic table!

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