Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with a tart cranberry jam. A festive two bite dessert, perfect for the holidays!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!

Do you ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? That’s exactly how I feel after our long weekend. It’s not even like we did any significant traveling. It was a pretty low-key weekend… Thanksgiving with family, setup our tree and enjoyed some Christmas movies. But between all of that, I got nothing done. Partly by choice and partly due to seriously gloomy weather. Now I have to readjust back to normal life. Here’s to hoping this week is productive!

Speaking of the tree… We have a tradition of watching Elf when we set our tree up every year. I like having traditions. There something to look forward to and remember years down the road. This year, the Mr and I sat back and let the kids clean the house (including moving furniture!) all to prepare for the tree! It was fairly comical and also relaxing. One of the things I hate most about decorating is all of the prep work and cleaning that goes along with it. With their help, it definitely made putting things up a lot easier this year, and less stressful! They were so eager to have it up, so we figured why not! Hopefully they’re that eager to help when it comes time to put it all away!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!

I’m a huge fan of mini treats, as you may or may not have noticed. And, I love super festive food for the holidays, especially desserts. They just have a way of making parties and celebrations extra special.

The great thing about these mini cheesecakes, is that you can eat one or a few and feel less guilty about it. Finger food has a way of doing that.

Easy creamy mini cheesecakes, coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with tart cranberry jam! A festive two bite dessert, perfect for all of your holiday parties!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!


Yield: Makes 12 cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes plus chill time

Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with a tart cranberry jam. A festive two bite dessert, perfect for the holidays!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1C graham cracker crumbs, roughly 6 sheets
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 12oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2C sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2C shelled unsalted pistachios, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Cranberry jam

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.

In a food processor, combine crust ingredients. Divide mixture among prepared cheesecake cavities. Add 1 small cookie scoop of crust mixture per cavity. Press down firmly to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together softened cream cheese and sugar. When smooth, mix in sour cream, vanilla and salt. Finally, add in egg, mixing until just combined and no streaks remain.

Add one heaping medium scoop of batter to each pan cavity. Bake at 325°F for 15-18 minutes.

Cool in pan to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly, roughly 6-12 hours or overnight.

When ready to proceed, carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing pan discs from the bottom of each crust.

Add finely chopped pistachios to a small bowl.

Microwave honey for 10 seconds. Using a pasty brush, lightly coat the sides of a cheesecake with honey. Roll coated cheesecake in chopped unsalted pistachios. Repeat with remaining cheesecakes.

Add cranberry jam to a pastry bag or plastic bag fit with a round tip. If needed, warm jam to soften prior to adding to bag. Pipe cranberry jam to the top of each cheesecake.

Chill cheesecakes until ready to serve.

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