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Cherry Cheesecake Cups

Valentine’s Day can be a very divisive holiday. Regardless of whether they’re attached or single, people seem to either absolutely love this holiday and go all out or hate everything it stands for with a passion. Personally, I like it (which I guess puts me in the middle). Although we should of course appreciate our loved ones every day of the year, I think it’s nice to have a day set aside specifically to show the people you love that you care. It doesn’t have to be a significant other, it can be your best friends or your family. It also doesn’t have to be about buying extravagant gifts or boxes of chocolates (though obviously it’s totally okay if that’s included!). I think it should be about finding ways to show or tell the people in your life that you love and appreciate them.

With all that said, what better way to show your husband/wife/parents/girlfriend/boyfriend/best friend/brother/sister/fiancé/neighbor/co-worker/mailman/pizza-delivery-boy that you love and appreciate them than with cheesecake? Mmm. Specifically, sweet, creamy cheesecake smothered in a gooey cherry topping and individually packaged into neat little individually-portioned cups. *Swoon* Plus they’re secretly light at only 113 calories or 3 Weight Watchers Points+ each and they take less than 10 minutes of prep time. Cheesecake is probably my absolute favorite dessert, so if you’re looking for the way to my heart with Valentine’s Day only a week away, you found it!

For other light but decadent sweets for your Valentine, see Chocolate Fruit Dip, Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries, Chocolate Crepes with Raspberry Sauce or Black Forest Cupcakes!

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Cherry Cheesecake Cups

Yield: 12 cups

Ingredients:

12 Nilla Wafers
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
6 oz fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
1 ½ t vanilla extract
2 t lemon juice
1 large egg
¾ cup light cherry pie filling (I used Comstock)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a standard sized muffin tin with 12 foil cupcake liners. Place a Nilla Wafer, flat side down, in the bottom of each liner.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and egg and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture evenly into the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the centers are almost set. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool completely. The cakes will puff up while baking but will sink in the center while cooling, making a perfect pocket for cherry filling.
  4. Once the cheesecake cups are cool, spoon one tablespoon of cherry pie filling onto the top of each cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. The cakes are best served cold, so refrigerating at least an hour is recommended.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per cup (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
113 calories, 14 g carbs, 5 g fat, 3 g protein, 0 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

An Emily Bites Original

 

   

43 Responses to “Cherry Cheesecake Cups”

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    Shelby Fields — February 7, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    Sounds so good

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    Shelby Fields — February 7, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    Sounds so good

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    Melissa — February 8, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    yum. if only i could just eat one.

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    Unknown — February 8, 2013 @ 1:02 am

    I don’t really like cherry – what do you think I could use in place of it that would still make it come to only 3 points?

    Also… I always freeze my desserts so that I can defrost and enjoy them over a period of time. Do you think this would be a dessert that would freeze well?

    Seriously, your blog is so great! I have found so many awesome recipes here that help me stay on track with Weight Watchers. Thank you!

    • emilybites replied: — February 8th, 2013 @ 1:26 am

      I’d imagine you can freeze them. I just made them last night so I have no firsthand knowledge yet! Let me know if you try it.

      I never see any other lite pie filling flavors at my grocery store. Do you like raspberries? The raspberry sauce I made for my Chocolate Crepes with Raspberry Sauce is out of this world and it would be AMAZING on these.

    • Unknown replied: — February 8th, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

      Thank you! I will experiment. :-)

    • Anonymous replied: — March 31st, 2013 @ 2:15 am

      you could just top them with a fresh strawberry! or any other berry of your choice

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    Kara — February 8, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    Is there something that can be substituted for the egg? My little one is allergic :(

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 1:33 am

      The egg binds all the ingredients together so I’ve never tried using anything else. I googled egg substitions in cheesecake and found everything from silken tofu to flax seed, so you may want to try there!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste — February 8, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    This is so pretty Emily!

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 1:38 am

      Thanks Gina! I’m really trying to work on improving my staging/photography so I appreciate the compliment from someone who does it so well :)

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 8, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    yum! my mom made mini cheesecakes all the time growing up!

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    Lisa Roth — February 9, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    These look awesome. Any way I could pin them on Pinterest?

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 1:27 am

      Sure Lisa! If you hover over the photo you want to pin a pinterest icon will appear or you can use the social media share buttons at the bottom of each post.

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    . — February 9, 2013 @ 4:28 am

    I’m just a plain Jane when it comes to cheesecake. Would it shave off a point (or 3…) if I omitted the cherry?

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

      Nope, still 3 points each!

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    Diane — February 9, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    I love the recipe, and your dishes are adorable! Are they cupcake stands? I may have to steal the idea the next time I post something cupcake sized. :)

    • emilybites replied: — February 9th, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

      Thanks, Diane! My boyfriend found bought cupcake stands for me since I make so many cupcake-sized things. I will ask him where he got them and let you know!

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    Anonymous — February 10, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Yes! This will be my Valentine’s day treat :)

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    Anonymous — February 11, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    Hi Emily,
    My hubby can’t have yogurt. Is there something I could substitute? These look great! Thank you!!!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 12, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    These look SO good emily! I love cherries on top of my cheesecake. Having it all in individual serving sizes makes it even better. I’d probably eat more than one :) I love your little cupcake stands! So cute!

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    Jerry Mccarron — February 13, 2013 @ 1:32 am

    I couldn’t find the lite pie filling, just sugar free, will it affect the points value?

    • emilybites replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

      I don’t know the nutrition information for the one you found so there is no way for me to tell, but probably not?

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    Anonymous — February 13, 2013 @ 6:43 am

    OMG this reminds me of Gina’s version of it, I make it all the time and love them!

    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/lemon-cheesecake-yogurt-cups.html

    Also to cut down on the points I’ve made them without the wafer and they’re still delicious, and less pointy

    • emilybites replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

      Haha, I didn’t even know Gina had a version of these! They are similar. I first saw yogurt in cheesecake in a Betty Crocker recipe and I always make it that way now!

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    best dessert recipes in the world — February 13, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    These are picture perfect and adorable. You have the best ideas in the kitchen. Delicious yet so quick and easy and less mess. Gonna surprise my family this weekend and prepare this for them.

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    Anonymous — February 13, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    Do you specify foil muffin liners for a reason? Or should the regular paper ones suffice? Can’t wait to try!

    • emilybites replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

      I imagine paper liners would be fine. Enjoy!

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    Anonymous — February 14, 2013 @ 1:55 am

    This might be a silly question, but how can you tell when the cheesecake is set? I’m super nervous because there is egg and I want to make sure it’s cooked. I’ve never made anything cheesecake before! :s

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    Anonymous — February 14, 2013 @ 2:46 am

    I made these for my church group and they came out AWESOME! Everyone wanted the recipe, and of course I directed them here! I am officially hooked on your site! Thanks Emily!

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    Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom — February 15, 2013 @ 4:33 am

    I made these tonight and they were a big hit! Delicious!!!

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    Elle — February 16, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    I made these for Valentine’s Day and they were wonderful! Took all my willpower to stop at one :)

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    gtknit blossom — February 18, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I made these yesterday for a party and everyone liked them. I will definitely make again.

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    Leo Vieira — February 23, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Each and every meal is given a distinct point number according to its total caloric value, just how much fat is inside the meal, how a lot of carbohydrates are in the meal, and various other nutritional values. Separate foods are also given point values.

    Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes

    Thanks.

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    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com — March 1, 2013 @ 3:49 am

    Y U M!! These look delish! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing, Emily!
    Have a lovely weekend :*)

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    Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes — March 16, 2013 @ 6:01 am

    One of the most well-liked features of Weight Watchers recipes are their low point worth, wholesome nutrition, and fulfilling portions. These hallmarks tends to make up a person following the plan to have an improvement to one’s well being by just strict compliance using the specified point range.
    Take Care

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    Anonymous — March 25, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    These are amazing…..whole family loved them!

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    Anonymous — April 3, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    I made these as a dessert for our Easter dinner and they were such a hit!

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    Anonymous — June 23, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    I made these today for my family. We love them, and they are really easy to fix! I will definitely prepare these again (probably my next work luncheon). Thanks, I love your site!!

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    Miranda Perkins — September 29, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    These are so good! Mine stick to the foil pretty bad but I just lick it off! :)

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