I don’t eat a lot of desserts because I’d rather consume my calories the savory way. But I must admit to having a soft spot for dessert shooters. So, I thought today felt like a definite blueberry cheesecake dessert shooter kind of day. Plus, Bed Bath & Beyond had a sale on an assortment of dessert shooter glasses that I couldn’t resist.
It seems today’s post is the intersection of a guilty sweet tooth and impulsive retail therapy.
Clearly, I need to make this a very, very short and sweet post. Otherwise you are going to get paragraph after paragraph of my rationalizing the amount of sugar I consumed today, and not because I indulged in one of these delicious blueberry cheesecake shooters. But instead because I indulged both repeatedly and frequently in all the components while I was making these cute little things.
So, I made the blueberry compote and tasted it. Then I made the cheesecake filling and tasted it. Then I needed to make sure the blueberry compote and the cheesecake filling were going to go well TOGETHER. So I tasted them both again, this time back-to-back. Then I made the whipped cream and tasted it, but then I had to…uh…you get it.
Short and sweet post today.
These took no time at all to make from scratch. But if you want to shorten the process, you can use blueberry pie filling and ready-made whipped cream instead.
Start with the blueberry compote so it has time to cool. It only takes about 10 minutes to make. Then you can pour it into a shallow bowl and place it in the fridge so it cools down faster…after you taste it of course.
Then mix the ingredients for the cheesecake layer, and finally, whip the heavy cream.
Place them both in the fridge to keep cool. After you taste them.
Finally, grind the graham crackers in a food processor or blender and pour into a bowl. I made way more than I needed, obviously. The recipe specifies a more appropriate amount. Oh, and you should probably taste the crumbs too. I mean, why stop now?
Then assemble your components, including your little shot glasses. You just might need to taste everything again. Just in case the fridge changed them somehow.
Add a graham cracker base.
Then pipe in some of the cheesecake mixture, and add a tablespoon or so of the blueberry compote.
Then pipe in the whipped cream.
Top with a fresh blueberry, and garnish with a mint leaf.
I had a couple of pictures to take. But as soon as I was done, I had one. I mean, I couldn’t post it without knowing what it would taste like, right?
I’m riding a sugar high right now. I think I need some coffee. That should help, right?
- FOR THE COMPOTE
- 1 pint fresh blueberries (reserve 12 for garnish)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER
- 4 ounces of cream cheese
- ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM
- ½-pint heavy whipping cream
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (or more, to taste)
- 4 graham crackers
- In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the blueberries, sugar, and water.
- Heat to boiling, stirring frequently, until the blueberries are tender and the mixture has thickened. About 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and add the cinnamon, butter, and lemon juice.
- Stir to distribute, then transfer the mixture to a shallow non-glass bowl and place in the fridge to cool.
- With a hand mixer, whip the ingredients for the cheesecake mixture and place in the fridge to cool.
- With a hand mixer, whip the ingredients for the whipped cream until stiff and place in the fridge to keep cool.
- Use a blender or food processor to grind the graham crackers to crumbs.
- Fill the shot glasses with a teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs.
- Next, pipe in the cheesecake mixture, leaving about 1 inch of glass at the top.
- Top with the fruit compote, leaving about ⅛ inch of glass at the top.
- Then pipe the whipped cream to form a peaked cap.
- Garnish with fresh blueberry and a mint leaf.
- Refrigerate until served.
- Serve with coffee-sized spoons.