A family favorite since I was a child, these Cherry Cheesecake Tarts have a cookie crust topped with an easy, creamy cheesecake and cherry pie filling. Top the whole thing off with a whoosh of Reddi-wip for the perfect treat!
I have always enjoyed cooking, but when I moved out on my own, it really became something else to me. Of course, I enjoy the process myself, but what I quickly discovered when I started cooking for others was the joy that food can bring to the people around you. Maybe it’s not the food itself, but the act of serving and putting the effort into something that brings that joy to the person you are cooking for. Whether it’s to cheer someone up, to make someone feel better when they are under the weather, or a “just because” treat to let them know you are thinking about them, baking up a little treat to share is a great way to brighten someone’s day.
But why not spread the joy even further? My friends at Reddi-wip recently challenged me to share the joy by not only bringing a treat to a friend, but to encourage them to share as well!! We all know that you are more joyful when you are around someone that is happy, and that joy can continue to be shared!
Since it is close to Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d bake up something that would be a perfect treat for the holiday. And since my sister and her daughter recently helped me out with some things, I thought I’d show some love and spread some joy by bringing them a treat to say thank you. But I didn’t stop there – I brought along a few extra treats so that they could share the joy with one of their neighbors by sharing the extra Cherry Cheesecake Tarts with them.
I loved that I could spread joy to my sister and niece, and then they could turn around and spread joy to those around them!!
Now, can we talk about these Cherry Cheesecake Tarts? When I decided to make a treat for my sister, I immediately thought of these. My mom used to make them often when we were growing up, so they totally remind me of my childhood. My mom always used a vanilla wafer for the base, which I actually intended on using, but we ended up eating all of them that I had bought with a Red Velvet Cheese Ball. I thought about running to the store, but then I saw a box of chocolate sandwich cookies, and I knew they’d be a great substitute. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherry!!
So the cookie is topped with a simple cheesecake mixture and baked to perfection. When they are cool, you top them with cherry pie filling. (This can be swapped out for a different flavor, as well!) And it wouldn’t be complete without a whoosh of Reddi-wip to finish it off. The kids all love Reddi-wip, and I love that it is made from real cream! These are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, or any other day that you want to just show love and spread some joy.
Make sure you share how you are sharing the love by using the hashtag #ShareTheJoy. This time of year is a great way to spread joy to others!
- 18 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line 18 muffin tin cups with paper liners. Place one cookie in the bottom of each liner.
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until combined. Add the eggs and the vanilla, and beat until light.
- Divide the cheesecake filling evenly between each of the muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven just until set, 12-15 minutes. Let the cheesecakes cool completely.
- Top each cheesecake with a large spoonful of the pie filling. Just before serving, top with a dollop of Reddi-wip.
My mom always made these with vanilla wafers as the base, which is also delicious! I had chocolate cookies on hand, so that is what I used. Feel free to use what you’d like the best!
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