Friday, April 24, 2009

Mini Blueberry and Cherry Cheese Pies

It was supposed to rain yesterday and I had to cancel my picnic in the park mommy and me activity group. I was going to bring these as our little snack to share. Although, they are a little more than a snack. I was just experimenting one day and figured out that these make a cute treat to make for a group activity. They are easy to make and aren't as messy as you think (well, with children there is most likely a risk). I had some pre-made pie crust in my freezer and wanted to use it up and I really didn't want to just make a couple of pies so, I thought about making a bunch of little pies. Well, with a little experiments, I came up with these mini masterpieces.

Either make or buy some already made pie crust. Roll out and tear off small squares that could cover your muffin or mini-muffin pan holes. A two crust recipe is enough to make two batches of regular or mini- pie crusts.

Today I am using my min-muffin pan to make more cheese pies. Lay dough into holes and gently press around the sides of the holes. Don't forget to poke the bottom with a fork.

They should only need about 10 minutes to fully cook. Depending on your oven, check them after 8 minutes but, no longer than 15 if your oven cooks slow. They will shrink, but they still create a little bowl like crust that you need.

Take them out and place them in a flat container or a plate so they can cool. While they cool, blend together......
Cheese pie mix:
1 regular box of cream cheese (softened)
1 can of sweet and condensed milk
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Spoon into mini pie crusts. If you are doing mini pies, a great trick is to put mix into a sandwich bag, snip a good sized hole at the end and squeeze into crusts. You will have some left over, either make more regular crusts or for a faster crust, make Graham cracker crusts.

The blueberry topping is actually a Blueberry Jello Salad recipe from another source. Only I put a little twist on this recipe to use it as a pie topping. It turned out fabulous.

Blueberry Jello Salad
Mix 2 cups hot water with 1 cup blueberries (I used frozen)
Add 3 oz of cream cheese and mix well.
Let it set in the fridge.

According to her recipe, just before it sets, fold in 1 pint of whipped Cream. However, I decided to let it set and then put whipped cream on top. I spooned in some of the already set jello blueberry mix into a sandwich bag and squeezed a little on top of the cheese pies, then did the same with some whipped topping.

For other ideas to use for toppings: Any fruit, pie filling, Cookies, or chocolate.
Since this month celebrates both Cherry Cheesecake and Blueberry Pie, I would like to know which one do you like better?

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Nichole said...

Cherry Cheesecake is my favorite!!!!! Those turned out beautifully.

Nichole said...

I just looked to the left and saw where you wrote "my best friend of 18 years"!!!!!!!! I just can't believe that! Thats almost 20 i can't believe how time flies:(

abby's photo shoppe said...

These look delicious! Another reason to put my weight loss on hold again. You are too good!

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