The little cheesecakes look so cute in Martha's book and naturally I had high hopes that mine would look as pretty as Martha's. Let's just say that didn't happen. The picture at the top of my post is a copy of what they looked like in the book. Naturally Martha and her crew make them look perfect, right? Well, here's what mine looked like. Mine are not so cute. Strike #1.
Cookies and Cream Cheesecakes
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes
Makes over 40 cupcakes
42 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, 30 left whole and 12 coarsely chopped (This is the equivalent of one pacakage of Oreos) NOTE: I would buy 2 packages though because you will have extra filling
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup sour cream
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 275F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 whole cookie in the bottom of each lined cup.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping cheese until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Gradually add sugar, and beat until combined. Beat in vanilla.
Drizzle in eggs, a bit at a time, beating to combine and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in sour cream and salt. Stir in chopped cookie by hand.
Divide batter evenly among cookie-filled cups, filling each almost to the top. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until filling is set, about 22 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate (in tins) at least 4 hours (or up to overnight). Remove from tins just before serving.
I definitely want to say that I still love Martha's cupcake book and plan on making several more of the recipes in the future. Overall this is a good recipe, just not the best. I don't know that I would necessarily recommend it. On the other hand, Martha's book does mention that these are a staff favorite so maybe I just did something wrong. I'll never know because I'm most definitely NOT making them again.
Have you had any similar kitchen adventures lately?