It’s a little crazy how quickly Easter snuck up me this year. If you’re feeling the same way, don’t fret because there’s still time to put together and Easter dinner and dessert menu that will be fun for the kids to help make and delicious enough for everyone to eat. McCormick is offering a Spring Look Book that gives you a glimpse of dozens of recipes that cover, brunch, dinner, appetizers and of course, my favorite, desserts.
One of those desserts inspired me to make these Jelly Bean Lemon Cheesecake Cups. The original mini cheesecake recipe calls for great flavors from McCormick including almond extract, vanilla extract and fresh fruit topping. Taking a more colorful Easter approach to the recipe we dressed these up with some green coconut grass and mini jelly beans.
The cheesecake batter is incredibly easy with simple ingredients including 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and a burst of Spring flavor with 1/2 tablespoon of McCormick Pure Lemon Extract. Just a little bit goes a very long way from this bottle.
Just beat the sugar and cream cheese until fluffy and add the remaining ingredients, beating until smooth.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and to give the cheesecake cups a crust, just fill your baking cups with a big vanilla wafer or a pile of mini ones like I did.
Pour in the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheesecake is set!
After chilling in the fridge for a few hours you can complete this dessert with green colored coconut shreds and mini jelly beans. The cheesecake comes out moist, rich and the lemon flavor really makes them pop.
If you’re looking for even more inspiration for your Spring meals, be sure to check out the McCormick Spring Pin-spiration Contest below. You could win 1 of 25 Spring baking kits!
Also, we have a Spring baking kit to giveaway to one lucky reader. The kit includes: Corningware baking dish, cookie cutters, cupcake/muffin tin, and several McCormick products.
Disclosure – McCormick provided me with a Spring baking kit, opinions expressed are my own.