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Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos Recipe

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos Recipe

    Sweet Sensations in a Shell: Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos

    Spring and summer are all about fresh flavors and light, delightful desserts. Look no further than Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos – a recipe that's as fun and easy to make as it is delicious to devour!

    These miniature tacos are a playful twist on a classic cheesecake, perfect for parties, potlucks, or a sweet ending to a warm-weather meal.

    Why You'll Love Them:

    • Fun and Unique: The taco shell concept adds a playful element to a familiar dessert, making it a conversation starter at any gathering.
    • Easy Does It: Despite their impressive appearance, these tacos are surprisingly simple to make. With minimal prep work and readily available ingredients, you can whip up a batch in no time.
    • Perfect for a Crowd: This recipe yields around 20 mini tacos, making it ideal for serving a crowd. Plus, the individual portions are perfect for portion control and indulging without guilt.

    Ingredients:

    • The Crispy Shells:

      • 5 Large Tortillas (about 20 rounds) - Large tortillas are cut into smaller rounds to create the taco shells. Choose a sturdy tortilla that holds its shape when filled.
      • 1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs - These crumbs provide a delightful textural contrast to the creamy filling and a hint of cinnamon flavor.
      • ¼ cup Melted Butter - The butter helps the graham cracker crumbs adhere to the tortillas and adds a touch of richness.
    • The Luscious Strawberry Filling:

      • 1 cup Fresh Strawberries, Chopped - Fresh strawberries are the star of the show, bursting with sweet and tangy flavor.
      • ¼ cup Sugar - Sweetens the strawberry filling without overpowering the natural flavor of the fruit.
      • 2 tsp Water - Helps to dissolve the sugar and create a syrupy consistency for the filling.
      • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch - Thickens the strawberry filling slightly, preventing it from being too runny.
      • 1 Tbsp Cold Water - Used to create a cornstarch slurry for thickening the filling.
    • The Creamy Cheesecake Filling:

      • 1 cup Heavy Cream - Provides a rich and creamy base for the cheesecake filling.
      • 1 cup Softened Cream Cheese - The foundation of the cheesecake filling, ensuring a smooth and decadent texture.
      • 1 tsp Lemon Zest - A touch of citrus zest brightens the flavor profile and complements the sweetness of the strawberries.
      • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract - Pure vanilla extract adds a touch of warmth and depth of flavor.
      • ¼ cup Powdered Sugar - Sweetens the cheesecake filling without adding a gritty texture.

    Step-by-Step Guide to Sweet Taco Bliss:

    1. Crafting the Shells:

      • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
      • Using a cookie cutter, cut out 4-5 rounds from each tortilla, aiming for approximately 20 taco shells in total.
      • Dip each tortilla round in the melted butter, ensuring complete coverage.
      • Dredge the buttered rounds in the graham cracker crumbs, coating them evenly.
    2. Shaping the Shells (Optional):

      • Flip a muffin tin upside down to create little wells for shaping the taco shells.
      • Gently press the coated tortilla rounds into the wells of the inverted muffin tin, molding them into taco shapes.
    3. Baking to Golden Perfection:

      • Bake the coated tortilla shells in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown.
      • Let the baked shells cool completely in the muffin tin before filling.
    4. Simmering the Strawberries:

      • In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and chopped strawberries.
      • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the strawberries soften and release their juices.
    5. Thickening the Filling:

      • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water to create a slurry.
      • Pour the cornstarch slurry into the simmering strawberry mixture and bring it back to a boil, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken slightly.
    6. Cooling the Strawberry Filling:

      • Remove the strawberry filling from the heat and allow it to cool completely before assembling the tacos.
    7. Creating the Creamy Dream:

      • Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the softened cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla extract for about 2 minutes until the mixture thickens and becomes smooth.
    8. Chilling for Perfection:

      • Transfer the whipped cream cheese mixture to a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with a corner snipped off. Chill the filling

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