Mini Cheesecakes


Mini Cheesecakes
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prep icon Prep Time
10 min
cook icon Cook Time
45 min

serving icon Servings
6 mini cheesecakes
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 lb regular cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp regular or low-­fat sour cream
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp table salt
  • six 1/2-cup (4-ounce) pressure-safe ramekins, custard cups, or canning jars
  • a food processor
  • a pressure-safe rack or trivet
  • Pour the water into the insert set in a 5-, 6-, or 8-quart Instant Pot. Put a pressure-safe rack or trivet in the insert.
  • Grease the insides of six 1/2-cup (4-ounce) pressure-safe ramekins, custard cups, or canning jars with cold butter, making sure it gets generously down into the joint between the side and the bottom of each.
  • Mix the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl until uniform. Divide this mixture among the prepared ramekins, about 1 1/2 tablespoons per container. Gently press to form an even bottom crust in each.
  • Put the cream cheese, sugar, egg, sour cream, flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt in a food processor. Cover and process until smooth, stopping the machine at least once to scrape down the inside of the canister. Divide this mixture evenly among the prepared ramekins, a generous 1/4 cup in each. Do not cover.
  • Stack the ramekins on the rack, placing three on the bottom level, then three on the top level with each sitting on a part of the rim of at least two below. Lock the lid onto the cooker.
  • Set the pot for Pressure Cook or Manual on High Pressure. The valve must be closed. Set the time for 15 minutes with the Keep Warm setting off.
  • When the pot has finished cooking, turn it off and let the pressure return to normal naturally, about 20 minutes. Unlatch the lid and open the cooker. Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Use hot pads or silicone baking mitts to transfer the (still hot!) ramekins to a nearby wire rack. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving — or up to 3 days.
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