These adorable Easter Bird's Nest Mini Cheesecakes will be a hit at your Easter brunch or dinner and are so easy to make! Delicious, silky mini cheesecakes, topped with toasted coconut and mini egg candies make a cute and festive dessert!
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners, set aside.
Crush the graham crackers into crumbs in a food processor. Add the 2 tablespoons of sugar and the 1/8 teaspoon of salt, pulse a few times to combine. Pour in the melted butter and pulse until mixed. (If you don't have a food processor, crackers can be crushed by sealing in a large ziptop bag and crushing with a rolling pin or other heavy object until they are fine crumbs. Pour them into a bowl, whisk in sugar and salt, then stir in the butter and mix until combined))
Evenly divide the crumb mixture between the 12 muffin cups. Use a small flat bottomed measuring cup to press the crumbs into the bottom of each cup (I used a 1/4 cup).
Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla and sugar until smooth.
Add the eggs, one at a time and mix until well combined. Mix in lemon zest if using.
Evenly divide the cheesecake mixture between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until centers are set.
Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
To toast the coconut, spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven at 325°F, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden. This should take 10-15 minutes. Watch closely because the coconut can go from golden to burnt in an instant!
Before serving, sprinkle the toasted coconut in a circle around the edges of each mini cheesecake to form the "nest" Place 3 mini egg candies in the center. Enjoy!
Cheesecakes can be made a day ahead, reserve toppings until the day of serving.Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information is an estimate for your convenience. If you have strict nutritional needs, please do your due diligence to make sure this recipe fits your needs.
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Meghan McMorrow | Fox and Briar www.foxandbriar.com