Introduction: No Bake Microwave Cheesecake (Made in a Mug!)

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Aaah, cheesecake, my old friend. How much do I love thee?

A lot. That's how much. But have you ever noticed how difficult it is to just stop at one piece when you have a cheesecake sitting in your refrigerator? Yeah, exactly.

Well, I've figured out a way around that. This single serving cheesecake in a mug is not only a handy time-saver, but it also keeps your portion size reasonable...provided you don't use a GIANT mug to make it in. This recipe also can be the foundation for any number of creative variations that you can dream up. You can substitute the graham cracker base for your favourite cookie, add fruit, chocolate…whatever your heart desires. Go for it!

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

You'll need the following ingredients to successfully make this cheesecake in a standard sized mug:

2 graham crackers

1 Tbsp melted butter

1 egg

2 oz cream cheese

2 Tbsp sour cream (or yogurt)

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Step 2: Crush the Graham Crackers

Crush the two graham crackers. You can use a plastic baggie (or whatever you like) to keep the mess contained.

Creativity tip:

This is your moment! You can try experimenting with other kinds of cookies here like Oreos or sugar cookies for a unique twist on the recipe!

Step 3: Tap the Crushed Graham Crackers Into Your Mug

Butter your mug as you would a cake pan.

Pat the crushed graham cracker base into the bottom of the mug and pour the melted butter over it.

Step 4: Beat the Egg

In a separate bowl, beat the egg.

Step 5: Add the Cream Cheese and Mix

Mix in the cream cheese with the egg. You can use an electric mixer to get the consistency smooth, or soften the cream cheese slightly in the microwave.

Step 6: Add Your Remaining Ingredients

Add sour cream (or yogurt) and mix.

Now add the sugar and vanilla and mix well, taking care not to overwork the mixture too much.

Step 7: Pour Your Mixture Over Your Base and Microwave

Pour the mixture on top of the graham cracker base.

Cook on high (at 1000 watts) for 60 seconds, or until top of cake is set. The cake should appear dry at the edges, feel firm yet springy, and be pulling away from the mug slightly when it is done.

Step 8: Allow to Cool

Allow cake to cool and carefully remove it from the mug. Put it in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.

Step 9: Dress It Up

Now it's time to get creative! Dress your cheesecake any way you desire: berries, chocolate, or even crushed cookies!

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