Hi there, Melissa here from The Sweet Escape with a perfect sweet and savory recipe to share with you. Did I mention that it involved bacon? It’s pretty safe to say that any recipe involving bacon will be a hit and this is no exception. These no bake maple bacon cheesecake cups are a quick and easy dessert to whip up whenever you have guests over. It’s one of those recipes that’s super easy but oh-so impressive, which are the best kind.
These cups of deliciousness do need a bit of time to set so it’s best to make them about 4 hours ahead of time or even better, the day before — just add the whipped topping at the last minute.
Who doesn’t love a good sweet and savory combo, right? The maple candied bacon bits on the top are the perfect sweet/salty crunch to top off this fluffy-as-a-cloud, no bake cheesecake.
Here’s what you’ll need – a tip, if you don’t have graham cracker crumbs but happen to have some arrowroot cookies or waffle ice cream cones, those work great as well. This recipe serves 4-6 depending on the type of glass/bowl you decide to use.
- • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
- • 3 tbsp. melted butter
- • 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1.5 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
- ½ c. granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c. pure maple syrup
- 1 package of bacon
- Combine the melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs together until they resemble the consistency of wet sand. Then divide evenly among your glasses and press down firmly to form the base. Set aside.
- Using a mixer combine your cream cheese and sugar on med-high until well combined and almost fluffy. Set aside.
- In another bowl using your mixer again, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.
- Divide the whipped cheese mixture evenly among your glasses. Tap on a hard surface to remove any air bubbles and even them out. Put in refrigerator for a min. of 4 hours or overnight to set.
- Set your oven to 400°. Place your bacon on a rack sitting on a foil-lined pan below. Do not overlap any pieces.
- Generously brush each piece with maple syrup.
- Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, remove, turn over the bacon and put back in for another 10-15 minutes.
- Finish the bacon off on broil in your oven for that extra bit of crispiness. Don't forget to watch it carefully!
- Once the bacon is done, let it cool and set aside.
Oh, and don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon while you’re prepping. It’s my favorite part of cooking in the kitchen.
When you’re ready to serve your no bake maple bacon cheesecake cups, top them each with some whip cream and your candied bacon cut into little bits. Serve with some Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and you’ve got yourself an easy but elegant delicious dessert that will please everyone at your table — whether they like sweet or savory.