Cherry Cheesecake Shooters

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays

Ree Drummond is one of my very favorite people. If you’re not following her site, The Pioneer Woman, you really should be. She is one of those rare bloggers who brings a smile to my face every time I read her posts. Ree has provided a lot of inspiration and guidance to me over the years. Not only is she a fantastic food blogger, she has her own show on Food Network. On top of all that she’s a really, really nice person. I was thrilled when her new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays, showed up on my doorstep. I’ve been waiting for this one, and it did not disappoint! Ree has taken the concept of a seasonal holiday cookbook to the next level, laying out her recipes with step-by-step photos (like I do!) so anybody can get great results.

Though it’s called A Year of Holidays, Ree wrote this cookbook with the goal of sharing recipes that can be enjoyed year-round. Here are some of my favorite things about this fabulous book:

- The pictures. Ree’s food photography is GORGEOUS. Her pictures make my mouth water. She’s one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging and food photography. Check out this book and you’ll understand why.

- Ree’s writing. One of the reasons Ree has such a big (huge, ginormous!) following on her blog The Pioneer Woman is her ability to tell a story. Her writing is fun, funny, and personal. Reading through this cookbook feels like chatting over the kitchen table with an old friend.

- Game plans. Ree has provided full menus for various holidays… no Jewish holidays, but I did love her inclusion of unofficial holidays like “The Big Game” for football season. She’s also given do-ahead tips for each menu, so you can easily make an entire feast without stressing too much on the day you’re serving.

- Recipes by Category index. This book is organized by holiday, naturally, but it also includes a helpful index that you can use year-round to find the exact recipe you’re looking for, whether you’re celebrating or simply cooking weeknight dinner for the family.

I wanted to make a recipe and share it with you so you could get a “taste” of the cookbook. There were many tempting options, but I eventually settled on Cherry Cheesecake Shooters. A cheesecake-like dessert that takes a grand total of 15 minutes (minus the chilling) to assemble? Sign me up! Ree makes these treats as small “shooter”-style desserts in shot glasses or mini wine glasses; she offers a variety of shooter recipes in the book so you can effectively create a dessert “tasting,” sampling many different flavors. I liked these cheesecake shooters so much that I ended up making larger portions using brandy glasses, which were just right for a full-size dessert. Though they’re called shooters, the alcohol is optional here if you want to omit it. I personally loved the flavor of the whiskey with the cherries, it gave this dessert such a nice wintery feel. It would be perfect for a holiday gathering, or maybe New Year’s day!

This book would make a terrific gift for anybody on your list who likes to cook for the holidays. It’s not a kosher cookbook (lotsa bacon here!), but it is a fantastic collection of tried-and-true recipes from Ree’s kitchen to yours. Buy a copy of A Year of Holidays here and make somebody on your holiday list very, very happy.

As a special holiday treat, Ree has offered to give away three signed copies of her new cookbook to my readers! Simply leave me a comment here on this post, or on the post link on Facebook, for a chance to enter. Contest is open until Monday December 23 at 5:00pm Pacific. Three winners will be chosen at random from the comments section and announced next week.

Meanwhile, enjoy this Cherry Cheesecake Shooters recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond!

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to MaryBess Boudreau, Cathy Carruthers and Pam Siege, winners of the Pioneer Woman signed cookbook giveaway! To those who didn’t win, don’t worry… I’ve got lots of new giveaways coming up in 2014. Stay tuned!

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters

Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays

Ingredients

  • 2 12-ounce bags frozen pitted sweet cherries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup whiskey (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

You will also need:

  • Medium saucepan, whisk, mixing bowl, stand mixer, pastry bag or plastic storage bag, miniature wine or shot glasses for serving
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: 18 shooters
Kosher Key: Dairy
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the cherries, honey and whiskey over medium heat and mix to combine.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysAdd the butter and continue cooking until the cherries are hot and bubbly.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysIn a separate dish, whisk together the cornstarch and lemon juice. Add cornstarch mixture to the cherries and cook for 2 additional minutes, stirring until the mixture is nice and thick.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysRemove from heat and transfer the cherries to a bowl. Refrigerate until they’re totally chilled and thick.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysIn a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment, whip the cream cheese and condensed milk until fluffy.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysPlace the mixture into a pastry bag or plastic zipper bag with a medium hole snipped off the end. Store in a bowl in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Place the graham crackers into a large storage bag and crush them into fine crumbs.
  • To assemble: Spoon a large helping of the crumbs into the bottom of a miniature wine glass or shot glass.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysSqueeze in 2-3 tbsp of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysThen spoon in 1-2 tbsp of the cherry mixture.
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of HolidaysTop with a few of the slivered almonds and repeat until all of the ingredients have been used.
  • Note: I used brandy glasses for a larger serving, which makes it less a "shooter" and more a full-sized dessert. If you wish to do the same, simply divide the crumbs, cherries and cheesecake layers between 8 brandy glasses, then top each serving with sliced almonds. Enjoy!
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters from Ree Drummond's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks - A Year of Holidays

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  1. I love The Pioneer Woman. Several times I’ve laughed out loud while reading one of her blog posts. I’ve made several of her recipes and they’ve all been delish!

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      These are beautiful. I love the pioneer women. She has great recipes that are for the home cook. Just down home good cooking. Thanks Ree. Keep up the great job

    2. So glad I found Pioneer Woman. Her recipes are easy to follow! Ingredients used are on hand! Enjoy all of hershows! Will be happy to have a cookbook! Aloha

    3. It’s fun to drive by the ranch and see either beautiful horses or hump back steers or whatever is ‘showing ‘ that day

    4. I love Ree’s posts as well as her show. Her recipes are easy to follow and recreate at home. Her real life charm and wit make her seem like an old friend.

    5. I found the Pioneer Woman and now I don’t miss her! I was a little unsure at first because of the name but I’m so glad I watched!!!!!!

    6. I would love a cookbook I’m new to your blog I’m a huge fan of the pioneer woman and an looking forward to following you!!

    7. I Love Ree! I watch her show every Saturday! She makes the BEST dishes, & I have made So many, & my family LOVES all of them!

    8. I love the simplicity, down-to-earth, and funny style Ree has. I feel like she’s a gal pal I never had and shows how to put your heart into a recipe and get love in return…aka the best food ever! I would love a holiday cookbook!

    9. Thank you for this opportunity! I just finished reading “Black Heels to Tractor Wheels” and would love to have her cookbook too. :)

    10. Love the “Pioneer Woman”, she is down to earth country!! I would love to win a copy of her book, by the way, cherries are my favo-rite fruit!! God bless!!

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      I absolutely love Ree, her Family, her shows and her recipes. I have made many recipes of Hers and they are always fantastic! Her blog and website are fantastic. The only thing I don’t have is her cookbook! I would LOVE a signed copy!!!

    12. I love the Pioneer Women show and blog. Would love to win her cookbook! I’ve seen it and it’s beautiful.

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      I absilutely love the show
      And recipes. A cookbk would be so great my home burned snd what s great first replacement! !! Right now im just trying to re place normalcookery.

    14. I love her show and now that I know there are photos in this book it is on my list! I love pics in cookbooks…makes it much easier to follow recipes. Thanks so much!

    15. Ree, love your show and blog. I just read your book, “Black Heels to Wagon Wheels”. I had to keep reminding myself it was a ‘real life’ romance, not just fiction!! I plan to order your cookbooks and would love to have Holiday one. Blessings & Merry Christmas!

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    You, Ree and Deb from Smitten Kitchen are my go-to gals for recipes. Between the three sites I can ALWAYS find something amazing.

    This post makes me want cheesecake and I don’t even like cheesecake.

    Tori!! When will we see YOUR book!! Soon? Sooner? Soonish??

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    I absolutely love Lee and watch her show daily! I have made many of her recipes, and winning the book would be amazing! Thank you for the chance! (Can’t say enough about your Lakshen Kugel and your Umentashen)

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    Love Ree Drummond and her recipes. The step by step directions with her little funny sayings are great!!! Most of my go to recipes are Tori Avery and Ree Drummond to see how they prepare a certain dish….scout’s honor! Happy Holidays! Would love a copy of her new book!

  5. Looks and sounds delicious! Might try to make this when we are in Israel next month. Perhaps Gvina Levana will be a good sub for cream cheese and tea biscuits for Graham Crackers? Hope our Kibbutz family will enjoy.

  6. And I have brandied cherries in the fridge, also homemade maraschinos, decisions, decisions.
    Also trying your pumpkin challah with roasted delicata squash and maple syrup. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

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