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. Ilana says:

    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!

  2. Shaindy says:

    I’d love to win this cookbook!

  3. Mmmmm. This looks incredibly yummy! What a gorgeous presentation, too!

  4. This looks like something I want serve my family!

  5. Gilly Martin says:

    Love these!! Perfect for a party.

  6. Thanks again – great recipes.

  7. I love her online presence and these look FANTASTIC!!! I’ve love to win her book!

  8. cant remember how i found you in the first place but I love having you on Facebook! some of the best recipes!

  9. Wendy Lee says:

    am so gonna have to try these!

  10. Ivy Crook says:

    Oooooh yum! Ive been following Ree Drummond for YEARS! I swear her Marlboro Man recipes are the reason my husband proposed lol.

  11. I am in love with this recipe…. Making it for my party this Saturday! Thank you for the chance to will Her amazing book!

  12. I don’t even like cheesecake and these look delicious!

  13. Sandra Meyer says:

    Love her and her photos!

  14. These look amazing, her recipes are great as are yours :)

  15. Ashley Mills says:

    Yumm! Two of my favorite cooks :)

  16. KL Borg says:

    I love her cooking show….this is festive!

  17. Candace says:

    Love PW!

  18. Tam says:

    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??

  19. Yum! These look delish!

  20. Ree is awesome. Glad to have the both of u on here :-)

  21. Can not wait to make this in Florida for New Years eve. It looks amazing.

  22. How creative and looks delish!

  23. Yelena says:

    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)

  24. Absolutely beautiful and edible :) great way to serve and decorate for the holidays! Thank you for creating and sharing! Happy Holidays!

  25. These look amazing…anything with cheesecake has my vote! ;-)

  26. Perfect for New Year’s Eve party!

  27. Diane Poulin says:

    These look amazing! I love the show and recipes. (And the boots too :) )

  28. These are beautiful! I have recently discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much. Your Chocolate Crackle Cake is a family favorite. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Richard Lavimoniere says:

    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!

  30. Desiree Gil says:

    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.

  31. 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.

  32. Love The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Nigel Wilson says:

    wow they look terrific, shame I can’t eat anything though .P

  34. Love her blog and many of her recipes, you both are awesome!

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