Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Baking as a Form of Self Care with Nielsen-Massey

 I'm back today to share a no-bake cheesecake recipe, sponsored by Nielsen-Massey.  As a member of their sampling team, I was sent a bottle of Pure Vanilla Extract to create my own recipe inspired by the "Bake for You" theme.

Baking is a delicious form of self care.  I enjoy being creative in the kitchen.  It's relaxing!  I turn my music playlist all the way up to get me going for each step of the recipe.  It's also a great stress reliever and has many therapeutic values.  

It's so satisfying to see the people you love enjoy something you've made.

My son and daughter love cheesecake.  It's irresistibly decadent and creamy.  My son loves it so much that he requested it for his last birthday.

I took my kids' love for cheesecake and my love for fresh fruit and flowers and ran with it!  The pure vanilla flavor takes center stage.  This simple recipe, with a buttery-cookie crust  will make your kids eat every bite of their carrots to be rewarded with this dessert!

Ingredients Cookie Crust

2 cups cookie crumbs
1/3 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup salted butter, melted

Ingredients Cheesecake

2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
three 8-ounce cream cheese blocks
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 
1/2 cup  granulated sugar
 2 Tbsp powdered sugar 
 2 tsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
mixed berries for topping

Place cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl and stir with a fork until combined.  Press into the bottom and sides of tartlet pans, then set aside.  Whip the cold heavy whipping cream into stiff peaks, then set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth using a mixer.  Add sour cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar, lemon juice and mix until smooth and no lumps appear.  Slowly fold the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture until combined.  Pour combined mixture into prepared tartlets.  Chill at least 4 hours before serving so the mixture can set.  Top with berries!  Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

*This post was made possible through a partnership with Nielsen-Massey.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I can’t wait to try this! Well, my daughter is the baker, I’m usually the tester. ;) They look so pretty and delicious!

  2. Oh my goodness, Brandi, this looks outstanding! I'm a cheesecake nut ...off to pin it!

  3. Everything you touch becomes a work of art:)
    I'm a cheese cake nut, too. I've actually had it wake me up in the night (when there is a piece in the frig) saying get out of bed and eat me,now! LOL

  4. This looks delicious!

    I'll have to try their vanilla. Vanilla is so pricey it needs to be perfect!


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