TGIF. It’s been a long week… so let’s drink up to the weekend! I’m not much of a drinker, even moreso since I got pregnant years ago, but I certainly appreciate cocktails every now and then. I find cocktails to be a great source of inspiration when it comes to dessert recipes. So in honor of the weekend, I’m sharing this dessert inspired by margaritas. These Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Tarts capture the fun margarita spirits of Grand Marnier and tequila with a healthy dose of key lime juice in a cheesecake with a garnish of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of fresh lime zest. Bottoms up… with your forks up!
I also received some amazing shortbread from the wonderful folks of Duchy Originals from Waitrose. They seriously are so good and it was hard not to eat them as is. To incorporate them into this dessert, I processed the cookies to form the buttery shortbread crust and they came out fantastic. I highly suggest you try finding these cookies in your area… you’ll be glad you did!
- 1 1/2 cup Duchy Originals from Waitrose All Butter Shortbread cookies, crushed fine
- 5 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- Zest of 2 limes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
- 1 tablespoon tequila
- 3 Tablespoons key lime juice
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