Mini Ginger Almond Cheesecakes

Makes 10

(recipe slightly adapted from Everyday Food Magazine)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 10 standard muffin cups with cupcake liners. In a food processor, pulse together the gingersnaps and granulated sugar. Now add the salt & butter and pulse until combined. Divide crumb mixture among cupcake liners, firmly pressing into bottoms and up the sides. Baked until crusts are browned and fragrant, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely in a pan on a wire wrack at room temperature.

In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on high until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the confectioner’s sugar and almond extract and beat until smooth. In another medium bowl, with clean beaters, beat the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture 1/3 at a time until completed. Divide mixture among the cooled crusts and refrigerate until set, 1 hour or up to overnight. To serve, top with chopped crystallized ginger.