Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

The SECOND I type or say the words piña colada, this song pops in my head. Well, mostly the chorus, which hangs in my brains ALL DAY.

ALL DAY!

I can’t get it out until…

You know what? I can’t get it out. I’m singing the song as I type this. It’s a campy, happy little tune. It’s so campy no one would ever guess it’s about a couple who are on the verge of a breakup.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

A husband, clearly bored with his boo puts an ad out in the personals. Who responds to the ad? His wife. Turns out, those mofos were compatible after all.

This is a clear case of couple mis-communication. Seriously, if they just spoke to each other on the regular they’d discover their mutual love of piña colada and getting caught in the rain.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

Communication, folks… It’s key to relationships. And when I say communicate, I don’t mean expecting your partner to say the very things you want to hear.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

I do love that song, though…

Oh – There it is! Back in my head…

So it’s September, right? The weather in NYC has cooled somewhat. We don’t know what to wear. Do we wear our scarves? Leather jackets with our summer dresses?

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

Boots with our shorts?

We just don’t know.

So how do we ease into fall?

Flow with me… I’m going to effectively communicate why these piña colada mini cheesecakes are the perfect gateway to your fall situation.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

I’m doing something called the half bake.

As you know, I haven’t been baking much this summer. My oven took most of the summer off; however, now that September is finally here I want to go hard on the oven situation.

But I’m feeling kind of lazy. And I really want a piña colada somethin’ somethin, ’cause that damn song is stuck in my head.

So I compromised.

I baked a lil’. Half, actually.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

I love, love, love the idea of a completely edible dessert, so I baked you a coconut cup situation. I used silicon cupcake molds for this. If you don’t have silicon molds, now’s the time to change that. Silicon molds are so damn versatile it’s ridiculous. You can bake or freeze things in them, making your edible vessels endless. What’s best is everything pops right out in the form of the mold. It’s terrific. You need to be up on this.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

So anyway, these coconut cups come together easily. It’s mostly coconut and sugar, with a splash of vanilla extract. Egg whites hold them together – And we know you have egg whites in your fridge from all the ice cream you made.  They bake until browned and you wait until they cool off – Then you pop ‘em out.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

Pro tip: When you make these cups don’t make them too thick; otherwise they don’t bake all the way through and break.

So now I have these delicious coconut cups. What does one add to these?

We add a “no bake” pineapple coconut cheesecake.  Oh, hells yea! This all starts with a cold cream cheese base and some confectoners’ sugar. Since this is a piña colada – Coco Lopez and rum. Oh yea –Rum – And to make this pillowy soft, some heavy cream. Finally crushed pineapple is folded into this jammy and allowed to chill for a minute.

Half Baked Piña Colada Cheesecake Minis {mind-over-batter.com}

You can have at it right then and there and I won’t blame you. Hell, you can pipe some that piña colada filling in your mouth and miss the cups altogether. I don’t judge. I do encourage you to use the coconut cups, piping as high as you can go, and chill for a bit.

Now, when you decide to make this – And you will make it – The piña colada song will forever pop in your head.

And that’s just fine, isn’t it?

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