Delicious Mini Cheesecake Recipes That Make Perfect Portions

Cheesecake is decadent and indulgent, but some can only take a few bites of the rich dessert before they feel their belt tightening. The thick dairy layer on top of the crushed cookie crust is enough to give consumers a day-long stomachache, and that’s where mini sweet treats come in. Mini cheesecakes save you from a stomachache and also from having to exercise extreme self-control to actually put the fork down. Check out these six dessert recipes and whip up a sophisticated and perfectly satisfying mini dessert.

1. Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes

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Feed your dinner guests these mini fruit tart cheesecakes from Crazy for Crust and give them a break from chocolate. This recipe serves 12 and is perfect for a crowd, combining a graham cracker crumb crust, classic vanilla cheesecake, and a fresh berry topping. As long as you have a muffin tin and cupcake liners, you’re good to go, and all you have to bake is the crust.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or regular vanilla extract)

Topping

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh berries

Head to Crazy for Crust for the full recipe.

2. Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes

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If you’re looking to bake a sweet caramel treat, this is the ticket. This recipe for caramel apple mini cheesecakes from Cooking Classy yields 18 servings.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1⅓ cups)
  • 2½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Streusel

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼cup quick oats
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into ½-inch cubes

Filling

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  •  cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Topping

  • Salted caramel sauce

Head to Cooking Classy for the full recipe. 

3. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Minis

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One flavor that is always in season is peanut butter. And when combined with cream cheese in this recipe from Food Network’s Paula Deen, all self-control goes out the window. But that’s where the mini in these peanut butter cheesecake minis come in handy. You can have your cheesecake and have your jeans fit, too, thanks to small portions. Even better, these babies take only 35 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted
  • 12 bite-size peanut butter cups

Filling:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 2 eggs

Head to Food Network for the full recipe. 

4. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

try one of these mini cheesecake recipes for dessert

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These mini pumpkin cheesecakes from Betty Crocker require more than a handful of ingredients, but they’re all baking staples you probably already have on hand. And even if you don’t, the taste of your cheesecake will make it worth the purchase.

Ingredients:

  • 20 gingersnap cookies
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Whipped cream, if desired
  • Caramel sauce, if desired

Head to Betty Crocker for the full recipe. 

5. Mini No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes

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For a simpler mini cheesecake dessert, make these mini no-bake chocolate cheesecakes from Bake or Break. They’re rich, they’re decadent, and most importantly, they’re easy. The cheesecakes take only 35 minutes to make, and two bites to eat.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 6 ounces chocolate wafer crumbs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • Sweetened whipped cream and cocoa powder, for garnish

Head to Bake for Break for the full recipe. 

6. Brûléed Mini Cheesecakes

Brûléed mini cheesecakes

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Lastly: A sophisticated spin on the mini cheesecake concept with this recipe from Williams-Sonoma. Pull out your culinary torch, because we’re about to brûlée .

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 teaspoons crème brûlée sugar or superfine sugar

Head to Williams-Sonoma for the full recipe.