These Easy Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect party food. From wedding receptions to to baby showers, these desserts look gorgeous and taste even better! But make sure to know the secret to keep these cute desserts from sinking!
Raise your hand if you love cheesecake. (Me!) Raise your hand if you have three hours and a springform pan. (Not me!) Actually, I do have a springform pan, but I never use it. Not when I can make these oh-so-cute and tasty mini cheesecakes! Plus, they only take a half an hour from start to finish!
This is the April 2018 Baking Challenge!
Here’s how this works!
1. At the beginning of the month, I will post a recipe for you to try.
2. Make the recipe some time during the month, and then if you like, share a picture with me! You can either add it to our Ice Cream Social Facebook group, sent it to me in an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #melissasbakingchallenge.
3. Everyone who sends in or uploads a picture will be entered to win a $25 gift card to Amazon!
Feel free to tweak the recipe and create your own toppings! I’m excited to see what you create!
The deadline for emailing or uploading your pictures is April 30, 2018. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I love to help!
Time to get baking!
The recipe that I have for these says to use Vanilla Wafers for the bottom crust. I made them this way for years. Then I thought, “Hey! What if I used an Oreo for the bottom crust?” A chocolate crust with cheesecake? Yes please! So I split an Oreo in half and scraped out the frosting. Then I dropped the halves into the bottom of the cupcake liners and voila! Chocolate crust! You can also use the golden Oreos if you want a traditional vanilla crust.
Let me show you how to make these and give you some troubleshooting tips.
Tips for Making Mini Cheesecakes
- There is one thing that will help you immensely in making these cheesecakes. It is the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick 12 Cup Muffin Pan. (This is an affiliate link). With regular muffin pans, you are always sticking your hot pad into the muffins or cupcakes as you take them out of the oven. The OXO muffin pan has wide edges so that you can easily remove them from the oven without worrying about dropping the pan, burning yourself, or ruining your cupcakes (or cheesecakes, in this case). I used this muffin pan in the recipe for my Double Ginger Molasses Cookies. You totally want to get one of these.
- When you split the Oreos in half and scrape the frosting off, set the Oreo down on the counter or a cutting board. If you try to hold them in your hand and scrape off the frosting, the cookie will break almost every time, no matter how gentle you think you are being.
- Don’t over-whip the batter! You want it to be creamy, not fluffy. If you whip the batter too much, then you’ll get too much air and your cheesecakes will puff up nicely in the oven, and then sink despairingly. To help with this problem, I’ve also added a little flour to this recipe. It gives the cheesecakes just a little more structure and helps prevent the dreaded sinking problem.
How to Make Mini Cheesecakes
Get out your muffin pans (this recipe makes about 18 mini cheesecakes). Insert a cupcake liner into each muffin spot. Then place half an Oreo cookie (minus the filling) in the bottom of each cupcake liner, with the formerly frosted side up.
Next you’re going to mix up your cheesecake batter. This will consist of cream cheese, sugar, eggs, flour, lemon juice, and vanilla. Mix on low speed using a hand mixer until creamy and most of the lumps have disappeared. (It’s o.k. to have a few small lumps). Use a medium cookie scoop to place a heaping scoop-ful of batter on top of each cookie.
The batter should fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full.
Then bake at 350 degrees F. for 18-20 minutes. Let them sit in the pan for about 10 minutes (or longer) before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once they have cooled, it’s time for the topping! To top these cheesecakes, you can either use canned topping (like cherry pie filling), jam, or my Berry Topping for Ice Cream, using any type of berries you would like. You could also just top them with a bit of whipped cream and fresh fruit. The possibilities are endless!
These little desserts are always impressive. They are perfect for weddings and baby showers and any other party you can think of. They can be eaten without a fork and don’t get any plates dirty (like traditional cheesecake). Don’t get me wrong. I will never turn down a piece of regular cheesecake. As long as somebody else makes it.
Nutritional information consists of estimates only. Actual numbers will vary depending on the ingredients and toppings you choose.
Whip up these Easy Mini Cheesecakes in no time with just a cookie base and fruit topping. Perfect for weddings, baby showers, and every occasion!
- 18 vanilla wafers or nine Oreo cookies, split in half with the frosting removed
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- fruit (or other) topping of your choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place one vanilla wafer or Oreo half in the bottoms of 18 cupcake liners.
Mix all the other ingredients on low speed using a hand mixer (except the fruit topping) until creamy.
Spoon into the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Cool and top with fruit, nuts, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel sauce, etc.