Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes

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These Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes are easy to make and such a fun Halloween dessert! If you’re looking for Halloween party food ideas, these are perfect for sharing.

For more fun Halloween recipes, check out my Candy Corn Icebox Cake, Dirt Cake and Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake!

An Adorable Halloween Party Food Idea

So tomorrow is the first day of October and I have been waiting to share some fun Halloween treats with you for a while now. I’m so glad it’s finally (almost) October! I wouldn’t say that I’m normally big on Halloween, but with kids in the picture now I feel like my enjoyment of certain holidays has come back in full force.

We actually decorated for fall and Halloween about a week ago and already have the twins’ costumes. Despite my hope that the boys would not fall in love with the baby shark song, they have. We even have a book that sings various baby shark songs and it’s always guaranteed to get them to bust a move.

So when we walked into the costume store and saw baby shark costumes that actually play the song, we couldn’t resist. When we put the costume on Ashton and hit the button for the song, he immediately started dancing. It was totally adorable and hilarious and we were sold. So they will be cute little yellow baby sharks on October 31.

A Mini Candy Corn Cheesecake on a black table top
Overhead view of Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes on a metal stand

Halloween Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes

Just like our Halloween-decorated house, these candy corn cheesecakes are super fun and a perfectly festive treat for Halloween! Despite taking a little bit of time to layer all the different colors together, they are actually very easy to make. You’ve got three main components:

  • Oreo cookie crust
  • Vanilla filling that’s colored in yellow, orange and white
  • Whipped cream topping

To get started, you’ll want to add cupcake liners to your pan. Spray the liners with some nonstick spray to help keep them from sticking. Then, you’ll make my Easy Oreo Cookie Crust and divide it between the mini cheesecakes. Bake the crusts for about five minutes and then set them aside.

To make the cheesecake filling, you’ll use the same ingredients you’d find in my Classic Mini Cheesecakes filling:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar
  • Flour – for a little texture
  • Sour cream – for a little flavor
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Combine the cream cheese, sugar and flour to start, mixing on low speed so that you don’t incorporate too much air into the batter. The air bubbles can rise during baking and cause cracks.

From there, you’ll add the sour cream and vanilla extract and finally, the eggs.

A Mini Candy Corn Cheesecake on a black table top surrounded by candy corn

How to layer a colored cheesecake filling

Once you’ve got your filling made, you’ll want to divide it evenly between three bowls. I’m a big fan of using my food scale for most things, and it makes this part easy too because you can just weight the filling as you divide it and know it’s all even.

You’ll leave one bowl as-is for the white, then add some gel coloring for the yellow and orange fillings. I like to use gel icing colors because it requires much less coloring to achieve a vibrant shade.

To layer the colors, first add one tablespoon of yellow into each crust and spread it evenly. Next, you’ll add a tablespoon of orange. I generally start by adding the filling around the outer edge first to get nice lines on the edge, and then add in the center to create the full layer of color. You can’t really spread the layer easily without moving the layer below around, so you kind of want to drop bits of the color around to create a full layer of color.

Finish off each mini cheesecake with a layer of white on top, then bake them and let them cool.

Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes on a metal stand

Add a Little Ghost for the Perfect Halloween Dessert

Finish off your cheesecakes with a swirl of whipped cream and a cute little ghost, who happens to be holding a little candy corn – perfect!

These Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes are just so fun and adorable! The perfect dessert for a Halloween party or just to get your family excited about Halloween! Not to mention that they are thick, creamy and delicious! I hope you enjoy them!

More Great Halloween Food Ideas:

Candy Corn Icebox Cake
Dirt Cake
Halloween Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Spiderweb Chocolate Cake
Spooky Chocolate Sticky Rolls
Spiderweb Chocolate Tart
Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Candy Corn Poke Cake
Candy Corn Fudge

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A Mini Candy Corn Cheesecake on a black table top surrounded by candy corn

Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Mini Candy Corn Cheesecakes are easy to make and such a fun Halloween dessert! If you’re looking for Halloween party food ideas, these are perfect for sharing.



  • 1 1/2 cups (201g) Oreo crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (41g) butter, melted


  • 12 ounces (339g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (16g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Yellow gel icing color
  • Orange gel icing color


  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (36g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Orange gel icing color
  • Ghost toppers


1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C). Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan and spray with non stick baking spray.
2. Combine the Oreo crumbs and melted butter. Divide the mixture between the cupcake liners (about 2 tablespoons per cup) and press into the bottoms.
3. Bake the crusts for 5 minutes then remove from oven. Allow to cool while you make the filling.
4. To make the filling, reduce oven to 300°F (148°C). In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and flour until combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
5. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined.
6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
7. Divide the batter evenly into three bowls. Leave one as is, then color one orange and the other yellow.
8. Layer the colored batter into the crusts, starting with a tablespoon of yellow batter in each cup, then a tablespoon of orange, then a tablespoon of white. The cups should be mostly full.
9. Bake the cheesecakes for about 15 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door closed for another 10 minutes.
10. Crack the oven door and allow cheesecakes to cool for 15-20 minutes, then put in the fridge to finish cooling.
11. When cheesecakes are cooled, remove them from the pan.
12. To make the whipped cream topping, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form. Color the whipped cream with a little orange gel icing color.
13. Pipe the whipped cream onto the tops of the cheesecakes and add topper, if using.
14. Refrigerate the cheesecakes in an airtight container until ready to serve. Cheesecakes are best for 2-3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 mini cheesecake
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 17.5 g
  • Sodium: 152.6 mg
  • Fat: 19.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.9 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 79.3 mg

Keywords: mini candy corn cheesecakes, candy corn dessert, halloween dessert, halloween food ideas, halloween party food, halloween recipes, halloween themed food


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  1. Lisa

    Hi Lindsay,
    I’ve had such trouble with this recipe and it is all due to my muffin tin. Your recipe is perfect as all have been I’ve tried! Could you please tell me the diameter across the top of one of the circles on your mini muffin tin? This recipe made 36 mini cheesecakes for me. It was a terribly painful process one teaspoon of filling at a time. After 3 hours and 45 minutes it was all finished and cooling in the fridge and now I just have to pipe later. The top across mine is 1.8 inch. A lovely recipe, but I would like to get the right size mini tin because you have many mini cheesecake recipes and I’d like to make more.
    Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      I’m sorry you had trouble! Are you using a full-size cupcake/muffin pan, or an actual mini cupcake pan? People seem to get confused by the word “mini” and take that to mean a mini cupcake pan, but it refers to the fact that it’s not a full sized cheesecake. They’re mini. But still not in a mini pan. Does that make sense? Could that be the issue? A teaspoon at a time seems like maybe you used the mini cupcake pan. This is the pan I use.

  2. Toni

    In the recipe, you said to use one pack of cream cheese on the video, it shows 11/2 so which one is correct. I will be making this weekend.

    1. Lindsay

      The recipe lists 12 ounces of cream cheese. One pack at our grocery store is 8 ounces. So 12 ounces would be one and a half packages. I hope that helps!

    1. Lindsay

      Sure, you can store them in an airtight container and freeze them, or wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and then a layer of foil. When you are ready to use them, thaw them in the fridge.

  3. Matthew

    I made this recipe today, and it is absolutely amazing! I would not change anything about it. It was so smooth, and the chocolate crust was a nice contrast. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe!

  4. Emma

    Made these today super easy but feel the biscuit base us over cooked – hoping no one at work notices :(. Will def make again but probably not orebake the bases

  5. Kailei

    I love this cute little recipe. I just made these today and are now in the fridge. I plan on bringing them into work tomorrow. How long does the whipped topping stay good for? In other words should I apply it in the morning? I don’t want to it melt or anything. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Lindsay

      As long as you use the powdered sugar called for the recipe, it won’t wilt. It should stay that way for days.

  6. Tracey Leschinsky

    So I cannot help myself.  I love your cheesecake recipes!  I made these, but layered the flavors. I made a chocolate graham crust.  For the yellow bottom layer I added mashed banana to it, for the orange layer – added vanilla / orange flavor to make it creamsicle and the white layer I turned it into a coconut layer.  I kept the orange frosting (hit it with some vanilla) and used the Ghosts.  Everyone loved them for Halloween!   

  7. Lee

    Is there a trick to taking off the cupcake liners so that the ridges are still nice and neat? every time i take them off my ridges are ruined! help!

    1. Lindsay

      Spraying the liners with nonstick spray definitely helps quite a bit. And then I find that when peeling them, pulling downward kind of helps.

  8. Mary

    just checking. did you use regular cupcake liners and pan or the mini liners and pan. I couldn’t tell from the picture. I thought they were the regular size cupcakes.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, a regular size cupcake pan and liners. I call them mini because they aren’t a full 9 inch cheesecake.

  9. Erin

    That’s so funny about the twins’ costumes! I love cheesecake, but don’t make it that often…I should though 🙂

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