Mini Cheesecakes

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These mini cheesecakes have a smooth, creamy filling that sits in a buttery graham cracker crust. Each cheesecake is topped with fresh whipped cream and berries for a classic little treat! Their mini size makes them perfect for transporting and sharing!

Easy Mini Cheesecake Recipe

These easy mini cheesecakes are the perfect sharable dessert. The way the rich, creamy filling combines with the subtle crunch of the buttery graham cracker crust makes them utterly irresistible. The filling has the nicest little tang to it, too, that I just can’t get enough of. They are topped with classic homemade whipped cream and a smattering of fresh berries. The perfect, elegant mini dessert.

If you haven’t made mini desserts in the past, now is a great time to start. They are easily shareable and transportable. Plus, they’re easy to make (usually) and they feel so much more guilt-free than your average, full-sized treat. This classic vanilla mini cheesecake is no exception. You’re going to love it.

A mini cheesecake with a bite taken out of it.

Why You’ll Love These Individual Cheesecakes

This might just become your new go-to cheesecake recipe. It’s so quick, easy, and delicious. Here are some of the reasons I love it so much.

  • Texture. The filling for these cheesecakes is some of the thickest, creamiest and smoothest I’ve ever tasted. Combine it with a buttery graham cracker crust that has the perfect flavor and you’ve got yourself the perfect bite.
  • Tang. The addition of sour cream to the filling breaks up the richness of the cream cheese beautifully and adds a subtle tang that I just love.
  • No fuss. Unlike my full-sized vanilla cheesecake, these mini cheesecakes do not require a water bath. Score! You can bake them right in a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Quick. Craving cheesecake but short on time? These mini cheesecakes are the perfect solution. They go through the baking and cooling process in just 40 minutes. That’s record time when compared to the 2 hours or so that a standard cheesecake needs.
  • Single-serve. These cheesecakes are the perfect sharable dessert to bring to your next gathering. No messy slicing and serving. Each portion is conveniently packaged in its own little wrapper.

What You’ll Need

This mini cheesecake recipe is wonderfully simple. All you need is a handful of ingredients, many of which you are likely to have on hand already. Here they are. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card below for precise measurements.

Ingredients for mini cheesecakes separated into bowls.
  • Graham cracker crumbs – Vanilla wafer cookie crumbs would work just as well.
  • Sugar – To sweeten the crust and filling.
  • Unsalted butter – The melted butter is added to the graham cracker crumbs to hold the crust together.
  • Cream cheese – The cream cheese should be at room temperature so that it doesn’t get all lumpy in your batter. You also want to be sure to use brick-style full-fat cream cheese. Cream cheese in a tub and reduced fat cream cheese are both softer and will lend a less thick cheesecake.
  • All-purpose flour – The starch prevents the egg proteins from over-coagulating, giving you a creamier texture and helping you prevent any cracks. If you are looking for a gluten free alternative, cornstarch will work too. Use half as much cornstarch as you would flour.
  • Sour cream – The sour cream softens up the texture of the cheesecake and lends some moisture, while also adding a nice pop of tangy flavor.
  • Vanilla extract – For flavor.
  • Eggs – To firm up the cheesecake and add richness.
  • Heavy whipping cream – For the whipped cream topping. It is best if the heavy whipping cream is cold. It will whip up and hold volume much more effectively.
  • Powdered sugar – To sweeten and stabilize the whipped cream. It will keep your whipped cream from wilting – forever.
  • Fresh fruit – For topping.

How to Make Mini Cheesecakes

Here’s a quick look at how to make these individual cheesecakes. For more thorough instructions, scroll to the recipe card below.

Crust

  • Prep. Preheat oven to 325°F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  • Make the crust mixture. Combine the ingredients for the crust and press about 2 tablespoons worth into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  • Bake. Bake the crusts for 5 minutes. Cool on the countertop.

Filling

  • Prep. Reduce the oven to 300°F
  • Make the batter. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and flour. Add in the sour cream and vanilla followed by the eggs, one at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition.
  • Bake. Divide the filling between the liners and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Cool slowly. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecakes inside for 10 minutes. Then crack the door and leave the cheesecakes inside for 15-20 minutes. Transfer them to the refrigerator to finish cooling. Remove the cooled cheesecakes from the pan.

Topping

  • Make the whipped cream. Whip the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Decorate. Pipe the whipped cream onto the tops of the cheesecakes and top with fresh fruit.
  • Chill. Keep the cheesecakes in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Mini cheesecakes on white surface surrounded by fresh berries.

Tips for Success

Go into making this mini cheesecake recipe prepared with these helpful tips and tricks and you’ll be on your way to making the best mini desserts you’ve ever tasted.

  • Room temperature cream cheese. Take the cream cheese out of the fridge an hour or so before beginning. You want it to be at room temperature. Otherwise, you will likely find yourself with a lumpy filling. To speed up the process, cut it into cubes or slices.
  • Mix slowly and not too much. When making the cheesecake filling, mix on low speed and just until everything is incorporated. Mixing at too high of a speed will introduce air into the batter. So will mixing for too long. Excess air in the batter can cause the cheesecakes to crack.
  • Scrape the bowl. As you add and mix ingredients into the cheesecake batter, use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently. This will help ensure that all of the ingredients make it into the batter and are well incorporated.
  • Cool gradually. Allowing the individual cheesecakes to cool in the closed oven and then in the ajar oven helps to ensure that their tops do not crack. The cheesecakes will also continue to cook and firm up during this cooling process. So don’t skip it unless you want cracked and/or underdone cheesecakes.
  • No peeking. As the cheesecakes bake and then cool gradually in the oven, resist the temptation to open the oven and peek. This will disrupt the baking process and can lead to sunken, cracked cheesecakes.
  • Cold heavy whipping cream. The whipping cream should be cold. Otherwise, it will not hold volume properly and you’ll find yourself with a flat whipped cream topping.

How Do You Know When Mini Cheesecakes Are Done?

You will know your mini cheesecakes are done when they look firm around the edges but still jiggle ever so slightly in the center. If you open the oven to check for doneness, give it just a minute to heat back up before you turn the oven off and start the cooling process. Opening the oven door releases the heat that you need for the beginning of the cooling process.

Overhead image of mini cheesecakes topped with fresh fruit.

Cheesecake Topping Ideas

I chose fresh whipped cream and berries here but feel free to play with any of the following fun topping ideas.

Proper Storage

Arrange the cooled and topped cheesecakes in a single layer in an airtight container. Close the container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can take the wrappers off of the cheesecakes or leave them on. It won’t make a difference.

Mini cheesecakes on a cake stand.

Can I Freeze These Individual Cheesecakes?

You can! Top the cheesecakes with the whipped cream (leave off the fresh fruit) and arrange them in a single layer in an airtight container. Seal the container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the desserts to thaw in the refrigerator before topping them with fresh fruit and serving.

More Mini Cheesecake Recipes

When life gets busy, mini cheesecakes are a great alternative to full-sized renditions. They are quicker, less fussy, and they satisfy that cheesecake craving equally well. Here are some of my other favorite individual cheesecake recipes for you to try.

Watch How to Make Mini Cheesecakes

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Mini cheesecakes on white surface surrounded by fresh berries.
Recipe

Mini Cheesecakes

  • Author: Lindsay Conchar
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Mini Cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These mini cheesecakes have a smooth, creamy filling that sits in a buttery graham cracker crust. Each cheesecake is topped with fresh whipped cream and berries for a classic little treat! Their mini size makes them perfect for transporting and sharing!


Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup (134g) graham cracker crumbs (or vanilla wafer cookie crumbs)
  • 2 tbsp (26g) sugar
  • 4 tbsp (56g) unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 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, room temperature

Topping

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (36g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruit

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C). Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. Spray liners with non-stick spray, if desired.
  2. Combine the vanilla wafer cookies crumbs, sugar 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.

Filling

  1. 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.
  2. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  4. Divide the filling between the cheesecake cups until the cups are mostly full.
  5. Bake the cheesecakes for 15 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave the door closed for another 10 minutes.
  6. Crack the oven door and allow cheesecakes to cool for 15-20 minutes, then put in the fridge to finish cooling.
  7. When cheesecakes are cooled, remove them from the pan.

Topping

  1. To make the whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Pipe the whipped cream onto the tops of the cheesecakes and top with fresh fruit.
  3. Refrigerate in an air-tight container until ready to serve. Best if eaten with 4-5 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Mini Cheesecake
  • Calories: 194
  • Sugar: 15.6 g
  • Sodium: 154.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.7 g
  • Protein: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.2 mg

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109 Comments
  1. Carol

    Very tasty, but mine were too dry, not as creamy as a regular cheesecake. I would definitely try again and cut a few minutes off at the end with door ajar. Perhaps my oven is a little off.

  2. Christina

    Just made this recipe for the first time. They turned out great 😃 it was easy to follow, thanks for posting!! I will definitely make again!






  3. DENISE ENGLAND

    How do you think I would need to adjust the baking time if I used a 6- count jumbo muffin pan in place of the 12 regular ones?

    1. Lindsay

      I really am not sure. I haven’t made them that way before. I suppose if you’re getting half the number of cheesecakes, you may need to nearly double the baking time.

  4. Alex

    I love your recipes but I need 10 minutes recipe’s please thank you! I made the Oreo cheese cake it’s divine 🩷

    1. Lindsay

      I usually just divide the filling between the 12 minis, so I’m not sure exactly how much filling it is. Probably 3-4 tablespoons. Bake time is in the recipe. I hope that helps!

  5. Jody

    I bought a bunch of low fat Philly cream cheese cuz they were super cheap and expiring soon. Can I use low fat cream cheese here? Will it work?

  6. Sidney

    Have you tried swapping out the flour in the cheesecake for gluten free flour? I have a friend who wants mini cheesecakes that are gluten free, and yours are the best! I was going to make them crustless, but will also need to swap out the 2 Tbsp. of flour in the cheesecake batter. Thanks!

  7. Kelsey

    I absolutely love this recipe! Perfect every single time. If I wanted to make these pumpkin, what changes would you suggest?

  8. Christina

    These are so good! Have you tried to make a pineapple upside down cheesecake mini yet? That is my son’s favorite at Cheesecake Factory!

    1. Lindsay

      Glad you enjoy them! I haven’t tried one like that yet, but love that idea. Just added it to my list. Thanks!

  9. Linda Kingston

    I have struggled with cheesecake in the past, but I must say that these tasty little cakes came out flawless! It is a buttery, creamy, delicious, cheesecake that is spot on for any occasion.  My family gave it great reviews. I’m excited to try the mini chocolate cheesecake next.  Decadence to please any taste bud. My daughter likes raspberry cheesecake. Wonder if you can alter this recipe to make it a raspberry cheesecake. ?
    Thanks for sharing! 🌺

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad they were a hit! You can certainly add some fresh raspberries to them. I’d recommend about 2/3 a cup of chopped raspberries.






  10. Ingrid

    I made these yesterday and they are exceptionally good! I made them with an oreo crust. And topped with strawberries and blueberries. Delicious! All of them did crack – they ended up with big fault lines. Not sure why. All my ingredients were room temperature and I only mixed on low speed per the instructions. So not sure why that happened. Luckily I covered the cracks with fruit! But they tasted great!






    1. Lindsay

      It’s a texture thing. You could certainly leave it out, but if you’ve never tried it why not give it a shot once?

    1. Lindsay

      I have honestly never tried that, but since the cream cheese would firm back up again in the fridge, it seems like that would make it difficult to work with the next morning.

  11. Crystal

    So if I did want to use the actual mini cupcake pan not the standard cupcake size can I still use the same cooking time?






    1. Lindsay

      Since they are about half the size, you would want to reduce the baking time. I haven’t made any that small to know what that should be, but roughly half the baking time might be a place to start.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, that is what I use. You would use the paddle attachment for the cheesecake and the whisk for the whipped cream.

      1. Kelly

        These came out awesome! I topped them with
        Whipped cream and chocolate covered strawberries… they were amazing. Thank You!






    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t worked with egg replacements before. I’ve seen some at the grocery store on the baking aisle though, if you wanted to try one of those.

    2. Ashleigh

      I made these for mothers day. Used silicone muffin cups and pan and they worked great, popped out nicely after cooling. With the exception that didn’t add sugar to the crust (try to reduce sugar for my mom) I followed the recipe to a tee.

      When I opened the oven to cool I was a little worried as they didn’t look set in the middle. But by the time they finished cooling they were perfect!

      This is definitely the best cheesecake I’ve ever made, and possibly the best I’ve tasted.






  12. Kim Lawton

    These are so quick and easy to make. I used silicone baking cups and topped half with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and toffee bits before baking. They look so professional and taste amazing! The baking/setting times were spot on. Thank you for such a great recipe!






  13. Debbi

    Hi, I’ve made several of your recipes. They have all been successful. 
    I plan on making the cheesecake cupcakes today. 
    If I don’t want to use the sour cream, can I increase on the cream cheese?

    1. Lindsay

      Typically I would suggest replacing the sour cream with yogurt. I haven’t tried using additional cream cheese before.

  14. Vanessa Flower

    Hi Lindsay. I’m from India where sour cream isn’t readily available. What could we use as an alternative? Will yogurt/curd work as well ?

  15. Ada

    Hi! Just check my cheesecakes after the 10 min being in the oven off, is it normal that they’re very watery like pudding texture?

    1. Lindsay

      No, that’s not normal. When you turn off the oven to start the cooling process, the centers should already be set.

  16. Leonie VanPuymbroeck

    Hi LIndsay,

    I use many of your mini and regular size cheesecake recipes, they are the best! Thank you. I was wondering, I would like to try making a few of your mini cheesecake recipes in a mini cupcake pan. To make them two bite size, for a shower. What do you suggest I change the baking time to? Thank you in advance.






    1. Lindsay

      Hmm I haven’t ever made them that small. I’d try cutting the time by about half. So glad to hear you’ve enjoyed them!

  17. Teresa Martello

    How long will the whipped cream stay before breaking down? I am making these for a bridal shower and was wondering if I piped the whipped cream in the morning would it last until the afternoon?

  18. Dina

    Made these Sunday to test them out before making a batch for a fundraiser! May I say the best ever and my coworkers loved them also!






  19. Dawn Morgan

    Hi would you happen to know the nutrition information on these? I’m dieting now, and love cheesecake. These would be a great evening snack! Thanks!






  20. Katie

    Hi there! Just wondering what kind of liners you use (silicone, paper, foil)? And do you remove them yourself before serving?

    1. Lindsay

      I use paper liners. You could remove them or leave them on – really a preference. I’d probably leave them on, just because it’s a little cleaner and easier to pick up/transport.

  21. Mary Smith

    I made this recipe all ready for our church picnic, and they devoured them. I used a dollop of cool whip, and a cherry or two from canned pie filling, they were beautiful as well as delicious. Getting ready to make them again for our March birthdays get together. Your recipe taste like when you go to a fine restaurant and order cheesecake from the menu. This will always be my favorite recipe
    Thank You for sharing it. When I made them the first time, it was my first time on this site.






  22. Beth

    I’ve made ones similar to this but wasn’t crazy about the taste if the cheesecake (didn’t taste sweet enough) so I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! The other recipe called for spraying the cupcake liners with pam. Is that not needed? I want to remove the liners prior to serving. 

    1. Lindsay

      You shouldn’t need to spray the pan if you are using cupcake liners. If you don’t want to use the liners, it should be okay as long as you use a good non-stick spray. The liners are nice for handling when you remove them so stuff doesn’t stick to your fingers. I hope you enjoy!

  23. Carrie

    This recipe is amazing! I doubled the recipe for a large gathering and it did not disappoint. Even my non dessert lover friends were going for seconds. So easy and so pretty. Cheesecake is so creamy and the fresh whipped cream was the perfect, light topping. Will definitely be making these again.






  24. Louise

    These turned out so good! Made them on the weekend and I’ve already made a second batch! Normally I don’t prefer plain cheesecake but these are amazing without anything even on them! 🙂






  25. Julie G

    Best Mini Cheesecake recipe!  My husband needed a dessert for a work party so I doubled the recipe to get 24 beautiful little cheesecakes. Sooo easy and absolutely delicious and creamy. I used canned strawberry pie filling for the topping.  The topping options are truly endless.  I love recipes that have individual servings already in place so nothing has to be cut or served. 
    Lindsay, everything you make is just so beautiful!  Baking is my passion (and stress reliever) and I love being able to create something people enjoy. All of your recipes are perfectly written and easy to follow. I love that you list the ingredients in grams as using a kitchen scale helps to ensure you’re using the correct amount of each ingredient. 






    1. Lindsay

      As long as she uses a good non-stick spray it should be ok. The liners are also nice for handling when you remove them so stuff doesn’t stick to your fingers. I hope you enjoy!

  26. Cathy

    Heaven in a bite! Hard to stop eating! I made this recipe in a mini-muffin pan size and they are perfect for finger food desserts at a party. I topped with a fresh blueberry. Love all your recipes!






  27. Mary Williams

    I have just pinned these beautiful cheesecakes! New to your site but I am in love. Your photography is incredible! So crisp and clear. I am now officially craving cheesecake!






  28. Kathryn Watkins

    I tried this recipe using a non-stick mini cheesecake pan. The recipe made 18 mini cheesecakes.
    The instructions, as they are written for the cupcake pan cheesecakes, worked perfectly.
    I’ve tried many recipes and this one works the very best with the non-stick mini pans.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, you can find the amount it makes in the pink recipe card just under the title and the pan I used is linked in the first instruction. Thanks Diane!

      1. Lindsay

        You can spray them with a nonstick baking spray. It doesn’t keep them from sticking completely, but it does a pretty good job.

  29. Hattie

    Hey Beautuful! First thank you for all of the delectable recipes. Lindsay what I want to know is the cupcake tin size. Is it the regular or mini size that should be used. Thanks Hattie

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