Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes

These Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes are made with an almond filling studded with maraschino cherries and topped with cherry flavored whipped cream! It’s a flavor combination that I love and is so refreshing!

Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes

Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes with bite taken out of one

So we are officially on baby watch. We’ve got two appointments a week until they arrive and last week everything looked good at both appointments. In fact, the twins seem quite content in there apparently. They are growing and so am I. 😉

I’ve got some serious swelling of the hands and feet going on, pregnancy carpel tunnel (who knew that was a thing?!) making my right hand pretty much numb so it makes typing a little difficult (can hardly feel the keys), and I’m all but immobile. The hubs was sick last week, so together we were quite the mess.

It’s pretty hard to get me to stop and slow down (even despite all my physical limitations), so now that the hubs is feeling better, he’s back to making sure I stay off my feet. It’s a tough job for anyone to accomplish and requires a very watchful eye. He’s got a lineup of people scheduled to be at the house with me this week when he can’t be so that I can’t get away with anything. 🙂

close up of mini cheesecake topped with a cherrydecorated Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes

Good thing I’m still allowed to share my treats with you guys! You definitely don’t want to miss out on these sweet little mini cheesecakes. Almond and cherry is seriously such a yummy flavor combo!

To start out, you’ve got the little crusts. I like to use vanilla wafer cookies for a cheesecake crust sometimes, but you can always substitute graham cracker crumbs. The cookies are a little sweeter than the graham crackers and true to my serious sweet tooth, I dig the cookies.

The filling is easy to put together and flavored with almond extract. The cherry flavor comes from adding in some chopped maraschino cherries, so don’t be too shy about adding them in. The fresh pop of fruit is delicious!

Once the cheesecakes are baked and cooled, they are topped with a light cherry whipped cream. It adds a little extra cherry flavor, which I’m a fan of.

The final cheesecakes are thick, creamy and so refreshing! With all the pink, they’d make a fun treat to share for Valentine’s Day too. I hope you enjoy them!

Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes on white standangled view of decorated cupcakes

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Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes with bite taken out
Recipe

Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Yield: 12-14 Mini Cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Mini Cherry Almond Cheesecakes are made with an almond filling studded with maraschino cherries and topped with cherry flavored whipped cream! It’s a flavor combination that I love and is so refreshing!


Ingredients

CRUST

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

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 12 ounces (339g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) flour
  • 1/2 cup (115g) sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (36g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1214 maraschino cherries

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325°F (162°C). Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan.
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.
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 almond 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. Gently stir in the chopped cherries.
8. Divide the filling between the cheesecake cups until the cups are mostly full.
9. Bake the cheesecakes for 18-20 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, add the cream, powdered sugar and cherry juice to a large mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
13. Pipe the whipped cream onto the tops of the cheesecakes and top with a cherry.
14. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Keywords: how to make cheesecake, mini cheesecake recipe, easy cheesecake recipe, almond dessert recipe, cherry dessert

Enjoy!

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29 Comments
  1. Natalee

    These turned out fantastic! I did use the Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries imported from Italy. Yeah, they are pricey, but worth every dollar! I always keep them in my pantry. I also soaked some pitted bing cherries with stems in Kirsch (cherry brandy) for a week for the topping, and rolled them in sparkly sugar. I didn’t like those much because I don’t like brandy, but others might.

    1. Lindsay

      For a full-sized 9 inch cheesecake, you’ll want to double the filling ingredients. I’d check out this classic cheesecake recipe for reference. It’s basically the same thing, but with you’ll use the almond extract and the cherries. You can also follow that one for a full sized crust.

  2. Jenni R.

    Finally got to make this recipe over the weekend! Amazing!! Making a 2nd batch now to take to my work team tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your recipes…. you have so many I want to try!!

  3. melanie micallef

    Hi Lindsay thank you so much for your lovely recipes. What can I use instead of mascharino cherries and mascharino juice as most probably wouldn’t find them here in Malta

  4. Gaylene

    It says mini and then in comments you say a regular size cupcake pan. I would like to make these for our Valentine party but a little confused on what size pan to use.

    1. Lindsay

      I call them mini because they aren’t a full sized cheesecake. They are made in a regular sized cupcake pan though.

  5. Suzy-q

    What a great treat for valentine’s day. I will have to give them a try. Thanks for the wonderful recipes, Lindsay. P.S. looking forward to updates on the twins.

    1. Lindsay

      You can find that info just under the recipe title in the recipe card. For this recipe, it’s 12-14 mini cheesecakes.

  6. Beth Avagliano

    These are beautiful, look and sound delicious. I can’t wait to make them. You have such gift for making yummy things.

    I am so excited for you & your husband & these sweet babies. Best wishes for you all!

      1. Brenda

        Hi 🙂 I was wondering if the baking time or temperature change for regular sized cupcake pans.

      2. Lindsay

        These are made in regular sized cupcake pans, so the baking time in the instructions would be correct.

  7. Deborah Behney

    Thank you so much for sharing recipes while you are not
    feeling 100% yourself. I for one appreciate you and your
    posts. One question about this recipe. Do the cupcake
    wrappers come off easily? I’d hate to have to serve them
    with the wrappers on.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, they come off easily. If you’re concerned though, you can certainly spray the liners before adding the filling.

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