Audrey loves creating new flavors by tweaking recipes to include healthier ingredients. But everyone deserves a sweet treat now and then!
The Search for the Perfect Mini Cheesecakes
What is better than cheesecake? Mini cheesecakes! I searched and searched for a recipe that recreated the texture and taste of a New York cheesecake and experimented with a lot of different varieties—much to my dismay, as none of them quite fit the bill. They were either too soft in consistency or too bland in taste. I tweaked to my heart's content, but could not quite get the recipe right. Or so I thought.
Finally, I found what I was looking for and further tweaked the recipe by cutting it in half (it makes two perfect 4-1/2 inch spring-form mini cheesecakes this way) and using the variation for New York cheesecake. However, as luck would have it, I did not have graham crackers, as I forgot that I sent them home with my son in his care package! Since it was Christmas Eve and the stores were closed, necessity became the mother of invention yet again, and I tweaked the crust.
The original recipe actually suggests making 4 of these, and you could mix and match them with the various additions or toppings suggested for a lovely variety and presentation.
I also decided that since I was already tweaking the recipe, I might as well go all the way, so I threw in some white chocolate chips to add to the New York variation. The result was absolutely wonderful. There was not a morsel left, so that must be a good sign.
Mini Cheesecake Recipe (New York White Chocolate)
This recipe makes two 4-1/2 inch spring-form cheesecakes - New York style with white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup ground granola crumbs mixed with ground hazelnuts (note below)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
- 1 1/2 packages (8 ounces each) of non-fat (Neufchatel) cream cheese, softened
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 tablespoons egg (or 6 tablespoons of egg substitute)
- 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) sour cream (I used nonfat)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 300˚F.
- Mix together the crust ingredients.
- Divide crust between two 4-1/2-inch spring-form cheesecake pans and press the crumbs onto the bottom of the spring-form pans.
- Bake in 300˚F oven for 7 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in mixer or use a hand mixer to beat. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
- Add eggs or egg substitute in parts, mixing on low speed until blended.
- Stir in the sour cream, flour and white chocolate chips to combine.
- Divide the batter in half—should be about 1 cup per cheesecake of batter. Pour over the 2 crusts.
- Place the cheesecake pans onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 300˚F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is almost set. I let them sit in the oven after I turned it off for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Use a knife or metal spatula to run around the sides of pan to loosen.
- Pop the spring-form rims once cakes are cooled.
- Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Note: The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs, chocolate graham cracker crumbs or chocolate wafer cookies, but you can basically substitute bread crumbs, vanilla wafer crumbs, etc. I had absolutely none of the above, so I decided to just be creative and thought hazelnuts sounded like a great substitute as well as ground-up dry granola. I put them in my mini food processor and the resultant ground crumbs were just perfect in consistency for the recipe.
I found the original recipe at dianasdesserts.com and as mentioned above, modified the recipe to make less and changed the ingredients to fit what I have/how I cook, etc. She had a lot of great suggestions for toppings and additions, though, so I've thrown some of them in here as well.
Her recipe (see link) makes 4, and her suggestion is to make 4 different ones, which would be a great idea as well. You would just use about 1 cup of batter for each cheesecake.
Stir-In Additions and Topping Ideas
- Apple Pie Mini Cheesecake: Stir in ground cinnamon to batter; bake as directed. Top cheesecake with warmed apple-pie filling and brown sugar.
- Chocolate Chunk Mini Cheesecake: Stir milk chocolate chunks into batter and bake as directed.
- Citrus Mini Cheesecake: Stir in lemon, orange or lime juice in batter along with flour and grated citrus peel; bake as directed.
- S'mores Mini Cheesecake: Stir in milk chocolate chunks; bake as directed. Top with miniature marshmallows and broken graham crackers.
- Cookies and Cream Mini Cheesecake: Stir in chopped cookies like Oreos, Nutter Butter or Chips Ahoy/other cookies; bake as directed.
- Chocolate Royale Mini Cheesecake: Stir in semi-sweet baking chocolate melted; bake as directed.
- Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecake: Stir in peanut butter and milk; bake as directed.
- Mocha Mini Cheesecake: Stir in instant coffee granules, hot water and semi-sweet baking chocolate melted; bake as directed
- Fresh fruit makes a simple yet delicious topping. Pretty much any kind works, just make sure it's washed and dried.
- Pie filling also makes an excellent topping for cheesecakes. Just make sure you drain off some of the liquid.
- Poached pears or other poached fruit also makes an excellent topping, but go easy on the liquid if you want to preserve the New York cheesecake texture.
- Spread a thin layer of sour cream atop the cheesecakes.
- Chocolate sauce or any nut sauce
- Vanilla sauce or caramel sauce
- Fruit sauce of any kind
- Lemon curd in small amounts can also be very delicious on cheesecake (would probably be excellent on the citrus variation above).
- Sprinkle with nuts of any kind for a very simple topping
- Sprinkle with shaved chocolate
- Drizzle melted chocolate of any kind for a dramatic presentation
You Can Make These in Muffin Pans
© 2009 Audrey Kirchner
Recipe Gal on August 21, 2011:
It's good to know that you can make these in muffin tins! I've always wanted to try to make real cheesecake, but I don't have a springform pan. I will have to try this recipe now though! I've read other cheesecake recipes where it suggests putting your cheesecake pan in water while it cooks. Do you know why they would do that? I'm glad yours turns out well without it! It seems less complicated!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 22, 2011:
Thanks CW - and savory cheesecakes are fantastic this way as well - I'll have to post up a recipe on that when I remember what I did with it~!
Christopher Wanamaker from Arizona on July 21, 2011:
Man these would be great for a party! Thanks for the idea and recipe!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 20, 2011:
Wayseeker - thanks for the read~ Love to a see a guy that cooks!!!
wayseeker from Colorado on July 20, 2011:
Yum, yum! I'll be trying this one soon. And I've been thinking of a recipe hub for my next project, so this has some nice things to model.
Thanks for sharing this!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 24, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by, Baker Haley - hope you like as much as I do~!
Baker Haley from A hot oven on May 23, 2011:
This is awesome! I'm going to try this asap! Thanks!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 23, 2011:
Certainly Freya - it's in the mail~! ha ha!!
Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on May 23, 2011:
Yumm! Seem too hard to make for me. Can you send one for me instead? ^_*
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 17, 2011:
Isn't it just so? I love cheesecake but try to only eat it every so often - maybe a couple of times per year but I love it! I don't feel QUITE as guilty when they are mini cheesecakes though...enjoy!
Miss Paula on April 17, 2011:
They all sound so good,I'll have try some mini cheese cake's,I fill the pounds coming on now
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on November 12, 2010:
bddonovan - Thanks for the read and will have to check that out!
bddonovan from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts on November 11, 2010:
Sounds great and I will surely try it. On the other hand for something light and airy try the sawdust pudding recipe in my new cookboolet.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 25, 2010:
Great! Us, too with the smaller size....thanks so much for commenting, Tina - and yes, Shawn - make it for your wife...nothing sexier than a guy with a vacuum in one hand and an apron on!!
Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on July 25, 2010:
My husband loves cheesecake. I was so happy to find your recipe. Mini cheesecake recipe is just the right size for us.
Shawn, why don't you make it for your wife!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 21, 2010:
Thanks, Shawn for stopping by - I hope she does too!
Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on July 20, 2010:
This mini cheesecake recipe looks awesome. I hope my wife will make it for me soon. Thanks for posing this recipe.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 20, 2010:
Hey lizmoss - glad you could stop by! They truly are...I have to NOT make them too often so as not to keep eating them.
lizmoss71 from Orpington, UK on July 20, 2010:
These sound delicious, I will definitely give them a try.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 15, 2010:
Dchosen - that's great! Thankfully I am both.
Dchosen_01 on July 15, 2010:
Even before finishing this hub, I have already secreted three buckets of saliva...
This is really amazing, you would be very good for a mother and a wife..
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on July 03, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by SCB - they are delish!
Skin Care Beauty on July 03, 2010:
One word - YUM!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 19, 2010:
Yes, dear - it is killing me! I'm supposed to be watching what I eat (which I am) but that doesn't mean I'm all too happy about it! Bob keeps bringing me an apple every 4 hours or some Greek yogurt - somehow it is making me mad!
Holle Abee from Georgia on June 19, 2010:
Buckie, do you find that you're hungry all the time since the contest started?? I am!!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 27, 2010:
I love it because with only 2 of us now, it is really, really hard to justify eating an entire cheesecake! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Katie McMurray from Westerville on May 27, 2010:
MY daughter loves cheesecake and picks it for her birthday every year instead of cake, this mini cheesecake recipe looks like fun thank and peace :)
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 20, 2010:
Thanks so much for stopping by frogyfish - and anything delicious should also be easy to make in my humble opinion!
frogyfish from Central United States of America on May 20, 2010:
Yumm! I don't make cheesecake often but this one sounds so delicious - and you made it look so easy too!
prowork from Marietta , Ohio USA on May 11, 2010:
It looks yummy.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on May 06, 2010:
You are too funny - lemon pie with toasted coconut sounds delicious - now I'm thinking that that might be a great recipe! Thanks so much for commenting.
platinumOwl4 on May 06, 2010:
You my friend should not be on the hub, your are a criminal.Your Crime is producing such a wonderful delight and living so far from me. However, your are the type of criminal I would love to become familiar. The mini cheese cake is what I have waited for. Why you may ask? I enjoy Lemon Pie with toasted coconut and Coconut cake and finally Cheesecake. I can imagine my self gobbling several of them as I am writing this comment.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 23, 2010:
lauralolita from Florida on April 23, 2010:
Love this hub, mainly because I love cheesecake! Thanks!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 16, 2010:
You bet - thanks for commenting!
Easy Fit Inc. from Woodside, NY on April 16, 2010:
I can't wait to make some of the mini cheesecakes. Thanks for posting!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on March 12, 2010:
Thanks cheesecake lover - but don't we all - it is an addictive dessert!
Cheesecake Lover from Grand Junction, Colorado on March 12, 2010:
That sounds fantastic. Mini cheesecakes are the best! But I have a tendency to eat too many.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 21, 2010:
Thank you Mr. Spock and Tim-Tim for stopping by and commenting!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 21, 2010:
That sounds delicious too~
Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on February 21, 2010:
My sister would make a mini cheese cake and it would be great to add some berries on top of them. Thanks for the hub.
MrSpock on February 21, 2010:
Mr Spock says, "Ooohhh, MINI cheescakes"!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 05, 2010:
Thank you! I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Cayden Ryan from Strasburg on February 04, 2010:
that cheesecake picture is making my mouth water, can not wait to try this out.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on February 03, 2010:
Yes, recipes have a way of making me hungry too!
chilario1979 from Tallahassee, Florida on February 02, 2010:
makes me want to go out and buy one...NOW!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on January 27, 2010:
You're more than welcome and I love it because they are little and you don't have to worry about eating too much! Thanks for reading.....
CoffeeAddict on January 27, 2010:
I love cheesecakes so much. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on January 26, 2010:
Thanks - a wonderful fantasy indeed! They really work which is the nicest part of all and as I said, I tried and tried to get one that really did the job. Finally - now I can rest where mini-cheesecakes are concerned. Enjoy!
Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on January 26, 2010:
Akirchner- My daughter and I had a nice fantasy about making these cheese cakes, yum! Bookmarked!
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on January 15, 2010:
These are so great and just great because you could make several.....yes - I'm sending you a virtual cheesecake right now....Audrey
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on January 15, 2010:
I really liked cheesecake. Hmm...it makes me hungry. Do you have some more for me?...ha.ha.ha. But thanks for showing me the best recipes of cheese cake.
Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 28, 2009:
Thanks and because it's so little, you don't have to eat the whole thing...or maybe you can then!
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 28, 2009:
Great recipe - I'll try it - thanks so much!