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Best Mini Cheesecake Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2016

Mini Cheesecakes

What is better than cheesecake? Mini cheesecakes! I have been searching and searching for a recipe that recreated the texture and taste of a New York cheesecake and have 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 have even tweaked to my heart's content but could not quite get the recipe right.

Finally I found what I was looking for and further tweaked this 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 since I was tweaking to go all the way and threw in some white chocolate chips to add to the New York variation. The result I think 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

CRUST INGREDIENTS

  • 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

CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 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
  • 2-3 tablespoons of white chocolate chips



PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix together the crust ingredients.
  3. Divide between two 4-1/2-inch spring-form cheesecake pans and press the crumbs onto the bottom of the spring-form pans.
  4. Bake in 300 degree oven for 7 minutes. Cool.
  5. Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in mixer or use a hand mixer to beat. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
  6. Add eggs or egg substitute in parts, mixing on low speed until blended.
  7. Stir in the sour cream, flour and white chocolate chips to combine.
  8. Divide the batter in half - should be about 1 cup per cheesecake of batter. Pour over the 2 crusts.
  9. Place the cheesecake pans onto a cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until center of cheesecake is almost set. I let them sit in the oven after I turned it off for another 10-15 minutes.
  11. Use a knife or metal spatula to run around the sides of pan to loosen.
  12. Pop the spring-form rims once cakes are cooled.
  13. 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.

Suggested Variations

I found the original recipe at dianasdesserts.com and as 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, additions though and here are some of them and some I threw in 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 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 - any kind - just 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 - easy on the liquid if you want to preserve the New York cheesecake texture
  • Spread a thin layer of sour cream atop the cheesecakes and then top
  • Chocolate sauce or any nut sauce
  • Vanilla sauce or caramel sauce
  • Fruit sauces 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
  • Drizzle any sauce for the same kind of presentation

 

You Can Make These in Muffin Pans

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      Recipe Gal 6 years ago

      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!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      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~!

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      CWanamaker 6 years ago from Arizona

      Man these would be great for a party! Thanks for the idea and recipe!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wayseeker - thanks for the read~ Love to a see a guy that cooks!!!

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      wayseeker 6 years ago from Colorado

      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!

      wayseeker

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by, Baker Haley - hope you like as much as I do~!

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      Baker Haley 6 years ago from A hot oven

      This is awesome! I'm going to try this asap! Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Certainly Freya - it's in the mail~! ha ha!!

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Yumm! Seem too hard to make for me. Can you send one for me instead? ^_*

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      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!

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      Miss Paula 6 years ago

      They all sound so good,I'll have try some mini cheese cake's,I fill the pounds coming on now

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      bddonovan - Thanks for the read and will have to check that out!

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      bddonovan 6 years ago from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts

      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.

      https://hubpages.com/food/Christmas-Cooking

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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!!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      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!

      Thank you

      Tina

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, Shawn for stopping by - I hope she does too!

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This mini cheesecake recipe looks awesome. I hope my wife will make it for me soon. Thanks for posing this recipe.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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.

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      lizmoss71 7 years ago from Orpington, UK

      These sound delicious, I will definitely give them a try.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Dchosen - that's great! Thankfully I am both.

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      Dchosen_01 7 years ago

      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..

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping by SCB - they are delish!

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      Skin Care Beauty 7 years ago

      One word - YUM!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Buckie, do you find that you're hungry all the time since the contest started?? I am!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      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 :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks so much for stopping by frogyfish - and anything delicious should also be easy to make in my humble opinion!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Yumm! I don't make cheesecake often but this one sounds so delicious - and you made it look so easy too!

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      prowork 7 years ago from Marietta , Ohio USA

      It looks yummy.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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.

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      platinumOwl4 7 years ago

      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.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks, lauralolita!

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      lauralolita 7 years ago from Florida

      Love this hub, mainly because I love cheesecake! Thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      You bet - thanks for commenting!

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      Easy Fit Inc. 7 years ago from Woodside, NY

      I can't wait to make some of the mini cheesecakes. Thanks for posting!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks cheesecake lover - but don't we all - it is an addictive dessert!

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      Cheesecake Lover 7 years ago from Grand Junction, Colorado

      That sounds fantastic. Mini cheesecakes are the best! But I have a tendency to eat too many.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you Mr. Spock and Tim-Tim for stopping by and commenting!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      That sounds delicious too~

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      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.

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      MrSpock 7 years ago

      Mr Spock says, "Ooohhh, MINI cheescakes"!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you! I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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      Cayden Ryan 7 years ago from Strasburg

      that cheesecake picture is making my mouth water, can not wait to try this out.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Yes, recipes have a way of making me hungry too!

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      chilario1979 7 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

      makes me want to go out and buy one...NOW!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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.....

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      CoffeeAddict 7 years ago

      I love cheesecakes so much. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      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!

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Akirchner- My daughter and I had a nice fantasy about making these cheese cakes, yum! Bookmarked!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      These are so great and just great because you could make several.....yes - I'm sending you a virtual cheesecake right now....Audrey

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      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.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks and because it's so little, you don't have to eat the whole thing...or maybe you can then!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great recipe - I'll try it - thanks so much!