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Mini Cheesecake Bites {+5 Flavors}

These mini cheesecake bites are rich and creamy. Made with a vanilla wafer crust, cream cheese, and your favorite topping!

Individual cheesecakes are deliciously rich, tasty, and oh so adorable. Plus, you get bite-size treats without having to make a full-sized cheesecake.

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Mini Cheesecakes

These adorable bite-sized treats are made in mini-muffin pans.

They’re perfect for holidays, potlucks, and any time you need a quick and easy treat everyone is sure to love.

These mini cheesecake bites can be made in a variety of flavors. Cherry, strawberry, blueberry, Oreo, and pumpkin are just a few of my favorites.

You’ll find 5 different variations and flavor options in the recipe card of this post. Plus, I’ll give you some other ideas in the “Toppings, Flavors, and Variations” section.

Mini Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients

Your exact ingredient list will vary depending on which toppings you use. Here’s the basic list (sans toppings):

  • Vanilla wafers. These will make up your crust. Crush them in a food processor and press them into the bottom of each muffin tray hole. You can also use graham crackers, Oreos, or various other things.
  • Cream cheese. You can’t have a cheesecake without cream cheese. I recommend sticking to full-fat blocks.
  • White sugar. Sugar helps cut through the cream cheese’s tanginess and sweeten the recipe.
  • Eggs. Let them warm to room temperature before adding them.
  • Vanilla extract. Vanilla is the secret ingredient that makes all the other ingredients taste better.

How to Make Mini Cheesecakes

Luckily, mini cheesecakes are much easier to make than their full-sized counterparts. Follow these steps to prepare and bake them:

1. Get everything ready. Set out the eggs and other ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and add paper liners to your muffin pans.

Toss the vanilla wafers into the food processor and crush them.

2. Make the crust. Place 1/2 teaspoon of the processed vanilla wafers into each paper-lined muffin hole.

3. Make the filling. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until the mixture is fluffy and light.

4. Add the filling. Pour the filling on top of the crust in each muffin hole. Leave a slight bit of space at the top.

5. Bake. Bake for about 15 minutes. Then, remove the muffin tins from the oven and let the cheesecake bites cool.

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6. Add the toppings. Spoon your desired toppings on top of the cheesecakes. Then, remove them from the muffin tins and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • Use room temperature ingredients. Let the eggs warm to room temperature. But most importantly, use room temperature cream cheese. Chilled cream cheese will cause lumpy cheesecake, while softened cream cheese will give you a smooth, creamy consistency. 
  • Use an electric mixer. This will ensure your batter is smooth and silky. Mix all the cream cheese until its super silky. THEN add the sugar. THEN add the eggs, one at a time.
  • Don’t overbake. Bake the batter until the tops and edges look set. Over baking can cause cracks!  Bake until set. The centers should still be soft. 
  • Fully incorporate the sugar. If your filling has a gritty texture, it means the sugar hasn’t incorporated yet, and you need to mix for another minute or two.
  • Use a makeshift piping bag. Pour your batter into a Ziploc bag and cut a small tip at the corner to make a piping bag. This makes it easier to portion the batter.
  • Add a teaspoon of lemon juice. A dash of lemon juice in the filling brings the flavors together.
  • Make a small dip in each cheesecake. Use a teaspoon to dip out a tiny amount of filling in the center of each cheesecake. This will give more room for your filling.
  • Refrigerate before serving. They’ll need a couple of hours, at least. Don’t pop them in the fridge right after baking, though. Allow them to cool to room temperature first.

Mini Cheesecake Toppings, Flavors, & Variations:

You can top your mini cheesecakes with whatever you like. I wanted to share a few of my favorite topping with you, though.

There are also a couple of crust variations included.

  • Chocolate Chip Cheesecake: Use crushed Oreos instead of vanilla wafers for the crust. Then, add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips to 1/3 of the batter. After baking, top with a little bit of chocolate sauce or chocolate ganache.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake: Top with strawberry pie filling and some freshly sliced strawberries.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake: Top with blueberry pie filling and some fresh blueberries.
  • Mixed Berry Cheesecake: Add 1/2 cup melted white chocolate chips to the batter. Top with seedless raspberry preserves and your choice of fresh fruit.
  • M&M Cheesecake: Use crushed Oreos instead of vanilla wafers for the crust. Then, add M&M’s for your topping after baking.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake: Use a graham cracker crust instead of vanilla wafers. Add 7 ounces of pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the batter. You can also use gingersnap cookies for the crust. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top.
  • Hot Chocolate Cheesecake: Add a packet of hot cocoa mix to the batter. Use a graham cracker crust instead of vanilla wafers. After baking, add a little bit of marshmallow fluff and sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Remember, apart from vanilla wafers, you can also use graham cracker crumbs or crushed Oreos for the crust. (Any crushed cookies, really!)

You may also use whole (instead of crushed) vanilla wafers for an easy and effortless crust. 

How to Freeze Mini Cheesecakes

If your family is anything like mine, you won’t have any leftovers. But if you do, you can freeze them to extend their life.

Simply place the bite-size cheesecakes in an air-tight container. They last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

However, I don’t recommend freezing them with toppings on them.

When you’re ready to take them out, just defrost in the refrigerator overnight. You can top them hours before serving.

You can also store leftover mini cheesecakes (with toppings) in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Mini Cheesecake Bites {+5 Flavors}

Servings

48

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

95

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package vanilla wafers

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line miniature muffin pans with paper liners.
  • Crush the vanilla wafers. You can use a food processor to make this quick and easy. 
  • Place 1/2 teaspoon of the crushed vanilla wafers into each paper cup.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Pour this batter into each mini muffin liner. Leaving just a little bit of space at the top. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Top with a teaspoonful of your favorite topping! You can use cherry pie filling, strawberry pie filling, chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce, and a variety of fresh fruits. Mix and match to your hearts desire.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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