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Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes

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I love cheesecake in any and all forms, but I especially love mini cheesecakes. Mini everything is better, don’t you think?

These Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes are made perfectly using PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, and they’re the perfect end to any special meal. (Or a random Monday lunch. Cheesecake is good anytime!)

These Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes are the perfect to end any meal!

I think I could live on cheesecake, especially these fruit tart cheesecakes. I mean, they have almost all the food groups:

Dairy, from the cream cheese.

Protein, from the cream cheese.

Fiber and wheat, from the graham crackers.

Fruit, from the topping.

Cheesecake is, like, the perfect dessert. How many other desserts can tout that many food groups all in one small little package?

These Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes are the perfect to end any meal!

Now, as much as I’d like to eat nothing but cheesecake forever and ever, I know I need to eat real food too. (Boo!) But, thankfully, cheesecake makes a great dessert. And these fruit tart cheesecakes make a great showpiece for any dessert, any time. Say…for Easter. It’s this weekend, y’all.

{Um, how did that happen? A few weeks ago we were all complaining about how far away Easter was. Now it’s here???!!!}

If you’re planning a brunch or a dinner for Easter, these cheesecakes are the perfect dessert to serve. Lunchtime or dinnertime, you have to have dessert, right? No matter what you’re serving, these cheesecakes are the perfect compliment. The fresh fruit topping is a light and perfect way to end any meal.

When you’re making cheesecake, it’s important to use the best ingredients. I love using PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, because it’s the best.

Fruit Tart Cheesecakes (6 of 6)

PHILADELPHIA uses fresh local milk and real cream to make their cream cheese. It’s made without preservatives, and it’s farm to fridge in just 6 days. They make sure to use real ingredients instead of a bunch you can’t pronounce, so you know what you’re getting.

There are many times when I say generic doesn’t matter when it comes to ingredients, but cream cheese is one of the things I recommend using name brand. I grew up on PHILADELPHIA, and it’s the product I love to use most! (Which is why I’m so excited to be one of their brand ambassadors this year. You should be excited too – more cheesecake recipes!)

One tip for making perfect cheesecakes (mini or regular sized): make sure all your ingredients are room temperature. That’s imperative for avoiding lumps. Take your cream cheese, your sour cream, and your eggs out of the refrigerator well ahead of time, especially if you’re using a hand mixer. I love using my stand mixer because it’s best for getting out lumps, but a hand mixer works too, as long as everything is room temperature.

I especially love how pretty these cheesecakes are.

These Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes are the perfect to end any meal!

Seriously, I don’t think I can wait until Easter. I need one for lunch. Or maybe two…

Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

These mini fruit tart cheesecakes are filled with vanilla flavor and are the perfect end to any meal!


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecakes:

  • 8 ounces PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or regular vanilla extract)

For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and/or sliced strawberries)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cup holes with liners.
  2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter. Press about 2-2 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of each muffin liner. (I find that using a small shot glass or similar object can help pack the crusts easily.)
  3. Beat room temperature cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in room temperature sour cream. Beat in egg, sugar, and vanilla bean paste until (mostly) no lumps remain. You can use pure vanilla extract, but using the paste adds lots of flavor and the little vanilla bean flecks. (Room temperature ingredients are a must to avoid lumps, believe me!)
  4. Evenly divide (about 2-2 1/2 tablespoons each) cheesecake among crusts. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they just begin to brown. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  5. To make the topping, place the lime juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until it boils, then cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. It will thicken as it cools.
  6. Assemble the cheesecakes close to serving time. Brush the top of each cheesecake with a bit of the lime syrup. Place berries on top and brush the berries with more syrup. Chill until ready to serve. (The fruit is best added the same day as serving.) The fruit won’t stick to the cheesecake - it’s more of just a topping.
  7. Store loosely covered in refrigerator. Cheesecakes will last up to 4 days in refrigerator or can be frozen for up to one month. Once you add the fruit, eat within the day.


You can find vanilla bean paste in most kitchen specialty stores (like Williams-Sonoma) or on Amazon.

Recipe © Crazy for Crust. All images & content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or link back to this post for the recipe.

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Other cheesecakes I love:

Cookies & Mint Chip Cheesecake

Cookies and Mint Chip Cheesecake (14 of 17)w

Banana Cheesecake Bars

Banana Cheesecake Bars (2 of 5)w

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars 4 words

What’s your favorite cheesecake?

I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be an ambassador for PHILADELPHIA cream cheese. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments. Read my disclosure page for more information.

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74 Responses to “Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:16 am (#)

    I’ve thought about petitioning to have Cheesecake added to the food pyramid as it’s own food group…nothing would make me happier as I am kind of (a lot) obsessed with it! These mini fruit tart cheesecakes are so cute! And, because they’re mini, I can eat 10. RIght? Right. *shifty eyes*


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Now THAT would be a food pyramid I would love! :)


  2. Medeja posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:45 am (#)

    Little tarts looks so cute!


  3. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:46 am (#)

    These cheesecakes look absolutely delicious! They would be perfect for anything:) thanks for sharing.


  4. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:42 am (#)

    These tarts are adorable!


  5. Eri | The Law Student's Wife posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:58 am (#)

    You definitely have all the food groups represented here! No wonder I am craving these cute little treats for breakfast.


  6. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on April 14, 2014 at 6:19 am (#)

    I totally agree! Mini is better for sure :) I love all the fresh fruit – these are very, very pretty! Pinned :)


  7. Kathy posted on April 14, 2014 at 6:24 am (#)

    These are adorable! I love mini desserts!!


  8. Nazia @ This Baker Girl Blogs posted on April 14, 2014 at 8:50 am (#)

    Cheesecake is my absolute fave, and these looks adorable and delicious!


  9. Mary Frances posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:50 am (#)

    All the major food needs in one recipe. I knew cheesecake was special! The fresh fruit is gorgeous and I just can’t say no to litle mini cups. :)


  10. Emily @ Life on Food posted on April 14, 2014 at 10:59 am (#)

    Mini is better. Those berries look ginormous though. I love it. This screams Spring and all the good things that come along with warmer temperatures.


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  12. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:20 am (#)

    I’m good with living on nothing but cheesecake! These are so cute and perfect for spring and Easter!!!! Gorgeous photos girl!!!


  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:39 am (#)

    Well how cute are these! And love that they’re mini. Single-serving. Amen :)


  14. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm (#)

    Adorable! I could live on cheesecake too!


  15. Laurie F. posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm (#)

    So pretty, love the whole berries on top, and isn’t it nice to have your own dessert at a table full of people?


  16. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on April 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm (#)

    Two things immediately came to mind… (1) Mini is always better! It means I can eat more, or try one of everything. And it’s the perfect size for vertically-challenged people like me! 😉 (2) I ate cheesecake for lunch today. No joke. It was a failed attempt, but it was definitely packed with protein from Greek yogurt. And by your definition of cheesecake — dairy, protein, fiber, and fruit — it’s basically health food! Hooray! We aren’t actually celebrating Easter as a family this year (Mom has to go on travel, boo!), but if we were, I know these would definitely find their way onto the menu. My family loves cheesecake, especially mini ones (portion control for my parents on diets!) and ones with fresh fruit. Perfect!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 14th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you Amy!!! I’m sorry your mom will be out of town; it just gives you a reason for two Easters!


  17. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on April 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm (#)

    These are too cute, Dorothy!


  18. Shawn @ I Wash You Dry posted on April 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm (#)

    These look incredible! I just made a mini no-bake cheesecake to post later this week, and your baked ones are making me drool!! <3


  19. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) posted on April 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm (#)

    I have an obsession for mini ANYTHING! And these cheesecakes are no exception. They look delicious!


  20. Joshua Hampton posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:22 am (#)

    These mini-cheesecakes look so delightful. I could use one – or three, or more – of these.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2014 at 6:39 am

      I’m right there with you!! I think I ate 4!


  21. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on April 15, 2014 at 6:59 am (#)

    These are beautiful Dorothy! Yum! I see what you mean about similar to my cookie cups, but definitely still different. :) Seriously great photos!


  22. Christine posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:35 am (#)

    These are definitely happening in my kitchen this weekend for Easter dinner.
    Two questions:
    Are these made with regular sized muffin cups?
    Do you think the recipe would double well?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      Yes on the regular sized muffin cups although you could probably make minis if you want! And yes, I believe you could double it easily!


  23. Mindie Hilton posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:50 am (#)

    Those look wonderful!


  24. Claire Gallam posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:11 am (#)

    These are so CUTE!!!!


  25. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:42 am (#)

    These mini cheesecakes are looking amazing.. I really love cheesecake and make it pretty often but I didn’t take the time to make mini cheesecakes. Maybe I will make these for Easter. :)


  26. rumela posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm (#)

    Mini tart cheesecakes look so delicious!!


  27. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm (#)

    Mini cheesecake are so much better for my thighs that slices of cheesecake. But OMG I love them.


  28. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm (#)

    I cannot resist fruit tarts or cheesecake!! I want the whole batch!!


  29. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm (#)

    All the food groups in one mini treat?! How can you beat that! Very clever making these in muffin liners, it makes them really look like tarts. 😀


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I never thought of that, but totally! Thanks Cindy!


  30. Andrea posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm (#)

    I love cheesecake too… Delicious!


  31. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm (#)

    You are right as always…mini desserts ARE better! These cheesecakes look fabulous! The perfect size to eat several (oops, meant to type “one”) for dessert!!


  32. Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm (#)

    These are so lovely Dorothy! Pinning to try soon!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 15th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks for the pin Julie!


  33. Renee @ Two in the Kitchen posted on April 16, 2014 at 9:09 am (#)

    These are just gorgeous Dorothy!! And I’m with you: I could LIVE on cream cheese!! (Philadelphia brand of course!! :)


  34. Melanie @ Carmel Moments posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm (#)

    So pretty with the fresh fruit. Mini is best because then I can eat 3 or 4, or so I tell myself!
    Have a beautiful day Dorothy!


  35. Wendy posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm (#)

    These little cheese cakes make me think of summer with their fruity deliciousness! Though they would be an easy to serve dessert any time of year, their red, white, and blue makes me think of patriotic holiday food. Memorial Day is around the corner and is usually the opening of grilling season for us. A tray of these cheesecakes will be the perfect holiday dessert. thanks, Dorothy!


  36. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on April 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm (#)

    These are so pretty and colorful! My husband is crazy for cheesecake and I know he would love these!


  37. Janice posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm (#)

    your tart cheesecakes look so delicious! i just can’t wait to try them =]]]
    i just wonder… is it fine to substitute the Graham crackers with digestive biscuit? if yes, then how much butter and sugar shall i use for the crust?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 19th, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      You can substitute any cookie you like. I’m not sure what the ratios would be for that sort of cookie as I’m not sure of the sugar/fat content. If it’s sweeter than a graham cracker, you can lower the amount of sugar, or add more as needed. As for butter, are they about the same dryness? If the biscuit has a higher fat content than a graham cracker, you can start with a little less butter and add more as needed. You want the mixture to be able to stick together when you press it between your fingers, but it shouldn’t be greasy.


  38. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on April 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm (#)

    These are so so pretty – mini treats all the way since they are so adorable and way more fun to eat :) I could definitely live on these and since there’s fresh fruit that means it’s healthy and I could eat more right?;)


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  42. Marianne posted on November 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm (#)

    I made these tonight and after I took them out of the oven, the cheesecake part puffed up like a cupcake and the crust did not look like yours at all. Everything was room temp.  To make the butter melted, I melted it in the microwave for about 30-40secs. I used the same ingredients that you did. What could I have done wrong? :/


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 5th, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Mine puff up slightly when cooking, then “fall” a little as they cool to room temperature and are chilled overnight. How did the crust look? Was it thinner? Different brands of graham crackers will yield different color variations as well! How were they once they chilled overnight?


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  47. Lisa posted on April 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to make these. But I have one question. When do you take the liners off? Before or after serving. Thanks!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 3rd, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      You can do it either way, but taking them off before serving makes for prettier presentation! Really, the only reason I use the liners is for easy removal from the pan!


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  50. Brooklyn posted on June 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm (#)

    Is the garnish necessary? Fresh berries are very expensive where I am!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 25th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Not at all! These are great plain!


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  52. Emily posted on July 2, 2015 at 7:47 pm (#)

    Can I substitute Keebler Mini Graham Cracker Ready Crust?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 3rd, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I’ve never baked in those ready crusts. Check the back of the package, I’m sure it will work okay. The cheesecake will be more like a pie instead of the way they look in the pictures. In a pinch you can also use a cookie instead of graham cracker crumbs (like a golden oreo, etc) – just put it in the bottom of the muffin cup instead of pressing the crust in. (I have a mini pumpkin cheesecake with an Oreo bottom like that on this site if you want to see!)


  53. Laura posted on July 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm (#)

    These look incredible… I can’t wait to make them! I’m planning on adding a whole vanilla bean to the batter to amp up the vanilla flavor.
    Are there any substitutes for the sour cream?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 11th, 2015 at 6:50 am

      I’m pretty sure greek yogurt (or probably non-greek) would work! I’ve made cheesecake bars with that so it should work!


  54. Fatima posted on July 11, 2015 at 8:22 am (#)

    Do you by chance have a recipe for mini fruit tarts?  I plan on making the cheesecakes as we’ll and I was just wondering. 


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