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Easy mini cheesecakes, in 5 different flavors! This simple cheesecake recipe makes 12 perfect mini cheesecakes, in virtually any flavor you want! Lemon, Oreo, S’mores, Fruit, Peanut Butter Cup – any mini cheesecake recipe you want to make can be ready in no time at all.

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Easy Mini Cheesecake Recipe - this simple cheesecake recipe makes 12 perfect mini cheesecakes and can be made so many ways! Lemon, Oreo, S'mores, Fruit, Peanut Butter Cup - any cheesecake you want in no time at all.

Hello my friends! Today I’m bringing you lots of CHEESECAKE in lots of different flavors, but it starts with just one basic easy cheesecake recipe. But before we get into it, I wanted to ask a favor. I’m going to start doing a “basics” section on the blog. You know, for beginners: baking basics, cooking basics, and even tools and ingredient tips. I’m not sure where to start, so I need your help. If you have any ideas or are wanting to learn anything, please fill out this form. Thank you!

And now, onto cheesecake!

So, I have a confession to make. I’m really trying to lose weight and I’m not doing very well at it. I love carbs and dessert and wine and it’s so hard to change the way I eat. I don’t do fad diets like Atkins or Whole 30 or anything like because they’re unrealistic for me and because of that I’ll fail. As much as I need to lose 25 pounds, I also need to feel like I’m living life not eating cardboard. #thestruggleisreal

This week, I’ve gone 4 days without eating extra bread or crackers. Have I had wine? Yes. Have I had dessert? Some, but not too much. It’s about baby steps; one of my go-to snacks is to eat Goldfish, Cheez-Its or pretzels from the bag. I haven’t done that this week; instead I’m reaching for yogurt and raw veggies and salads. It’s a process!

What does this have to do with cheesecake? Well, these are MINI cheesecakes. So by eating one, you’re not breaking the bank on your diet, plus it’s easy to give away and/or freeze the rest. Mini food = my favorite things ever.

The BEST thing about this easy mini cheesecakes recipe? You just need the one basic cheesecake recipe and you can easily turn it into about a million other recipes.

Make the easy mini cheesecakes for every season, to every liking, or have a cheesecake bar at your next party.

The basic cheesecake filling recipe starts with cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Then you can doctor it at your pleasure to make so many other flavors, or leave it plain and save the transformations for the garnish.

To change up the flavors of this cheesecake, the easiest way to do it is in the crust. I’ve given a basic graham cracker crust recipe, but I also love using Oreos as the crust, or any cookie. There’s not even any mixing needed with that option, just use the full cookie as the crust.

Want to see some of my favorite cheesecake flavors? Here goes:

Easy Mini Lemon Cheesecakes - this easy cheesecake recipe makes 12 mini lemon cheesecakes with a Golden Oreo crust and lemon curd on top!

Lemon is my absolute favorite, obviously. I could eat lemon curd straight with a spoon. I love pairing lemon cheesecake with a Golden Oreo crust because the flavors compliment each other nicely. You could also use graham cracker or shortbread for the crust.

And, speaking of graham cracker crust, that totally lends itself to a s’mores cheesecake…which I highly recommend. Or use a chocolate chip cookie for a Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake!

Feel free to use the plain cheesecake recipe and then just top with lemon curd, but you can also add some fresh lemon zest to the cheesecake batter. It amps up the flavor of the lemon!

Click here for the complete list of lemon recipes!

Easy Oreo Cheesecakes - this simple cheesecake recipe makes 12 perfect Cookies 'n Cream Cheesecakes with an Oreo Crust!

I think next to lemon, cookies ‘n cream is another favorite flavor. Add Oreos to anything and it makes it better, am I right or what? Mini Oreo Cheesecakes have an Oreo crust and the basic cheesecake filling full of chopped Oreos. I like serving them with chocolate sauce and whipped cream and more Oreos…doesn’t everyone?

I’ve also paired Oreos with pumpkin, in Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecakes. Those are good all year, but especially at the holidays.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake - this easy cheesecake recipe makes 12 mini peanut butter cup cheesecakes with an Oreo crust!

And then, there is the beauty of candy IN cheesecake. I’ve done Snickers before but now I’m doing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! You can put a whole mini cup in the cheesecake, on top of the Oreo crust, or you can chop up some peanut butter cups to mix with the batter. I can’t wait to try Milky Way or Kit Kat cheesecakes!

Click here to see more PEANUT BUTTER recipes!

See below the recipe for even more ideas for easy mini cheesecakes, using this SAME formula!

Tips to make EASY Mini Cheesecakes:

  1. Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature before starting to avoid lumps. It’s also best if your eggs and sour cream are room temperature too.
  2. Sky is the limit for the crust: do you want Oreo or Chocolate Chip Cookie? Or any cookie or flavor of graham cracker? Anything works!
  3. Same goes with topping, use what you like.

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Servings: 12 cheesecakes

Easy Mini Cheesecake Recipe

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Easy Mini Cheesecake Recipe - this simple cheesecake recipe makes 12 perfect mini cheesecakes and can be made so many ways! Lemon, Oreo, S'mores, Fruit, Peanut Butter Cup - any cheesecake you want in no time at all.

Ingredients

Basic Graham Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted
  • *See Note for additional crust ideas*

Basic Cheesecake Filling:

  • 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese — room temperature
  • 1 large egg — room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream — room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *See Note for additional filling and topping ideas*
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Make the graham cracker crust: Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press about 2-2 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture into the bottom of each muffin liner and press to compact.
  3. Beat room temperature cream cheese with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in room temperature sour cream. Beat in egg, sugar, and vanilla extract. (Room temperature ingredients are a must to avoid lumps!)
  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. Serve plain or topped with whipped cream and berries. See notes for additional serving suggestions.

Recipe Notes

  • Crust: instead of a graham cracker crust you can use 12 Oreos (any flavor). Just place them (whole) into each cupcake liner and they will form the crust.
  • Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes: use an Oreo cookie for the crust. Chop up 6 regular sized peanut butter cups and sprinkle them into the batter  in step 3. Alternately, use 12 Reese’s Minis and place one on top of each Oreo before dividing filling. Top cooled cheesecakes with chocolate sauce and more peanut butter cups.
  • Oreo Cheesecakes: use an Oreo cookie for the crust. Chop 4 additional Oreos finely and stir into the cheesecake batter before step 4. Continue as directed.
  • Lemon Cheesecakes: use either a graham cracker crust or a Golden Oreo cookie for the crust. Optional: add 1 teaspoon lemon zest to the batter in step 3. Top cooled cheesecakes with lemon curd and fruit.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 plain cheesecake) — Calories: 190, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 130mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 2g

Snickers Cheesecake

Snickers Cheesecake

S’mores Cheesecake

S'mores Cheesecake

Mini Fruit Tart Cheesecakes

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Other fun cheesecake recipes:
Chocolate and Mint Mini Cheesecakes from Lemons for Lulu
Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes by Reluctant Entertainer

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Easy Mini Cheesecake Recipe - this simple cheesecake recipe makes 12 perfect mini cheesecakes and can be made so many ways! Lemon, Oreo, S'mores, Fruit, Peanut Butter Cup - any cheesecake you want in no time at all.

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45 comments

  1. #thestruggleisreal for sure when it comes to weight loss. Keep going! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
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  2. I am so in love!!!! Thank you for gracing the world with the secrets to these beauties!

  3. Oh my goodness! I’m drooling over the peanut butter cup variation – it looks absolutely heavenly. I’ve made so many of your recipes already so I’m definitely going to have to try this soon! xx

  4. So good and yet so bad…..lol

  5. Good luck with your dieting…I am trying for Lent to *Reduce* cheese/champagne consumption. I can’t say eliminate because that’s a sure-fire way to fail! But I am trying to reduce at least 🙂 These cheesecakes are the perfect little diet solution: single serving!

  6. My family started Whole 30 on March 1st (even bought the cookbook beforehand); my husband is still on it. After 3 days, my daughter and I couldn’t take it anymore. We are switching to Weight Watchers, which is sustainable and healthy and reasonable. I love that you made these small desserts – how handy to enjoy one of my favorite desserts but not have too much around to tempt me.

  7. The struggle is real! It’s so hard to be a food blogger and try to lose weight! I start my little healthier eating/exercise plan tomorrow, and all I want are these cheesecakes!

    • I’m just trying one thing at a time…last week I went without bread and crackers (except yesterday, lol). It was easier than I thought…I’ll do that for a week or two then move onto something else!

  8. Dorothy, the mini cheesecakes look scrumptious! Can you freeze them?
    Rather than dieting I recommend making lifestyle changes by slowly one thing at a time eliminating unhealthy life choices and adding healthier practices (like getting enough sleep). The first year, I gave up drinking soft drinks for Lent and have stayed off of them since then. I have added one more change each year since then and it is slowly working. The way I’m doing it is not fast but I’m hoping it will be permanent. Good luck with your weight loss goal! Go with what choices you can live with!

  9. Wow! That looks delicious & seems so easy to make. Thanks for sharing .

  10. Ahhh! Very true! I’ve been baking for months now and I got way bigger than I used to be! Haha My friends just couldn’t believe it.
    I always tell them that if what I’m baking weren’t that good I would never get fat from em. Haha

    Btw, I love love cheesecakes and seeing this today makes me wanna run into my kitchen! Haha I wonder if there’s something I can use inplace of sour cream? I have everything now except the sour cream 🙁 don’t have yogurt too.

  11. I looove cheesecake, it’s literally my favourite thing in the world. Can’t wait to try some of these out!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

  12. Mini cheesecakes are the BEST! They are just the perfect size.

    PS Totally get the struggle to lose weight vs. being a dessert/carb-a-holic. I HIGHLY recommend a post I saw recently on another baking blog called “How I Stay in Shape as a Professional Baking Blogger.” I’m not even a blogger and it helped me. I hope it helps!

    http://bromabakery.com/2017/02/how-i-stay-in-shape-as-a-professional-baking-blogger.html

  13. Oh my god.. All of them look so tempting. And the recipe is also very simple. Would definitely try the lemon one.

  14. Hi! I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for all of the different flavor ideas. I was wondering if you have any tips for making sure the muffin liners don’t stick to the cheesecake. When I serve them, I’d like to do so without the liners. Thanks for the recipe and your help. 🙂

  15. These are great! I made the plan cheesecake variety and also made a few with chopped peanut butter cups and drizzled those with a melted chocolate chip/p.b. mix when they came out of the oven before chilling in the fridge. Both are delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  16. I am so excited our neighbor brought over a bunch of cream cheese and the kids and I decided to try these out! They are currently in the oven we have fresh raspberries and Dulce de Leche to put on top. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Can u make them ahead time , freeze them, then bake them the day?

  18. I made these a few weeks ago. They were amazing and sooo simple ,im making them again .
    Thank you

  19. I want to add mini Reese, chocolate chips and fruit to the tops to have a variety. Do I put the Reese and chocolate chips on top before or after I bake them?

  20. Okay the cheesecakes were good, but the recipe calls for WAY too much graham cracker crumb mixture! My cheesecakes were more crust than cream cheese! And I still had a lot of graham cracker crumb left over! Half the amount of graham cracker mixture and this recipe is just fine. Otherwise? Waste of food.

  21. This is the best cheesecake recipe! The brown sugar in the crust makes a world of difference! I’ve made them for several occasions including my daughter’s engagement party, always a huge hit!!

  22. Made these using nutter butter cereal for the crust and put mini chocolate chips in the cheesecake mix. Everyone loved this! 

  23. LO
    VE you website!
    I do have a question on the mini cheesecakes regarding transportation.
    Do you leave them in the cupcake liners or can you remove them and they hold up for taking to an event?

    Let me know please. I’m making these today and want to take them tomorrow to a luncheon. So no rating as of yet. I’ll get back to you.

  24. Making shortly!

  25. Will the Oreo get super soft if I make them a day in advance?

  26. Can you take the oreo apart and crush them up before you put the batter in?

  27. Awesome, super easy recipe. I substituted cream cheese with neufchatel, sugar for low-glycemic powdered coconut sugar and the sour cream for plain yogurt. Amazing!!

    We topped ours with cherry jam and some with a java cream cheese frosting which consisted of equal parts of neufchatel and grass fed butter, vanilla extract, powdered coconut sugar and a scoop of javapro protein powder. Yummy!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  28. I just made these and they turned out great! I made them plain and topped them with a little cherry pie filling.

  29. Made these using thin oreos for the crust. I don’t usually like cheesecakes, but these are tasty. The cheesecake filling tastes excellent both raw and cooked (ok, I know you’re not supposed to eat things with raw eggs, but I always taste my batter – and this one I had to taste, like, a dozen times, it was so amazing). Wonderful for receptions, parties, pot lucks.

    The oreo cookie recipe, with crushed oreos, disappeared quickly at a recent reception.

    And I’ve found they work better in foil cupcake liners than paper, the liners peel off easier.

  30. I haven’t eaten any yet, but they came out of the oven looking amazing. I have tried a few different cheesecake recipes from this website, as well as the recipe for lime curd which is definitely a new favorite of mine. I appreciate these recipes so much, keep up the good work.

  31. Do these have to refrigerate overnight in pan? Or can I take them out of pan and put on cookie sheet in refrigerator???

  32. I want to make several varieties of these for my daughters dessert table at her wedding. Can these be frozen ahead?

  33. I have just pinned these beautiful cheesecakes! New to your site but I am in love. Your photography is incredible! So crisp and clear. I am now officially craving cheesecake!

  34. My. Goodness. This is everything I could ever want. Cheesecake. Chocolate. Salted caramel. Nuts. Miniature-ness. You killed me with this one, Jamie.

  35. Hi , just wanted to say I have been making bite sized cheesecake for years my husband loves to pop them in his mouth and keep on doing what ever he is doing. In fact he is popping as I type. I also wished to say I have lost 40 lbs since Feb. 2018. I found I needed some one to help I could not do it on my own. All I did was to cut back on the amount and watched how often I ate. I changed nothing else no extra excersize no cardboard tasting food, and yes I did cheat but that’s why I needed help.

  36. These are sooooo good and so easy to make. I’ve made the lemon and the peanut butter cup bites for a baby shower and people went crazy over them. Making the traditional base recipe tonight for Thanksgiving with a homemade caramel sauce on top (ina garten recipe for the sauce) and toasted pecans for Pecan-Pie bites 🙂 So yummy! Great recipe and easy to customize.

  37. These are the most simple, easy & very tasteful treat. I LOVE LOVE LOVE CHEESECAKE!!! This is my go to recipe and the add in are endless. Everyone just enjoys every cheesecake i put together using this basic cheesecake base. I’m going to try your lime curd & see how mines turn out. Thanks again for this easy cheesecake fix!!!#

  38. These are so good! Super easy to make, I made them for the first time this Thanksgiving . They were a huge hit. I served them with cherry pie filling and whip cream on top. My husband and I love them so much I’m getting ready to make them again today😉

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