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These Marble Cheesecakes are the best holiday dessert – a mini cheesecake with cookie crust and chocolate vanilla swirl cheesecake. These are easy and perfect for dessert tables and parties. Plus – who does’t love cheesecake?

stacked mini circular cheesecakes with white and brown marble on top.


Marble Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake is one of my favorite recipes to make around the holidays and it is always a hit. This recipe is even than my classic cheesecake because they’re mini cheesecakes baked in a muffin pan.

No water bath needed, no need to worry about cracking or anything – these are easy to make and so pretty with that marble swirl. They freeze well too so you can make them ahead of time!

ingredients of mini marble cheesecakes on a marble countertop.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate Graham Crackers: You can also substitute regular graham crackers or even Oreo cookies.
  • Cream Cheese: Cream cheese will need to be softened to avoid lumps.
  • Sour Cream: Creates a creamy cheesecake – make sure it’s room temperature.
  • Egg: Room temperature is important to avoid lumps!
  • Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate: Melted chocolate is what helps create the marble look.

How to make Mini Marble Cheesecake Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners.
  • Crush crackers to make a graham cracker crust. Stir together with butter and sugar. Press into the bottom of the muffin pan.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth then mix in sour cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until no lumps remain.
  • Melt semi-sweet baking chocolate in a small bowl on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place 1/4 cup of the cheesecake batter into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  • Divide the remaining plain cheesecake batter evenly on top of the crusts (about 1 tablespoon per muffin cup). Scoop about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate cheesecake batter on the top and swirl with a toothpick to create the marbled look.
  • Bake cheesecakes for about 18-21 minutes until the tops are puffed and slightly cracking.
stacked mini circular cheesecakes with white and brown marble on top.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure that all your ingredients (cream cheese, egg, and sour cream) are at room temperature before you begin. This will combat lumps in your cheesecakes!
  • Using a stand mixer is also really helpful when getting lumps out!
  • Cool completely, then chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

FAQs

Can you freeze these cheesecakes?

You can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 2 months!

Can I make these ahead of time? 

Yes! These cheesecakes need to be chilled for a while anyways, so it would work in your favor!

stacked mini circular cheesecakes with white and brown marble on top.

Mini Marble Cheesecakes

5 from 1 vote
Mini Marble Cheesecakes with a PEEPS marshmallow topper – these easy mini cheesecakes are marbled with chocolate. Top with a PEEP for Christmas!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 cheesecakes
Serving Size 1 mini cheesecake

Ingredients
 

For the Crust:

  • 1 ¼ cups chocolate graham crackers regular may be substituted, about 7-8 full graham cracker sheets
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter melted

For the Cheesecakes:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ounce (28g) semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • Chocolate or Marshmallow Whipped Cream or Cool Whip

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with liners.
  • Place graham crackers in a large ziploc bag. Seal the bag except for 1” and roll with a rolling pin to crush the graham crackers to a fine crumb. This can also be done in a food processor. Stir graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of the crust mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup (for a total of 12). Press to compact.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth, about 30 seconds, using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a hand mixer. Beat in sour cream, egg, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until no lumps remain. (It’s helpful if all ingredients are room temperature before starting!)
  • Melt semi-sweet baking chocolate in a small bowl on high power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place 1/4 cup of the cheesecake batter into the chocolate mixture and stir to combine.
  • Divide the remaining plain cheesecake batter evenly on top of the crusts (about 1 tablespoon per muffin cup). Scoop about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate cheesecake batter on the top and swirl with a toothpick to create the marbled look.
  • Bake cheesecakes for about 18-21 minutes until the tops are puffed and slightly cracking. Cool completely, then chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • To serve: remove the cupcake liner and top with chocolate whipped cream and PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen or PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees!

Recipe Notes

  • All ingredients need to be room temperature to avoid lumps.
  • These can be made ahead up to 24 hours – to allow them to chill.
  • Freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1mini cheesecake | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 128mg | Sugar: 18g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on November 21, 2023



Dorothy Kern

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30 Comments

  1. Gosh, I wish I was present psychic!  I never could guess what was in those packages as a kid.  And kids totally can’t keep a secret!  Mine are just begging to tell me what is in the present they wrapped up.  I would be extremely happy though if it was a package of these wonderful mini cheesecakes!!

  2. I wish I could figure out what’s in packages, I’m so horrible at it!  These little cheesecakes are too cute, plus anything that is mini is always better.  Love the Peeps on top too, they’re dangerously addictive!

  3. Mini cheesecakes were one of my first non-brownie baking adventures. These look amazing and so delicious!

  4. Ummmm I could pop waaaay too many of these. That won’t stop me from making them anyway. 🙂

  5. My kids demand PEEPS for every holiday! We love them! These mini cheesecakes sound heavenly! 

  6. I was always the worst present secret keeper too. I just loved what I got my mom & wanted her to have it! I love these new PEEPS designs. They make decorating any variety of desserts so easy & fun!