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Mini S’mores Cheesecakes

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Mini S’mores Cheesecakes – I don’t know about you, but I crave cheesecake all year long. And when s’mores time comes around, I just make them indoor: Mini S’mores Cheesecakes!

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Mini S'mores Cheesecakes - this easy cheesecake recipe makes the perfect 12 mini cheesecakes! Top them with chocolate and a toasted marshmallow for indoor s'mores!

Jordan gets out of school in 6 weeks. 6 weeks!! Let’s stop thinking about how she’ll be done with 5th grade (gasp) but in 6 weeks I’ll have 8 loooooong weeks to look forward too. I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love that it’s easy, no alarm clocks, do what we want when we want. I hate that when I start doing all those things I realize that I still have a job and now my 6 hour a day babysitting gig is gone.

A few weeks ago a friend posted this on Facebook: Oh I just can’t wait until summer when these kids can be home with me ALL DAY LONG! I just love being with them every minute!

I almost spit my coffee all over the screen (Okay, it wasn’t coffee. It was wine, you got me.) Now, I’m sure there are those people that really love being with their kids 24/7, every minute of every day. Those are the kind of moms that love crafts, sports, getting down on their hands and knees and playing Barbies and Legos, and they actually play at the park. Those people exist, and I admire those people. I wonder how they survive (drugs? wine?) and I wish I could be like them.

I’m not like those people. I love my daughter with all my heart. She’s fun, she’s funny, and she’s a great little shopper. But 24/7? For 8 loooong weeks of summer? People, there’s just not enough wine in the universe. Is there anyone else out there like me? Because on social media, all of the people are like that friend.

Thank goodness for summer camp.

Easy Mini S'mores Cheesecakes Recipe - we loved these!

Anyway, the thinking about summer got me thinking about summer things, like the beach, the pool, and s’mores. We all know I’m not an outdoor s’more person unless it’s at a resort with a fire pit, so I stick to doing indoor s’mores. I rarely eat traditional s’mores; I make pies and cookies and pudding. And now? Now I’ve made cheesecake: MINI S’mores Cheesecakes!

EASY Mini S’mores Cheesecakes Recipe

This is a super simple cheesecake recipe (no fuss, no springform pan, no water bath) and you bake it up in muffin tins so it’s perfectly portioned. You get 12 cheesecakes, perfect for a party! Or, you can freeze them and eat them one at a time for 12 days straight (not that I’d know anything about that).

Then, you top your cheesecake with chocolate ganache (or hot fudge ice cream topping) and a toasted marshmallow. But wait, you ask, how do you toast a marshmallow without a fire? Well, I did these with my kitchen blow torch. Or you could toast them over a gas stovetop. Or broil them for a few seconds, then place them on top the cheesecakes.

Or be all outdoorsy and toast them over an open flame. I’ll watch you from the comfort of my hotel room. 😉

Mini S'mores Cheesecakes - this easy cheesecake recipe makes the perfect 12 mini cheesecakes! Top them with chocolate and a toasted marshmallow for indoor s'mores!

This easy Mini S’mores Cheesecakes recipe is perfect for any occasion, summer or all year long. That chocolate and gooey marshmallow gets me every time!

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Servings: 12 servings

Mini S'mores Cheesecakes

This easy recipe makes a perfect 12 Mini S'mores Cheesecakes! This is the perfect indoor s'more recipe for cheesecake lovers!

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter — melted

For the Cheesecakes:

  • 8 ounces Challenge Cream Cheese — softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream — room temperature
  • 1 egg — room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 large marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin pan holes with liners.
  2. 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. Make the ganache (about 2-3 hours before you're ready to serve): place cream and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat for 45 seconds, then whisk until completely smooth (may take more or less time depending on your microwave). Let sit until it's thick enough that you can spread it but it's not drippy.
  6. To assemble: spread ganache over the chilled cheesecakes. Toast a marshmallow over a gas stove or BBQ and place on top (or use a kitchen torch). Serve immediately after you've placed the marshmallow on top.
  7. Cheesecakes can be made and frozen for up to one month before topping. Once topped with ganache and marshmallow, serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 mini cheesecake) — Calories: 303, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 134mg, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 22g, Protein: 4g

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This post has been sponsored by Challenge Cream Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.

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31 comments

  1. Those people who want to spend every second with their spawn make me feel like a bad mom. But I’m just of the mind that a part-time mom is a happy mom. Thank heaven for summer camp!
    And for these cheesecakes. Wowza!!

  2. I don’t blame you for not wanting to be a superhero 24/7…that’s exhausting! Now onto these smores…love this! Definitely better than going outside to make smores, and I love that they’re perfectly poppable!

  3. Girl, I am having so much anxiety about summer, it’s not even funny. I’m already researching local vacation bible schools!! These little cheesecakes look incredible. DYING over that toasted marshmallow!!

  4. Yum. These look great! I need to get brave and buy a kitchen torch. Did you use a regular Oreo on the bottom or a Golden Oreo? It almost looks like graham crackers.

    • Thank you so much for catching that! I was doing too many things at once and used the wrong crust recipe. !!!! I fixed it to use the graham crackers but Oreos (any flavor) would be amazing too!

  5. Agree – thank goodness for summer camp! I love my daughter dearly but could not imagine being around here 24/7 for the entire summer. I don’t think she’d enjoy hanging out with me that long either! These s’mores cheesecakes look awesome – too bad they can’t be made on the campfire. 🙂

  6. I hear ya on the summer “what do we do” months approaching all too quickly!  I need to find something for our kids to do, so I can work too! Although they usually sleep in, so my plan is to keep getting up early and get my stuff done by noon.  Fingers crossed that’s doable! And if not, there’s always toasted marshmallows, cheesecake, and s’mores to keep me sane, right?

  7. These are the perfect excuse to dust off my kitchen torch. I think it’s been a year since I’ve used it. whoops! 

    As for summers and how to balance working from home with a kid? Well in between camps, cheer stuff, and friends, there’s an iPhone. If you give your kid one, they will stay in their room for hours with it 🙂

  8. You’re kind of my hero! I’m also not a huge outdoors person, but we do have a fire pit in our backyard. S’mores Cheesecakes HERE WE COME!

  9. Yuum, these look amazing! I am huge on s’mores and definitely want to be making these little bites.

  10. They look delicious, and so unique, thanks for sharing

  11. These look wonderful. I’d like one NOW! And we can take Jordan for a few days during summer if you want. 🙂

  12. I’m done with freshman year of college in 2.5 (!!!) weeks and it’s beyond weird for me to say I’m almost a quarter way through college! These s’mores cheesecakes are so reminiscent of warm summer nights and look beyond delicious- you have me getting excited for summer break- pinning 🙂

  13. LOL!  No wonder you and I get along so well!  🙂 I’m in indoor s’more kinda gal myself!  These look just awesome!

    If I’m eating dessert it’s always chocolate or cheesecake and this has both…  which of course means I must have it!

  14. One summer my mom put us all in summer school so she could have a break (and she didn’t even play with us since we had so many kids in the house to play with.  Just think – in 2 years she can get a summer job (babysitting!).

  15. We homeschool our kiddos, so… yeah. lol 
    Also, I could inhale 6 of these in no time, no joke! LOVE s’mores desserts, especially mini cheesecakes! 

  16. These cheesecakes would be so fun to make!! I love anything s’mores and could easily gobble down 2 or 3… or 5. Who’s counting anyway! 

  17. I can’t resist anything s’mores related! Love the toasted marshmallow on top!

  18. we have less than a month left …YIKES, and I cannot believe that Jordan will be in middle school, but I welcome summer and with it all things s’more

  19. Oh thank you so refreshing to hear! I do not have kids right now but I know I totally would be right there with you and that makes me feel better to know that I would not be alone! Nor a bad parent 🙂 And wine..I feel ya there..now if I could just reach into my screen and grab a cheesecake we would be all set…like I want marshmallow all over my face right now. 

  20. Cheesecake is not my favorite thing but oh man do these little bites look amazing!

  21. Yum! I think these put the regular smore’s to shame!

  22. Gosh these look SO good! I could just sink my teeth into one… or three right now!

  23. these look amazing…cant wait to try!

  24. I’m so glad s’mores season is upon us again!! I don’t have kids (just a crazy dachshund) and I can imagine I will definitely be in the “part time mom” category as well. I can’t wait to have a bigger kitchen so I can finally justify buying a torch…I will toast every marshmallow and brulee every dessert! These cheesecakes look like everything I’ve ever wanted <3

  25. I’ve made these cuties and I went crazy over them. They were really delicious! Thanks for sharing!!

  26. These look fantastic! Would love to make them for my kids bake sale. Can I bake and torch them the night before? How long do they keep? Great job on this post, love the photography and food!

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