Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache

by aimee @ shugarysweets on March 20, 2013

Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache: easy, mini cheesecakes that are perfect for Easter! #philadelphia #cheesecake @shugarysweets

I realized something today. Well, actually last week when I made these cheesecakes: I love my job. I love that I get to bake, eat and repeat every. single. day.

I also realized I don’t bake cheesecakes nearly enough! I was asked by PHILADELPHIA Cream cheese to be a part of their “Bring out the Silver” campaign this Easter.

PHILADELPHIA cream cheese…silver packages…bring out the silver. Get it?

Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache: easy, mini cheesecakes that are perfect for Easter! #philadelphia #cheesecake @shugarysweets

I prefer to only use “the silver” when baking cheesecakes. I’ve used off brands, and they just don’t have the same texture. Did you know PHILADELPHIA Cream cheese has been around since 1872? I would say that has given them plenty of time to perfect America’s favorite cream cheese! Their cream cheese (bricks) are made with fresh local milk and real cream, no preservatives and only real ingredients! Quite important if you want fresh, wholesome, real cream cheese taste! It also doesn’t sit around being “processed.” It goes from farm to fridge in 6 days. No wonder my cheesecakes come out perfect when I use PHILADELPHIA!!

Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache: easy, mini cheesecakes that are perfect for Easter! #philadelphia #cheesecake @shugarysweets

This Easter, why not try making these delicious, Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes? The crust is made using chocolate graham crackers. I added some malted milk powder to the crust and the cheesecake filling. I topped each mini cheesecake with some chocolate ganache and some broken malted milk balls. I’m pretty sure these are my favorite cheesecakes ever! how will YOU use PHILADELPHIA cream cheese this holiday?

Malt Ball Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache: easy, mini cheesecakes that are perfect for Easter! #philadelphia #cheesecake @shugarysweets

Mini Malt Ball Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache

Prep Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 20-24 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

    For the Crust:
  • 9 chocolate graham crackers (whole)
  • 1 Tbsp malted milk powder (original flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake:
  • 2 pkg (8oz each) PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp malted milk powder (original flavor)
  • For the Ganache:
  • 2 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cup malted milk balls, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until fine crumbs. Pulse in the malted milk powder and sugar. Using a fork, mix in the melted butter. Spoon about one tablespoon of crust into the bottom of 20-24 paper lined muffin cups. Press into bottom of paper liner using a tart shaper or bottom of cup. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla on high for about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated. Beat in malted milk powder. Spoon filling into muffin cups until 2/3 full. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.
  3. When cooled, begin ganache. In a glass bowl, add heavy cream and microwave for 30 seconds, until warm. Add milk chocolate and heat an additional 60 seconds, stirring until smooth. Spoon about 1-2Tbsp onto each cooled cheesecake. Top with chopped malted milk balls. Refrigerate 2 hours or more, covered. ENJOY.
http://www.shugarysweets.com/2013/03/malt-ball-cheesecakes-with-chocolate-ganache

Ever wonder why your cheesecakes don’t come out picture perfect? Here are some tips and tricks from the chefs at the PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese kitchens (seriously, who wouldn’t want that job? I’d be happy to just visit and taste test for a weekend)!!

  • Prep it Right: Set out ingredients about 10 minutes before baking to work with them at room temperature. Allow your oven to preheat while preparing your filling.
  • Be Gentle: Do not over-beat. Over-stirring can add too much air into the batter, which can cause cheesecake to crack. Beat in eggs, one at time, on low speed until just blended.
  • Practice Patience: Don’t peek! Opening the oven door while cheesecake is baking causes drafts that may lead to cracking.
  • Loosen Up: Another way to prevent cracking is to immediately run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake after baking to loosen it from the sides of the pan.

Recipe created by Shugary Sweets. For more recipes, go to creamcheese.com.

“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.”

 

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Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 20, 2013 at 7:46 am

Aimee, I just saw these on FB…what a beautiful, Easter-y, springy treat to wake up to on my computer screen! I’m not a big candy eater, but love malt balls and of course cheesecake. These are just wonderful!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Carol, they really are a match made in Heaven :)
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Erin | The Law Student's Wife March 20, 2013 at 8:06 am

Oh I just want to pop these little guys right into my mouth! I love the “mini” aspect. Everyone gets their own…and you can eat as many as you want. Great tips too. I’m the worst about peeking!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I was a peeker too. That’s the other nice thing about minis with ganache, cracks are covered up :)
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Lisa March 20, 2013 at 8:19 am

So pretty! I wish I had time to make these for my Easter dinner. Just may have to make them after hahaha. Love the tips you shared and yes the “silver” cream cheese is the best to use for anything requiring it. Off brands aren’t as creamy and I think the consistency isn’t the same either.
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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

Let’s be cheesecake bffs forever mmmmmmkay?
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Deal. This still cracks me up :)
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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection March 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

Bake, eat, repeat…sounds fantastic! I love blogging too…now if only I could quit my daytime job then I’d be set. But I’m with you in that I don’t make cheesecake nearly enough. Every time I eat it I tell myself to make it more often, and then I somehow always forget. These mini cheesecakes look delicious. Loving the chocolate graham cracker and malted powder crust and malt ball eggs on top!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thanks Elaine :) They were quite tasty, and I hear ya on the forgetting…so many other goodies to make!
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Jen @ Savory Simple March 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

I love how colorful these are!
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Gloria @ Simply Gloria March 20, 2013 at 9:05 am

I LOVE malted milk balls…especially the Easter egg ones. Love this idea…looks so scrumptious!
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shelly (cookies and cups) March 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

The ganache on this. Oh yes.
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Jocelyn @BruCrew Life March 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

Best motto ever…Bake. Eat. Repeat. :-) Cheesecake really should be it’s own food group because it is so dang delicious!!! I love how pretty and spring like your pictures are!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

yeah, I don’t know where I heard that motto before ;)
Thanks for the sweet comment girlie.
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Kathy March 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

Love cheesecake and ganache! I always make cheesecake on Easter. Maybe this year I will add a layer of ganache to the top! And I always use Philadelphia. You are right, store brands just are not the same.
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Kristen March 20, 2013 at 9:33 am

I was going to do something with malted eggs too, but since I’m down in Texas right now and the produce is so fresh, I decided to take advantage of it!
I love your creation…especially the ganache! Yum!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Love your cheesecakes, good choice going with the fresh produce!!!
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Liz March 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

Those look perfect for Easter Aimee! I love malt balls and chocolate ganache….so gooood!
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Eva @ Eva Bakes March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

These cheesecakes look fantastic! I love that they are bite-sized so I wouldn’t have to bake an entire springform pan and take up valuable refrigerator space. Yum!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 20, 2013 at 10:42 am

So festive and pretty! Can’t go wrong with cute little cheesecakes!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

Malted eggs on top of a bed of cheesecake?!!! GENIUS! Care to trade some cheesecake? :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Oh if I had some left, YES. Your turtle version looks to die for!!!
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

Can’t go wrong with malted milk balls and chocolate ganache!!

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Marcie@flavorthemoments March 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

You’re killing me here with my favorite robin eggs and chocolate ganache and cheesecake! I’m making these some time for sure. I want one right now!

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carrian March 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I’m hungry. I need that. Period
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Ditto :)
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Nutmeg Nanny March 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Wow, these look fantastic! I don’t think there could be a better combination of sweet ingredients :)
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Andrea March 20, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Are these regular cupcake size or mini? Thanks!

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Jess @ OnSugarMountain March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

How cute are these!! A chocolate crust sounds like a nice change too – and all those colors on top would make this the center of my easter dessert table (if i had an easter dessert table heehee). :D
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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Between you and Katrina, now I need to get a bag of candy eggs! Such a fun idea.
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet March 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Love the fact that you used chocolate as the base for this one. Everything is so much better with chocolate. Then add the malt and you are good to go!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

That’s MY motto Nancy, everything is better with chocolate :)

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tanya March 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Well ok then! This is the dessert I’m making for Easter! If I don’t use my Robin’s Eggs in a recipe I will eat the entire bag and that would be bad! The ganache is killer! Great photo!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I love robins eggs too Tanya!! Thanks for the fun day :)

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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen March 20, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I have been using blogilovin as well and I like it! These cheesecakes are spectacular- I love me some cheesecake! I wish this was my job and I could bake. eat. repeat! Mine is more like work.bake.work.sleep.repeat!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Boo to working!! haha.

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Holy Heck Aimee! These are (1) gorgeous (2) genius and (3) my new favorite cheesecake!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm

(4) you’re so sweet
Thanks Dorothy!
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Karly March 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Gorgeous, as always! Love that you incorporated candy!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Oh, I thought you were saying I am gorgeous :) yes, candy is a must in cheesecake!!
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robyn March 20, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I too love to bake , I make mini cheesecakes all the time… I love using the 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie dough as crust then cheesecake then chocolate with broken mini peanut butter cups OMG is it good and in a pinch I use store bought cookies for crust and top with assorted candies …. oatmeal cookie dough crust and a dollop of strawberry is yummy too… made a layered cheesecake today brownie, cheesecake , brownie and cheesecake with chocolate gnauch covering it… cannot wait to try it … I use nothing but the best philly cream cheese last time it was onsale I bought 3 cases … I am down to half of a case left ….its only been a little over a month since I bought it ..

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 21, 2013 at 1:36 am

Oh my gosh! Everything about this recipe spells “cuteness”! And I agree — I’ve not baked enough cheesecakes. Time to change that!
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Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel March 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

After spotting these babies on Instagram, I’ve been thinking about them ever since! No Easter is complete without malted milk eggs. Love them dearly! And these adorable cheesecakes.. too cute!
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Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations March 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

These mini cheese cakes are soo cute! Interesting to hear about Philadelphia’s no preservatives as well.
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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry March 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I have had my share of cheesecake ever since I worked in a gourmet cheesecake shop for a year and half. All day, everyday was cheesecake. But malt balls are my favorite candy so I think these recipe is in order to get over my cheesecake hating ways.
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork March 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I love Philly Cream Cheese! There isn’t any other cheese in my book!

I love these mini cheesecakes with the Easter flair. SO CUTE!!
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

These are so fun!! Yum!

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Medeja March 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Oh God how cute! I was looking fos such cheesecake bites for ages!
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Julia | JuliasAlbum.com March 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

These mini cheesecakes are so pretty! They almost look like little colored eggs! Bravo!
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aimee @ shugarysweets March 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Thank you Julia!!

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Faye March 22, 2013 at 5:29 am

Your Ganaches look amazing.

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TidyMom March 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I love the idea of malt balls with cheesecake!! I need to give these a try! My girls are always begging for cheesecake!

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aimee @ shugarysweets March 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Thanks Cheryl! And mini cheesecakes are easier than a whole cheesecake. of course the ganache is the cure to any cheesecake cracks too :)
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Katy @ KatysKitchen March 22, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Gosh these look yummy. I just recently re-discovered easter malt eggs. I used to hate them because I ate them once thinking they were mini-eggs and got un-pleasently surprised. But man, they’re addictive!
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Liz@HoosierHomemade March 23, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Oh man…the ganache on them looks amazing!
~Liz@HoosierHomemade
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TidyMom March 24, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for linking up Aimee! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2013/easter-ideas/

Have a great rest of the weekend!
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Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Aaah, you all have such cute / yummy Easter candy in the US! Jealous.

And these are super cute! I love cheesecake and malt balls. I love that two of you made malt ball cheesecakes. You’re both obviously geniuses. :)
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Mary Beth March 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Aimee – these are regular size muffin tins, not mini right? I just don’t wanna screw it up. LOL

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Ari @ Ari's Menu March 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I LOVE anything malt flavored! These look so amazing, and that extra chocolate ganache on top is perfection!
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Monica April 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

This looks so cute! Malt balls are really delicious.
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Teresa April 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Can’t wait to try these. The reviews are pretty unanimous…..hopefully, the reviews one Easter match. Fingers crossed.

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Hailey April 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I seriously struggle at cooking/baking. I once made pancakes that turned into tortillas (dead Serious!). I was feeling “fierce” one day and came across this recipe. I told myself I was going to try it, and take it to Easter to impress my BF family (I’m telling you….Fierce!) Anyway, It turned out AMAZING! So Thank you! One Problem, now his family thinks I can cook. They are all from the midwest and can make delicious things I have never heard of. Help!
:)Delicious!

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aimee @ shugarysweets April 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Haha, you are a rock star Hailey!!! Thanks for letting me know they turned out and were a hit with your family :)

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