These Mini Cherry Cheesecakes show up at all holidays in our family. Just like a full-size cheesecake, these bite-sized treats are packed with creamy flavor! Add your favorite pie filling topper!
Why this Recipe Works
Bite-sized Mini Cherry Cheesecakes. Easy to make, delicious to eat, and makes 4 dozen treats. That’s a lot of bites.
Although, trust me when I say how easy it is to just polish off a good 3 or 4 (or 12) of these mini cheesecakes in one sitting.
- Versatile recipe. Swap out flavors of crust and topping for a unique combination.
- Made in a mini muffin pan, these one bite treats are great for holidays!
- Freezer friendly. Freeze the baked cheesecakes before adding the topping!
Graham cracker crumbs. I use whole graham crackers and make my own crumbs, but store bought crumbs are fine too (although I find them lacking in flavor. You can use almost any cookie…nilla wafer, oreo, and gingersnaps are my favorite.
Cream Cheese. Full fat is a must here for the creamiest cheesecake.
Pie Filling. My family grew up using cherry pie filling, however any flavor would be fantastic!
How to Make Cherry Cheesecake
Don’t be intimidated by their petite size – Mini Cherry Cheesecakes aren’t hard to make! Just 3 simple layers.
Crust. You’ll start by making your graham cracker crust. I know some people buy the already made crumbs, but I find that they don’t have a good taste to them.
So grab your food processor (or blender) and process your graham crackers to a fine crumb. Add the butter and sugar and mix well. Add about 1-2 tsp of crust to each paper liner. Press firmly. I use a tart shaper for this!
Much like my mini no bake cheesecakes, you can swap out the graham cracker crust, for Nilla wafers or Oreo cookies!
Filling. For the cheesecake filling, you’ll want to beat your cream cheese for several minutes with the egg, vanilla, and sugar. It will be creamy and fluffy! Add enough filling to each tin to fill 2/3 full.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 17-20 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
Topping. To turn these tiny cheesecakes into Mini Cherry Cheesecakes, top each cheesecake with a dollop of cherry pie filling, making sure that at least one cherry gets on each bite!
You could also add homemade whipped cream and fresh berries too!
Refrigerate until ready to enjoy. These are best enjoyed chilled!
- First, you’ll need a mini cupcake pan with paper liners! We actually have three of these pans so that I can have the next batches ready to go while one is in the oven!
- I use a tart shaper to press my crust firmly into the pan. This tool is also handy when making Nut Cups.
- Beating the cream cheese until smooth and creamy takes about 3-5 minutes. It’s easy to do when you have a KitchenAid mixer! However, a hand held mixer works just fine too!
Yes, but you will need to add a few more minutes of baking time.
The cheesecakes are baked when the center is mostly set but not fully solid. If you gently jiggle the pan, the center of each cheesecake should wobble slightly but not appear watery.
If your cheesecakes are sinking, over beating the batter is often the culprit. Beating for too long, incorporates excess air which can result in sunken mini cheesecakes. To avoid over mixing, bring your ingredients to room temperature before using. Room temperature ingredients are easier to incorporate, requiring less mixing.
Yes, your favorite homemade cherry pie filling should work equally well here! Make sure it is fully cooled before adding to the mini cheesecakes.
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These Mini Cherry Cheesecakes show up at all holidays in our family. Just like a full-size cheesecake, these bite-sized treats are packed with creamy flavor!