I just love little desserts! Not only do you have portion control, you get to eat it all to yourself!
These Mini Cherry Cheesecakes are individual cheesecakes, baked in muffin tins, quick and easy to make, with cherry pie filling and an easy Oreo cookie crust. They are a great party food and the ideal individual dessert and finger food dessert for bake sales, baby showers, game day, potlucks, Canada Day, Mother's day, New Year's eve or any celebration!
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
I first time I had these mini cherry cheesecakes was when my Auntie Sue brought them to my niece's baby shower. That was about 15 years ago and I finally got around to asking her for the recipe! We also enjoyed them as part of our finger food New Year's eve buffet this year. The great thing about this mini dessert is that it's not only easy to make, you can dress it up for a baby shower by using a fancier muffin liner, like these pretty Damask Cupcake/Muffin liners (affiliate link) I used in the photos, or simply use a regular liner or foil tart liner.
You can even bake it in a plain muffin liner, then move it to a nicer cupcake liner after it's cooked.
Mini Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust
You can make these with a graham cracker crust, but I prefer to use an Oreo graham crust. You can crush up chocolate graham crackers or simply buy Oreo cookie baking crumbs. Chocolate and cherry are simply a match made in heaven, especially when you add cheesecake to the mix! And chocolate just makes everything better...
You can even mix it up and use any pie topping or filling you so desire. One of my personal favorites is my Saskatoon berry pie filling. However, I did see canned Saskatoon berry pie filling at my local Co op, so if I was in a hurry, I'd just buy it. I simply use the cherry pie filling because it's quicker and easier to find (and oh so delicious!)
Individual Cheesecake Recipes
When it comes to potlucks and any kind of party food, I really appreciate anything that is served in individual portions. And that's why I love individual cheesecake recipes! I'm not a big fan of communal foods, for obvious reasons. And I created my Easy Individual Cheesy Party Pull Aparts after having a traumatic communal food experience. You can read more about that in the post, if you're interested!
For some reason, miniature cheesecake just feels more FUN than regular cheesecake. It's partly because finger food is way more fun than regular food! And that's probably because we're more likely to eat finger food at parties and celebrations. The best part of finger food desserts is that you can forego the fuss with plates and forks and just dig in!
Mini Baked Cheesecakes
If you are looking for mini baked cheesecakes, this recipe is ideal because they are baked in a muffin tin with muffin liners. You don't need to purchase anything special to make them. However, if you are in the market for a new muffin tin, here are my Amazon recommendations (affiliate links)
So whether you're going to a baby shower, a Super Bowl party, celebrating New Year's, Valentine's day or going to a backyard BBQ, if you're looking for a quick and easy dessert, these Mini Cherry Cheesecakes are the perfect dessert!
More Mini Desserts!
If you are looking for even more mini desserts, then check out my Raspberry Tiramisu Tarts
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
- 1 ½ cups Oreo cookie baking crumbs
- 4 tablespoon butter, melted
- 2 – 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese (2 cups) * I use light cream chese
- 540 ml can Cherry pie filling (About 18 oz)
- Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C. Line muffin tin with paper cupcake/muffin liners or foil tart liners.
- Mix Oreo baking crumbs with melted butter in a bowl.
- Place mixture in the bottom of each paper liner, patting down, dividing evenly between all 18.
- Beat the rest of the ingredients together with a hand mixer ( EXCEPT cherry pie filling) until fluffy.
- Spoon filling into paper muffin/cupcake liners on top of base/crust to ⅔ full (dividing between all 18.)
- Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
- Cool for about 10 minutes. When cool, top with cherry pie filling.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
More Cheesecake Recipes!
This recipe is part of The Country Cook Weekend Potluck!