Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Today I finally decided to try out the mini cheesecake pan that I got on clearance from Crate and Barrel a while back. It came with a recipe, so I decided to start with that before trying anything too fancy. I ended up using a graham cracker crust rather than the one with ground nuts that they suggested.

These were really easy to make and every single one of them turned out perfect (which doesn’t happen too often around here)! Although Crate and Barrel doesn’t seem to be selling the pans anymore, you can now buy them on Amazon. I plan on buying another one soon!

On to the recipe!

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

For this recipe you will need a mini cheesecake pan.

filling:
1 eight oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/4 C. sugar
Crust:
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. brown sugar
1/3 stick melted butter
Topping: Canned cherry pie filling

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter with a fork until well combined.
3. Divide crumb mixture evenly between the 12 cups of your mini-cheesecake pan. Using your fingers (if you don’t have long nails!) press crumbs firmly onto the bottom and partially up the sides of each cup; set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer, blend softened cream cheese, egg, vanilla and sugar together in a medium bowl.
5. Spoon cream cheese mixture into each cup (they will only be half filled).
6. Bake for 14 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.
7. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 20 minutes then carefully remove cheesecakes from pan and let cool completely.
8. Top with cherries and refrigerate until ready to serve.
9. Enjoy!

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30 Comments
  1. rhino

    sometimes i hate you…like when you post pictures of delicious food, while i’m at work and a bit hungry.

    but then its the oregon brewers festival this weekend…so i get to have lots of beer this weekend.

    (though you still trump with the whole italy thing)

    5:33 pm  Jul 28th, 2006
  2. Sandy

    I am going to try both of these. Made “store bought” sloppy joes a few weeks ago, and they were awful! My husband could eat a whole batch of these, for sure.

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    2:42 pm  Jul 29th, 2006
  3. Pamela

    Cheesecake is my favourite dessert of all time and these look shiny, gooey and scrumptious!

    5:42 pm  Jul 31st, 2006
  4. Bron

    These are delightful Nicole, I adore making and eating mini treats, and mini cheesecakes… well they’re simply perfect! Congratulations on your DMBLGIT award.

    2:49 am  Sep 8th, 2006
  5. Quinn

    I clicked through from your pumpkin mini cheesecakes.. I’d somehow missed these. I’m positive that it isn’t just that I haven’t eaten in way too many hours — that picture is stunning! I love the texture of the crust, how it’s smooth and rough at the same time. The cherries look incredible. I wish I could find the words to describe them!

    4:08 pm  Oct 2nd, 2006
  6. Patricia Scarpin

    Nicole, these look lovely!

    I love these bite sized desserts!

    6:20 pm  Dec 23rd, 2006
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  8. Jessica

    I’m still fantasizing about finding one in my mailbox. A girl can dream, can’t she?

    5:22 am  Dec 24th, 2006
  9. Jessica

    Ok, Nicole, I don’t think I can find graham crackers here. Can you possibly post the ground nuts crust (or email me)? And I don’t have a mini cheesecake pan, so I may substitute a muffin pan. :)

    12:53 pm  Dec 29th, 2006
  10. Cindy K

    CheeseBombs!!! My favorite!! For an extra special taste and presentation sensation, try Black Forest Cheesebombs– melted dark chocolate drizzled over cherries with a dollop of whipped cream. Mmmmm can taste it now…

    This is my first visit to your blog, was introduced to it by a thread started on OptiBoard by a friend of yours. You’re in my bookmarks now, lady! Fabulous site and the recipes are wonderful. Keep em coming.

    5:02 pm  Jan 7th, 2007
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  15. Heather in SF

    I don’t usually care for cheesecake, but the sight of these beauties makes me want one *right now *, for breakfast even. Can you make these in mini muffin pans? My kitchen equipment budget is rather depleted at the moment. Thanks!

    9:47 am  Jun 11th, 2009
  16. Nicole

    I know that people do make them in mini muffin pans, but I think you have to use mini cupcake papers or you’d have a hard time getting them out. But I’ve never tried it, so I’m not sure! But I’m sure you can find a million recipes for the kind made in a mini muffin pan, try using http://foodblogsearch.com

    9:54 am  Jun 11th, 2009
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  19. Chantal

    Loved them! perfect as promised. Took them into work last night and they were gone before the next days shift even had a chance to snack on them. I have also posted these on my blog.. thank you for the great recipe!

    4:30 am  Jul 15th, 2009
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  21. aisha

    hi :)
    just wondering, would it be possible to bake this in a single springform pan? and how would the baking time differ? I’ll really appreciate your input :)

    8:50 am  Dec 30th, 2009
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  26. Molly

    These are too cute!!

    4:18 pm  Feb 24th, 2011
  27. Megan

    I want to grab that mini cherry cheesecake off the screen, it looks soo delicious! Your site is great and photos are beautifully enticing. Thanks for the posts :-)

    3:16 pm  Mar 31st, 2011
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  29. Rob Johnson

    Looks delicious! What a great taste and food texture this must have, thanks!

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  30. Stacey

    You should try the nut crust on the box. Its so delish. I always get rave reviews.

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