Orange Mini Cheesecakes with Grand Marnier Cream
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When I bought my mini cheesecake pan, I really wasn’t sure whether I would use it. There are so many pieces of baking equipment stuffed into the back of my kitchen cabinets that never see the light of day, much less feel the heat of my oven. But I have used this pan over and over, much to the delight of my friends and neighbors. I receive so many compliments on the tiny cheesecakes that I almost feel guilty because they are so quick and easy to make! The cheesecake pan came with a starter recipe but I have had a lot of fun adapting it and creating new recipes. There are oranges everywhere in Sicily right now and I can’t get enough of them! I’ve been juicing them, peeling and eating them, adding them to green salads, and now their zest brightens up my latest mini cheesecake recipe. The Grand Marnier whipped cream is an optional but very delicious addition to these little cheesecakes.

Orange Mini Cheesecakes with Grand Marnier Cream

For this recipe, you will need a mini cheesecake pan

Crust:
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. brown sugar
1/3 stick melted butter

Filling:
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 C. sour cream
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/3 C. sugar
finely grated zest of one orange

Topping:
1 C. heavy cream
1 T. Grand Marnier
2 T. powdered sugar

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 or the back of a tablespoon, press crumbs firmly onto the bottom and partially up the sides of each cup; set aside.
4. Combine sugar and orange zest in a mini food processor and process until orange zest has been incorporated and sugar is fine (this step is optional, if you don’t have a mini processor move on to step five).
5. Using an electric mixer, blend softened cream cheese, sour cream, egg, and orange sugar together in a medium bowl. (if you skipped step 4, add both the sugar and orange zest in step 5)
6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into the twelve cups, trying to divide the mixture as evenly as possible.
7. Bake for 14 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.
8. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 20 minutes then carefully remove cheesecakes from pan and let cool completely on rack.
9. Put cheesecakes in refrigerator and chill until ready to use.
10. Just before serving, combine cream (make sure it’s very cold), grand marnier and sugar in a mixing bowl and whip, using a hand whisk or electric mixer with whisk attachment, until soft peaks form.
11. Top mini cheesecakes with dollops of grand marnier cream and serve.
12. Enjoy!

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40 Comments
  1. Jennifer

    Nicole, these look delicious! And your picture is beautiful, as usual. I really must get my mini cheesecake pan back out…

    3:26 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  2. Kristen

    I had no idea there was even such a thing as a mini cheesecake pan. Where have I been?
    Those look fantastic!

    3:53 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  3. Rose

    I love cheesecake and I absolutely have to try this recipe. Your photo looks great and I think you really should consider doing a cookbook Nicole. (although Im sure you have heard that a million times before) I would be first in line to buy one and of course would demand a autograph…:)

    4:20 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  4. Rose

    Okay Nicole now you have me ordering the mini cheesecake pan. I hope this company treats you well! You bring them business!

    4:31 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  5. Ivonne

    You have totally made me lust after a mini cheesecake pan!!! These are too gorgeous!

    4:34 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  6. leslier

    Your pictures are so beautiful, I want to have everything you make! I gotta get me one of these mini cheesecake pans…

    4:38 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  7. Ninnie

    Amazing! I need this pan!

    4:57 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  8. rachel

    I really want that pan now!

    7:21 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  9. Ruby

    I’m convinced, I need to buy this pan soon! Lovely photo Nicole! :)

    7:49 am  Dec 30th, 2006
  10. Patricia Scarpin

    Nicole, are these the cutest dessert ever or what?

    I love to cook with oranges, lemons and limes, I love their smell, their taste – so refreshing! Everytime I see a recipe using citric flavors I feel like making it asap!

    3:35 pm  Dec 30th, 2006
  11. Tone

    After looking and reading all your delicious mini cheesecake resepies I decided it was time to try to make them myself. But after searcing stores and hour of internet browsing – I discovered to my great dissapointment that none of the online shops ship to my remote part of the world….. (norway). So – I¬¥m now desperate and will have to be a bit inventive….

    3:50 pm  Dec 30th, 2006
  12. Brilynn

    I loved the look of your mini cherry cheesecakes, these ones look amazing too and I’m all for adding grand marnier…

    5:24 pm  Dec 30th, 2006
  13. Pearl

    Gorgeous pic. Sounds mouth-watering.

    5:30 am  Dec 31st, 2006
  14. Scott

    I must have one (or a couple handfuls) of those!

    7:19 am  Dec 31st, 2006
  15. Coleen

    Nicole,
    You should really start a little business selling those mini cheesecakes here in Sicily. I would be a regular customer! And you know how the Italians love cheesecake! You could do really well. Seriously!
    Ciao, Coleen

    1:10 pm  Dec 31st, 2006
  16. Lisa (Homesick Texan)

    There are just so CUTE! Happy New Year, Nicole!

    6:17 pm  Dec 31st, 2006
  17. Lisa (Homesick Texan)

    Er…meant to say “THESE are just so CUTE!”

    6:18 pm  Dec 31st, 2006
  18. Brazilian Food Love

    another cheesecake fan here :) I’d love to have one of these little pans I’d make cheesecakse all the time :) the recipi sounds lovely!
    happy new year from Brazil

    8:22 pm  Dec 31st, 2006
  19. Scott

    Just checked out the pan… I’m going to have to get one. Mom makes a Jr. Mint Cheesecake. I’m sure the recipe came off the package. Anyhow, I can just imagine bringing over a plateful of those garnished with only a couple on top.

    (still drizzled with melted Jr. Mints of course!)

    8:10 am  Jan 1st, 2007
  20. amanda

    Happy New Years, Nicole! as usual i would like to pop five or six of those delicious looking morsels of orange-y cream cheese-y goodness into my mouth immediately! and that grand marnier whipped cream! my soon-to-be-clogged heart be still!

    12:37 am  Jan 2nd, 2007
  21. sghock

    looks delicious!
    Thanks for a great recipe

    9:27 pm  Jan 2nd, 2007
  22. Fran

    These look so good. Wonderful picture. wonderful if I could use a small tart pan?

    11:15 pm  Jan 2nd, 2007
  23. a. borealis

    Your mini cheesecakes are so cute. I could just squeeze their adorable little cheeks!

    5:46 am  Jan 3rd, 2007
  24. Leslie Gould

    These look wonderful! Jake considers himself to be a great cheesecake aficionado! We will have to try these on for size!

    10:07 am  Jan 4th, 2007
  25. Erin

    This looks amazing! I honestly had no idea there was such a thing as a mini cheesecake pan. I think I may need to buy one as well. Cheesecake is my ultimate weakness in life.

    4:25 pm  Jan 4th, 2007
  26. Veron

    I’ve seen those mini cheesecake pans. Now that I see the cuteness it can create, I think that’s next on my shopping list.

    11:08 pm  Jan 4th, 2007
  27. FoodieFroggy

    Hi ! That is too funny ! I bought the exact same mini-cheesecake pan at Williams Sonoma in NYC last year (I am French). It makes great cheesecakes, and their size is perfect, considering the “richness” of this delightful dessert ! ;-)

    6:38 pm  Jan 11th, 2007
  28. Steph

    Awesome photo Nicole. Chris’s dad would love this…it contains his fav alcoholic beverage:) Plus it looks so yummy!

    4:34 am  Jan 17th, 2007
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  30. Cindy

    What a cute little cheese cake! It sounds delicious. You are great at getting just the right photo.

    2:23 am  Feb 7th, 2007
  31. Gabbrial

    I love U & your cake !!!!!!!
    your my IDOL
    I didn’t think there would be such a thing as a MINI PAN!!!!!!

    3:22 am  Feb 17th, 2007
  32. Us vs. Food

    Talk of Tomatoes was right – that’s a great picture! *and* you linked to the mysterious pan – thank you thank you!

    Us vs. Food

    12:31 pm  Feb 11th, 2008
  33. Nicole

    Us vs. Food: Thanks! I saw your comment over at Talk of Tomatoes and meant to point you in the right direction in my comment but then I forgot. Glad you found the link!

    4:08 pm  Feb 11th, 2008
  34. occook

    can you make this in a mini muffin pan

    9:59 am  Feb 21st, 2008
  35. soulchocolate

    This is such a beautiful creation! I seriously am itching to own one of these mini pans, as if my collection of baking tins isn’t already enough! Ack!

    10:56 pm  Dec 13th, 2008
  36. Cecil Tanz

    Hi Nicole, fantastic idea for such mini cheesecake. I want to give it a try in a tart mould as unable to get a mini cheesepan here. Can you please advise the measurement : T = Tablespoon?, 1/3 C = what is the grams equivalent as I do not have cup of this size? and 1/3 stick butter = what is the grams equivalent? Look forward to your prompt response. Thanks dear:)

    10:59 pm  May 28th, 2009
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  38. Julie

    I made these today. They were SO easy, and very delicious!

    7:36 pm  Jun 22nd, 2011
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