Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

May 27, 2019
Don't let the word "mini" fool you - these Mini Cherry Cheesecakes may be little, but they deliver up great big cheesecake flavor!  And they're super easy to make with just four basic steps.

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes in Foil Cupcake Wrappers Image

For my husband and these Mini Cherry Cheesecakes, it was love at first bite.

Cheesecake is one of his absolute favorite foods.  Whether it be decadent German Chocolate Cheesecake, Twix Cheesecake Pie, or our very favorite Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake (and any other of its various forms), he could eat cheesecake all day long.

So when my Mom found out about his cheesecake love early on in our dating, she surprised him one weekend with a big batch of these classic Mini Cherry Cheesecakes.

Don't let the word "mini" fool you - these cherry cheesecakes may be mini, but they deliver up great big cheesecake flavor!

Not wanting to make a glutton of himself, he restrained himself to only eating four of them in one sitting.  And believe me - just four is indeed self-restraint for my husband when it comes to these tasty little cheesecake beauties.

Now, I do believe this recipe has been around forever.  But that weekend Mom made them was my husband's introduction to them.

I can easily see why this recipe has been around forever:

  • It's super easy to make
  • Takes just 6 simple ingredients
  • And best of all, the mini cheesecakes taste absolutely delicious.

So don't let the word "mini" fool you - these cherry cheesecakes may be mini, but they deliver up great big cheesecake flavor!  Just ask my cheesecake-lovin' husband.

Mini Cherry Cheesecake with Cherry Pie Filling Topping Image

There are just four simple steps to whipping up a batch of Mini Cherry Cheesecakes.

Step 1:  "Make" the Crust

How to Use a Nilla Wafer for a Mini Cheesecake Crust Image

When talking about the crust for these cheesecakes, I use the word "make" very loosely.

Because to make the crust, simply place foil cupcake cups in a muffin pan and place a vanilla wafer cookie in the bottom of each one.

That's it!

The vanilla wafer will kind of bake into the bottom of the cheesecake batter and form a nice little crust.  Super simple.

Step 2:  Make the Cheesecake Batter

How to Make Mini Cherry Cheesecakes Image

Combine softened cream cheese, eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract to make the simple cheesecake batter.  Mix this all together with an electric mixer until there are no lumps.

Then spoon the batter into the prepared foil cupcake liners.  I use a large cookie scoop - which makes the process quick and easy.

Step 3:  Bake

Baked Mini Cherry Cheesecakes Image

Bake the cheesecake batter for about 15 to 20 minutes until the cheesecakes are set.  They should be set completely around the edges with just a little wiggle still in the middle.

Once the little cheesecakes cool, the center will sink a bit forming an indentation in the middle.  The indentation is just perfect for holding the cherry topping.

Step 4:  Top with Cherries

Putting Cherry Pie Filling on Top of Mini Cherry Cheesecakes Image

Top each mini cheesecake with a spoonful of cherry pie filling.  I like to dig out about 4 or 5 cherries for each cheesecake so the topping is mostly cherries.

And that's all there is to making these tasty little cheesecakes!

Super easy, just 6 simple ingredients, and absolutely delicious flavor.

Super easy, just 6 simple ingredients, and absolutely delicious flavor.

Just ask my cheesecake-loving husband, these Mini Cherry Cheesecakes pack big cheesecake taste.  Whip up a quick batch, and they may just be love at first bite for you, too.

Plate of Three Mini Cherry Cheesecakes Image
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Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
(Print recipe)
  • 12 vanilla wafer cookies (I use Nilla Wafers)
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened*
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  1. Place softened cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl; mix with an electric mixer until just combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  2. Line the cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with foil cupcake cups. Place a vanilla wafer cookie in the bottom of each cupcake cup.
  3. Fill each cup 2/3 to ¾-full with cream cheese mixture, dividing the batter evenly between the 12 cups.  (I use a large cookie scoop.)
  4. Bake at 350℉ for 16-18 minutes until set, with just a small bit of wiggle in the center.
  5. Cool completely. Top each mini cheesecake with cherry pie filling and chill. Store in the refrigerator.
* Use regular cream cheese for the best result.  I don't recommend substituting lower-fat cream cheese.


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Mini Cherry Cheesecakes ~ Don't let the word "mini" fool you - these cheesecakes may be little, but they deliver up great big cheesecake flavor!  And they're super easy to make with just four basic steps.

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  1. These are so cute and look delicious! I love these for summer :)

  2. Hi Tracey!
    These look super yummy! The perfect thing for a cool summer snack. Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!
    >>> Kim

  3. These look so yummy! We plan on doing some cherry picking while on vacation this summer and I'm definitely going to make these decadent cheesecakes with some of the cherries! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Talk Of The Town party. Pinned 😊

  4. They look soooo good!! My mouth is watering!! Using the vanilla wafer is such a clever idea!!

  5. Your Mini Cherry Cheesecakes will be perfect for summer entertaining! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  6. Hi Tracey!
    I'm pretty sure you've already seen it, but I wanted to let you know that your mini cheesecakes are one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering! Thanks so much for linking up!
    >>> Kim


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