Mini Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce (VIDEO)
Mini Cheesecakes with caramel sauce are completely delicious. The cheesecake base is just 3 ingredients! If you appreciate an easy cheesecake you will love this recipe!
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We have tested scores of mini cheesecake recipes and this is THE ONE!
One of my readers, Marta, wrote in with her 3-ingredient baby cheesecakes recipe last month and I instantly fell in love with the flavor, texture and how completely EASY they were. This recipe makes 24 cupcake-sized cheesecakes.
Ingredients for Mini Cheesecake Recipe:
- The sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient, making the cheesecake perfectly sweetened and creamy smooth.
- For the topping, we used our easy caramel sauce (you won’t want store-bought after trying it!).
*See notes for Gluten Free Options
How to Make Cheesecake Crust:
2. Stir until crumbs are evenly moistened, then divide evenly between 24-count, lined muffin tins (1 Tbsp in each). Press the crust into the base and slightly up the sides.
How to Make Mini Cheesecakes:
1. In a large bowl, mix 16 oz cream cheese and 3 eggs with whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer) on high speed 5 minutes, or until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add 14 oz condensed milk and mix on LOW speed** until blended (2 minutes).
2. Divide mix evenly over the 24 crusts – filling about 3/4 full (or a level ice cream scoop in each one) and bake at 350˚F for 15 minutes. They should be set with a very slight jiggle in the center. Don’t over-bake. If you notice them starting to crack in the oven, they are over-baking.
3. Cool to room temp in the baking dish then spoon this caramel sauce over each one. Refrigerate 2 hours then top with homemade whipped cream (see “how to make whipped cream” below) and dust with cinnamon if desired. Serve with or without liners.
Make-Ahead Tip: You can completely assemble, decorate, cover and refrigerate overnight. Ours tasted and looked perfect the next day. We just love make-ahead desserts!
Watch Natasha Make Mini Cheesecakes:
Make these baby cheesecakes once and you’ll make them over and over!
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Mini Cheesecakes with Caramel Sauce
For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, from 12 whole crackers*
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
For the Mini Cheesecakes:
- 16 oz cream cheese, from two 8oz packages, softened
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
How to Make the Crust:
Divide crumbs between 24 cupcake liners (about 1 Tbsp in each). Push crumbs into the base and slightly up the sides using a small spoon or your fingers.
How to Make Mini Cheesecakes:
In a large mixing bowl, beat together 16 oz cream cheese and 3 eggs with on high speed 5 minutes, until blended and smooth, scraping down bowl as needed. Add condensed milk and mix on low speed** until blended (2 min).
Divide cheesecake mix evenly between cupcake liners - about 3/4 full (or a flat ice cream scoop in each one) and bake at 350˚F for 15 min. They should be set with a very slight jiggle in the center. Don't over-bake. If you notice them starting to crack in the oven, they are over-baking.
Cool to room temp in baking dish then spoon 1/2 to 1 Tbsp caramel sauce over each one. Refrigerate 2 hrs or until fully chilled then top with whipped cream using a piping bag with large star tip. Lightly dust with cinnamon if desired. Serve with or without liners.
How to Make Whipped Cream:
In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup cold heavy cream, 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla and beat together with an electric mixer on high speed for 2 minutes or until whipped and fluffy.
*For gluten free, use GF crackers/cookies or omit the crust and proceed with recipe as directed. The crust helps them rise more evenly but they still taste great without it.
**Cooks Tip: Mixing the condensed milk on LOW speed helps knock out excess air bubbles which can cause the cheesecakes to crack.
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Q: Are you a cheesecake lover? What is your favorite variety kind of cheesecake?