Mini Cheesecake Bites

6 May

My big sister made these awesome little cheesecake bites for our brother’s wedding last month. She made three flavors: plain, chocolate chip, and caramel pecan. The funny part was that she didn’t really think about recipe yield when she started off, and just followed the standard recipe… for all three of them. Since she went with mini, she ended up with over 200 cheesecake bites. We had enough for the rehearsal dinner AND for the dessert buffet at the wedding!

Everyone’s favorite was the caramel pecan. What do you think? Which one would be your favorite? Or would you create a new flavor? The cool thing about this recipe is that it’s easy to swap toppings to customize your own. Chips, nuts, candies, jams, syrups… so much could work here.

Caramel Pecan

Chocolate chip was pretty good too, though I would prefer it to be a little more chocolate-y. Maybe Oreos? Or a fudge layer? I might have to think about that and try this recipe again.

Chocolate Chip

Mini Cheesecake Bites adapted from KraftRecipes.com

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 tablespoons butter, melted
3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
Optional toppings: chocolate chips, caramel ice cream topping and pecans, chopped fruit pieces, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix graham crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, and butter until well-blended. Press onto bottoms of paper-lined mini muffin tin cups.

Spread desired toppings over crust: (1) For plain, skip this step. (2) For chocolate chip, add chocolate chips. (3) For caramel pecan, add caramel ice cream topping and crushed pecans.

Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, and vanilla with mixer until thoroughly blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed after each one until just blended. Pour over crusts. Sprinkle a few more pieces of selected toppings.

Bake 15-18 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Enjoy!

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10 Responses to “Mini Cheesecake Bites”

  1. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild May 7, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    You just have the best ideas! Love these mini bites! Something ‘naughty’ but not too much. Look wonderful! Thank you for bringing these into my life as I love cheesecake. And it looks like this way I can have my cake and eat it too!!

    • Alyson May 7, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks! If you try them, let me know what flavors you end up with!

  2. lambertslately May 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    These look fabulous…thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series – “Create It Thursday.” It’s live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

    • Alyson May 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks for the invitation! I just posted the Cheesecake Bites there. I look forward to joining you again!

  3. Chrissie Boyce June 13, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I am baking deserts for my sons wedding saturday. if I made these tonight and kept in the fridge, would they be good for party on saturday?

    • Alyson June 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Yes, I think they would definitely keep until then! Good luck with your baking and congrats to your son!

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  5. monishua December 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    could you include the temperature for baking?
    i just assumed 325° because that’s what regular cheescake recipes say.

    • Alyson December 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Oh, sorry! I would go with 350 F for a regular pan or 325 F for a dark nonstick pan.

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