Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes.

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with a thick Oreo cookie crust and topped with homemade salted caramel sauce.

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today’s post is very special, so I hope you listen up. There are two parts:

(1) Hunger.
(2) The recipe.

With thanksgiving around the corner, let’s start with hunger.

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

 

1. Hunger.

Today a few bloggers and I got together and brought a Thanksgiving dish/dessert to the table. A Thanksgiving potluck. Our purpose? Feeding America. Raising awareness of the hunger epidemic sweeping our country (and well, our world). 15.9 million children live in homes where they cannot consistently access enough nutrition to sustain a healthy life. In a country where girls literally starve themselves to fit cultural standards, there are millions of adults and children who actually ARE starving and don’t have enough food to survive.

During a time of the year when we are all focused on food and family, I feel it’s important to take a step back and think about others who may not be as lucky as we are. Find volunteer opportunities in your area. Virtually volunteer by spreading the word. Donate food, get involved, and help the 1 in 6 Americans who aren’t able to eat like you are.

Because of my job, I have  plethora of food laying around. I certainly can’t eat it all, nor do I have a bakery in which to sell the food. I can, however, donate extras to our church. Our church then brings it to Our Daily Bread, a Baltimore City based food kitchen.

 

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

2. The Recipe.

My recipe to contribute to our combined effort to raise hunger awareness is cheesecake. But this ain’t your regular cheesecake. Nope, not at all. There’s homemade salted caramel + cheesecake + Oreo cookie crust + chocolate chips. They’re mini, they’re cute, they’re decadent, and they’re simply divine.

The mini cheesecakes begin with a solid cheesecake base. You’ll need room temperature cream cheese, sugar, a dash of yogurt (or sour cream), 2 eggs, and vanilla. Just beat all of those basic ingredients together until smooth and add some mini chocolate chips. Regular sized chocolate chips would be fine as well.

The cheesecakes sit atop a simple Oreo cookie crust. The same crust I always use: crushed whole Oreos and melted butter. Press the mixture into 16-18 cupcake liners. Like so:

Oreo Cookie Crusts

Top the crusts with the cheesecake batter and bake. Allow the cheesecakes to chill in the refrigerator to “set.” There! You just made mini cheesecakes. It’s pretty simple, right?

Here’s the fun part: homemade salted caramel. Salted caramel is like liquid candy. Sweet, sticky, salted, sugary candy. Having a standard salted caramel recipe under your belt is priceless. Luckily, I have one for you.

I created a separate page for you to see exactly how I make salted caramel. Make sure you look at my step-by-step photos as a guide. Visuals always help me learn! With my salted caramel recipe, you’ll be an expert in no time, I promise.

(And you’ll want to pour the caramel on top of everything you eat, I promise.)

How to make Salted Caramel Sauce by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Drizzle the salted caramel on top of each cheesecake. Some of your cheesecakes may slightly sink down. There are a variety of reasons why the centers may sink. Overmixing the eggs, not using a water bath, etc. That’s ok with these cheesecakes. You want a slight sink in the center so you have a place for the salted caramel. When it comes to full-sized cheesecakes, you want to be a little more aware of sinkage-prevention.

My favorite (full-size) cheesecake recipe, as well as tips to avoid cracks and sinks, is available in my cookbook. :)

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with an Oreo cookie crust and homemade salted caramel. sallysbakingaddiction.com

Enjoy your new favorite way to eat cheesecake!

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

Mini chocolate chip cheesecakes with a thick Oreo cookie crust and topped with homemade salted caramel sauce.

Yield: 16-18 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes

Ingredients:

Oreo Cookie Crust

  • 18 whole Oreos (Double Stuf or regular)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 oz (448g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or regular size)
  • homemade salted caramel sauce (step-by-step photos included)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two 12-count cupcake pans with 18 liners.

For the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole Oreos into a fine crumb. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a medium sized bowl. Press 1 heaping Tablespoon of mixture into the bottom of each liner, see picture above for a visual. You should have enough for 16-18 cups. Bake in batches for 5 minutes and allow to slightly cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling: In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the sugar and yogurt and beat on medium speed until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract and mini chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into the crusts until nearly full. Bake each pan for 20-23 minutes. The centers will still be slightly jiggly, that's OK.  The centers may also have risen up quite a bit, but they will deflate as the cheesecakes cool. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least two hours.

Right before serving, top each cheesecake with salted caramel and additional chocolate chips, if desired. Cover cheesecakes tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store cheesecakes (without caramel) in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Additional Notes:

*Sour cream OR nonfat, low fat, vanilla, plain, Greek or regular yogurt is OK.

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See everyone else’s dish for our Thanksgiving potluck:

Erin from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts made Pumpkin Pie
Erin from Texanerin Baking made Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars
Caroline from Chocolate & Carrots made Sweet Potato Biscuits with Cranberry Jam
Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Christina from Dessert for Two made Mini Pumpkin Pies
Tracey from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures made Butternut Squash, Apple and Potato Gratin with Cheddar Crumb Topping
Georgia from The Comfort of Cooking made Spiced Caramel-Apple Crumb Bars
Kate from Diethood made Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Gina from Running to the Kitchen made Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon, & Goat Cheese
Carla from Carla’s Confections made Spinach Mashed Potatoes
Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food made Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Liz from The Lemon Bowl made Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Rachel from Rachel Cooks made Brussels Sprouts Salad with Green Apples and Cranberries
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake made Spinach Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Candied Pecans
Megan from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver made Roasted Potatoes with Bacon Parmesan Vinaigrette
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic made Mini Apple Pies

Enjoy your new favorite way to eat cheesecake! Happy Thanksgiving.

Salted Caramel Cheesecakes

   

219 Responses to “Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes.”

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    shandiposted December 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Can you freeze these?

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    Elyposted December 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I want to make these in a mini muffin pan so they can be bite size….any idea on the time modifications as far as baking?

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    • Sallyreplied on December 16th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I’m unsure of the bake time, it will likely be around half the time. Maybe a tiny bit longer.

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    • Leannareplied on December 26th, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I made these in a mini muffin pan and changed nothing. Turned out perfect! From the pictures I thought they were already minis, so I didn’t think I needed to modify the recipe. Made for Christmas and everyone LOVED them. I did a little less Choc chips bc I love cheese cake and didn’t want te Choc to completely take over. I also used a little over a teaspoon to fill the cups. Tablespoon was too much.

      Definitely recommend – was way easier than I was expecting!!

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    Littlemyposted December 29, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Hi can you tell me if these will be really messy to transport as I have said I will make some for my husband to take into work on New Year’s Eve… Thanks!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 29th, 2014 at 9:03 am

      They should be fine in a covered tupperware or cupcake carrier. Do you have either of those?

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      • Littlemyreplied on December 29th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        Yes i do, thanks for your help x

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    Debbie Sawtelleposted December 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    i made the bite sized ones and I baked them about 12 minutes. The recipe made about 50 mini cheesecakes. They were a huge hit!

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    Littlemyposted December 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Wow! Made the cheesecakes today and just tried one, they are absolutely delicious! Have also attempted the caramel but not sure I have achieved what was expected. Have put some on top on the cheesecakes and put back in the fridge ( as this is what I will have to do to transport them), but when I tried one the caramel had set on the top (not a prob) but it kind of slid off when trying to eat it. Is this normal or have I put too much butter in when making it? Thanks for such a fantastic recipe!

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    Jenny Knutsonposted January 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Sally! Am I supposed to bake the Oreo crusts for 5 minutes first? The recipe box says to do that “in batches” while making the filling, but the long text recipe post jumps right to filling them and then baking. Thanks for clarifying! Jenny

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    • Sallyreplied on January 10th, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      Hey Jenny! Yes, pre-bake the crusts for 5 minutes before filling.

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    Jamesposted February 6, 2015 at 2:36 am

    I used your blog quite a bit during my “baking season” and I have to say that you have made a new fan. I made these for my new boyfriend’s family at our first Thanksgiving together and these people just destroyed these. I mean, you helped me impress 24 people; not one person disliked these. I keep getting requests to make them again and because of the demand, I think I’m going to keep this as a special-event-type recipe, that and the fact that these are very much an indulgence. *wink*

    Thank you!

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    foodeaterposted February 12, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Will the caramel on the cheesecake harden after a few hours?

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    • Sallyreplied on February 13th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      It doesn’t completely harden – it gets a little chewy.

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    Gabbyposted February 17, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I just made this for my work bake off – everyone had high expectations from me as I had brought in your other yummy recipes before (triple salted caramel cupcake and choc chip raspberry banana bread). Other teams had been trying to trash talk me leading up to it, trying to throw me off my game, even when I am ill. I had not made a cheesecake in almost 10 years but it was my best bet – I don’t want to risk dry cakes/cupcakes and who could resist an oreo crust?

    This had to be perfect. One of my opponents accidentally brought his cake in a day early and I was told it looked good. I was shaking when I was laying it out for presentation, my team relied on me to make up some ground for the appalling week my team member had last week. I didn’t have time to try them out before I brought them in so I couldn’t be super confident and I hoped that the salted caramel wouldn’t burn in the microwave. Well no amount of trash talking could stand up when they saw when I brought out my plate of goodies – this was before they even got a taste!

    Everyone clearly stepped up in week 2 – one of my competitors’ cakes looked semi professional – I hadn’t even done his level of decorating before and I am one of the most seasoned bakers at work (even then this is very sporadic). The other competitor’s square cake looked neat but basic and I was quietly confident I would score points on presentation over his at least. The judge was left alone to taste the goods while we waited impatiently in another room. The results are in – the “decorated” Ferrero choc cake with Nutella cream frosting scored high on the presentation and creativity but low on texture and taste – it was too dry – exactly what I wanted to avoid. The square blueberry and lemon and drizzle cake was highly praised in taste and texture – but average on presentation and creativity. The cheesecake – not only did it look good straight up, the crunchy oreo base with creamy cheesecake middle and gooey salted caramel on top was just too much for the senses. It was a massive hit and won easily. Couldn’t shush my trash talkers though – they are now teasing me because they think the salted caramel is shop bought standard :p

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    Jocelybposted March 28, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I baked these yesterday for a dinner party and they were fabulous.
    However, the cream cheese filling turned a dark yellow and even a little blackish at the top.
    What could be the cause of this?

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    Delaneyposted March 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Just to be sure, it’s okay to cool these in the muffin tins? They won’t continue cooking or anything by not removing them? Making these for a bachelorette party as the bride-to-be is a cheesecake lover :)

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    • Sallyreplied on March 30th, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      They can cool in the muffin pan, yes.

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      • Delaneyreplied on March 30th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        Thanks so much!

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    jenposted April 3, 2015 at 5:39 am

    hi I love these and bust attempted my first batch. but how should they look before you take them out? still white or turning golden?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 3rd, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Mine are a little more white than golden on the top– it sounds like you may have overbaked them. Some golden brown is OK and if you don’t mind the appearance, completely fine to eat.

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    Daveposted April 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I made these today for Easter dessert tomorrow.. They are delicious and the recipe will be added to my “hot” dessert file folder.

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    Melissaposted April 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Have made these many times! And the caramel is straight up from heaven! If I make this in a spring form pan, what do you think the cooking time will be? Thanks Sally!!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 12th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I’m unsure of the exact time as a full cheesecake, Melissa. It will be a very thin cheesecake, though. I suggest using my favorite cheesecake recipe to bake a full cheesecake. http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/24/blueberry-swirl-cheesecake/

      You can skip the blueberry swirl and use chocolate chips/caramel as you do here.

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    Cassieposted April 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I’m have not made the cheesecakes but I am leaving a comment for the caramel because it was beyond incredible! I have had many failed attempts at caramel and finally decided to try your recipe, don’t ask me why I didn’t try this first, and I am just so thrilled! Honestly most of the batch has just been eaten with spoon :) so good!

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