Mini Cheesecakes

Did you know you can bake cheesecake in a muffin pan? This recipe for creamy mini cheesecakes is so simple and perfect for a small crowd!

Bake individual creamy cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This recipe yields 9 mini cheesecakes. Recipe on

I *love* cheesecake. It’s one of my favorite desserts and I have two recipes that steal my heart each time: classic cheesecake recipe and no-bake cheesecake. Both recipes serve A LOT of people. If you love cheesecake, but don’t need an entire cheesecake in the house, try mini cheesecakes instead. (I personally can’t be trusted with leftover cheesecake!)

I have a few mini cheesecake recipes:

These recipes yield anywhere from 16-24 mini cheesecakes. They’re all fun and flavorful, but maybe 16-24 mini cheesecakes is still too many. I felt inspired to reduce down even further and leave out all the extra goodies. Today’s recipe yields 9-10 mini cheesecakes. They’re simple, straightforward, and at only a few bites each, they’re awesome for portion control.

Bake individual creamy cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This recipe yields 9 mini cheesecakes. Recipe on

Bake individual creamy cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This recipe yields 9 mini cheesecakes. Recipe on

How to Make Cheesecake in a Muffin Pan

All we’re doing here is scaling down both the graham cracker crust and cheesecake batter from my classic cheesecake. Use a little more than 1 Tablespoon of both the crust and batter in each mini cheesecake. Like the big version, pre-bake the crust and make sure your cheesecake batter ingredients are at room temperature.

Bake the cheesecakes in a standard 12-count muffin pan. There’s no need for a springform pan and no need to mess with a water bath. Mini cheesecakes are not only easier than a full cheesecake, they take half the time to prepare!

Bake individual creamy cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This recipe yields 9 mini cheesecakes. Recipe on

Get creative with the toppings. The baked and cooled cheesecakes will slightly sink down in the centers, but all is not lost. The way I see it, the dip gives you more room for toppings!

Cheesecake Toppings:

Bake individual creamy cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This recipe yields 9 mini cheesecakes. Recipe on

Mini Cheesecakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9-10 individual cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Bake deliciously creamy mini cheesecakes in a muffin pan! This easy recipe yields 9 individual cheesecakes that are perfect for portion control.


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2/3 cup (65g) graham cracker crumbs (about 45 full sheet graham crackers)
  • 2 Tablespoons (29g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon (12g) granulated sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 12-count muffin pan with 9-10 liners. This recipe yields only 9-10 mini cheesecakes, so there will be 2-3 empty. You could skip the liners and spray the pan with non-stick spray or grease with butter, but the mini cheesecakes are pretty stubborn to release from the pan. I recommend using liners to make things easier.
  2. Make the crust: Combine all of the crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Mixture will be sandy. Firmly press a heaping Tablespoon of crust mixture into each liner. (I use closer to 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of crust per mini cheesecake.) Pre-bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Make the filling: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon juice then beat until fully combined. On medium speed, add the egg and beat just until combined. Batter will be thick. Divide the batter between all the liners. It’s about 1 Tablespoon per cheesecake.
  4. Bake until the edges are set and the centers only slightly jiggle, about 18-20 minutes.
  5. Set the pan on a wire rack and allow cheesecakes to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. The cheesecakes will slightly sink in the middle. It gives you room for toppings!
  6. Once chilled, add toppings and serve. Cover and store leftover cheesecakes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Prepare the cheesecakes through step 3 up to 2-3 days in advance. Cover unbaked cheesecakes and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Continue with step 4. Freeze individual baked cheesecakes for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer | Glass Mixing Bowls | Muffin Pan | White Plate
  3. More than 9 Mini Cheesecakes: This recipe is fantastic for doubling, tripling, or quadrupling. Simply double, triple, or quadruple each ingredient, including in the crust.
  4. Super Mini Cheesecakes: Line a 24-count mini muffin pan with mini muffin liners or grease with nonstick spray or butter. For easy and seamless removal from the pan, using liners is preferable. Make the crust and cheesecake batter as directed. Press 2 teaspoons of crust into each mini muffin liner. Pre-bake at 350°F (177°C) for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and fill each with cheesecake batter. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until the cheesecakes appear set on top. Continue with step 6 in this recipe. Yields approximately 30 super mini cheesecakes.
  5. Non-US Readers: With the help of other non-US readers who do not have access to graham crackers, here is a basic crust recipe you can follow for these mini cheesecakes. 110g digestive biscuits + 45g butter + no sugar. Grind the digestive biscuits into crumbs, melt the butter, and mix with the crumbs. Press into liners and pre-bake as directed in step 2. And from what I understand, spreadable cream cheese sold in a tub in countries outside of the US is a little different from the spreadable cream cheese in the US. It’s thicker, sturdier, and more solid and should be OK to make cheesecake. I have no experience with it, but this is what I’ve heard from other non-US readers.


  1. Do you think it would be okay to use non-fat plain greek yogurt instead of the sour cream? Thanks!!

  2. I’ve made these cheesecake minis several times and they’re always so delicious! Cheesecake was always something I was intimidated to make but your instructions make it so easy! I recently made your coconut cream cheese frosting and was thinking of using it as a topping for these cheesecakes. Any suggestions on how to incorporate a little coconut flavor into this recipe? Thanks!

    1. Hi Gina! Thanks so much for sharing– I think the best way to add coconut flavor to these mini cheesecakes is to add a little coconut extract. 1/2 teaspoon should be plenty. No need to adjust or remove the vanilla extract.

  3. Love this recipe! It’s so simple and came out perfectly. I live in the UK so it’s hard to get graham crackers, substituted it with digestive biscuits. Turned out amazing. Also topped the mini cheesecakes with some blueberry jam. So good!!
    I made these, your fudge brownies and funfetti cupcakes for my son’s first birthday. Everything turned out amazing. Thank you Sally.

  4. I made these on a Thursday evening for a work birthday on Friday. We ended up not eating them until Monday and there were amazing. I added mini chocolate chips and left them as is. My co-workers and family now know better than to ask me where a recipe came from since it’s always one of your recipes. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  5. I made these 2 days in advance and am going to bake them today. I didn’t cover them in them fridge, that shouldn’t make a difference right??? I made these in the past and they are delish! Thanks Sally!

    1. Hi Barb, I’m not sure if the tops will dry out or form a crust if they weren’t covered. If they still look good then you should be ok!

      1. Sally….just so you know, not covering didn’t make a difference at all!! They turned out FABULOUS!!! Thank you!!!!!

  6. Also, if you prepare them ahead of time to bake and keep them in the refrigerator, should you let them sit out for a bit before putting in the hot oven? Thanks!

  7. I made these and they were soooo good. The problem is that they were stuck to the muffin pan and I used cupcake liners. I had to dig them out with a knife which ruined presentation. What did I do wrong?

    1. Hi Deme! Did they melt out of the cupcake liners? Or were they stuck to the liners. Feel free to grease the pan AND the liners if you decide to try them again. Thank you!

  8. Hello, thoughts on using this recipe and topping it with your apple pie filling before baking? And then drizzling with your caramel sauce ? Or is there an existing recipe for caramel apple cheesecake that I’ve missed? Thanks!

    1. There isn’t a recipe for caramel apple cheesecake on the blog but you might have just made one!! YUM!! PLEASE let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

  9. Sally, an awful thing happened to me. Every recipe I’ve made except for maybe 4 and even some I hadn’t had the chance to make yet all got deleted from my bookmarking section in my phone when it decided to go nuts on me a few weeks ago. This recipe was one that went into who knows where space along with the marshmallow fluff frosting that I had asked you about last week. I came back looking for this recipe today but didn’t see it in your cupcake section but I KNEW it had been your site that I had found/used to make these in the past. Thank goodness I decided to check your cheesecake only link cause now? Now I know I’m not losing my mind, lol but most importantly I now have my favorite cupcake cheesecake recipe back. Whew!! Can’t wait to bake these up again. And thank you for replying to my question regarding the marshmallow fluff frosting. You’re a sweetheart. You truly are. Have a great weekend and week to come…

    1. I’m so glad you found them again, Tammie! You can always search for any of my recipes using the search bar on the top of the page!

  10. I didn’t have sour cream or plain Greek yogurt when I went to bake these. I did however have a salted caramel Greek yogurt. I doubled the recipe and used my mini cupcake tins as those were the ones I had liners for. I split the goodies between that tin and a 8 in springform. Very curious to see how they turn out

  11. Hi Sally
    I made these yesterday and they were fantastic! It is my first attempt making cheesecakes and I am glad it was a success.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  12. When you say ‘mini cheesecake’ are you referring to regular size muffin pans or the ‘tiny’ muffin pans that are usually referred to as the ‘mini’s ??
    I understand that baking cheesecake in muffin pans are ‘mini cheesecakes’ because they’re not the regular- size big cheesecakes, but I’ve always heard the ”mini’ cheesecakes’ being referred to as being baked in the tiny pans.
    Your recipe here seems as though you are referring to regular size muffin/cupcake size pans.
    Would you please clarify this for me.
    Also, I must be Gluten-free (due to having Celiac Disease) so if I do not use the crust in this recipe & just do the filling, how would this change the baking time?
    . Thank you.
    . Marti

    1. Hi Marti! A regular 12 cup standard muffin pan, not a mini muffin pan. In comparison to a big cheesecake, these are indeed still mini! 🙂 I’m nervous you’ll have a hard time removing the cheesecakes from the cupcake wrappers if there’s no crust, though you can certainly try it. (Or use gluten free graham crackers.) Obviously skip the pre-bake time and bake the cheesecakes until the edges are set and the centers only slightly jiggle, which will probably still be about 18-20 minutes.

      1. Thank you Sally. I appreciate your prompt reply.
        I plan on making these mini cheese cakes tomorrow for my daughters’ birthday. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  13. I made these for my son’s 20th birthday and they didn’t disappoint! I used cinnamon graham crackers in the crust. HUGE hit and so easy to make. Thank you!!

  14. I had a really good pomegranate cheesecake once and I was thinking of using a similar topping with pom juice reduced down to a syrup. Is it possible to swirl this into the cheesecakes, like instead of sitting on top? Would it be best to do before or after baking (if possible at all)?

  15. SO GOOD and so quick. This is now my go to desert for a crowd now! I used half of the batter and change the crust for Oreo chocolate cookie crust. Then added more in that batter .

  16. If I add mini chocolate chips, are there any other changes I need to make to the recipe? Also, would you suggest a chocolate crust over a graham cracker crust if I do this?

  17. I made this using exactly the same measurement for each ingredient and it turned out to be the best cheesecake I’ve ever baked! Easy to make plus it doesn’t require much ingredients. A lot of my friends loved it. Btw, I used strawberry filling for the topping! Delicious!! Thank you Sally! Almost all your recipes that I’ve tried were absolutely good!

  18. I have this cooking up in the oven right now … but I’m scared – I didn’t realize it was ‘mix until JUST combined’ … and when I realized hmmm this is too runny, it was too late as I was on the last muffin cup. Oh well, let’s see what happens. Now I have an excuse to just make another batch tomorrow morning – lol 🙂 Your recipes are all awesome so I know they will turn out great!

    1. Hi Andy, You can cover and store cheesecakes in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer make ahead instructions see the recipe notes!

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