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!

stack of mini cheesecakes with a cherry on top

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.

mini cheesecakes with whipped cream and cherries on top on a white plate

cheesecake batter in a muffin pan before baking

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!

Want to add some flavor? Use my white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars recipe and see those recipe notes for how to turn them into mini cheesecakes. Love those.

mini cheesecake on a white plate

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:

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mini cheesecakes with whipped cream and cherries on top on a white plate

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 at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. If chilling for longer than 2 hours, loosely cover the cheesecakes. The cheesecakes will slightly sink in the middle as they chill. 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. Hey, I made these today and I noticed that some of them were cracked on the top. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kashamere, Over-baking is the most common culprit of cracking. Bake until the edges are set and the centers only slightly jiggle. Also avoid opening the oven door while the cheesecakes are baking inside. Cracks are often caused by drafts and temperature changes.

      1. Okay, thank you !

    2. Hi I’m making your mini cheesecake should I bake on bottom oven or second.

      1. What can be a substitute for sour cream?

    3. If you crack the oven open an inch while cooling, you will have better chance to not crack it! 🙂

      1. Am I the only one who baked for more than the 20 minutes?

  2. This was my first time making cheesecake. I was very nervous and wanted to start small and I found your wonderful recipe! I followed it exactly and they came out perfect. My only advice to others is to double to recipe because they’re that good!

    Do you know by chance the nutritional information? I’m wondering how many calories per mini cake.

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      We are so happy you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Luna! I’m unsure of the nutritional info of this recipe, but there are many great online calculators like this one:

  3. Some recipes use a small amount of flour in the filling. What difference does it make with or without flour?

    1. Hi Samiha, Typically cheesecakes made with flour in the filling have a more compact and drier texture.

      1. Titilayo Lamidi says:

        This was the perfect recipe for my tiny Thanksgiving. I used low fat cream cheese(Neufchatel) because I had extra and they still tasted amazing. Nice recipe when you don’t have a large crowd.

  4. I’ve made these so many times now, and I love them! I’ve given a few to friends and they have said they’re absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for the easy to follow recipe.

  5. Well I have some in oven right now, but I mixed all the cheesecake filling ingredients at one time so hopefully they’ll come out okay.

    1. Hi Sally, if I don’t have sour cream what will be the substitute? Plain yogurt? Thanks

  6. Hi! Do you see any problem with adding dried strawberries (ground to a powder) to the recipe? Wanting strawberry cheesecakes with a pink hue. If that’s ok, any idea how much
    I could/should add? Thanks!

    1. Hi Lydia, I haven’t tested it but I can’t see why not. Try folding in 1/2 cup of freeze-dried strawberry powder.

  7. Can we use lime juice instead of lemon juice? Or is there another substitute? Lemons are very hard to find where I live.

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Katherine, You can leave out the lemon and keep the vanilla of the same. Enjoy!

  8. I’ve lost track as to how many times I have made these! The recipe is so simple and they taste delicious!

  9. Is there a way to make these without eggs?

  10. Elena Barajas says:

    I truly love your recipe Sally, best ever. My family and I love it.

  11. Can I use cupcake liners?

  12. Hi Sally! I wanted to do this one and I have an aluminum muffin pan. Am I going to change the temperature of the oven?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      No changes – that’s what we use! Enjoy!

  13. I only have fat free Greek
    yogurt. Will that work? I’m unable to leave the house
    Please answer as I really want to make these
    Wouldn’t a chocolate ganache be wonderful?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Jeanette, Yes you can use your yogurt in place of sour cream. And topping these with chocolate ganache is delicious!

  14. Is 3 oz muffin tray perfect for this one?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Yes, we use a standard size 12 muffin tray – it holds about 3-3.5 ounces per cavity.

  15. I’d like to modify this recipe to make mini lemon cheesecakes – any idea how much extra juice/zest I should add? Also planning to swirl in some raspberry puree 🙂

    1. Hi Julie, I’m glad to help. You can try my mini key lime pies and replace the lime with lemon or you can use this recipe. If using this recipe, add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and reduce the sour cream by 2 Tablespoons. Let me know how they turn out!

  16. Awsome yummy and sooo easy too bad I can’t post a picture haha

  17. Can I Use Heavy Whipping cream instead of sour cream??

    If so,
    Will it affect bake time?

    1. Hi Sally! Can I substitute fat free cream cheese?

  18. Hello,
    Could you clarify if the size of the cups in the muffin pan is the standard size for muffins or actual mini muffin cups thank you

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Nina, We use a standard size 12 muffin tray – it holds about 3-3.5 ounces per cavity. If you wish to make these using the actual mini muffin trays see recipe note #4 for Super Mini Cheesecakes 🙂

  19. Hi Sally
    I’m so glad I found your recipe. It’s my first time so I will let you know how they come out. Do have one question – I’m using the mini cheesecake path- so is it advised to remove the cupcake wrapper after it cools before I add fruit toppings? Thank you!!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Sandra, That’s completely up to you when you remove the wrappers. You can keep them on to serve them if you wish!

  20. Substituted the sugar in the filling with swerve confectioner’s sugar, and the crust I used swerve brown sugar replacement….turned out decent….a bit sour….I’m going to try again and reduce the lemon juice

  21. Can I use 6 oz ramekins?

  22. Hi Sally,
    I’ve made this twice and the flavor was great but both times the cheesecake batter began to puff up before the time was up. They sunk down a bit after but the result was still a soufflé looking type thing. Do you know what could be going wrong? I bake often and I followed the instructions to a T. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Mel, This is totally normal! The cheesecakes will slightly sink in the middle as they chill. It gives you room for toppings!

  23. WOW! This cheesecake recipe is AMAZING! I used lemon zest by accident…I wasn’t thinking and grabbed the microplane and zested away…by the time I realized it was too late but thankfully, it was a good accident! 🙂 They are delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. I have Never left a review for a recipe, but these are so good! They are delicious, not too heavy, and the best treat to take to a party. I made a strawberry sauce and topped the cakes with it. So good!

  25. Hi! Do you think it would work OK to use a vanilla wafer for the crust instead of the graham crumb crust for the super mini cheesecakes?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Nancy! A vanilla wafer cookie crust would be great, but it may be a bit messy– just a warning! Use the same amount of wafer crumbs.

  26. Great recipe! Husband and family absolutely love this. I’m having difficulty though…getting them to share.

  27. Hi sally,

    Why dont we use a water bath for the cheesecake cupcakes?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Dominique, Since the surface area is so much smaller, you won’t need to use a water bath for this size.

  28. Hi Sally! Can I use a silicone cupcake baking tray for these?

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Ed, we haven’t personally tried it, but can’t see why that wouldn’t work. Let us know if you give it a try!

  29. Absolutely amazing mini cheesecake recipe!! Delicious, creamy, soft and super easy to make. My kids and husband loved them. Thank you for an amazing recipe!

  30. From Canada: I just made this recipe for the second time. It is terrific and a big hit with my friends. I increased the proportions slightly to fill my 12 mini cheesecake pan (the pan is fantastic…it has removable bottoms for easy release). I cheated slightly by using a Graham cracker ready crust which I had in the cupboard. (I used it to make lemon meringue pies)….I just ground it up and press it into the muffin tins. This recipe is a keeper for sure!

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