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, 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.

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 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 are 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. 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.)

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

10 minute salted caramel sauce! This stuff is so simple. Recipe on 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. Over-mixing 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.

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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 28 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16-18 mini cheesecakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


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 pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or regular size)
  • homemade salted caramel

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two 12-count cupcake pans with 18 liners.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Before serving, top each cheesecake with salted caramel and additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  6. Cover leftover cheesecakes tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: After the cheesecakes have cooled to room temperature, you can freeze them. I recommend freezing without caramel. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and top with salted caramel before serving.
  2. Yogurt: Sour cream OR nonfat, low fat, vanilla, plain, Greek or regular yogurt is OK.

Keywords: salted caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes, mini caramel chocolate chip cheesecakes

Salted Caramel Cheesecakes

309 Comments

    1. 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!!

      1. Did you use mini cupcake wrappers too? Thanks for your post – I thought they were mini’s  🙂 they’re so cute!

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

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

  11. 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!!

    1. 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. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/24/blueberry-swirl-cheesecake/

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

  12. 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!

  13. Hi,may I double conform with you that the Oreo which you use here,is with middle cream or not? or just use only the black cookie part?
    sorry that i  am not so sure you means here about “whole oreos”,
    it’s look really good and I want to try it.

  14. Hi Sally, wonderful recipe you have here. If i were to half the recipe, how will that affect the total baking time? Thank you!

  15. Hi! 
    This was my first attempt at making caramel and cheesecake. Had never ever attempted these! 
    I made the cheesecakes for someone that is competing in a fitness competition this coming weekend, as a post comp treat. He looooves cheesecake but had already prepped treats with Oreos. Soooo I decided to add my own touch and baked crispy Nutella cookies to make the base. I also made a few with m&m’s and Skor (for which I will prep a chocolate syrup). I tried one with the chocolate chips while it was still warm. Couldn’t wait any longer… 
    They are amazing!! I cannot wait to bring them on the weekend for the athletes to devour! And the Nutella cookie crust came out perfect. Amazing recipe.. Will make it again for sure! 

  16. I don’t think there is anything better than this Salted Caramel Sauce.  I’m DYING to make your Salted Apple Pie Bars as a result. Love, love, love this recipe — such an exceptional balance of sweet and salty.

  17. Mine cracked..is it because my oven is too hot or i overbaked or i overmix the batter..should i try lowering the temp, place on the lowest rack and add water bath? Cuz i dont have these problem when baking cotton cheesecake. Tq sally..the caramel is to die for!!! I hv to double the ingredients cuz its soo good!

  18. The salted caramel sauce is AMAZING! So easy to make and unbelievably delicious! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  19. I made these last night after seeing your post on Facebook!  They were super easy and TO DIE FOR!  Our friends loved them as dessert at our dinner party.  I made enough to freeze so looking forward to seeing what they taste in the future when out of the freezer!  Thank you for the WONDERFUL recipe!  As my husband said, keep this one up front in the cookbook as they will be our “go-to” dessert!

  20. Hello Sally! Thank you so much for your recipe, I tried it last night. I doubled the recipe. I followed the instructions and measurement it was delicious & my husband loved it. However do you think I can adjust the sugar from 3/4 to 1/2 instead? (filling)

    And yes! I felt like a pro after I made the Salted Caramel Sauce, it was amazing! thank you for sharing 🙂

  21. I made these today and they are baking now. The only things I found different is if I put a heaping tbsp in the liners there was no room for fillin and I had a huge amount of filling left. Did I do something wrong?

  22. Thanks for the awesome mini cheesecake recipe. I used regular sized chocolate chips on accident but it was still delicious. I tried to follow your caramel recipe and ruined my tfal sauce pan due to the abrasiveness of the dry sugar being stirred. Perhaps a different type of pan should be used/recommended. I instead used Ree Drummond’s caramel recipe which mixes the cream, butter, and sugar together prior to cooking. It came out great!

  23. Hi Sally – thanks for the awesome recipe. I am taking these to the thanksgiving family dinner and I wonder if I can top with the caramel at home. Transport and refrigerate until desert is served? Will the caramel be too hard? Or if I left it out until serving will the cheesecake not be good? What’s the best option? If I am unable to top with caramel just before serving?

    1. Lisa, I gave myself the day off on Thanksgiving when you asked this question. But in the future, you can bring them topped with caramel and keep at room temperature until serving. OR refrigerate but allow to come to room temperature before serving. The caramel shouldn’t be cold.

  24. Dear Sally,
    I made these last night and took to my daughters for her first home Thanksgiving. Her fiance’ doesn’t like chocolate (go figure! but, I like him anyway) so, I made three separate batches. One original, then original with peanut butter chips and for him, a graham cracker crust with mini toffees. You can really add anything in to the filling after it’s made. I also used the vanilla yogurt then found it a bit over sweet so I added 1/2 cup of sour cream to cut it some and it didn’t bother the texture. The salty caramel is divine. I will be making these again for our work Christmas get together. Thanks for the recipes! Next on the list is those decadent honey butter rolls!

    1. Oooooh I love the sounds of these with peanut butter chips! I’ll have to try it. Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for reporting back, Samantha!

  25. Dear, Dear Sally! I’ve always loved your recipes, right from the pizza to the death by chocolate cupcakes…but this recipe literally takes the (cheese) cake! I was terrified of cheesecakes, they just seem so daunting with their water baths and propensity towards cracking, but OhMyGod these were just the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had: far better than those we find at restaurants here, to be honest. And SO easy to bake, too! I had to make two batches in the same day, ran out of cream cheese and had to go buy more and then bake again, and the boyfriend had about 5 at one go. I didn’t even include the chocolate chips in the second, and they still turned out so perfect. Of course, I had a ton of salted caramel left from when I made the pie recipe…and I put it in pretty much everything now, from coffee to cupcakes! So, to conclude, thanks for another awesome and fail-proof recipe. You’re the best. <3

    P.S. To anyone having a problem with a greasy cheesecake, you might want to make a 1:1 ratio of Oreos w/cream and Oreos w/o. Seemed to help with that in the second lot! Not that it affects the taste in any way, at all.

    1. Awesome, Kathy– thank you! I looooove these cheesecakes too. And they are easy! I love having little mini cheesecakes to serve instead of a huge one. Glad you love the salted caramel too. Isn’t it the best? Thanks for reporting back!

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