Mini Cheesecakes, A Decadent Bite Of Deliciousness

Mini Cheesecakes, A Decadent Bite Of Deliciousness are the perfect way to end a meal or the year, in fact. With New Year’s Eve in a matter of days, I thought it might be nice to share a recipe for something sweet for your holiday celebrations.

These single serving versions of a classic creamy and rich cheesecake with a sour cream topping are delicious little bites which can be served plain or garnished with toppings of your choice. They are a quick and easy dessert that can be made ahead of time and they freeze well. That makes them ideal for serving at your New Year’s Eve gathering or just grabbing one for yourself as an indulgent little treat.

Mini Cheesecakes, A Decedent Bite Of Deliciousness
Mini Cheesecakes, A Decadent Bite Of Deliciousness

My mother used to make these mini cheesecakes with their sour cream topping for the holidays and they were always the dessert she was requested to bring to social gatherings. She made hers with a vanilla wafer as the base for the cheesecakes and served them plain. I think she would like how I’ve tweaked her recipe and the way I’ve garnished them…one with a sweet cherry sauce, another with dark chocolate sauce topped with a milk chocolate and pecan praline and the last drizzled with a salted caramel sauce topped with a caramel pecan.

Mini Cheesecakes With Sour Cream Topping

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Makes 12

  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. gingersnap crumbs
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted

Place the crumbs and melted butter in a bowl and stir until well combined. Line a 12 cup muffin and cupcake pan with foil liners. Place a heaping tablespoon of crumbs into each liner and press firmly into place with a small glass or the back of a spoon.

  • 2  8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

Place the softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice into a bowl and beat with a hand mixer at medium speed. Scrape down the sides often and beat until smooth and creamy. Spoon mixture into the foil cups, about 3/4 full. (Do not over fill or you won’t have room for the topping. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until the cheesecakes puff up but still have a little jiggle then remove from the oven but do not turn it off. (The tops may be cracked and will deflate as they cool but that is OK).

  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the sour cream, sugar and vanilla until it is well combined. Spoon about a tablespoon of the sour cream mixture on top of each partially baked cheesecake and smooth to the edges. Return to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes more until the topping is set. Cool, then remove from the pan and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until well chilled. Remove the foil liners, garnish, if desired and serve.

A Tray Of Mini Cheesecakes
A Tray Of Mini Cheesecakes


I do hope you get a chance to try these mini cheesecakes and if you decide to serve them to your friends, I believe you will receive rave reviews as my mother did and I now do. They are the perfect size for when you want just a little something sweet.  Enjoy!

As the year comes to an end, I’m reminded that when people gather together at midnight on New Year’s Eve and sing Auld Lang Syne, the song of friendship, they pledge that whatever may change in their lives, that old friends will not be forgotten. With that thought in mind, I want to take this time to thank each of you who have enriched my life through your friendship and I hope you will continue to visit Back Road Journal in 2017. I wish you a new year that is filled with peace, happiness and very good health.




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251 thoughts on “Mini Cheesecakes, A Decadent Bite Of Deliciousness

  1. I can’t wait to serve these to friends. It’s been ages since I’ve seen these around. And I love how you’ve fancied them up with your toppings. Kudos to you Karen for sharing this idea. And here’s wishing your 2017 is a Happy and delicious one. Hugs.

  2. These look beautiful and such a good idea to make the minis ones, not just for parties but at the end of a big meal when you fancy something a little sweet. I really enjoy your blog Karen so will definitely be back in 2017! A very happy new year to you and your family 🙂

    1. Hi Kay, A big cheesecake will stay in our fridge forever. I love that you can freeze the mini ones for when you just want a bite of something sweet. Thank you for being such a loyal reader for so many years.

  3. Lovely! I agree they are a perfect sweet to end the year enjoying. Wishing you all good things in the coming year.


  4. In general I am not a fan of cheesecake but I would make an exception for these cute little ones you created. I especially like the different toppings. Your blog is wonderful and I always enjoy reading it. Wishing you and your husband a happy and healthy 2017.

    1. Hi Gerlinde, I feel the same way about most cheesecakes…maybe they are just too much of a good thing. These minis on the other hand are just right. Thank you for your compliment, I appreciate you following along.

  5. I have done graham cracker crusts and I have done ginger snap crusts………but never a tasty combo of both! I love the sound of it! YUM!! I am really going to try this very soon! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your husband – I wish the finest of things for the coming year!!

  6. One of the best things about bite-size is that it encourages multiples. 🙂 … BTW – we had a Honey Ricotta Cheescake twice in December … a pleasant surprise and wonderfully light.

  7. What a pretty and easy recipe. A keeper indeed! Wishing you and your family the best of everything for 2017.

  8. Karen: Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m equally happy to have discovered your blog, and I’m now following you via email. I’m intrigued by your travel posts, and will be exploring more of it this week, since I’m on vacation. Your little cheesecakes look mouthwatering! Perfect for New Year’s Eve. I’m afraid I’ve indulged a bit too much lately, so unfortunately, I’ll wait to make these, but I think these might also be great for a Spring tea party. Happy new year!

    1. Thank you for your visit and lovely compliment Maria. How nice to know that you will be following my blog, that is much appreciated. I think the cheesecakes would make a very nice dessert to serve at a spring tea.

    1. Hi Kathryn, I know where you are coming from. What I like about these mini cheesecakes are that they freeze so well and you can just take one out whenever you want a bite of something sweet.

  9. These bite sized morsels look like just the ticket. My dad loved cheese cake and every year on the anniversary of his death, 28th December, my eldest buys a slice from a European type cake shop and this creamy morsel with a cup of coffee in his memory. Maybe I’ll make these minis for him next year.
    Is it like spreadable Philadelphia cream cheese or the white cheese that you use?

    1. Hi Mary, I used two 8 oz. blocks of regular Philadelphia cream cheese in the recipe. I appreciate for your nice compliment and hope that your son will enjoy the mini cheesecakes.

  10. These are so cute, love them all. I like portioned treats, makes it kind of guilt free hehehe. Wishing you a lovely year ahead full of happiness and success.

    1. I agree with you about small bites like these mini cheesecakes. You definitely feel less guilty with a couple of bites rather than an entire slice of regular cheesecake. Thank you for your compliment.

  11. My mother used to make mini cheesecakes with sour cream topping and a vanilla wafer as the base. I think they were in a cupcake wrapper. I know I would love the mixture of graham and gingersnap crumbs for the base. You have topped them beautifully. Happy New Year Karen!

  12. I’m not a fan of cheesecake, I mostly eat it if there’s no other choice, but I love making cheesecake for other peopel :-). Your mini cakes look really good, and I think they would make nice gifts as well.
    Happy New Year, Karen!

    1. Hi Kiki, I’ve never been a fan of regular cheesecake either but these mini versions are light and just the right size for a bite of something sweet.

    1. Hi Frank, What is nice about the mini cheesecakes is that you can have a couple different ones and they are still less than a single slice of regular cheesecake. 😀 Thanks for your nice compliment.

  13. Hi Karen – these mini cheesecakes look amazing. I have a recipe for a cheesecake that uses a sour cream topping. It’s so delicious! I’ll definitely have to try these minis. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Allie for your visit and nice compliment. I agree that the sour cream really does add to the flavor. I hope you will enjoy this version.

  14. I wish I was close enough to devour a few of your sweet little cheesecakes. The alternative is to send hope for many more of your tasties in 2017.

    1. Hi Linda, If you are ever in our area of Florida, I’ll be sure to make you some. Thank you as always for your nice compliment. 🙂

  15. Oh man, you had me at cheesecake here, Karen! I love cheesecake…it seriously is my favorite dessert of all time. And these mini versions are perfect for New Year’s Eve snacking! I love the way you’ve garnished them. Forget going out to eat…I just need a batch of these here at home. I hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year’s, and here’s to 2017, my friend!

  16. Karen, my mother loved making individual desserts and would’ve loved these, especially because she could have decorated them lots of different ways. Perfect for me because I could do chocolate toppings for other people and not have to have chocolate on mine!

  17. Ohh, I love the different toppings you added. We can really let our imaginations go wild with ideas! Also, great idea to freeze for when you want a sweet treat or to serve for guests that swing by! Happy New Year, Karen!

    1. Thank you Sandra, The toppings are only limited by your imagination for these mimi cheesecakes. Yes, they freeze well and take very little time to defrost. Perfect when you have last minutes guests for dinner.

  18. Oh my but these are not only gorgeous to look at but look and sound delicious. I LOVE cheesecake, and my husband can’t stand it. If we lived closer, I’d take an order to go and do some weeding or pruning for you in exchange. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment Judy. I’d definitely take your offer for some help in the garden for some of my cheesecakes. 😀

  19. Beautiful. I’ve been reading your mind! Actually, I noticed a photo for mini cheesecakes a couple of nights ago, and thought of changing an existing recipe of mine to suit (which isn’t baked). I’m intrigued by your use of the sour cream dressing on top. That seems to be a very clever idea for baked cheesecake. What is a bit of a shame is that I can’t get tinfoil liners. I’ll have to use dessert rings instead.
    – Anyway, Happy New Year (even though I’ve wished you that through our last comments)!

    1. Thank you Johnny, I’m happy that you like the mini cheesecakes. Yes, the sour cream really does add to the flavor. Let me know if you make something similar, I’d like to see your version.

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m happy to know that you like how I decorated the cheesecakes, thank you. It was fun having several different toppings for them.

  20. My son LOVES cheesecake! In fact, he made his first the other day (he’s 12). I’ll definitely share this with him and see if he’d like to try and make these to compliment his bite-size preference!

  21. mmm. . . These mini-cheesecakes look incredible. They look very modern. I was surprised when I read that your mother made them years ago. She was ahead of her time. Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Sheryl, Yes…the mini cheesecakes made with a vanilla wafer were very popular and my mother made them often. I think she would have liked my version.

  22. Happy New Year 2017 to you. I love a good cheesecake. And these mini ones are making me drool. I am so up for these decadent bites of deliciousness.

  23. Happy New Year!!! These little cheesecakes look like they would make for a very happy mouth. 🙂 They look easy too. Thanks for posting! Wishing you a great 2017!

    1. Hi MJ, Yes, that is a good description…a happy mouth indeed. They really are an easy dessert to make, I’m glad you like them. Thank you.

    1. Hi Plumdirt, I do hope you are feeling much better…I’m sorry to hear about that mean bug. I’m happy to know that these look good to you, perhaps you can give them a try when your feeling good.

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment Suzanne as I know all the beautiful desserts that you have made. I do know that you are limited to what you can eat but I’m sure you have something equally as good. 🙂

  24. What a beautiful little treat Karen, I just love personal desserts and I love the way you decorated each one uniquely. Happy New Year to you, I wish you all the best for 2017.

    1. Hi Liz, It seems that a few of us grew up with these little desserts. I think my mother would approve of the toppings but her plain ones were good too. 🙂

  25. Such a perfect New Year’s post, Karen! Lovely deliciousness with family memories and well wishes for everyone.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this and cheesecake is a favourite indulgence of mine.
    Happy New Year!

  26. Happy New Year Karen! We were looking for something different to make for dessert, and since I haven’t made a cheesecake in ages, this will definitely fit the bill! I love the individual idea, which I don’t usually do. Thank you! 🙂 Dana

  27. I’ve pinned your recipe in my “Recipes I’m going to try” board! Love the look and the flavors of your mini cheesecakes! Thank for sharing! Happy New Year!

  28. These are perfect for holiday parties! I love how they look decorated and such a pretty presentation. Than for sharing your recipe, I will copy it try it next time I have a big group. Love mini cheesecakes!
    Happy New Year sweet friend…………..

    1. Hi Emily, I appreciate your wish and lovely compliment. These are a perfect dessert for a party because they can be made in advance. I hope you and your friends will enjoy them.

  29. Hi Karen, your presentation is gorgeous, so wonderful that you are using your mom’s recipe and made it even more special. Love recipes with stories. Happy New Year to you and your husband!!

    1. Hi Jeff, I totally agree with you…especially when you are entertaining. I’m glad you like the mini cheesecakes, thank you for your nice compliment.

  30. These are gorgeous Karen — and just the right size this time of year when you don’t want to over indulge. Wishing I had one with a mug of tea right now! Happy blessed New Year ahead to you as well… xo

      1. Hey Karen– that’s true, unless you’re like me and just want to pop one in my mouth every time I pass through the kitchen! They are adorable!! xox

  31. This is my kind of portion controlled treat – not to mention they look delicious. I love the gingersnap in the crust! I want to let you know that I’m going to be moving on from blogging and wish you all the best in the future. I’ll be watching your adventures from the sidelines from now on, but you can bet I’ll be following. ~Kristi

    1. Hi Kristi, I’ll miss stopping by your blog but hope to see you here from time to time. I do think the gingersnaps add a lot of flavor to these little treats…I’m glad you like the recipe.

  32. I love the gingersnaps in the crust – I bet your mother would approve. They look beautiful and delicious.

    1. Hi Pam, I do think my mother would have enjoyed my version of her recipe, especially with the gingersnap crust. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  33. Love cheesecake! Can never get enough of it. Any kind, any flavor, any shape, any size. Have I mentioned I love cheesecake? 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Annie, I’m glad you like the look of these little mini cheesecakes…thank you. It was fun making different toppings to please everyone’s taste at our dinner party.

  34. Oh but these would have come in handy a few weeks ago! I think I’ll bookmark this recipe for the future, however, as these would be spectacular little desserts for any occasion. You garnished them beautifully, Karen. i almost always pass on a big slice of cheesecake as it is often just too rich for me, but a bite? I’d always love that! I hope it is a very happy new year for you and your family. Peace.

    1. Hi Debra, I agree with you about a regular slice of cheesecake being very rich and filling. I think you would enjoy this mini version. They are especially nice when entertaining as they can be made ahead. Thank you for your wish and compliment.

  35. All of these luscious little cakes look amazing, Karen, but I’m going to pick the one in the middle. Perfect Pecan Praline! Happy New Year and I wish all good things for you in the year ahead!

    1. Hi Anne, I’m partial to pecans so I think you made a nice choice although I do have to say the other versions were great too. 🙂 Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  36. They look almost too pretty to eat 🙂 Mini cakes are such a fun idea. Hope you had a lovely Christmas break and all the best for 2017!

    1. Hi Miriam, I kind of thought so too but nobody seemed to have a problem eating them at my dinner party. 😀 I appreciate your nice compliment, thank you.

  37. Happy New Year!! I adore anything mini and I can never resist a cheesecake, so these are totally calling my name! I’ll take 4. 😉 Cheers!

  38. Happy New Year, Karen! You know, my favorite part of cheesecake has always been the sour cream topping! These look scrumptious!

  39. Thanks Karen and a very happy wonderful year ahead to you!. I love cheesecake and the thought of having a whole one to myself makes me very happy indeed. Thanks for your comments through the year and happy travels this year too!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Tania, I’m always happy to stop by your blog and I’m glad that you have been such a loyal reader of mine.

  40. It was so nice to see your comment on my blog Karen. Happy New Year to you!

    Little cheesecakes are so elegant and the perfect little morsel of goodness. I love the addition of the ginger snaps. I’m sure they add a nice pop of flavor and crunch.


    1. Hi Doreen, The pleasure was all mine, you have a lovely blog. I do think the gingersnaps are a nice addition to the crust just for the reason you gave. Thank you for your visit and nice compliment.

    1. I totally agree with you Abbe, I love this size dessert. You are right, I do know that the toppings did encourage those at my table to have more than one. 😀

  41. I have a minor reputation for making good cheesecakes and have often thought of a cheesecake lesson with my 11 year old cooking student but rejected it because of time constraints. And although the vanilla wafer “crusts” are fine, I’d rather make a real crust. (Love the gingersnap crumb addition.) So my little guy will be thrilled next time when we make these and he can wow his classmates with his perfectly sized treats the next day. Thanks for paving the way, Karen.

    And accept my best wishes for a happy, healthy and all-that-you- want new year.

    1. Hi Rosemary, I’m sure your little cooking friend would be very popular in his class if he brought in his own mini cheesecakes for his classmates to try. You are so sweet the way you have taught him to cook. I know you are creating memories that he will never forget. I do hope this will be a healthy year for you…I think of you often.

  42. I made these yesterday Karen, and omg, so easy and so delicious! I haven’t even garnished them yet, but I had to try a plain one last night, and it was soooo good! Thanks for sharing this recipe which is bound to be a new family favorite!

    1. Thank you Jenna, I so appreciate your taking the time to let me know that you made and enjoyed the mini cheesecakes. I grew up eating the plain ones but the toppings do make they special. I also want to thank you for sharing a link to this recipe on your blog, it is much appreciated.

  43. Your mini cheesecakes look so delicious! My oldest son always requests a “Reeses” cheesecake for his birthday which comes right after Christmas so I am constantly trying to find new ways to make his cheesecake fun and different.

    1. Hi Penny, I’m glad you like the mini cheesecakes, I think you and your friends would enjoy them. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  44. These mini Cheesecakes are so adorable and gorgeous. What a perfect way to end a meal. 🙂 Happy New Year to you and your family! All the best in 2017!

    1. Hi Katerina, I take that as a real compliment knowing all the wonderful desserts that you have created. Thank you very much for your lovely compliment.

  45. Hello Karen! Happy and Healthy New Year! I love cheesecakes of all kinds, and I agree these smal versions are perfect end of meal treats. Your presentation with different toppings is beautiful.

    I spent time scrolling through all your posts from Germany, Bavaria and Austria–what a fabulous trip! The hotels and meals were all top notch and the views of the alps were divine! I know if I ever plan a trip to these countries I will be coming back to your blog to look at your recommendations again. You really highlight the best!

    1. Hi Pat, I always appreciate when you stop by for a visit. I’m happy to know that you spent time reading about our wonderful trip to Germany and Austria this fall. If you ever decide to go, I’ll be happy to make suggestions. Thank you for your lovely compliment about my presentation of the mini cheesecakes. 🙂

    1. I agree with you Julie, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to enjoy these little bites of deliciousness. Thank you for your compliment.

    1. Thank you Geraldine, I’m happy to know that you want to make my version of mini cheesecakes for Valentines Day…I hope you will enjoy them.

    1. Hi Jason, Sorry to have taken a while to answer your comment, I just discovered it in my spam file for some reason. Your comment gave me a chuckle, you sound like my husband. 😀

  46. I’ve made the mini cheesecakes, Karen, like your mom did with the vanilla wafer. Using graham crackers and gingersnaps in the crusts sounds perfect. Yours are so beautiful, too, and your guests get three choices! Happy New Year blessings to you. Thank you for your visit to my blog!!

  47. Hi Kitty, I’m glad to know that you like how I tweaked my mother’s recipe. I do believe you would enjoy the crust…it adds a nice flavor to these little bites. Thank you for your wish and compliment. It was my pleasure visiting your blog and I will be back. 🙂

  48. Happy New Year, Karen, to you and all your family. Cheesecakes with sour cream topping are my favourite. I’ve never made individual cheesecakes before. These are so pretty – they look like they’ve just come from a patisserie! xx

  49. I appreciate your nice compliment Beth. Yes, it was fun to offer different toppings at our dinner party, I think everyone had something different.

  50. My mom always made mini cheesecakes for her annual holiday open house. I disliked cheesecake as a child, but those mini ones with a sour cream topping, I could inhale them pretty quickly! Your topping choices look delicious.

  51. My Mother never made these, but I do recall seeing the recipe in magazines and having them now and then at parties…I’ve always loved that little tangy sour cream topping even more than the cheesecake part, lol!! These are gorgeous and I bet your Mom would have loved them!

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