ULTIMATE MINI CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKES
If you love chocolate, Ultimate Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes are insanely decadent and are going to make all of your chocolate dreams come true! Featuring a crunchy Oreo cookie crust, creamy chocolate cheesecake filling, and topped with a silky dark chocolate ganache…these are a total showstopper for holidays and special events, and perfect for serving a crowd!
START WITH THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS FOR PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE:
EXPERT BAKING TIPS FOR THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE:
MINI CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE RECIPE VARIATIONS:
Oreo Cookie Crust:
(1) package Oreo cookies (36 cookies - crushed into fine crumbs)
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter (melted)
Chocolate Cheesecake Filling:
2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks (room temperature)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) heavy cream (room temperature)
16 ounces full-fat cream cheese (room temperature)
2/3 cup sour cream (room temperature)
7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (finely chopped)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (finely chopped)
1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
Salted Caramel (to drizzle)
Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Sweetened Whipped Cream or Chocolate Whipped Cream
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: 24 mini-cheesecakes
Use the Right Ingredients for the Best Cheesecake:
CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE RECIPE VARIATIONS:
Salted Caramel Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes: Drizzle top of ganache-covered cheesecake with a drizzle of room temperature salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes before serving.
Chocolate Mint Mini Cheesecakes: Add 1 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract to the cheesecake filling; garnish with chopped Andes mints.
Nutella Mini Cheesecakes: Substitute Nutella spread (at room temperature) for the melted chocolate in the cheesecake filling. Garnish with chopped hazelnuts or Ferrero Rocher candies.
Chocolate Chip Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes: Add ¾ cup mini chocolate chips to the cheesecake filling; garnish with mini chocolate chips.
English Toffee Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes: Add ¾ cup English Toffee bits or Heath Bar bits to the cheesecake filling; garnish with a sprinkle of English Toffee or Heath Bar bits.
Chocolate Espresso Mini Cheesecakes: Add ½ tablespoon espresso powder to the cheesecake filling; garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Mini Cheesecakes: Add 1 teaspoon of pure raspberry extract or raspberry emulsion to the cheesecake filling; add ½ teaspoon of raspberry extract or emulsion to the ganache before whisking together; garnish with a sprinkle of freeze-dried raspberries or top with sweetened whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes and posted March 2010; revised and republished October 2022.
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