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Prep Time : 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time : 30 minutes

Discover ways to make these mini cheesecake bites made from a easy graham cracker cookie crust, topped with basic creamy cheesecake, dipped in chocolate. Really easy, so addictive!

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Cheesecake bites are nothing greater than little chocolate-covered morsels of creamy cheesecake. No particular tools and no water bathtub wanted, since chocolate covers any cracks. SO good!

A close up of chocolate covered cheesecake squares on a plate

What makes these mini cheesecake bites recipe particular?

These cheesecake bites aren’t made in miniature muffin tins, since that appears tougher—and makes bigger bites which are tougher to dip in chocolate. Make a cheesecake in a sq. pan with the basic, creamy and ideal 8 ounces cream cheese-1/3 cup sugar-1 egg combination, however add some cornstarch for stability. Then slice.

Most frequently, I’m going with a basic graham cracker cookie crust, however the mixture of chocolate cookie made right into a cookie crust and cheesecake is undeniably scrumptious. You’ll be able to even go along with no crust in any respect. Simply bake the cake a wee bit longer to make sure that the cheesecake is steady sufficient to slice into bites.

Since these cheesecake bites are lined in chocolate, there’s completely no have to stress about cracks within the cheesecake (see what I did there? stress? cracks?). The chocolate coating will cowl a mess of ills.

In case you ever need to impress with a stunning edible hostess reward, attempt one thing in miniature. There’s simply one thing about taking an in any other case odd, basic cheesecake, slicing it into 1-inch squares, and dipping them in chocolate. I promise you these would be the first deal with to go at a celebration!

Ingredients in small bowls on light wood background, with identifying words: cornstarch, 2 eggs, 2 8 ounce foil packets of block cream cheese, vanilla, salt, white sugar, melted yellow butter, brown cookie crumbs

What are cheesecake bites made from? Ingredient notes

Cheesecake bites are made with only some elements: cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla for the filling, and melted butter and cookie crumbs for the bottom. If you’d like them topped in chocolate, you may additionally want chopped chocolate and a few coconut oil.

  • Cream cheese – Be sure your cream cheese is available in blocks, not a bath the place extra air can have been added to it already, and that it is totally at room temperature, or it’s going to clump and never mix correctly.
  • Granulated sugar – Sugar is a sweetener and in addition a tenderizer right here. You’ll be able to cut back the sugar by about 1/4 cup (50 g) with out affecting style or texture that a lot.
  • Cornstarch – The starch helps to stabilize the cheesecake, which is very vital right here since we’re baking it into an 8-inch sq. after which slicing it into mini cheesecakes.
  • Salt – Salt helps deliver out the opposite flavors and balances the sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract – A contact of vanilla provides some depth of taste.
  • Cookie crumbs – The cookie crust that is basic for cheesecake is made along with your favourite kind of crunchy cookies or candy crackers, like graham crackers, which are crumbled into tremendous crumbs in a blender or meals processor.
  • Melted butter – We add melted butter to our finely floor cookie crumbs to assist maintain them collectively.
  • Chopped chocolate – I like to make use of bittersweet chocolate right here, however you need to use no matter chocolate you want finest. Since we’re utilizing it for dipping and need it to set, in case you’re cautious in melting it so it does not seize, you may even use chocolate chips.
  • Virgin coconut oil – Including some coconut oil to the melted chocolate helps make dipping simpler, and helps the chocolate coating set correctly after dipping.

Easy methods to make cheesecake bites

Quite than making mini cheesecake bites in miniature muffin tins, I favor to make a single sq. cheesecake in an 8-inch sq. pan and slice it into minis afterward. The preparation is far quicker, and I favor the smaller bites, too.

large round metal mixing bowl with light brown crumbs, yellow liquid in center, hand with mixing spoon mixing them together, large wet crumbles mixed in the bowl then in a foil-lined square baking pan, then spread into a single layer with a hand holding a small metal offset spatula

Nearly any type of crunchy cookie will be floor into comparatively tremendous crumbs which are excellent for a graham cracker crust. Crunchy cookies are finest as a result of they’ve much less moisture, which results in clumping.

I take my gluten free graham crackers and floor them into tremendous crumbs in my blender, in batches since I haven’t got an enormous blender. Then, I add melted butter to the finely floor crumbs, which creates moist, buttery cookie crumbles.

Lastly, press the cookie butter combination into the underside of a ready sq. baking pan and set the pan apart. Make sure your pan is lined with nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper to assist get the cheesecake out of the pan utilizing the liner as handles.

Whipped white cream cheese on stand mixer paddle, white sugar being poured in, white starch, vanilla, 2 eggs, light yellow beaten batter in bowl, then being poured on top of brown layer in pan

Make the cheesecake filling

I’ve a fundamental components for making a basic, never-fail, basic cheesecake, and it is at all times served me effectively. For this recipe, I basically doubled it:

  • 8 ounces block cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup (66 to 100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 massive egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

On this recipe, because the cake is sliced into 1-inch sq. bites, it have to be fairly agency with out being overbaked. So I depart a bit from my traditional components and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to assist stabilize the cake. It does not have an effect on the flavour in any respect, simply the feel a bit for the higher when making mini bites.

The tactic for making the cheesecake filling is kind of easy: In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, and salt till gentle and fluffy. Then, add the egg and beat till easy. In case you over beat the egg, your cheesecake is more likely to crack.

Easy methods to make no bake cheesecake bites

If you do not have time, or you may’t have the eggs which are important to make cheesecake, you can also make cheesecake bites with a base recipe of no bake cheesecake with gelatin. That cheesecake units within the fridge in 2 hours or much less, and slices so clear. You might even make it crustless, after which cowl the bites utterly in chocolate.

raw light yellow cake batter in square metal cake pan, baked yellow cake, white solid oil in small glass bowl, chocolate in small ceramic, cake cut into small squares and fingers dipping one square in melted chocolate

Easy methods to make chocolate-dipped cheesecake bites

These bites are creamy, candy and scrumptious on their very own. They’re wonderful get together meals simply as they’re, with none chocolate. However in case you’re recreation, you may actually degree them up with a easy chocolate coating.

Soften the chopped chocolate both in a double boiler, or within the microwave at low energy in fast bursts, stirring in between. Add the coconut oil proper after, and blend till it melts. Then, let the combination sit for a couple of minutes to permit it to thicken a bit so it holds on the bites.

Not like dipping one thing like gluten free “skinny mints”, you do not have to immerse these cheesecake bites totally in melted chocolate. As a substitute, you may merely maintain the crust along with your thumb and forefinger, invert the chunk, and immerse simply the cheesecake portion in melted chocolate.

Place the bites proper facet up on a chunk of parchment, and allow them to set. That is all!

Squares of cheesecake half with chocolate coating and half without

Storing mini cheesecake bites

These mini cheesecakes, like all cheesecake, must be refrigerated in an hermetic container, so it does not spoil. Cheesecake additionally has the most effective texture when it is served nonetheless chilled.

Are you able to freeze them?

Sure, you may freeze mini cheesecake bites in a tightly sealed container, and they need to final about a month. Whether or not refrigerated or frozen, in case you’ve dipped them within the chocolate coating, chilling the bites might trigger the chocolate to bloom or develop a innocent white solid, nevertheless it will not have an effect on the style.

Mini cheesecake bites ingredient substitutions

These mini cheesecake bites are made gluten free by utilizing gluten free crunchy cookie crumbs. If you do not have to be gluten free, use no matter crunchy cookies you want and nothing else modifications!

If you might want to keep away from different allergens, like eggs, I like to recommend you employ our no bake cheesecake recipe as an alternative of this one for the filling. In any other case, you will need to use eggs.

In case you’re avoiding dairy, I am afraid I do not know of any attainable substitute for cream cheese that I’ve tried that truly tastes like cream cheese. I consider that is why most vegan cheesecake recipes use one thing like cashews instead of nondairy cream cheese. If cashew cream pursuits you, try our no bake chocolate chip cookie dough bars. They’re scrumptious—however they are not dairy free cheesecake!

You can also make these bites with out cornstarch, although, if corn is an issue. Simply use arrowroot instead. Potato starch may additionally work, and it is price attempting superfine rice flour, too.

Rather than virgin coconut oil, you need to use vegetable shortening to assist set the chocolate combination.

Cheesecake squares on a plate coated in chocolate, with one sliced open

FAQs

How can I forestall my cheesecake from cracking within the oven?

I can not keep in mind the final time I had a cheesecake crack within the oven. The key is to bake the cake at not more than 325°F/163°C. Baking low and sluggish ensures an excellent, and steady, rise.

In case you’re actually frightened (no stress!), as soon as the filling is ready, flip off the oven and prop open the door. Let the cake sit in there for about 10 minutes, or till the oven temperature reaches about 200°F in your oven thermometer.

Be sure your oven is on the proper temperature

Most ovens run scorching, and drift out of calibration it doesn’t matter what you do. The only answer is to buy an costly, easy oven thermometer (affiliate hyperlink; store round for a Rubbermaid oven thermometer), and change it typically. Making certain the right oven temperature is a cornerstone of fine baking!

Fingers holding a small square piece of cheesecake with cookie crust upside down dripping chocolate

Mini Cheesecake Bites

Discover ways to make these mini cheesecake bites made from a easy graham cracker cookie crust, topped with basic creamy cheesecake, dipped in chocolate. Really easy, so addictive!

Course: Cake

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 64 mini bites

Writer: Nicole Hunn

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Elements

For the filling

  • 16 ounces (16 ounces) packaged block cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) cornstarch (or attempt arrowroot)
  • 2 (100 g (weighed out of shell)) eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate coating

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) virgin coconut oil

Directions

Put together the crust.

  • In a medium-size bowl, place the cookie crumbs and the melted butter, and blend till all of the crumbs are moistened.

  • Place the cookie crumb combination within the ready pan and press firmly into an excellent layer on the underside of the pan and really barely up the edges. Set the pan apart.

Put together the filling.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, place the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer (or the paddle attachment in a stand mixer) till gentle and fluffy.

  • Add the sugar, salt, and cornstarch, and beat to mix effectively. The combination ought to seem whipped.

  • Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat till simply mixed and easy (don’t overbeat). The combination must be pourable.

  • Pour the filling on high of the ready crust, and unfold it into an excellent layer. Bang the underside of the pan on the kitchen counter a couple of instances to launch trapped air bubbles.

Bake.

  • Place the pan within the heart of the oven and bake till simply set (about half-hour). The filling is ready when it doesn’t jiggle greater than a tiny bit within the heart when the pan is shaken gently forwards and backwards.

  • Take away from the oven and permit to chill within the pan for about 20 minutes.

Slice into bites

  • Take away the cheesecake from the freezer, take away the plastic wrap, and carry the take away from the pan.

  • Utilizing a pointy knife, slice into 64 1-inch squares, cleansing the knife steadily to make sure clear edges.

Make the coating.

  • Place the chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a big, deep bowl with excessive sides. Soften over a double boiler or within the microwave, stirring often, in 30-second increments at 60% energy.

  • Enable the chocolate to sit down at room temperature till it begins to thicken a bit.

Dip the bites.

  • Holding every chunk by the crust along with your fingertips, dip it into the chocolate coating a minimum of midway up the edges.

  • Place, crust facet down, on a chunk of parchment paper. Enable the bites to sit down till the chocolate is ready.

  • Retailer any leftovers in a sealed container within the fridge or the freezer for longer storage.

Notes

Recipe initially revealed in 2016. In 2017, video added, recipe unchanged. In 2023, extra step-by-step photographs and textual content sources added.

Cheesecake bites are nothing more than little chocolate-covered bites of creamy cheesecake. No special equipment and no water bath needed, since chocolate covers all. They are SO good!

Mini Cheesecake Bites

Discover ways to make these mini cheesecake bites made from a easy graham cracker cookie crust, topped with basic creamy cheesecake, dipped in chocolate. Really easy, so addictive!

Course: Cake

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 64 mini bites

Writer: Nicole Hunn

Forestall your display from going darkish

Elements

For the filling

  • 16 ounces (16 ounces) packaged block cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (18 g) cornstarch (or attempt arrowroot)
  • 2 (100 g (weighed out of shell)) eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate coating

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) virgin coconut oil

Directions

Put together the crust.

  • In a medium-size bowl, place the cookie crumbs and the melted butter, and blend till all of the crumbs are moistened.

  • Place the cookie crumb combination within the ready pan and press firmly into an excellent layer on the underside of the pan and really barely up the edges. Set the pan apart.

Put together the filling.

  • In a medium-sized bowl, place the cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer (or the paddle attachment in a stand mixer) till gentle and fluffy.

  • Add the sugar, salt, and cornstarch, and beat to mix effectively. The combination ought to seem whipped.

  • Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat till simply mixed and easy (don’t overbeat). The combination must be pourable.

  • Pour the filling on high of the ready crust, and unfold it into an excellent layer. Bang the underside of the pan on the kitchen counter a couple of instances to launch trapped air bubbles.

Bake.

  • Place the pan within the heart of the oven and bake till simply set (about half-hour). The filling is ready when it doesn’t jiggle greater than a tiny bit within the heart when the pan is shaken gently forwards and backwards.

  • Take away from the oven and permit to chill within the pan for about 20 minutes.

Slice into bites

  • Take away the cheesecake from the freezer, take away the plastic wrap, and carry the take away from the pan.

  • Utilizing a pointy knife, slice into 64 1-inch squares, cleansing the knife steadily to make sure clear edges.

Make the coating.

  • Place the chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a big, deep bowl with excessive sides. Soften over a double boiler or within the microwave, stirring often, in 30-second increments at 60% energy.

  • Enable the chocolate to sit down at room temperature till it begins to thicken a bit.

Dip the bites.

  • Holding every chunk by the crust along with your fingertips, dip it into the chocolate coating a minimum of midway up the edges.

  • Place, crust facet down, on a chunk of parchment paper. Enable the bites to sit down till the chocolate is ready.

  • Retailer any leftovers in a sealed container within the fridge or the freezer for longer storage.

Notes

Recipe initially revealed in 2016. In 2017, video added, recipe unchanged. In 2023, extra step-by-step photographs and textual content sources added.