It’s a long way away from the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. That won’t happen until June 30 this year. But this recipe for mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes is a dessert that I love year round. It is the perfect dessert for those of you who love cheesecake recipes as much as I do, especially if you can’t trust yourself around a whole cake!
These individual sized little bits of heaven are easy to make, delicious to eat and a hit any time of the year. The only problem you may have is limiting yourself to just one of these yummy dessert treats.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, these mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes are the perfect ending to a romantic dinner for two to celebrate the holiday.
This Mini Cherry Cheesecake recipe is super easy to make.
The recipe has everything going for it. It’s made with just a few ingredients, is lovely to look at and tastes out of this world.
Start by making the graham cracker base. I used a food processor and combined the butter. 1/4 cup of sugar and the graham crackers together.
Press some of the crust mixture into each of the cupcake wrappers. How cute are these cherry cupcake liners? My husband is fond of giving me bits and pieces that I can use for crafting and cooking on my blogs as gifts, and I knew just what I was going to make when I opened this present! TIP: a small measuring cup makes the perfect tool to press down the bases.
These are baked for 5 minutes while you prepare the filling. Yup, it’s that easy!
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the filling ingredients, then fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full.
I used a small cookie scoop that holds about 3 tablespoons, and it was the perfect amount for each cupcake. Once the filling is in each one, bake them for another 17 minutes.
Top the cherry cheesecake cupcakes with some of the cherry pie filling, trying to get at least 3 or 4 cherries on each cupcake.
Each bite of these amazing cherry cheesecake cupcakes is a little bit of heaven. The graham cracker crust is sweet and buttery, and the cupcakes themselves? They are rich and creamy, with a subtle hint of lemon and those yummy cherries oozing over the top. It’s been way too long since I made a rich dessert. By the way, what cook out there says that? Especially one with a sweet tooth like I have! 😉
I love that these sweet treats are portion controlled, and EVEN BETTER, you can freeze them. Although I have been known to eat frozen desserts right from the freezer, it does make it harder to break your diet!
If you have ever been intimidated by the idea of making cheesecake, you no longer have an excuse! These cherry cheesecake cupcakes are one of the easiest desserts that I make. What are you waiting for?
Also, check out this lightened up chocolate cherry cheesecake. It’s another winner!
Do you like using cherries but don’t want to pit them? See how to easily pit cherries with a common household item.
- For the crust:
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup of unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups of graham cracker crumbs
- For the filling
- ½ cup of granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 x 8 oz packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- For the topping:
- 1 x 21 oz can of cherry pie filling
- Preheat the oven to 350º.
- Use a food processor to combine the butter. ¼ cup of sugar and graham crackers together.
- Press 1½ tablespoons of the crust mixture into each of the cupcake wrappers. Bake for 5 minutes while you prepare the filling.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the filling ingredients. Fill the cupcake liners ¾ full and bake for another 17 minutes.
- Top the cherry cheesecake cupcakes with some of the cherry pie filling, trying to get at least one cherry on each cupcake. Cool in the fridge until set.
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