Friday, April 28, 2023

Mini Cheesecakes Recipe and Mini Cheesecake Pan Review

Mini Cheesecakes Recipe and Mini Cheesecake Pan

I have always preferred making cupcakes because they offer a way to have individual serving sized cakes without requiring utensils and plates.  When I came across the Norpro Mini Cheesecake pan, I had to have it!  

My family loves cheesecake and I thought it would be awesome to have individual serving sized cheesecakes.  They have been quite a hit!  I've made them several times since receiving the pan.  Having the mini cheesecakes has allowed everyone to serve themselves whenever they wanted a snack or dessert.  The pan makes 12 mini cheesecakes, which is the perfect number for my acrylic cake plate that fits in my refrigerator. 

There is a cheesecake recipe on the side of the Norpro Mini Cheesecake pan, but I preferred to use my own easy cheesecake recipe since that is the cheesecake my family loves.  I also lightly butter the individual cups in the pan to make the mini cheesecakes lift out easily.  Since it is a nonstick pan, they might push out without the butter, but I haven't been willing to test that theory.  Also, I do hand-wash my mini cheesecake pan. I want it to last for many years.

Mini Cheesecake Recipe by Sylvestermouse

Prep Time Cook Time Cool Time Total Prep Time Fridge Set Ready In Yields
15 min. 15 min. 45 min. 1 hrs. 15 min. Time 4 hrs. 5 hrs. 12 servings


For the crust: 

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (8 graham cracker sheets) 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 5 tbsp butter melted 

For the cheesecakes: 

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 egg 


mini cheesecake recipe

  1. Set out the cream cheese and butter to soften at room temperature for at least an hour before you start
  2. Wrap the mini cheesecake pan (or muffin pan) with aluminum foil in preparation of water bath baking.  (I wrap each cup separately and then wrap the bottom & sides of the pan with a single sheet of aluminum foil
  3. Lightly grease each mini cheesecake cup with softened butter
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. (Convection Oven 325°F) 
  5. Combine the crust ingredients until well combined
  6. Using the crust tapper tool, press the crust firmly into the mini cheesecake pan cups (about 1½ tablespoon each)      
  7. In a large bowl with spout, beat together softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth
  8. Add egg, beating until just until incorporated (do not overbeat)
  9. Pour mixture evenly over crusts in the mini cups
  10. Place mini cheesecake pan in larger pan for water bath (Pour enough HOT water in the pan to reach half way up the pan.) It is easier to set it on the shelf in the oven and then add the water. Pan is really heavy when filled with water 
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes in waterbath. Do not over-bake – middle of cheesecakes should be set
  12. Turn the oven off, open the door slightly and allow the mini cheesecakes to cool in the oven for 45 minutes. 
  13. Remove from oven 
  14. Remove from mini cheesecake pan and cool completely in the fridge at least 3 hours   
Serve topped with cherry pie filling or other toppings if desired. 


mini cheesecake recipe

 Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan, 13Check Price


*An alternative to the Norpro Mini Cheesecake pan would be using cupcake liners in a cupcake or muffin pan.  The mini cheesecake pan eliminates the need for liners.

I store all of the removable discs in a plastic sandwich bag inside one of the cheesecake cups.


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  1. Oh Wow. And Yum! What a terrific recipe for cheesecake and the perfect pan to create mini versions of this delicious dessert. Thanks for sharing your cheesecake recipe and for the expert instructions on how to create these mini desserts.

    Coffee and dessert at your house tonight? :)

    1. You are welcome anytime Elf! The mini cheesecakes would certainly be perfect to serve as a treat for a gathering of friends, even if it is only the two of us.

  2. Oh my, what an easy recipe for cheesecake, they sure do look yummy, and I'll bet that they don't last long. Thanks for this easy recipe.

    1. It is true, Sam, they don't last long. They are slightly easier to handle in both cooking and serving (weight-wise) which makes them easier on the home chef too. I can almost say I like baking the mini cheesecakes more than baking a full cheesecake.

  3. I absolutely adore cheesecake and these mini cheesecake pans make not only serving but also portion control easy! Fortunately, cheesecake recipes are easily adaptable to a low carb or keto approach to eating. Like you, I always hand wash my nonstick baking pans to prolong their useful life. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. I learned the hard way that handwashing baking pans was the best way to wash them. Many, many years ago, I put my cake pans in the dishwasher. After a few washes, the pans started deteriorating at a rapid pace and had to be replaced. Now, I wouldn't consider putting them in the dishwasher regardless of whether they claim to be dishwasher safe or not.

  4. These look so good - what a great idea for parties, or family gatherings - After reading your recipe and checking out a few of the cooking tools, I'm interested in making these for our next family event - nice and easy recipe as well - thanks for this one

  5. I love Cheesecake and your recipe sounds delicious! I love the idea of making it in these mini cheesecake pans, perfect for gatherings and also for portion control! Thank you :)

  6. Oh what a lovely way to present a decadent dessert. I love cheesecake and this way to make mini ones is really nice. I could see this done for an afternoon tea with the gal pals and they would enjoy it as well. I just may have to get out my bakers hat and apron and try this. Thank you Miss Mouse for a new way to make something I really enjoy!

  7. these sound delicious. Thanks for the recommendation.


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