Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with a tart cranberry jam. A festive two bite dessert, perfect for the holidays!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!

Do you ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? That’s exactly how I feel after our long weekend. It’s not even like we did any significant traveling. It was a pretty low-key weekend… Thanksgiving with family, setup our tree and enjoyed some Christmas movies. But between all of that, I got nothing done. Partly by choice and partly due to seriously gloomy weather. Now I have to readjust back to normal life. Here’s to hoping this week is productive!

Speaking of the tree… We have a tradition of watching Elf when we set our tree up every year. I like having traditions. There something to look forward to and remember years down the road. This year, the Mr and I sat back and let the kids clean the house (including moving furniture!) all to prepare for the tree! It was fairly comical and also relaxing. One of the things I hate most about decorating is all of the prep work and cleaning that goes along with it. With their help, it definitely made putting things up a lot easier this year, and less stressful! They were so eager to have it up, so we figured why not! Hopefully they’re that eager to help when it comes time to put it all away!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!

I’m a huge fan of mini treats, as you may or may not have noticed. And, I love super festive food for the holidays, especially desserts. They just have a way of making parties and celebrations extra special.

The great thing about these mini cheesecakes, is that you can eat one or a few and feel less guilty about it. Finger food has a way of doing that.

Easy creamy mini cheesecakes, coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with tart cranberry jam! A festive two bite dessert, perfect for all of your holiday parties!

Mini cranberry pistachio cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel A festive two bite holiday dessert!


Yield: Makes 12 cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes plus chill time

Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes coated in chopped pistachios and topped off with a tart cranberry jam. A festive two bite dessert, perfect for the holidays!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1C graham cracker crumbs, roughly 6 sheets
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 12oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2C sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2C shelled unsalted pistachios, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Cranberry jam

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.

In a food processor, combine crust ingredients. Divide mixture among prepared cheesecake cavities. Add 1 small cookie scoop of crust mixture per cavity. Press down firmly to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together softened cream cheese and sugar. When smooth, mix in sour cream, vanilla and salt. Finally, add in egg, mixing until just combined and no streaks remain.

Add one heaping medium scoop of batter to each pan cavity. Bake at 325°F for 15-18 minutes.

Cool in pan to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly, roughly 6-12 hours or overnight.

When ready to proceed, carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing pan discs from the bottom of each crust.

Add finely chopped pistachios to a small bowl.

Microwave honey for 10 seconds. Using a pasty brush, lightly coat the sides of a cheesecake with honey. Roll coated cheesecake in chopped unsalted pistachios. Repeat with remaining cheesecakes.

Add cranberry jam to a pastry bag or plastic bag fit with a round tip. If needed, warm jam to soften prior to adding to bag. Pipe cranberry jam to the top of each cheesecake.

Chill cheesecakes until ready to serve.

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21 Responses to “Mini Cranberry Pistachio Cheesecakes”

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    Catherine — November 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Dear Rachel, These cheesecakes are beautiful! What a decadent and wonderful dessert for the holidays. xo, Catherine

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Catherine!

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    Medeja — November 30, 2015 at 8:37 am

    They look beautiful! And I just love pistachios :)

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Medeja!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — November 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I don’t have a mini-cheesecake pan, Rachel, but now I want one. These little bites are elegant and delicious!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:17 am

      You definitely need one!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — November 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I love your mini cheesecakes! I’ve been waiting for a new one and was so excited to see this salty sweet bite in my feed this morning! It’s perfect for holiday parties!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Danae! :)

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I love the salty-sweet combo of pistachios and cranberries! This sounds perfect and looks so Christmas-y!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:17 am

      Thanks Melissa!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Jealous…I wanted to go cut down a tree so badly this weekend but work at the rental house took priority (much to my annoyance). Can I borrow a few of your kids to come help with the process when we do get around to it? The cleanup and prep work is the WORST part of it all for sure! On another note, these little cheesecakes couldn’t be any more perfect if they tried!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:18 am

      They’d totally do it just so they could play with Ginger! :)

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    Taylor@Food Faith Fitness — November 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    These cheesecakes are SO adorable! I could just pinch them. Seriously!!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — November 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Oh I need to bust out my mini cheesecake pan it’s been too long. THese are beautiful.

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks Erin! :)

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits — December 1, 2015 at 2:18 am

    I absolutely love that pistachio crust around the cheesecakes! I can’t believe I still don’t have a tree yet. I don’t even have lights, come to think of it! I hope your kids are just as eager putting the decorations away!

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:18 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! Haha here’s to hoping they are willing to help packing it all up!

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — December 1, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    These look so good and perfect for Christmas!! I have yet to put up my tree. I don’t mind putting up the decor but I hate putting it away, it seems like such a chore at that time.

    • Rachel — December 2nd, 2015 @ 6:24 pm

      Putting it away always feels horrible. I think we need to come up with a game to make it more entertaining and less draining.

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    Mihaela — November 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This little sweeties looks delish. I love the recipe, thanks for sharing!

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