Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes

The perfect two bite creamy holiday dessert. Mini gingerbread cheesecakes topped off with homemade sweetened whipped cream.

Mini gingerbread cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel The perfect bite sized holiday dessert!

I’m full swing into my holiday baking. When I was creating my holiday recipe list this year, I knew it had to include at least one completely scrumptious cheesecake. It’s a must! Holidays and cheesecakes just go together. There’s always a fun variety to fit the celebration.

And it’s been a while since sharing a mini cheesecake, so obviously a mini cheesecake had to happen, and just in time for holiday celebrations and parties!

Mini gingerbread cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel The perfect bite sized holiday dessert!

I stocked up on my favorite baking supplies recently, including PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, the perfect addition to all of your holiday baking plans…and definitely cheesecakes! From cheesecakes to cookies, dip and more, it’s an essential holiday ingredient and kitchen staple!

I always reach for PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese because I trust that it’s fresh! Farm to fridge in just six days! Not to mention, zero preservatives in the traditional package varieties!

Mini gingerbread cheesecake recipe from @bakedbyrachel The perfect bite sized holiday dessert!

Whether you have a holiday party coming up or just love cheesecake, these mini gingerbread cheesecakes are the absolute perfect festive two bite holiday dessert!

Creamy gingerbread cheesecakes, featuring PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, over a crisp cookie crust and topped off with freshly made sweetened whipped cream!

A cheesecake lover’s dream! Add these to your holiday baking plans!

Yield: 12 cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes plus chill time

Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes

The perfect two bite creamy holiday dessert. Mini gingerbread cheesecakes topped off with homemade sweetened whipped cream.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1C graham cracker crumbs (or 6 sheets)
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Filling:

  • 12oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1 egg

Whipped cream:

  • 1/2C heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.
  2. In a food processor, combine crust ingredients. Divide mixture among prepared cheesecake cavities, adding 1 small cookie scoop per cavity. Press down firmly to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  4. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together softened cream cheese and sugar. Add vanilla, molasses, salt and remaining spices. Beat until smooth. Finally, add egg. Mix until just combined and no streaks remain.
  5. Add one heaping medium scoop to each cheesecake tin cavity. Bake at 325°F for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan to room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator to chill thoroughly, at least 6-12 hours.
  7. Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing the pan disc from the bottom of each crust.
  8. In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Prior to serving, pipe or spoon whipped cream onto chilled cheesecakes. Serve with optional mini gingerbread cookies.
  9. Store cheesecakes chilled.

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62 Responses to “Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Those little gingerbread men are so adorable!! This is the perfect flavor for this time of year!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

      I just had to include those little cookies ;)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 10, 2014 at 8:28 am

    These are positively adorable!! I just love the little gingerbread men along side these too!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks Katrina! :)

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    Tonia from TheGunnySack — December 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    These look simply fantastic!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much Tonia!

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    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet — December 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    These are so cute! And what I love about the individual cheesecakes is that you don’t have to worry about cutting the cheesecake (and it falling apart) and that everyone has their perfect little portion!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Exactly!! No slicing, just grab one or two and you’re good to go. :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — December 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

    These are so gorgeous. I love gingerbread anything, especially cheesecake!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks Dorothy!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — December 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

    These sound like the perfect holiday cheesecakes!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

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    naomi — December 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Yep, I love mini desserts, especially this gingerbread one for the holidays! And Philly is the only brand. I’ve tried others and they just aren’t creamy enough.

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

      Thanks so much Naomi!

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    Lexi+@+Sempre+Dolce — December 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I love, love cheesecake and can’t wait to make a Christmas one! These look divine!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Lexi!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — December 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

    These are adorable! Perfect mini desserts for the holidays!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Anna!

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    Sharana @ Living The sweet Life Blog — December 10, 2014 at 11:08 am

    So little – so cute — SOOO perfect!!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Sharana!

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish — December 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Seriously, those look almost too perfect to eat!!!! But I’ll have two, with my coffee, asap, please :)

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Haha almost is right. Thanks Kelly!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — December 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    These are just too stinking cute!!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Annie!

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    Danae+@+Recipe+Runner — December 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    A festive cheesecake is always necessary for the holidays! I love these mini gingerbread ones, so fun!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much Danae!

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    Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — December 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Those mini cheesecakes are gorgeous!

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks Coleen! :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 10, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Mini things are always so cute!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:21 am

      Thanks Laura!

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    kita — December 10, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Ive just recent;y embraced gingerbread flavored things… And I may need embrace these wee little cheesecakes too… Just to be sure I really do like it. You know, testing phase and all.

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Oh my gosh… you MUST!!

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    Jennifer | Bake or Break — December 10, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    These look so adorable and delicious, Rachel!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Jennifer!

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    Christine @ A Sprinkle of This and That — December 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    These not only look cute but look delicious too!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks so much Christine!

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — December 10, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Yes, this looks so good and I totally agree, mini cheesecakes are a great way to celebrate the holidays! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab that plate!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks so much Amanda!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — December 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Those little cheesecakes are absolutely adorable! I love them. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a mini cheesecake pan, I was trying to figure out how you made such perfect little cheesecakes! And gingerbread! Yum!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Stacey! It’s one of my favorite kitchen items ;)

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    Meriem @ Culinary Couture — December 11, 2014 at 12:20 am

    These are super cute!

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2014 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Meriem!

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    Linda — December 11, 2014 at 7:23 am

    These are the sweetest cheesecakes I’ve seen. I love minis and this recipe sounds delicious. I’m not a really good cheesecake baker, but I must try these!

    • Rachel — December 12th, 2014 @ 7:04 am

      Thanks Linda!

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    Amanda — December 11, 2014 at 8:17 am

    LOVE!!! Mini desserts are so great during the holidays!

    • Rachel — December 12th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Emily Bites — December 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    This combines two of my favorite things! I love cheesecake and gingerbread. Gorgeous photos too. Yum!

    • Rachel — December 12th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      Thanks Emily!

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    Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory — December 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    These are so cute and look insanely delicious! What a perfect little dessert for Christmas. Gingerbread + cheesecake sounds like such a genius combo. Can’t wait to try these!

    • Rachel — December 12th, 2014 @ 7:05 am

      Thanks Erin!

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    Laura+(Tutti+Dolci) — December 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I just love these, the perfect size for guilt free indulgence!

    • Rachel — December 14th, 2014 @ 7:57 am

      Thanks so much Laura!

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    Heather Cova — December 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Can these be made in a mini-muffin pan?

    • Rachel — December 16th, 2014 @ 7:33 am

      You could, but there are a few things to keep in mind with that method: they won’t be the same size as what you see here as muffin tins are much larger around than the mini cheesecake cavities. Also, I’d recommend using a liner for easy removal. Otherwise, just follow the directions as listed. Enjoy!

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    Diane McNelis — December 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    These are just adorable and I’m planning on making them for the holiday! I don’t have a mini cheesecake pan so plan on making them in little ramekins. If I use your recipe and fill 6 ramekins- instead of your 12 mini cheesecake cavities- how long do you think I should bake them? Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    • Rachel — December 17th, 2014 @ 7:00 am

      If you’re serving them in the ramekins, that wouldn’t be an issue. However, if you’re hoping to remove them from the ramekins prior to serving, I wouldn’t recommend using them. As for bake time, I can’t be sure as I don’t know the capacity if the baking dishes you’re planning on using. Increasing the batter amount will most definitely increase the bake time some.

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    Diane+McNelis — December 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Thank you so much for your quick reply Rachel! I am definitely planning on leaving them in the ramekins. I think I would have a crumbly mess if I tried to remove them. I will keep them in the oven longer and hope I can judge the baking time correctly! Thank you for the recipe! Those little gingerbread men are the icing on the cake! :)

    • Rachel — December 17th, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! :)

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    Isabelle — December 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love the mini cheesecakes! They look awesome! In the directions it says to add salt, but it is not listed in the ingredients. How much salt is required?

    • Rachel — December 18th, 2014 @ 7:46 am

      Sorry about that. It is 1/4 tsp and I’ve since added it to the ingredient list. Thanks for catching that! Enjoy :)

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    Rachel M — November 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Hi! These are adorable! I was wondering if these could be frozen, so I could make then in advanced.

    • Rachel — November 16th, 2015 @ 7:43 am

      I haven’t personally frozen them. But, if you’re comfortable with how to freeze cheesecakes then you could definitely give it a try. Good luck!

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