Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

Mulling over ideas for what to make in the coming months, I came across an idea and tweaked it to be more of a summery dish. It doesn’t have to be eaten strictly in the summer months, but typically when I think of raspberries that’s the time of year that comes to mind. Maybe it also has to do with the fact that it’s rare to find good fresh fruit up here in the winter months. Which means I also must confess… I didn’t even use fresh fruit for this. I used frozen. But I still did all of the work. Plus, fruits and veggies are suppose to be frozen at their peak so in most cases they should be totally acceptable to use for almost any dish unless you’re looking for pretty fruit for presentation purposes. If that’s the case, you definitely should hold off until the fruit is in season and can be found fresh.

Another confession, I’m not a cream cheese fan. I’ll cook or bake just about anything but it’s not always for me. I knew the Mr would enjoy these little bite size cheesecakes and seeing as I had cream cheese needing to be used in the fridge, I figured why not. It was a – make a new mini idea or something I’ve done before kind of thing. Clearly I chose the something new so I could share the deliciousness with you.

These offer a nice subtle cheesecake flavor with a punch of raspberry. You could easily substitute with a different flavor perhaps using jam instead of the raspberry puree. If you love cheesecake, these would be fun for any day or a small dinner party.

You’ll note in the pictures I made half a batch, but I’m sharing a recipe to make 12 mini cheesecakes using a regular muffin pan.

Cook Time: 15-18 minutes

Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes

Ingredients:

16oz cream cheese, softened
1/2C 3tbsp sugar, plus additional 1tbsp
2 eggs
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla
3oz raspberries (if frozen, thawed)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare a regular muffin pan with liners, set aside.

In a blender or food processor, puree raspberries with 1 tbsp sugar. Over a small bowl, pour through a mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Discard solids.

In a large bowl or stand mixer, mix cream cheese until smooth. Add remaining sugar, followed by salt and vanilla. Mix until combined. Scrape the sides of your bowl as needed and prior to each new addition. Add eggs. Mix until just combined.

Add roughly 3 tbsp of cream cheese mixture to each muffin cup. If you have a small cookie scoop, use that as it will give you easier control over the portioning. Top off each cup with 1/2 tsp total in raspberry drops. Swirl with a knife.

Bake at 300 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Allow mini cheesecakes to cool before removing and transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to several days.


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38 Responses to “Mini Raspberry Swirl Cheesecakes”

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    Kristina @ spabettie — August 25, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Mmm, these look delicious – the fresh raspberries are SO good right now!

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    nicole — August 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Strange that I know a bunch of people who don’t like cream cheese.

    These look so cute. I love the photos too, esp of the process of them in the muffin tin and adding the raspberry swirl.

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    Parsley Sage — August 25, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Mmm! I love raspberry cheesecakes! And the fact that you’ve ‘mini’d’ them has just jumped their cute factor through the roof :) Buzzed!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Pretty! I am new to liking Cheesecake, never have liked cream cheese. But if you add enough sugar and flavor it, I can do cheesecake! These look great!

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    Kate@Diethood — August 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

    mmmm soooo delicious! and so cute!!
    You don’t like cheesecake?!? I’ll gladly eat up your piece of it!

    • Rachel — August 25th, 2011 @ 9:20 am

      Nope not a fan lol I’ll taste test the batter from time to time to make sure it tastes okay but otherwise I’ll hold out for cake or pie :)

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    RavieNomNoms — August 25, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love it! I love anything that is mini or individual. It just makes my heart happy haha. These look great!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — August 25, 2011 at 9:29 am

    these look incredible. i love the second to last pic!

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    Elizabeth — August 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I’m a huge cream cheese fan, especially in desserts.

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    Evan @swEEts — August 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

    As I was reading this, I’m thinking, I don’t really like cream cheese but my fiance sure does! ha Funny to see you say the same kind of thing :) Might have to make these for him in the future!

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — August 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Love Raspberry cheesecake! I make a white chocolate raspberry one that disappears all too quickly. These mini’s look amazing.

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    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family — August 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Those look fantastic. The raspberries provide such a beautiful color to this dessert.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — August 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

    These are darling! I love individual desserts. Can’t wait to try them!

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — August 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    So pretty! My BF isn’t a big fan of cream cheese either, so I rarely ever get to have cheesecake anymore.
    I do get a craving once in a while, though, so these single-serve versions are right up my alley… that way, I can eat one to satisfy my craving and freeze the rest for another day without feeling guilty! :)

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    Viviane Bauquet Farre — August 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Rachel, the designs you’ve sculpted on top are delightfully aesthetic – bravo! Great recipe and photos.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 25, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Rachel, just found your blog – love it, but I love even more that you’re a Red Sox fan!
    These look delicious and your pictures are beautiful.
    Congratulations on the impending new arrival! How wonderful!! We also had a boy after two girls and it’s been a fun ride with all three of them!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Yum, love how pretty the swirl looks! I am a huge cream cheese fan- plain or in baked goods:-)

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    Amanda (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) — August 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Love how mini they are!

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    DessertForTwo — August 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    SO pretty! love the photos :)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    These are so darn cute! And munchable!!

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    Carolyn — August 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Always smart to make a half-batch, don’t want too many of these yummy temptations hanging around the house!

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — August 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    These are so adorable! I would eat so many of these!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — August 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    my oh my…perfect :) i bet these are BEYOND addictive little things!

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    Maria — August 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Love the swirl. So pretty!

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    Liz — August 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    SO beautiful! I could eat all of these and MORE :)

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    Deb @ knitstamatic — August 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Love mini desserts, especially cheesecake. Somehow it seems less indulgent/fattening…at least that’s what I tell myself! LOL

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    Sandra — August 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    These are so dainty, and I look forward to making them.

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — August 25, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Rachel…these are so beautiful. I do love cream cheese and cheesecakes. But I especially love them with raspberries. I love the little bit of tang with the sweet. Love this! : )

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    Ann — August 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

    These are really stunning! Buzzed!

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    Rachelle — August 26, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I am totally making these with blackberries –Tomorrow!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — August 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    These are so cute, and they look really good!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — August 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

    We love mini cheesecakes at our house. Such a fun idea.

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    kita — August 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    My (ex) step mom always used to make mini cheesecakes – I was always in shock and awe by their awesomeness. These little bites took me right back to that shock and awe – and the craving for a bite!

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    Vicki @ WITK — August 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love that these are miniature! It’s so hard to serve just a single portion of cheesecake! Delicious with the raspberries too :)

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    erin — August 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Cute! I love mini-cheesecakes! I love to do a pan of them and make several different varieties all at the same time. The color on these is beautiful!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — August 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    These are so cute and pretty! A perfect party food or small snack :)

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    Sara @ Baking & Biking — August 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I have been craving cheesecake lately, and these look perfect! Love your blog!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 8, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Somehow I missed these, holy cow, amazing!

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