No Bake Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes

(Almost) no-bake mini carrot cake cheesecakes with cream cheese frosting and a dusting of cinnamon. The perfect mini dessert for Spring!

No-bake mini carrot cake cheesecakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Mini vacations and hanging out with friends are awesome, but the return to real life is tough. There’s the usual… laundry, readjusting to alarms and schedules. I really enjoy sleeping in and not being on a set schedule. But then there’s the weather. I left Winter weather behind to enjoy some gorgeous early Spring-like weather in Virginia… hello sun, 60 degrees and no jackets! But then I returned to frigid temps. I was hoping it would be gone, maybe the warmth would head north, but there was no such luck. I’m talking windchill back in the teens kind of frigid. A true shock to the system.

Dear Mother Nature, please…pretty please even, bring Spring weather to New England STAT. We’re all begging for warmer weather, and no more snow.

No-bake mini carrot cake cheesecakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m going to declare today that I’m head over heels in love with all things carrot cake flavored. It’s too good to pass up. So, don’t be surprised if lots of carrot cake recipes start popping up, this year or in the future. I’m obsessed.

These are the absolute perfect bite sized cheesecakes that taste just like your favorite carrot cake and are topped off with a dollop of cream cheese frosting, then finished off with a dusting of cinnamon!

These mini cheesecakes are the perfect fun treat for all of your Spring celebrations… or for any day of the week. They’re super easy to whip up and taste delicious, making these an absolute must make!!

No-bake mini carrot cake cheesecakes with cream cheese frosting recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, plus

No Bake Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes

No bake mini carrot cake cheesecakes with cream cheese frosting and a dusting of cinnamon. The perfect mini dessert for Spring!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3/4C graham cracker crumbs (roughly 6 sheets)
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 12oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3C carrots, finely grated
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp water

Frosting:

  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbsp milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan with baking spray. 
  2. In a food processor, blend graham crackers into fine crumbs. Add sugar and butter, processing until combined and ingredients are moist. Divide mixture between prepared cheesecake cavities, adding a small cookie scoop per cavity. Press down to create a firm and even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Allow crust to cool. 
  3. Meanwhile, dissolve gelatin in hot water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  4. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix in brown sugar, salt and spices. Microwave gelatin for 15-20 seconds to soften, if necessary. Then, add gelatin and carrots to batter, mixing until combined well. Scrape bowl as needed. Mix until ingredients are just combined and no streaks remain. Divide filling evenly between cheesecake cavities using a pastry bag or medium cookie scoop.
  5. Transfer pan to regrigerator to chill for 6-12 hours or overnight.
  6. Prepare cream cheese frosting when ready to proceed. Beat together cream cheese with butter and vanilla. Mix in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Finally add enough milk for desired piping consistency. 
  7. Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing pan disc from the crust. Top off with prepared cream cheese frosting, using a spoon or piping bag fit with desired tip. Dust with cinnamon. 
  8. Store cheesecakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

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25 Responses to “No Bake Mini Carrot Cake Cheesecakes”

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    Deborah — March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I am the same – anything carrot cake inspired is the best! I am loving these cheesecakes and could go for one for breakfast! ;)

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

      Thanks Deborah!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg — March 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    All of the carrot cake. What a perfect dessert after a long week of work!

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Agreed! Thanks Erin :)

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — March 23, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    this looks amazing! I adore carrot cake and cheesecake! yum!!

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Thanks Angelyn!!

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    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — March 23, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Those mini cheesecakes are so cute, and I love the carrot cake flavour! We can’t wait for spring here either, but just got another huge dump of snow on the weekend. Hopefully soon! :)

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Ugh the snow just needs to stop! Hopefully we’re both seeing green grass before too long!

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    Matea — March 24, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Love this! That dollop of frosting on top is calling my name! :)

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — March 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I’ll take a dozen please!

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

      Wish I could offer you some! :)

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    Sweet and Savoury Pursuits — March 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I love how cute these mini cheesecakes look, and carrot cake is one of my all time favourites!

    • Rachel — March 24th, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — March 24, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    What a great idea! And they look so pretty and cute!

    • Rachel — March 25th, 2015 @ 7:43 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 25, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Going from warm weather to frigid temps is always hard! So much fun this weekend :) I love the almost no-bake idea for these cute desserts! Perfect for Easter!

    • Rachel — March 25th, 2015 @ 11:59 am

      It’s still so cold! Send some of your nicer weather north please?! :)

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    Heather — March 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I love your mini cheesecake recipes and have made several of them successfully but I made these last night and found the recipe a little confusing, especially the gelatin step. I followed the instructions but I let the gelatin sit for too long and when I put it in the cheesecake mix, it was a hard gelatinous blob. Was it supposed to be liquid? I think it would help make the recipe clearer if the instructions were to beat the cream cheese and while it’s beating to put the gelatin in the hot water. Then it will be ready to go in with the carrots and won’t solidify.

    • Rachel — March 26th, 2015 @ 9:12 am

      As you noticed, if it sits too long it will firm up quite a bit. In the future, if that happens, microwave briefly to soften prior to adding to the mixture.

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    Linda — April 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    quesrion? Aren’t the carrots a little chewy is this isn’t baked? Would puréed work?

    Linda

    • Rachel — April 10th, 2015 @ 7:26 am

      If you finely shred them and chop after that, you’ll be fine. Coarse shredding is not recommended.

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — April 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    These mini carrot cake cheesecakes look perfect! I can only imagine their taste is just as delicious as their appearance too.

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    Cindy — April 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    What are the dimensions of the mini pans that you use? The cakes looks small like the size of a cup cake, and you are correct about the size on top not being the same as the bottom. I have the wilton mini cheese cake pan which seems to large, it is 10.1 cm x 4.4 cm and I also have cylinders that are 7.5 cm x 8.5 cm.

    • Rachel — April 27th, 2015 @ 8:38 am

      The pan cavities are roughly 2 x 1 1/2 inches. Size wise, they are in between a regular and mini muffin pan. Much smaller than a regular cupcake and larger than a mini one. Hope that helps!

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