No Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache

Easy no-bake mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun two bite dessert!

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Lately the kids have repeatedly asked a few questions, two very specific questions. Do we have school (insert the day)? Because it’s beyond absurd now how much snow is here, or almost anywhere in New England. And, When is Valentine’s Day? To which I accidentally respond with: Friday. But to be fair, my brain goes straight to why they really want to know when it is and that’s because they want to know when the parties are at school. So, it’s obviously Friday, even though it’s technically Saturday. Makes total sense, right?

Next to art, gym and of course, pizza Fridays… class parties are what kids look forward to the most. Oh to be a kid again. The excitement and joy over something so simple.

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Speaking of simple… how about some (almost) no-bake cheesecakes? I know many shy away from cheesecakes because they can be so finicky. Baking them can be intimidating. Will they fall? Will they crack? No worries with a no-bake version! Whip, fold, fill and chill! Easy as pie…no, easier, much easier than pie.

The perfect two bite worry free dessert! Mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun dessert for a variety of occasions, including Valentine’s day!

Are you enjoying a Valentine’s Day Dinner at home this year? Check out some of my fellow food bloggers ideas for the perfect date night in!

Savory:
Beet and Merlot Risotto from Heather Cristo
Miso Glazed Black Cod from Closet Cooking
Fresh Lobster with Potatoes and Corn from Bev Cooks

Sweet:
Death by Chocolate from What’s Gaby Cooking
Mini Strawberry Heart Hand Pies from Table for Two
Crispy Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Picky Palate
Valentine Breakfast with Heart Pancake Art from A Spicy Perspective
Very Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies from Marla Meridith
Berry Heart Parfaits from Weelicious
Almond Sugar Hearts from Hola Jalapeño
Toasted Coconut Buttermilk Waffles from Country Cleaver

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

No Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

Easy no-bake mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun two bite dessert!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 10 original chocolate Oreos
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

  • 1 tsp plain gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2C seedless strawberry jam
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 drop Americolor super red, optional
  • 1/2C heavy cream

Ganache:

  • 1/2C heavy cream
  • 4oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12 cavity mini cheesecake pan with baking spray.
  2. In a small food processor, blend cookies into fine crumbs. Process with butter until combined. Divide between prepared cheesecake cavities, adding 1 small cookie scoop each. Press down firmly into an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside and allow crust to cool.
  3. Dissolve gelatin in water, let sit for 5 minutes. Microwave jam for 30-45 seconds or until warm. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved and broken down. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add jam mixture and 1 drop of red food coloring, mixing until combined.
  5. In a separate large bowl, beat 1/2 cup heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until no streaks remain. Transfer batter to a large piping bag or plastic bag with the end snipped off. Fill cheesecake pan cavities roughly 2/3 full.
  6. Transfer pan to refrigerator to chill for 6-12 hours or overnight. When cheesecakes are set, carefully remove from pan. Remove cheesecake pan bottom from each crust.
  7. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan until steaming. Remove from heat, gently stir in 4 ounces chopped chocolate until smooth. Allow ganache to sit for 10-15 minutes or until nearly room temperature.
  8. Place cheesecakes on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Slowly pour ganache over cheesecakes. Transfer to refrigerator to set for several hours.

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53 Responses to “No Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache”

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    Medeja — February 11, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Lovely! They look great! Strawberries and chocolate..sounds like love.. :D

    • Rachel — February 11th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Thanks so much Medeja!

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    Heather Christo — February 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

    These are so pretty Rachel! What a perfect Valentines day treat!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Heather!

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    marla — February 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    These look PERFECT & your kids sound adorable!!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:22 am

      Thanks Marla! :)

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    Alison — February 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Rachel! Although I don’t have individual cheesecake pans do you think these would work if I used individual silicone cups? I have these cute heart shaped ones! Thanks so much!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      That should work just fine! Enjoy! :)

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 11, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I hope when I am a mom and I do the kid’s translation just like that.

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Haha. ;)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Ohhhh to be a kid again – and to have a whole plate of these for Valentine’s Day!! So precious!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Agreed!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — February 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    No bake cheesecake is the best and these mini ones are perfect for valentines day!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Thanks Kevin!

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    Erin@WellPlated — February 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I want iIt to be V-Day today so that I have a solid excuse to devour these!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Do we really need an excuse? ;)

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    Jenn@eatcakefordinner — February 11, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    This recipe is totally mouthwatering and your pics are gorgeous too!!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      Thanks Jenn!

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    Kate — February 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Rachel, those are gorgeous!! I can’t believe how much snow you guys have gotten! My daughter is super excited for her Valentine’s party too, I feel like we’ve been making her box and treats for weeks now! :)

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 7:24 am

      Thanks Kate! And yes… it’s ridiculous here!

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    Shelby — February 12, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Just found a solution to not owning a mini cheesecake pan: use mason jar lids!
    Saw it on morning tv. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Rachel — February 12th, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend doing that as not only the ingredient amounts won’t work for that size container, but the ridges within jar lids won’t allow for easy removal. If you’re looking for an easy solution, that will work, I’d recommend using cupcake/muffin liners within a muffin tin instead.

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    Annie+@+Annie's+Noms — February 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    These are gorgeous! Strawberry and chocolate is one of my fave combos ever – I would totally devour about 10 of these in 30 seconds!!

    • Rachel — February 13th, 2015 @ 7:19 am

      Thanks Annie!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — February 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I looove this!! They’re beautiful!!

    • Rachel — February 13th, 2015 @ 7:19 am

      Thanks Angelyn!

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    Layla Atik — February 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    This is the perfect Valentine’s day dessert and the ganache just makes it 1000x better!

    • Rachel — February 14th, 2015 @ 7:55 am

      Thanks Layla!

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    Matea — February 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Definitely need to try this!

    • Rachel — February 14th, 2015 @ 7:55 am

      You do! :)

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    Meriem @ Culinary Couture — February 13, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    These are gorgeous! I just made your red velvet recipe yesterday and they were amazing!

    • Rachel — February 14th, 2015 @ 7:56 am

      Thanks Meriem! So glad you enjoyed the red velvet cheesecakes! :)

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 13, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    These look absolutely gorgeous Rachel!! Hope you’re staying warm!

    • Rachel — February 14th, 2015 @ 7:56 am

      Thanks Liz!

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    Eileen — February 14, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I have to get one of these mini cheesecake pans. I love cheesecake, but I’ve stopped baking them at home because a whole cheesecake is too much for just me and my husband. Well, not really too much but too much for me and fitting into my jeans! I have no portion control when it comes to cheesecake.

    I see that you have a couple different varieties in your archives. I look forward to getting the pan and trying them out. These mini ones are a great idea!

    • Rachel — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:01 am

      I hope you enjoy them! And yes, mini is so much more manageable and even if you over indulge, there is less to indulge on than a large cheesecake! Win-win :)

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    You make the prettiest mini cheesecakes, Rachel! These are gorgeous! Pinned!

    • Rachel — February 15th, 2015 @ 9:06 am

      Thanks Anna!

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    nicole+@+I+am+a+Honey+Bee — February 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    The chocolate ganache on top is killing me!!!!! OMG

    • Rachel — February 19th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

      Haha! You need some! ;)

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    elaine — February 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    por gentileza me manda suas receitas traduzidas….gracias …

    • Rachel — February 20th, 2015 @ 7:28 am

      There are free online translators that can translate an entire webpage for you.

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    elaine — February 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    adorei essa receita… mas nao posso entender….

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — February 20, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    These little cheesecakes look SO beautiful and delicious too. All that chocoalte ganache is making me drool too!

    • Rachel — February 21st, 2015 @ 8:46 am

      Thanks Thalia!

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    Rosaura — April 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    How beautiful , I do !!
    2 questions: you strip out the filling of oreo cookie? and the ganache in the fridge does not tarnish and is hard , would not put the ganache just before serving ?
    Thank you and congratulations !!

    (sorry my English, I used the google translator

    • Rachel — April 6th, 2015 @ 7:25 am

      No, the filling is included and is considered the sweetener and part of the binder for the crust. For a liquidy glaze like ganache, you can add prior to serving. Chilling the ganache will not make it hard, it does firm up in comparison to it’s prior liquid state, but is still soft and easy to eat and slice through.

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    Sherry — July 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    can these be frozen. They suit the theme for a wedding I am doing.

    • Rachel — July 23rd, 2015 @ 1:07 pm

      I haven’t ever personally frozen cheesecakes of any kind, though I’ve heard they can typically be frozen. You may want to do a test batch first to determine if you like the results after being frozen. Good luck! :)

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    Toni — December 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

    I absolutely loved the recipe. The cheesecakes turned out gorgeous and scrumptious. Do you have any recommendations on how to transport them?

    • Rachel — December 19th, 2015 @ 8:11 am

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! As for transporting them, if you have a mini cupcake carrier, that would work great. Otherwise, you could put paper towels or some cloth down in a container to prevent them from sliding around until you get to your destination.

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    Rachel Emely Oksum — February 13, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Hi! Do these have to set in the fridge? Or can they set in the feezer?
    If so, how long should they stay in the freezer?

    • Rachel — February 14th, 2016 @ 8:21 am

      I haven’t set them in the freezer before so if you were to try that, it would be at your own risk. Good luck!

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