Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Bite sized creamy mini red velvet cheesecakes with chocolate crust and fresh sweetened whipped cream.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe from

know. I jumped from Super Bowl snack food to this indulgent treat for Valentine’s Day. I can’t help it. I was seriously torn over what to share with you first because snacks are huge right now, given that the game is coming up and then soon after is Valentine’s Day. Normally it wouldn’t be such a rush to share a recipe with you but I want you to have time to get the right tools to make this. Thus, sharing this earlier than I might normally.

I’m honestly not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s just fact. But I had this intense need to make something. More specifically, something special that I’d never tasted or made before. Something that in the end would dye my hands red, or at least a few fingertips accidentally. That being red velvet. Being a northern girl I think I’m automatically given a pass for having never tasted or made it. It’s like a southern girl having no idea what Boston cream pie is. Or something along those lines. Food with strong ties to a specific region.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe from

It was actually Jessica Simpson who introduced me to red velvet cake. The first time I had ever heard about it was for her (first) wedding. I was kind of totally obsessed with that show, mostly for it’s comedic moments. ‘Is this chicken or fish? I know it’s tuna but it says chicken of the sea’ She’ll never live that one down.

But I still had no idea what red velvet really was.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecake Recipe from

Oooh it’s creamy (velvety) chocolate goodness dyed a totally unnatural bright red. Why is the red necessary, I’ll never know. BUT it’s fun and kind of festive, if you’re into that kind of thing.

These bite sized red velvet cheesecakes absolutely, positively, must be topped off with fresh sweetened whipped cream. Because I said so. And because it means you can enjoy the leftovers as you please. I might’ve taken a few whipped cream shots when I was done with these photos. SO good.

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Bite sized creamy red velvet cheesecakes with chocolate crust and fresh sweetened whipped cream.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings: 12


Crust ingredients:

  • 10 original chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Filling ingredients:

  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp red food color
  • 1 large egg

Whipped cream ingredients:

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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.
  • In a food processor, blend cookies until only small pieces remain. Add butter to combine. Add 1 small cookie scoop of crumbs to each cheesecake cavity. Press down with a flat sided object, such as a small shot glass, to form an even crust. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese, sour cream and sugar together until smooth. Add cocoa powder, mixing on low until combined. Add vanilla and red food color, followed by the egg.
  • Fill each cheesecake cavity 3/4 full (roughly 1 and 1/4 medium scoop). Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before transferring to the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  • When ready to eat, carefully remove cheesecakes from pan.
  • Prepare whipped cream. Beating ingredients together in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Add a dollop to each mini cheesecake. Serve immediately.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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81 Responses to “Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes”

  1. #
    The Mr. — January 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This is in the top 3 best cheesecakes I’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot because I’m an expert in cheesecake lists.

  2. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I’ll take The Mr. at his word. Do you deliver? Ugh why aren’t we neighbors?!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 25, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I’ve been doing lots of red velvet baking lately but not in cheesecake form… looks like something needs to change!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — January 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful photos! I love the colors of this and that you can see them fully. Can’t wait to try these out.

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    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — January 25, 2013 at 9:44 am

    So here I was talking the other day with my husband about cheesecakes and he complained that he wanted something new and exciting. I think so I found it!

  6. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — January 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Yes– Newlyweds was a guilty pleasure of mine too!

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    Megan — January 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I am loving these in every possible way. And seriously the “chicken or fish” JSimpson thing is STILL funny all these years later.
    Also – I think the bright unnatural red colored thing has natural red roots with how they used to process cocoa, – the cocoa and vinegar mix would turn a reddish color… now we just go with the oddly-too-bright-to-be-natural thing. :) Either way Red Velvet ALWAYS tastes amazing.

  8. #
    a farmer in the dell — January 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Will you be my valentine? These look amazing!

  9. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    These are gorgeous!!

  10. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Red velvet is a fave at my house; my husband would adore me even more if I made these little ruby red beauties for him!

  11. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — January 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE that top photo. So stunning! These are incredible gorgeous and Ill definitely take the Mr at his word, since he is the expert and all ;)

  12. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — January 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    You amaze me every time! I have a HUGE weak spot for cheesecake. Definitely trying these.

  13. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Stunning, absolutely stunning! Perfect for Valentine’s Day or just because red velvet is my favorite!

  14. #
    Tracey — January 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Haha, I totally watched Newlyweds! I’m ashamed to admit I was actually devastated when I heard she and Nick were getting divorced… Anyway, I love these little mini cheesecakes. Red velvet is awesome!

  15. #
    The Newlywed Chefs — January 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Rachel! These are darling, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  16. #
    Vicki — January 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    These looks amazing! Does the cheesecakes need to be baked in a water pan?

    • #
      Rachel — January 26, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Nope! Use the pan listed at the end of the post along with lightly greasing the sides and you shouldn’t have a problem.

  17. #
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — January 26, 2013 at 3:41 am

    These look great! I’ve never seen red velvet cheesecake before, such a good idea!

  18. #
    Krystle(Baking Beauty) — January 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I like cheesecake, but can’t eat much of it. These would be the perfect flavor and size!

  19. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — January 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    So cute! I’m a sucker for anything red velvet.

  20. #
    Paula — January 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I still haven’t eaten red velvet anything but your cheesecakes do look beautiful and delicious.

  21. #
    Chineka @ Savor The Baking — January 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    These are so cute and are a great idea for Valentines.

  22. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I love red velvet and cheesecake so this is pretty much perfect!

  23. #
    Janet — January 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    think I’ll be making these for my girlfriend’s 4th of July Wedding!!!! Just need something blue, then something white!

    • #
      Rachel — January 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

      How cute! Just keep in mind unless it’s indoors w/ac you’ll want to use something else as the topping since traditional whipped cream will melt right off ;)

  24. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — January 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

    What a perfect Valentine’s Day treat! They look soooo good + i love that they’re mini – less chance of me accidentally eating half a cake that way… =)

  25. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — January 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Such a great combination! Looks so decadent and delicious!

  26. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    These are just so darn cute! I love the deep red color, and the crust – yum!

  27. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — January 30, 2013 at 2:21 am

    These scream Valentines day! I love the colors.

  28. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    ok another fact that solidifies we’re twins: i LOVED the newlyweds. seriously, i even bought all whatever seasons on dvd..maybe you didn’t love it that much to buy it on dvd, but i sure did. can you fedex these cheesecake bites to me? cause i needed these like 3 days ago.

    • #
      Rachel — January 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      lol I definitely wasn’t quite that invested in the show ;)

  29. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — January 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I want these! They are adorable and perfect for Valentine’s, even if you don’t like it. Maybe if I whipe these up I can get BF to be extra romantical for Valentine’s.

  30. #
    Wendy — February 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous! With or without the food coloring they will be wonderful company dessert year round.

  31. #
    Stephanie — February 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This is a combination of my husbands 2 favorite things, Cheesecake and Red Velvet cake. I am looking forward to making this for him for his birthday. Question for you, have you ever done in a true “cheesecake” form pan? If so, what are the baking times?

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      Rachel — February 5, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      I have made larger cheesecakes but not for this particular variety. This recipe was created for 12 mini cheesecakes, so I do not have ingredient quantities or a bake time for a larger cheesecake.

  32. #
    Kristin — February 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    These are adorable and look delish! Could a mini muffin pan be used unstead of the mini cheese cake pan?

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      Rachel — February 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      You definitely could. I’d recommend using cupcake liners if opting to go that route, so you’ll be able to get them out of the pan.

  33. #
    Matt's mom — February 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I feel stupid but what are original chocolate sandwich cookies.? Are you talking about Oreos or something else?

    • #
      Rachel — February 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Yes, that is correct.

  34. #
    Mrs Deer — February 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    So cute this red cake! Fantastic!

  35. #
    Aimee — February 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Gorgeous! I have mini springform pans, but wanted to make sure that we have the same size… how big is the diameter of your mini springform pans?

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      Rachel — February 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      There is a link to the cheesecake pan used at the bottom of the post. As for the cookies, they are processed whole.

  36. #
    Aimee — February 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to ask, do you scrape the cream out of the Oreo’s, or do you just put the cookies in whole into the food processor?

  37. #
    Chocolate Love Puddle — February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    WOWZA those look soooo good. My best Friends birthday is on Valentines day these are going to be perfect!!!! Quick question: I don’t have the mini cheesecake pan to make them in, can I use a regular muffin pan? Any suggestions? Can you get the pan at walmart?

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      Rachel — February 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I have never seen the pan in person but you can try a muffin pan instead. Just be sure to use liners, otherwise you’ll have trouble removing the cheesecakes.

  38. #
    Elissa — March 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Red velvet cakes are always dyed a crazy red because the original recipes used beets. Beets and cocoa are actually very lovely together; I much prefer a couple of cooked beets in blended into my cake batter than artificial color. Just not sure that would work for cheesecake… Anyway, these are adorable!

  39. #
    Vicki — March 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I made these two weeks ago and they came out GREAT :) thanks for the recipe! Now, I am planning to make these for a gift — would it be okay to put the whipped cream on the night before and give to someone the following morning?

    • #
      Rachel — March 24, 2013 at 8:19 am

      If you keep them chilled prior to gifting then yes you can absolutely prep them the night before. Just be aware that they should not sit out at room temperature long with the whipped cream.

  40. #
    Skyler — June 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    The red dye is just for show now but it used to turn out red because e recipe used to call for beets. Haven’t tried this recipe yet but my bf is graduating tomorrow and its our 2 year anniversary and he loves everything red velvet and cheesecake. Wish me luck

    • #
      Rachel — June 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Good luck! And enjoy :)

  41. #
    Andrea Burns — December 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I would LOVE to make a traditional red velvet cheesecake for Christmas- do you have the larger ingredients and bakes times by now? THANKS!

    • #
      Rachel — December 18, 2013 at 7:28 am

      This is written specifically to be mini portions, so the amounts would not work for a large cheesecake, nor do I have those available.

  42. #
    Lane Boyers — January 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Could I make this in a regular muffin tin and if so could I use cupcake liners? Have cute Valentines print ones and a boyfriend who dies for red velvet cheesecake

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      Rachel — January 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Yes, just keep in mind the overall size will be different than what you see here. It will work though when using a liner. Enjoy!

  43. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — January 25, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve been wanting to buy a mini cheesecake pan forever now. I think you just pushed me over the edge. These look dangerous.

  44. #
    Marianne — February 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Could these be made in muffin tins?

    • #
      Rachel — February 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      If using a liner, yes. Keep in mind the overall size will be different but the results will otherwise be similar.

  45. #
    Peter @Feed Your Soul Too — February 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I featured them on my Friday Five – Valentine’s Day addition over at Feed Your Soul Too

    • #
      Rachel — February 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thanks Peter :)

  46. #
    Diane — February 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Rachel, these are beautiful and I wanted to save the recipe; unfortunately neither the website or the “print”view would allow me to “cut and paste” the recipe into a Word document. Is this an intentional blocking? It would seem you wish to share or you wouldn’t post the recipe. Or perhaps I’m doing something wrong.

    One other comment: as an older woman, the tiny font and pale gray color are very hard to read.

    Thanks, and please let me know if there is a way I can copy the recipe for future use. Diane

    • #
      Rachel — February 10, 2014 at 7:07 am

      There are two free and easy options located next to every recipe to save to your zip list recipe box or print.

  47. #
    Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet. — February 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Your photos are so beautiful! I’need a slice of this cheesecake!

  48. #
    michelle — February 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

    so you don’t leave cream in cookies?

    • #
      Rachel — February 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      You use ten whole original (not double stuffed) cookies, including cream for this recipe.

  49. #
    Becky — February 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I made these today as a surprise for my hubby and they turned out SO good!! I used a cupcake pan with liners and it worked great (although I only managed to get a total of 8 out of the mix, which is still plenty for us!).

    • #
      Rachel — February 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Due to the larger size of the muffin cavities, adding more filling would definitely decrease the overall amount. But, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them! :)

  50. #
    Chichi — November 12, 2014 at 9:05 am

    These red velvet cheesecakes look so cute and delicious. And i will forever remember Jessica Simpson for the chicken of the sea comment. lol.

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