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

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time12 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake
Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes

Ingredients

Crust:

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

Filling:

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

Frosting:

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

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan with baking spray. 
  • 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. 
  • Meanwhile, dissolve gelatin in hot water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  • 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.
  • Transfer pan to regrigerator to chill for 6-12 hours or overnight.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Store cheesecakes in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 

Notes

An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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