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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29 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! ;)

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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!!

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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! :)

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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! :)

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — March 24, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — March 25, 2015 at 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!

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      Rachel — March 25, 2015 at 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.

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      Rachel — March 26, 2015 at 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

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      Rachel — April 10, 2015 at 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.

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      Rachel — April 27, 2015 at 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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    Vickie — October 25, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Can this recipe be made using a 12″ springform pan instead of mini pans?

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      Rachel — October 29, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Not with major adjustments to both the ingredient amounts and cooking time. This recipe is specifically written for mini cheesecakes.

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    Brian Maier — December 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I need to make 24 of these but my pan only makes 12 at a time. How far ahead can you make these and how would you store them once baked? In the fridge? Thanks for any advice!

    BTW, I’ve made these previously and they are DELICIOUS!

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      Rachel — December 17, 2018 at 6:33 am

      You can easily make these several days ahead or more. They keep quite well in the fridge. Good luck! :)

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