Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes
These Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes feature an easy homemade graham cracker crust topped with a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling and strawberry sauce. Perfect for an easy spring or summer dessert!
Last week I shared my favorite recipe for homemade strawberry sauce and today I wanted to share a simple way to use it with these mini strawberry cheesecakes.
Since these mini cheesecakes need to chill in the refrigerator overnight, they’re a perfect treat to make ahead of time. You can also prep the strawberry sauce (or your favorite topping) in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve them.
Ingredients For This Recipe
These strawberry cheesecake bites have three main components: the homemade graham cracker crust, the cheesecake filling, and the fresh strawberry sauce on top. Here’s what you’ll need to make these easy strawberry cheesecake bites:
- Graham cracker crumbs: If you want to make the crust a little bit easier, you can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs instead of crushing your own. No one will ever be able to tell a difference and it saves a little time.
- Granulated sugar: Used to sweeten both the graham cracker crust and the cheesecake filling.
- Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter since the amount of salt in salted butters can vary between different brands
- Cream cheese: It’s best to use bricks of cream cheese and to avoid cream cheese spread, which has ingredients added to it to thin it out.
- Sour cream: Breaks up the heaviness of the cream cheese and creates a smoother, creamier filling.
- Vanilla extract: Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Eggs: Make sure your eggs are at room temperature before adding them to the filling.
- Fresh strawberries: You can use frozen sliced strawberries as well if it’s not strawberry season. If using frozen berries, you’ll need 2 1/4 cups for this recipe.
- Lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice, if possible.
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
To make these mini cheesecakes, you’ll start with the homemade graham cracker crust. The crust is just a simple mixture of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. You’ll press the mixture into a muffin pan lined with cupcakes liners and let the crusts bake for just a few minutes.
Once you bake the crusts, you’ll mix up the cheesecake filling. I suggest beating the cream cheese until it’s smooth, then mixing in the sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. The last step is to mix in the eggs, one at a time, until just combined. Then, evenly distribute the batter between all 12 liners with the pre-baked crusts and return to the oven to bake for 17 to 20 minutes.
While the mini cheesecakes are cooling and chilling, you can prep the strawberry sauce for the cheesecake. The strawberries will break down as the sauce cooks, but if you want your sauce a little thinner you can either mash the berries as they cook or puree some of the mixture. I blended about 1/4 of my strawberry sauce then mixed it all together so it was a little thinner, but still had chunks of strawberries.
Once the cheesecakes and strawberry sauce have chilled, you can top the mini cheesecakes with the sauce. I find that about 1 tablespoon of strawberry sauce is the perfect amount.
Can I Make These Cheesecake Bites in Advance?
Yes! These homemade cheesecake bites will last up to 4 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.
Can I Freeze Them?
Yes, mini cheesecakes freeze well for up to 3 months. Store in a freezer bag or container, and thaw overnight in the refrigerator when you’re ready to serve. Add the strawberry cheesecake topping once the cheesecakes have thawed.
- If you want to make this recipe a little easier, you can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs for the crust. If using graham crackers, you’ll need about 8 full-sheets.
- Be sure to set your cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs out ahead of time so they are at room temperature. This will ensure a much creamier and smoother cheesecake filling.
- I used a regular 12-count muffin pan for this recipe. You can also use a mini cheesecake pan and adjust the baking time for the cheesecake filling. If you do use a mini cheesecake pan, I would suggest making about 16 mini cheesecakes.
- You can serve these mini cheesecakes in the liners. If you prefer to remove them first, place the cheesecakes in the freezer for 30 minutes or so to make it easier to remove the liners.
- The strawberry sauce recipe will make about 1 and 1/4 cup of sauce, but you’ll only need about 3/4 cup. You can save any leftover strawberry sauce and use it on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, or stir it into some yogurt.
More Easy Cheesecake Recipes to Try!
- Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes
- Mini Lemon Cheesecakes
- No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake
- Classic Mini Cheesecakes
- Classic Baked Cheesecake
Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes
For the crust:
- 1 cup (120 grams) graham cracker crumbs , about 8 full-sheet graham crackers
- 3 tablespoons (40 grams) granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons (45 grams) butter , melted
For the cheesecake filling:
- 16 ounces brick-style cream cheese , softened to room temperature
- 1/3 cup (75 grams) sour cream , room temperature
- 1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs , room temperature
For the strawberry sauce topping:
- 1 pint fresh strawberries , stems removed and sliced (or 2 1/4 cups frozen sliced strawberries)
- ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
To make the crust:
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line each cavity of a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
- If using full-sheets of graham crackers, add to a blender or food processor and process until you have fine crumbs. Scoop the crumbs into a mixing bowl, add the melted butter and sugar, and mix until everything is well combined.
- Evenly distribute the mixture between all 12 cavities in the muffin pan, making sure to press each one down firmly into one even layer.
- Bake at 325°F for 5-6 minutes until lightly browned, remove from the oven, and set aside to cool.
- Keep oven temperature at 325°F.
To make the cheesecake:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract and continue mixing until well combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time and mix on low speed until just combined.
- Evenly distribute the cheesecake filling between all 12 cavities of the muffin pan and return to the oven. Bake at 325°F for 17-20 minutes or until the tops of the cheesecakes are set.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Carefully remove the mini cheesecakes from the muffin pan, store in an airtight container, and chill for at least 3-4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
To make the strawberry sauce:
- In a medium-sized sauce pan, stir together the strawberries, granulated sugar, and lemon juice until well combined.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices and the mixture starts to boil (about 5-8 minute for fresh berries and 8-10 minutes for frozen).
- Then, slightly reduce the heat to low-medium heat and allow the strawberries to continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened (about 15-20 minutes).
- Once the mixture has thickened, remove from the heat and pour in a glass container and allow to cool completely, then cover tightly and refrigerate.
- Once the cheesecakes are chilled, top each cheesecake with 1 tablespoon of strawberry sauce. Serve and enjoy!