August 22, 2016
Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes!
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Individual and Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes that Everyone Will Love – Gooey Chocolate Chips, Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, with Cream & a Chocolate Drizzle!
For quite a while I have wanted to post a recipe of mini baked cheesecakes, as they always look so delicious and cute. After the success of my No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes and Mini Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes, I knew you guys loved mini cheesecakes like myself.
I have tried a few recipes and have always felt a bit ‘meh’ about them, but after a bit of experimentation I think I have found a winner.
I wasn’t too sure what flavour to go for, so I thought I would go for something in the middle of every favourite flavour of mine… Vanilla Cheesecakes, with Chocolate Chips!
I know that I preach about No-Bake Cheesecakes, and don’t get me wrong, I adore them… But if the right baked cheesecake comes along, it can really blow your socks off such as my New York Cheesecake, or my Baked Gingerbread Cheesecake.
These little beauties have a biscuit base on the bottom, with a light and creamy vanilla cheesecake. In the cheesecake are some milk chocolate chips, with a swirl of whipped cream on top, and a drizzle of even more chocolate
I used some vanilla bean extract in my cheesecakes as I find it stronger than normal vanilla extract, and I love the touches of vanilla throughout.
I use Callebaut chocolate in my bakes, as I like the size of the chocolate chips, and they always seem to bake well. Any chocolate will work though!
I often use my favourite bar of chocolate, and chop it in to chocolate chip size pieces – it still works perfectly! You could even use a flavoured chocolate for example, like Terry’s Chocolate Orange and it would be DELICIOUS. But for the basic recipe, I used normal milk chocolate.
Even though the recipe seems simple, its perfect. I realise it could be slightly annoying to have to bake the cheesecakes, leave them to cool, and then refrigerate them over night, but its worth it.
If you skip any of the stages, the texture really won’t be the same. I piped cream on top as I adore cream with Cheesecake, and the extra drizzle of chocolate is TOTALLY necessary. Like, it wouldn’t be the same without it. I’m kidding, it would be fine, but I love a good chocolate drizzle as you might have noticed… But anyway, I hope you love these as much as I do! Enjoy!
Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes!
- 200 g digestive biscuits
- 100 g unsalted butter (melted)
- 425 g full fat Philadelphia cream cheese
- 115 g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean extract
- 125 g milk chocolate chips
- whipped cream
- chocolate to drizzle
- Preheat your oven to 170C/150CFan and line a muffin tray with 12 muffin/cupcake cases.
- Blitz the digestive biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb and add the melted unsalted butter – pulse a few times until it is combined well.
- Split between the cupcake cases, and press down firmly into the bottoms of the cupcake cases that you use.
- With an electric mixer (I used my KitchenAid), mix the full fat Philadelphia until smooth - it’ll only take a few seconds!
- Add in the caster sugar and vanilla bean extract and mix until smooth again.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl/jug.
- Gradually pour them into the mix whilst still beating the mixture together, making sure each incorporation of egg is mixed in before adding more!
- Fold the chocolate chips evenly throughout the mix.
- Spoon the mixture across the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. (It's better to slightly underbake then overbake these, so there should still be a sliiiight wobble in the middle!)
- Leave them to cool in the tin completely, then refrigerate for 4-5 hours, or overnight.
- Pipe some whipped creamed on and then use any sprinkles you choose, and maybe a drizzle of chocolate!
- I used Callebaut Chocolate in this mini little cheesecakes as I have loads of it & it's my favourite!
- You could use different chocolates inside this as I mentioned earlier in the post, as this delicious recipe is so versatile!
- These will last in an airtight container in the fridge, for 2-3 days after baking!
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Hi Jane, why did my chocolate chips sink to the bottom once cooked?
Hiya! The mixture can be quite thin so unfortunately this can happen. Try adding them on towards the end of baking! Enjoy! x
Great recipe. Can I preprep the mixture and leave it in the fridge for a couple of days before baking? ☺️
Can I use 250g of Mascarpone and 170g of Philadelphia (this is what I have in the fridge!)
Brilliant recipe, thank you! Could this recipe be used for a big cheesecake? Last time I made this, it was so much lighter than a regular baked cheesecake. Would the cooking time be different?
Hey! Have a look at my NYC cheesecake because that is very similar and already a big one xx
Hey Jane! I want to finally make a baked version of cheesecake after my love for no-bake ones on your blog!! I live alone and was wondering, could I half the recipe without it messing with baking times etc? Or my other question is do the whole recipe but am I able to freeze them OK?
Thank you 🙂
If you half the recipe and half the amount you are making then the timings are the same! and yes they freeze!
Hiya! I’ve recently taken an interest in baking and a friend pointed me to your website for inspiration and tips. I’ve tried your gingerbread loaf and red velvet cookies which were AMAZING!!
Can I leave out the milk chocolate in this recipe? Will I need to make any adjustments? Thank you!
Ah yay! So glad you liked them! And yes you can leave them out without any other changes x
Thanks for the prompt reply! Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Best wishes
Hi Jane, I’ve recently made these delicious mini cheesecakes which turned out amazing! I’m making some for my friends baby shower but I’ve ordered ‘ ‘ culpitt Baking Cups to put them in. Will they still set in these or should I just use cupcake cases? Thank you xx
Yes they would set in them – they’d be cute to use if you were going to keep them in them, but I wouldn’t bother if you were planning on removing them xx
Aww thank you so much for your reply.. Yes I’m going to keep them in them now I know they’ll set 🥰. Thank you again xx
Do you use salted or unsalted butter? I have used unsalted as that’s what I had in the fridge.
When putting them in the fridge to cool, do I take them out of the tin?
I just leave them in the tin as they’re easier to handle when cold!
I’m so confused! Ive made this last night and i never struggle with your recipes but the mixture is so thin! I’m talking pancake batter thin. The choC chips just sink to the bottom of my kitchen aid mixer.
Please help ha.
It sounds like you’ve over mixed the mixture. Also, some cream cheese can contain more water, especially if using low fat which you shouldn’t! Baked cheesecake mix is thinner than no-bake mix.
Love this recipe!!!
Is it normal for the cakes to rise and crack a little? I don’t mind as I plan on decorating them with ALOT of cream but just wondering is it normal for this to happen?
For these mini cheesecakes I have never experienced that – but sometimes baked cheesecakes in general can crack! Sometimes it’s to do with over mixing, or the oven temp being slightly too high! Usually for a big cheesecake you can prevent this by baking in a Bain Marie, but that’s harder for mini ones like this! x
Thanks for you reply! I have another question… if using a loose base 12 hole sandwich tin, do I need to use cases? If not, do I need to grease the tin?
I wouldn’t use the cases as they aren’t built for mini sandwich tins (because of the cupcake shape) – but you could line it with parchment paper instead! x
Can I use a loose base 12 hole sandwich tin instead of a muffin tin?
Do you have a recipe for no bake mini cheesecakes?
Yes you can! And I have a couple but they’re served in ramekins – more will be on my blog this year though!
These look so good.Can it be changed to a no bake cheesecake?
This recipe is for a baked cheesecake only as it contains eggs.
These look sooo delicious! Just wondering did u pipe double cream on top or just use whipped cream out the can? Also what too did you use to pipe? Xxx
Sorry I meant what tip did you use!
Piped double cream on – and a closed star piping tip.
I made these cheesecakes and they are delicious! They turned out perfect as do all of your recipes. I was just wondering if I could replace the chocolate chips with raspberries instead? Do you think that would work?
Hiya! I’m sure you could, but I wouldn’t use too many as they’ll produce a lot of water content and they might therefore take longer to bake. Or maybe try freeze dried raspberries? x
These really are delicious! I was a bit concerned when I put them in the oven as my mixture seemed very watery, but I needn’t have worried, they turned out great. The first baked cheesecake I’ve made that I’ve been happy with ☺️
Ohh that’s amazing Ann, thank you!! ❤️