Halloween Cheesecake Jack-o-Lanters

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Mini Halloween Cheesecakes are the absolutely the best party dessert ever! They are not only cute but everyone's favorite dessert. This all treat and no trick!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Mini Halloween Cheesecakes on a white plate with jack o lantern faces.

Mini Halloween Cheesecake Jack-o-Lanterns are absolutely the best party dessert ever! They are not only cute but it is everyone’s favorite dessert. This all treat and no trick!

Mini Halloween Cheesecakes on a white plate with jack o lantern faces.

These Mini Halloween Cheesecakes are great for parties or when you have guests over, trick or treaters or just a surprise for you family. There is nothing better than creamy cheesecake and these super cute ones are wonderful.

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What makes this recipe great? They are fun. They are yummy and easy.

  • 35 Minutes: Quick and easy.
  • Easy Ingredients: All ingredients that you have or are easy to get.
  • Family Friendly: Again, who could resist, they are so cute and kids can help decorate.
Cutting board filled with mini Halloween cheesecakes with all different faces.

What You Need to Make Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • Vanilla
  • Orange Food Coloring Gel
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Heavy Cream.
Butter, cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, flour and other ingredients needed to make cheesecake.

Equipment

How to Make Cheesecake – Step by Step

Clear bowl making the crust for the cheesecake.
  • Preheat: First, preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Crust: Second, stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/3 cup sugar and then spoon 2 tbsp of crust mixture into each muffin pan and firmly press.
  • Cheese Mixture: Third, beat cream cheese and sugar light and fluffy. Then vanilla and eggs one at a time. Next, add sour cream and food coloring and mix.
A glass bowl with the filling being completed for the mini cheesecakes.
  • Fill: Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the crusts filling each muffin wrapper about ¾ of the way full.Gently tap the muffin pan to help any bubbles come to the surface. The flatter the surface of these cheesecakes the easier they are to decorate.
Topping the graham cracker crust with the cheesecake filling in the muffin tins.
  • Cook: Place pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.
  • Ganache: Cool, meanwhile, make ganache by combining the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  • Decorate: Finally, place the chocolate mixture in a piping bag and decorate cheesecakes with jack o lantern faces. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Common Questions About Mini Halloween Cheese Cakes

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CHEESECAKE?

Always, use room temperature ingredients. Do not overmix! Use a little water bath or steam.

IS THIS A NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE?

No, this is a traditional cheesecake, it is lighter because of the addition of the sour cream. New York style is usually heavier.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Of course, just adjust the ingredients as you need.

BE FROZEN?

Indeed, it is great to make ahead and take out when you are ready to serve, simply make sure the container is airtight.

A white dish with a mini Halloween cheesecake on the plate with a fork full on the side.

Expert Tips for Making Mini Halloween Cheesecake

  • Add Chips: Put some mini chocolate chips into the cheesecake batter.
  • Short cut tip: Not much of a decorator, just spoon on the ganache and use these colorful halloween sprinkles to decorate. Alternatively these toppers work great too.
  • Variation tip: Make pumpkin flavored cheesecake. They are amazing.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Lighten this cheesecake up with light cream cheese and Sugar substitute like baking stevia.
  • Stencils: Use a stencil for perfect decorating.

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Mini Halloween Cheesecakes on a white plate with jack o lantern faces.

Mini Halloween Cheesecake

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Servings: 20 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust-
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Graham Cracker Crumbs about 15 graham crackers
  • 8 Tbsp Butter – melted
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • Filling-
  • 2 Blocks Cream Cheese softened
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Orange Food Coloring Gel
  • Chocolate Ganache-
  • ½ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tbsp Heavy Cream.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  • In a medium size bowl stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/3 cup sugar. Spoon about 2 tbsp of crust mixture into each muffin pan and firmly press to create the crust.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, add in sugar and continue to stir until well mixed.
  • Add in vanilla and eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Add in sour cream and mix until well incorporated. Add in a few drops of food coloring and mix. Add more and mix until desired color is achieved.
  • Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the crusts filling each muffin wrapper about ¾ of the way full.
  • Gently tap the muffin pan on the table or counter several times to help any bubbles come to the surface. Jiggle the pan to help the top of the filling settle and smooth out. If necessary you can use a toothpick or point of a bamboo skewer to gently smooth the surface and pop any bubbles. The flatter the surface of these cheesecakes the easier they are to decorate.
  • Place pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes until they no longer look wet and the centers still jiggle.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • To make the ganache combine the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds and allow to sit for 3 minutes.
  • Stir until smooth. If necessary heat in 10 second increments stirring between each until smooth.
  • Place the chocolate mixture in a piping bag and decorate cheesecakes with jack o lantern faces.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

  • Add Chips: Put some mini chocolate chips into the cheesecake batter.
  • Short cut tip: Not much of a decorator, just spoon on the ganache and use these colorful halloween sprinkles to decorate. Alternatively these toppers work great too.
  • Variation tip: Make pumpkin flavored cheesecake. They are amazing.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Lighten this cheesecake up with light cream cheese and Sugar substitute like baking stevia.
  • Stencils: Use a stencil for perfect decorating.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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