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How To Make Mini Cheesecakes Step By Step Guide

Updated on August 28, 2012

MADE FROM SCRATCH

For some reason, everything tastes better when it's made from scratch. I love to cook but one of the most important reasons I cook almost everything from scratch is because then I know what goes into my food.

Whether it's a main dish, a soup, a salad or a delicious favorite dessert such as my New York Cheesecake, I like knowing that the dessert I'm eating or offering my guests is made with the freshest ingredients. It's also made using the healthiest version I can find or create.

When it comes to flavor or texture, how does a cheesecake made from scratch measure up? Having tasted quite a few, homemade, store-bought and in restaurants, I think without a doubt I love homemade cheesecake best of all.

Please be sure and check out the poem dedicated to my hub by one of my favorite friends here on hubpages written for Ken (saddlerider1) by Wayne Brown. I'm thinking of sending out 2 cheesecake care packages in the mail! I knew the way to a man's heart was through his stomach but who knew the "pen" could be so powerful~!

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Made from scratch also means cooking without preservatives and additives. That means that your dessert is going to be healthier in the final analysis no matter what ingredients you've used.

Making my cheesecakes from scratch, there is also a very important factor to consider. I can choose the ingredients I use, such as unbleached flours or less fat cream cheese. I can also control things like how much salt and sugar I use or even how many eggs.

In short, there are many ways that you can still have your cake and eat it too in a manner of speaking. You can make delicious mini cheesecakes from scratch and vary the recipe as often as you have a new idea for a twist on the recipe.

Other benefits of mini cheesecakes over regular sized cheesecakes?

  • They're smaller so you can have dessert for 2 or 20
  • They freeze well if you have leftover cheesecake
  • Variety - you can make 4 different kinds with 1 batch of cheesecake recipe
  • Dividing the batter into 4 different kinds lets you experiment

Let's look at the basic batter and then specifically at 2 of my all-time favorites, New York Cheesecake and Chocolate Cheesecake. Be sure and check out the other suggestions and tips on making cheesecakes. Making mini desserts is one way some timid cooks begin to experiment. For some, making smaller desserts can sometimes seem less intimidating than making larger ones.

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MINI CHEESECAKE RECIPE

Makes 4 mini cheesecakes

CRUST INGREDIENTS

Combined ingredients for crumbs should equal 1 cup

Use a combination of the following to equal 1 cup (or just use 1 cup graham cracker crumbs or cookie crumbs)

  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs
  • Dry granola put in the grinder
  • Toasted hazelnuts, peeled and put in the grinder
  • Toasted unsweetened coconut
  • Arrowroot cookie crumbs
  • Toasted nuts of any kind put in grinder

TIP: Grind nutmeats or granola - whatever the combination, make sure that all the parts of the crust are the same consistency as graham cracker crumbs

For my crust in these recipes I used:

  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup toasted ground hazelnuts + toasted unsweetened coconut flakes

To above crumb mixture you will add

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or margarine, slightly cooled

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Mix your crumb ingredients and press into pan
Mix your crumb ingredients and press into pan
Blend cheesecake batter until smooth
Blend cheesecake batter until smooth
Divide batter between pans and bake
Divide batter between pans and bake

DIRECTIONS FOR CRUST

NOTE: If you have 4 mini cheesecake pans, make all 4 of the cheesecakes at the same time. If you only have 2 mini pans, then make 2 one day and 2 the next day. Just bring the cheesecake batter to room temperature before pouring into pans.

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare your 1 cup of crumb ingredients.
  2. Place in a medium sized bowl, add sugar and toss. Add melted butter or margarine and toss.
  3. Place 2 or 4 mini springform pans on a baking sheet. If using 2 pans, divide the crust ingredients in half and divide again. Then split that mixture between the 2 pans. If using 4 pans, divide crust mixture between 4 pans evenly.
  4. Press crumb mixture along bottom and slightly up the sides of the pans with fingers or a tart tool to form the crust.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees on the cookie sheet for about 7 minutes. Remove crusts from oven and let cool. Set aside.

CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS

NOTE: All ingredients should be at room temperature when preparing.

  • 3 (8) ounce packages of cream cheese (or combo of regular cream cheese and low-fat or non-fat cream cheese)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs

DIRECTIONS FOR CHEESECAKE

  1. Place cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a large mixer with blending attachment . Mix on low speed until smooth.
  2. Add eggs 1 at a time and blend after each just until blended. Do not overbeat after addition of each egg.
  3. If doing different kinds of cheesecakes, separate the batter into 4 parts/4 bowls. Work with 1 part for each cheesecake and make additions accordingly. (see below for additions)
  4. Pour cheesecake mixture into each pan on top of crust and gently shake cheesecake mixture in pan to settle any air bubbles.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cheesecakes are done when centers are almost completely set and barely jiggling like Jello-O.
  6. Remove from oven and let set on rack for about 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the rim of the cheesecakes.
  7. Cool the cakes the rest of the way - then loosen the sides of the springform pans.
  8. Refrigerate 4 hours at least or overnight.

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New York Cheesecake with raspberries and toasted coconut
New York Cheesecake with raspberries and toasted coconut

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE RECIPE


New York Cheesecake is one of my all-time favorite cheesecakes and with the above mini cheesecake recipe, it's easy to do.

DIRECTIONS FOR NEW YORK CHEESECAKE

  • Use 1 crust from recipe above
  • Use 1 part (1/4) of the cheesecake batter recipe above
  • Before pouring batter into prepared crust to bake stir in 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • Stir in 1-1/2 teaspoons of flour
  • Pour into pan
  • Bake as above

I garnished my New York Cheesecake with fresh raspberries and just a sprinkling of unsweetened toasted coconut to echo the flavor in the crust.

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CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE RECIPE


Chocolate Cheesecake is one of my family's favorite cheesecakes. Again, using the mini cheesecake recipe, you can make it many different ways, all of them fabulous.

DIRECTIONS FOR CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

  • Use 1 crust from recipe above
  • Use 1 part (1/4) of the cheesecake batter recipe above
  • Before pouring batter into prepared crust to bake stir in 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips, white or dark
  • Pour into pan
  • Bake as above

I garnished my Chocolate Cheesecake with melted semi-sweet baking chocolate after the cake had completely cooled. Using a toothpick, I pulled the chocolate across the top of the cake to make a starburst type pattern. I also added just a bit of unsweetened toasted coconut to echo the flavor in the crust.

Chocolate Cheesecake can be made many different ways. You can swirl melted chocolate into the batter or use chopped chocolate cookies for a great look and flavor.

You can also drizzle melted chocolate of just about any kind on the top. Add raspberries or strawberries for a stylish dessert.

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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING CHEESECAKES


From chefs to at-home cooks, there are many different tips I've read over the years on how to make the perfect cheesecake.

Whether it's a mini cheesecake or a regular cheesecake, here are some great tips from the experts.

  • Many cooks use a water bath when baking to avoid the top cracking
  • Cool in the oven for 1 hour after baking also helps avoid cracking
  • You can use reduced fat ingredients in this recipe or any other cheesecake recipe
  • Substitute egg whites for whole eggs (2 egg whites = 1 whole egg)
  • Some people use solid pans rather than springform pans
  • Check the internal temp of the cheesecake for doneness - should be 150-160
  • Some chefs separate the eggs and add 1 at a time beating only until mixed well
  • Cracking can sometimes mean you're overcooking the cheesecake
  • Cheesecake should never brown on top
  • Add sour cream and beat in by hand just before putting in pan to add silkiness
  • For thick New York Cheesecake style, add flour to the batter
  • Baking at lower temps decreases cracking
  • For a smooth texture, chefs strain the batter to remove clumps then pour into pans
  • Freeze leftover cheesecake in plastic followed by foil, then store in freezer bag
  • Use one of the cheesecake pans with disk bottoms shown above, use less batter and cook for shorter times
  • Any cheesecake recipe can be revamped to make mini cheesecakes
  • Add toppings to a New York Cheesecake like warm stewed apples or other fruits (add a dash of cinnamon to the batter)
  • Pumpkin makes a wonderful addition to the batter (again add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
  • Go citrus by adding lemon, lime or orange juice (1/4 teaspoon per cake) and a bit of citrus zest
  • Garnishes can be anything from fruit to chocolate
  • Savory cheesecakes make excellent appetizers - different ingredients but same concept


Wayne Brown
Wayne Brown

Cheesecake Prayer by Wayne Brown



Oh Lord, grant this wish not for me but a friend

It's a very simple little wish for my friend Ken

You see, every time he signs in his little heart aches

For a bite of that HP cover page cheesecake

His muse will not allow a write of such culinary rave

Wants him to stay in the box or its back into the cave

So as you can see there is quite a lot at stake

Could you just please cut Ken a little slice of cake?

His mouth just waters when he sees the picture there

He can hardly get past the sign on as he sits and stares

Think ing of the wonders of that creamy, sliced delight

Dear Lord, grant Ken a slice of cheesecake tonight

Such a creamy texture suspended on that crumbled base

Just looking at the picture is enough to make the heart race

He sees it time and again throughout the long, long, day

Please, Lord, grant Ken a slice before you take the cake away

The spell has been cast and I am afraid he will be distracted

Now that the cheesecake has changed how he acted

Lord you have to help us get old Ken back on the quill

Cut him some slack, a piece of cheesecake if you will

Obsession such as these can lead a man to crime

Pouring over that cake can take up all his time

Lord you would be doing us all a great big favor

If you just send Ken a little slice to savor.

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      jiro1 4 years ago from 910004

      very nice post

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Ihchan - Thanks - glad you liked~

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      lhchan 5 years ago

      Yummy, my kid like it. Thanks for the tips.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Too funny, Wayne - I've always wanted someone to write a poem about me - my beauty, my charms, my loving ways - but hey - I'm old....I'll take any poem I can get so even if it's about my cheesecakes....you had me at the first word~

      Seriously, as usual, you did a marvelous job and it is a great honor to have your poem gracing my cheesecakes~

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      You do me proud, Audrey...glad I could grace the page of such a beautiful set of recipes from a really good writer. You really did this one up well! WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Carol3san for stopping in and this is one of my weaknesses - I don't have many when it comes to desserts because I'm just not an eater of them (much) but prefer making them~ This one though....my downfall! Thanks for the read!

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      I love cheese cake, and you make it look soooo yummie.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks for stopping in, Jennie - actually you could just sprinkle in some peanut butter chips (instead of chocolate or white chocolate chips) - or swirl a few tablespoons of peanut butter into the batter before baking~ Now that's making ME hungry~

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      Venture Boyz 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Oh my lord that looks insanely delicious. Great variety as well. Do you have any cheesecake recipes that involve peanut butter? My stomach is rumbling now, I may need to try this tonight..

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Cute, Cardelean~ Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      A belated congrats on your hub of the day! You had me at cheesecake. :) I have made cheesecake but not minis so I guess that's next on my list. I'm bookmarking this for future use. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      JAS - It's a great way to NOT overindulge~ I find that these little babies are easy on the diet because that 20 people cheesecake is not so easy to walk away from~! Wasn't Wayne's poem too funny? Thanks so much for the read and for the congrats~

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      well I have been trying to avoid your hub since you first published it as I absolutely LOVE cheesecake but have been dieting since May and knew that this hub would make me want to stray. But saw the post again on FB and had to come and read your recipe as well as the poem that Wayne wrote.

      I like the idea of individual smaller cheesecakes. I usually make one that feeds 20 people and I pig out on it.

      Congrats on your hub being hub of the day that is awesome.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thank you, Peter~ And thanks again for the tweet - and hope you like the recipe - my Bob begs me to quit making these but I can't resist. I'm going to try it with pumpkin next time~!

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      Peter 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations on your new accolade 'Hub of the Day' Great Hub and I'll be pointing my wife at this Mini cheese cake how to. We love our cheese cakes :-)

      Tweeted out :-)

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Giselenmendez - I'm sorry - sending you a virtual cheesecake - actually it's making ME want to make more!

      Mamelody - I'm glad you love me - that is very sweet~ If you think chocolate cheesecake is to die for, try pumpkin - it's fabulous - or sweet potato cheesecake. No kidding - it is high fiber and it is spectacular - I have a hub on here somewhere~

      Midnightbliss - I don't "do" no bake although my friends swear by them. I'm just an old fashioned NY kinda cheesecake girl and love the body of these things...the old fashioned crust and all that...but whatever kind of cheesecake - 5 thumbs up~ Is that possible?

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      i've tried making a no cook cheesecake, same idea just no eggs and no baking. I'd love to try this recipe.

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      Mamelody 5 years ago

      I love you.. seriously! This recipe rocks. I tried the chocolate cheese one as I've never had chococale cheese before and its delicious!! and once again I've failed to attack my cake addiction lol

      Excellent hub Loved it!

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      giselenmendez 5 years ago from Berlin, Germany

      I agree with gramarye, even though seeing the picture of the amazing mini cheesecake made me hungry all day long!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Carolyn - know the feeling~! Thanks for the visit and sorry about the pounds!

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      Carolyn Gibson 5 years ago from Boston

      I gained three pounds staring at your cheese cake! Wonderful hub.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      DizzyMsLizzy - Sounds like a good plan~! Cheesecake for 1 please!

      Colcacola - Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Jenny - You too - enjoy!

      Brmsmom - Thanks for the congrats - totally surprised~

      FOF - Any time - I'm full of them - recipes that is~!

      Guanta - Thank you for stopping in~

      Gramarye - Thanks so much for the kind comment!!!

      Kyle - Indeed - ungodly delicious~!

      Sagbee - Whatever works~!

      Yudora - Thanks for stopping in!

      Anglnwu - Thanks so much and totally a surprise!

      Bud - Thanks - love a guy who loves recipes~!

      Miccimom - Thanks so much and enjoy~!

      Azhid - Good deal and hope you like!

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      zahid 5 years ago

      It's a awesome hub I really use the ideas.

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      miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

      Great Hub! I will def try to make these cheesecakes. I love anything from scratch as well. They look soooo good! I'm a fan!

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      Bud Gallant 5 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Congrats on hub of the day for this.

      These recipes sure look delicious.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I'm a fan of cooking from scratch and I love what you've done with these mini-cheesecakes. They look absolutely divine. Congrats on the hub of the day.

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      yudora 5 years ago from China

      it seems very delicious,i also want to buy an Oven,learn to you.

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      sagbee 5 years ago from Delhi

      yummy and look delicious. I am lazy in kitchen, pobably would show this hub to my mom. So she can make Mini CheeseCake only for me. :)

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      Kyle Rivers 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Not only a great hub, but wow that cheesecake looks ungodly delicious! Great work!

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      gramarye 5 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Great hub, you deserve your "hub of the day" promotion

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      Guanta 5 years ago from New York City

      akirchner: Thank you these look absolutely lovely to make. Great Hub, vidoe and pictures. Thanks again.

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      Field-Of-Flowers 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      I love cheesecake! Thanks for the recipes & the helpful tips. You took all of the calories out, right? LOL

      Have a great day! :-)

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      Diane Ziomek 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I love cheesecake! I am bookmarking this hub for future reference. It looks absolutely scrumptious! Congratulations on making Hub of the Day; voted up!

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      Jennifer 5 years ago from Canada

      I love cheesecake! Especially pumpkin cheesecake! I am going to give this one a try as well!

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      colca294cola 5 years ago

      Awesome Cheesecake

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      This sounds yummy--I love cheesecake; my husband can't stand it, and I own no springform pans of any size. This is a great idea--cheesecake just for me. LOL

      Now I'll have to request mini-springform pans for this year's holiday season. Hee hee.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Prairie princess - it really isn't too hard to bake if you just get beyond being afraid of it - I love mini anything because as you say....a taste but not a ton~! Thanks so much for the congrats~

      Suramya.K - Thanks so much - I really appreciate it~ Any read and all reads are accepted here~!! Cheers in return.

      Gus - Two are on the way....in a plain brown wrapper but of course~ Would you prefer chocolate, strawberry, raspberry or pumpkin? Oh pumpkin would be fantastic with this~!

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Audrey - Send two cakes to me in a plain brown wrapper. Thanks.

      Gus :-)))

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      Suramya.K 5 years ago

      Amidst such nice comments and wonderful instructions, how can I resist this? The pic looks awesomely tasty, I guess I need to bookmark this page for future reference and show it to my family. Cheers!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow! These look absolutely delicious! I love the idea of a mini cheesecake that just gives you a taste but doesn't put on 20 lbs. I have never been much of a baker, but maybe someday! I just have to get my courage up. I love cooking but baking kind of intimidates me!

      Congratulations on hub of the day. This was so well done!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Thelma - I love the mini - it is just so cool to have just enough and not too much~ Then again, if you have a lot of people coming, it's an excellent way to mix it up!

      Latasha - Glad you like - my favorite is strawberry or raspberry~ Thanks for the visit - sending you a virtual piece of cheesecake!

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      Latasha Woods 5 years ago from USA- United States of Aspiration

      Very useful recipe. I love cheesecake, especially strawberry cheesecake. I will have to try this. I also agree that any dish is better when its made from scratch. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Congratulation! I love cheesecakes but I have not tried the mini version so I would love to try it. Bookmark. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      NG - Thanks so much for the tag - glad you liked~!

      JSM - Please share me out to folks - I so appreciate it~!

      FBR - Thanks so much and I love homemade too - either by me or someone - anyone~!

      Deb in CT - Thanks so much for stopping by~!

      Adeaugustus - Thanks so much for the congrats and the read~

      Reg5566 - I know how to get to a man's heart alright - that's probably why I've been married for 38 years -ha ha - love it~! I agree with you on made from scratch - in this case I guess it means without additives as much as possible~ I try and buy organic everything if possible and look for the best possible ingredients - also the least amount of ingredients if that makes sense. Thanks again for the read!

      Johnvegan - Thanks~!

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      reg5566 5 years ago from Santa Clarita, Ca.

      Wow you know how to get to a guys heart. You have made my mouth water for some Cherry Cheesecake. I just want to rip on e right off you hub . You did mention that "Made from scratch also means cooking without preservatives and additives." But is that really true?

      Because a lot of ingredients out in the market have additives & preservatives. But I still love this and guess am going shopping and make me some Mini Cheesecake for tonight.

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      Deb_in_CT 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      OK, now I'm hungry! :) Congrats on Hub of the Day...definitely deserved!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      congratulations on being the Hub of the day. I love homemade everything. Not necessarily made by me (unless chocolate!), but scratch food tastes heavenly.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on being the Hub of the Day!

      All of these recipes sound delicious. Therefore, I will be forwarding this article to my wife, and sharing on my social media! Thanks for the awesome recipes!

      JSMatthew~

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      Yvonne L. B. 5 years ago from South Louisiana

      Congratulations on hub of the day. I love cheesecake and this mini version is ideal. Those little spring form pans could be used for many other recipes, too. Great hub.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Jasmin - glad you liked - I love this recipe.

      Sinea - I love those pans - they work awesome. If you use a water bath, you double foil wrap the bottom of your cheesecake springform pans and then you place them in a pan of water (baking pan) - and the water actually steams them as they are cooking from below. Make sure though that you REALLY foil up the bottoms and about one third of the way up the pan so that the water doesn't leak in.

      RT - Thanks so much~! Too bad on the no cow's milk - I personally like the "real" cream cheese for this better than the non-fat but a combo of both works well, too!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on hub of the day! Love cheesecake and these are just adorable for a special occasion. I've never found a cow milk free recipe that compares to the real thing, though. Voted up.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Those mini springform pans are so cute! I need some! Great hub but please educate me: water bath? Is that a pan of water that the springform pans sit in? Voted up and useful. Stumbled, too.

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      jasmin50 5 years ago from Greece

      very good recipe and with many directions. yoo made a very good work on that!!!!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      And for anyone reading this hub, please forgive me for shamelessly promoting my hub that is currently in the Share & Share Alike contest - please come vote for me on August 2nd~ My hub on the white pelicans made it to the finals.

      In the meantime, give support to your other hubpages friends here at the contest link on Facebook!

      http://www.facebook.com/Hubpages.com

      Click on the small icon on the left fan favs, then go to the Vote tab.

      See you in August I hope~!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Ken - I'll bet you one of these days you will be highly surprised - you'll be the hit of the day and then you'll be beating off people with a stick~! Thanks for your kudos as always - and I hear you on the picks sometimes. It is all kinda goofy stuff!

      Babblebreeder - Thanks a bunch and glad you liked.

      Applecsmith - thanks so much - and enjoy~!!!

      Lejonkung - thanks for stopping by!!

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      lejonkung 5 years ago

      Congratz to hub of the day!

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congrats on being featured as the Hub of the Day! O M G these cheesecakes look amazing... my mouth is watering already. Especially the chocolate one, yummy! I will have to go out and get some ingredients to try this. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and DELICIOUS errr I mean awesome!

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      babblebreeder28 5 years ago from The Midwest

      I agree! Things made from scratch are better. And these look so good! You've supplied a lot of helpful information here, thank you!

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Audrey this is mouth watering delicious. I love strawberries over anything. Puddings, chocolate, cheescake. You have out done yourself here, now please send half a dozen of these beauties my way.

      I would savor every mouth full. Yummy. Congratulations BTW your the Hub of the day. Bravo, applause, take a bow....I doubt Poetry will every show up as a Hub of the day. I don't know why the Team don't rotate all the subjects written at the Hubs and choose amongst them as a favorite of the day.

      NOT just articles and How To's.. however I am proud for you and your wonderful articles. Keem em coming, you are the best....hugs

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Moonlake - us too and love that they are smaller~

      Jacqui2011 - Thanks so much for stopping by and glad you liked~

      Leann2800 - I love the crust and someone suggested above to make it a gluten-free to use all nuts - sounds great to me~

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      I am so hungry for cheesecake now.It looks so god. I ecspecially like that you added extra stuff ot the crust.

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      Congratulations on your hub of the day. Fantastic hub on my favourite dessert. Mouthwatering and I will be sure to try out the strawberry one for sure. Voted up and awesome.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      This sounds so good. We love cheese cake in this house.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Peter - It do be good~ Thanks for the read~

      Dandra....Thanks for stopping in!

      LTC - Sounds fantastic - wish I was there!!!

      Kristine - Super - wish I was there too and I could make you one...or 4~!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      My Birthday is next month so I know what I'm going to make for me - mini cheesecakes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      These look so good! I'm going to add them to my repertoire of desserts for our Bed and Breakfast. It's sure to be a winner. I like the fact that you can freeze them for those last minute dinner requests.

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      Dandra 5 years ago

      Delicious - an advocate for the slow food movement!

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      PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      All I can add to this list of accolades is WOW! am I ready for some cheesecake. Thanks

      Peter

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      I'm not sure about the genius part, Hanna since I just spray painted my nose inside black....but thanks for your confidence...I can cook though~!

      Sally's Trove - I just use a regular dinner knife and after chilling overnight carefully go under the crust. You can give it a 'schmear' of butter and it might come off easier but mine have always been okay with a regular dinner knife. If I only make 2 though, I generally leave the cakes on the bottoms until I'm getting near the end of the cake and then slide them off.

      That is a fabulous idea - maybe I should have done this as a gluten-free recipe~ Love the nut crust myself because I'm not particular to graham cracker crusts - not sure why but just like prefer the "real" cheesecake crusts that aren't quite as sweet.

      I did too on the Amazon....I'm thinking of buying that pan myself that makes multiples~!!!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Beautiful! Love the idea of the minis.

      Question...how to remove the cheesecake from the bottom of the springform pan without obliterating the crust? You mention chilling the cakes overnight. Does that make it easier to remove the cake from the pan bottom? Have you tried parchment paper?

      And here...just a thought...cheesecake is a wonderful gluten-free dessert, if the crust is changed up to ground nuts (almonds or walnuts) instead of graham.

      Love your Amazon equipment selections for baking mini cheesecakes!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Audrey, you are a genius. They sound super.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Sharyn's Slant - you are too kind~ I know - as soon as I see cheesecake I want cheesecake! And now you have ME craving apple pie! Oy vey - and I'm not even Jewish! Thanks for the read and the sweet comment!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi AK,

      Gosh, we can always count on you for a well put together, thorough hub. This one is no exception. Other than I'm now craving cheesecake. Guess a slice of apple pie will have to do tonight. Great hub!

      Sharyn

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Chrisand for stopping by - mine too~!

      Trent38 - Yep - that's why I did it~

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      trent38 5 years ago from Daly City

      drool!!!!!!

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      chrisand 5 years ago

      Yum, cheesecake is one of my very favourite foods. Thank you for the wonderful recipes and step by details. Can't wait to make the New York one

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Simone - You are truly too kind - I figured this didn't make it in since I didn't see your famous "tag" on here...I guess I do have a tendency to overreact~

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great akirchner. Great. Now there's drool ALL OVER MY DANG KEYBOARD!! Who's going to clean that up? Huh? Huh???

      But seriously. This is an incredible, beautiful... oh no! More drool!!!

      I've bookmarked this and MUST try out the recipe, though I'm afraid that I'll eat all of the mini cheesecakes before anyone else can have a go. Perhaps I'll have to make two batches. But great Hub. Great titles, fabulous photos, great advice, to-die-for recipes, and fun writing! Voted up and everything else to boot :D

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Kittythedreamer - Sounds lovely about your grandmother's cheesecake but what a lovely treat!!

      I actually learned to cook and bake probably because of my grandmother. She only knew how to bake a few things and I always wanted to cook but was never allowed to do so. So when I became a grownup, I decided from day 1 when I left home at 17 that I would always cook.

      Many decades later, here I am - and I always loved Julia Child. Loved the movie, too - it was a wonderful tribute to a grand lady.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Voted up and useful! That cheesecake you made looks absolutely delicious and I agree, homemade cheesecakes are best in comparison to store-bought or a cheesecake without the freshest ingredients. My grandmother makes a PHENOMENAL cheesecake...I think I ate the entire thing when I was like 18 and put on like 10 pounds while visiting her! I have to try your recipe...where did you learn how to cook and bake? Are you a fan of Julia Child's work? I ask because I have an obsession with the movie Julie & Julia...toodles!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Glad to help, Suziecat~ Hope you enjoy it as much as I did for the 4th~!

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for this. I've been thinking about cheesecake lately. Guess it's time.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks truthfornow for the read and hope you enjoy~!

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      truthfornow 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This Hub makes me want some cheesecake. I don't make very much from scratch. I agree that it is healthier and so I am going to give this a try. And the minis are a great idea. Thanks.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Will -- too cute~ Please step away from the computer- you are drooling on the screen. This is why I cook- I love to think about the possible outcome of the recipe~

      Kingsthorpedavid - Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the kind comment.

      Om - ha ha - too cute!

      Prasetio - I make the chocolate for my family and inhale deeply - I'm not ashamed to say "I inhale". For you see, I am cursed....I can't eat chocolate. That is so totally unfair! So I look for recipes that I can make 1 for me, 2 for you - and give them the chocolate and inhale away~

      Thesailor - Thanks for the tip.

      Randomcreative - I don't know how else to cook to be honest and just worry so much about what our society is becoming eating all these things made for us yes - but with what additives and preservatives? I feel like they are pickling us alive~ Anyhow- hope you get a chance to try it out. Thanks so much for the lifestyle affirmation and the read!

      Winter Maclen - what a beautiful name! Enjoy!!!

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      Chris 5 years ago from Illinois

      That looks beautiful. I can't wait to try it.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I definitely agree with you about homemade foods. I do most of our cooking from scratch, too. This is a great recipe! I love all of the variations.

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      Lots of cheesecake to choose from. Thanks Ms. A for sharing. I've seen another hub about this 'kitchen phenomenon'. I hope you pass your time on it, too.

      https://hubpages.com/food/Shared-Recipe-1-Cheeseca

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Cheese is my favorite and cheesecakes are my favorite cake too. Wow... it looks delicious. You have various recipes od cheesecakes here. Chocolate cheesecakes recipe is my favorite, because I love chocolate too. Well done, Audrey. Vote it Up!

      Prasetio:)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      ***No comment***

      (Too busy drooling. The keyboard is too wet to touch.) LOL

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      Kingsthorpedavid 5 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      A well written and informative blog with some good ideas.

      Thank you for sharing.

      David in icy/frosty/freezing winds Queensland Australia.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I-must-resist-this-recipe!

      Oops.

      Too late!

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      FP - It's cool - I live to cook and love drooling admirers~

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      Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

      I am here purely to drool! We lazy cats would rather depend on someone else to do all the hard work! :D

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      BJ - You could just make it and eat only the crust - you have my permission....probably would go great with milk! I just love these little babies because they're small and look so pretty. It also helps me to make them a couple times per year for events so I get my "fix" - that way I never have to order it out and have way too much and then feel guilty over what I just ate!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Your cheesecake is too beautiful to eat. Although I'm not a lover of cheesecake per se, your recipe, Audrey, for the crust is mighty appealing. Do you suppose I could make just the chocolate cookie crust?

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Thanks Pamela for stopping by - I love just a smidge of cheesecake and I love the fact that I can actually cut this recipe in half and make just a bit that will last for my smidge and others' gobbles~ I also love that they do freeze well if you just double wrap them. Hope you try the recipe. I love the versatility of being able to make several different kinds all at once!

      Robie2 - I'm so glad you liked!

      Sinea Pies - I do love it as well and hardly ever order it out these days because the pieces are just huge. I love these little cheesecakes since I can literally cut a slice the width of a dinner knife and have just a taste of 'cheating'!

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Oh, I love cheesecake! Looks delicious and so cute!

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      these sound absolutely yummy

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      These mini cheese cakes look very good. I make cheese cakes as my family really loves them but I have never made the mini variety so I appreciate your recipes.

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