Introduction: If you’re a fan of decadent desserts that make you feel like a million bucks, then this Mini Millionaire Cheesecake recipe is tailor-made for you.
Combining the rich flavors of creamy cheesecake, velvety caramel, and luxurious chocolate, these mini treats are the epitome of dessert elegance.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving something sweet, these indulgent cheesecakes are sure to impress. Let’s dive into the recipe and get ready to savor every bite!
Ingredients for Mini Millionaire Cheesecake Recipe
For the Crust
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Filling
- 16 oz (2 cups) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Caramel Layer
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce (store-bought or homemade)
For the Chocolate Ganache
- 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a standard muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Prepare the Crust: In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated with the butter. Press about a tablespoon of this mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner to create the crust.
- Prepare the Cheesecake Filling: In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and continue to beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in the vanilla extract.
- Fill the Cupcake Liners: Divide the cheesecake filling evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
- Bake: Place the muffin tin in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are set, and the centers are slightly jiggly.
- Cool and Chill: Remove the cheesecakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the muffin tin for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
- Add the Caramel Layer: Once the cheesecakes are chilled, spoon a layer of caramel sauce over the top of each cheesecake. You can drizzle it artistically or spread it evenly.
- Make the Chocolate Ganache: In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the heavy cream until it begins to simmer. Pour it over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then, stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the ganache is smooth.
- Apply the Chocolate Ganache: Spoon a generous dollop of chocolate ganache over the caramel layer on each cheesecake.
- Garnish: Optionally, sprinkle chopped nuts or any preferred topping over the chocolate ganache for added crunch and flavor.
- Chill Again: Place the cheesecakes back in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow the caramel and chocolate to set.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once set, these Mini Millionaire Cheesecakes are ready to be served! Enjoy the luxury and flavors with your loved ones.
Indulging in the lap of luxury doesn’t always have to break the bank. These Mini Millionaire Cheesecakes are a testament to that, offering an exquisite combination of flavors that will make you feel like a dessert connoisseur.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply treating yourself to something extraordinary, this recipe will elevate your dessert game to a whole new level. Try it out and savor the taste of decadence in every bite!