Mini Caramel Cheesecakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with our irresistible Mini Caramel Cheesecakes. Perfectly portioned, these delectable treats boast a creamy cheesecake base atop a buttery graham cracker crust, crowned with a luscious homemade caramel sauce. Easy to make and even easier to devour, these mini delights are bound to become a favorite for any occasion.


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of each paper liner to form the crust.
  3. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then, stir in the sour cream until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour the cheesecake filling over the prepared crusts, filling each liner almost to the top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are set and the centers are slightly jiggly.
  7. Once baked, remove the cheesecakes from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the muffin tin.
  8. While the cheesecakes are cooling, prepare the caramel sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, and a pinch of salt.
  9. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a caramel consistency, about 5-7 minutes.
  10. Remove the caramel sauce from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  11. Let the caramel sauce cool slightly before drizzling it over the cooled cheesecakes.
  12. Serve these delightful Mini Caramel Cheesecakes and watch as they disappear within moments!

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Calories: 300 kcal per serving
  • Servings: 12 mini cheesecakes

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Garnish each Mini Caramel Cheesecake with a drizzle of additional caramel sauce for an extra indulgent touch.
  2. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of crushed graham crackers on top before serving for added texture and flavor.
  3. Serve the cheesecakes chilled for a refreshing treat on warm days, or at room temperature for a richer, creamier experience.
  4. Pair these mini delights with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or your favorite dessert wine for a perfectly balanced dessert experience.

Storage Tips:

  1. Store any leftover Mini Caramel Cheesecakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. To maintain freshness, cover the cheesecakes with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them in the refrigerator.
  3. For longer storage, you can freeze the cheesecakes (without the caramel sauce) in an airtight container for up to 1-2 months.
  4. Thaw frozen cheesecakes overnight in the refrigerator before serving. Drizzle with fresh caramel sauce just before serving for the best taste and texture.
  5. Enjoy the convenience of having these delightful treats on hand for whenever your sweet cravings strike!

With these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Mini Caramel Cheesecakes are enjoyed to the fullest, whether you’re serving them fresh out of the oven or savoring them days later.


1. Chocolate Drizzle: Enhance the indulgence factor by drizzling melted chocolate over the cooled cheesecakes along with the caramel sauce.

2. Nutty Crunch: Sprinkle chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts over the caramel sauce for a delightful crunch in every bite.

3. Fruit Topping: Top each cheesecake with your favorite fresh fruits such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a burst of freshness.

4. Salted Caramel Twist: Add a pinch of sea salt to the caramel sauce for a delicious sweet and salty contrast that elevates the flavor profile.

5. Cookie Crust: Swap the graham cracker crust with crushed cookies like Oreos or Biscoff for a unique twist on the classic recipe.

6. Pumpkin Spice: Incorporate pumpkin puree and a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves into the cheesecake filling for a seasonal variation that’s perfect for fall.

7. Lemon Zest: Infuse the cheesecake filling with freshly grated lemon zest for a refreshing citrusy flavor that complements the richness of the caramel.

8. Swirled Cheesecakes: Create a marbled effect by swirling raspberry or strawberry preserves into the cheesecake batter before baking.

9. Mini Turtle Cheesecakes: Add a layer of chopped pecans or caramelized pecan pieces between the crust and the cheesecake filling for a decadent turtle-inspired treat.

10. Espresso Infusion: Mix espresso powder into the cheesecake filling for a delightful coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with the caramel sauce.

11. Coconut Bliss: Mix shredded coconut into the cheesecake filling for a tropical twist. Top with toasted coconut flakes for added crunch and flavor.

12. Raspberry Swirl: Swirl raspberry puree into the cheesecake batter before baking for a burst of fruity flavor and a beautiful marbled effect.

13. Mocha Madness: Add a tablespoon of instant coffee or espresso powder to the cheesecake batter for a rich coffee flavor. Top with chocolate shavings for an extra decadent touch.

14. Almond Joy Delight: Incorporate almond extract into the cheesecake filling and sprinkle chopped almonds on top of the caramel sauce for a delicious almond joy-inspired treat.

15. Cinnamon Spice: Infuse the cheesecake filling with ground cinnamon for a warm and cozy flavor. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar for added sweetness.


1. Can I use reduced-fat cream cheese for this recipe? While you can use reduced-fat cream cheese, keep in mind that it may affect the texture and richness of the cheesecakes.

2. Can I make these cheesecakes ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the cheesecakes ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Add the caramel sauce just before serving for the best taste and texture.

3. Can I use store-bought caramel sauce instead of making my own? Absolutely! Store-bought caramel sauce can be used as a convenient alternative to homemade caramel.

4. Can I omit the sour cream from the cheesecake filling? Sour cream adds richness and tanginess to the cheesecake filling, but you can omit it if desired. The texture may be slightly different.

5. How can I prevent cracks from forming on top of the cheesecakes? To prevent cracks, avoid overmixing the batter and do not overbake the cheesecakes. Additionally, baking the cheesecakes in a water bath can help regulate the temperature and prevent cracking.

6. Can I use a different type of crust? Yes, you can experiment with different crusts such as cookie crusts or nut-based crusts for unique flavor combinations.

7. Can I make these cheesecakes gluten-free? Yes, you can use gluten-free graham crackers or cookies to make a gluten-free crust for the cheesecakes.

8. How do I know when the cheesecakes are done baking? The edges of the cheesecakes should be set, but the centers may still be slightly jiggly. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out mostly clean.

9. Can I freeze these cheesecakes? Yes, you can freeze the cheesecakes (without the caramel sauce) for up to 1-2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

10. Can I customize the caramel sauce? Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the thickness or sweetness of the caramel sauce according to your preferences. You can also add different flavorings such as bourbon or rum for a unique twist.

With their irresistible combination of creamy cheesecake and rich caramel sauce, these Mini Caramel Cheesecakes are guaranteed to impress. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply treating yourself, indulge in the divine decadence of these delightful desserts. Enjoy every heavenly bite!