Mini Rolo Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crusts #DessertChallenge

My loyal readers surely know of my husband’s second love: chocolate.  I have a bit of a sweet tooth myself, but would pass over any chocolate dish for one with gooey caramel or toffee. So I did a little happy dance when I saw that April’s Dessert Challenge ingredients were Pretzels and Caramel. It wasn’t visions of sugar plums, but visions of Rolos that began dancing in my head…those bite sized caramel filled chocolates. And from there I created this idea for a dessert….purely experimental. I wasn’t sure how the  Rolo would melt, how the sweet/salty crust would taste with the creamy filling. Or if anyone else besides me would find these Mini Rolo Cheesecakes appealing.


Oh, boy, did I hit the jackpot with this one. Two bites of pure bliss. I haven’t always been on the sweet salty bandwagon. All those desserts involving bacon? Nope, they didn’t entice me one bit. But I do have a soft spot for chocolate covered pretzels so I had an inkling I might be onto something. I took a sampling to my Friday morning guinea pig group…these were a hit!

Mini Rolo Cheesecakes with Pretzel Crusts…#DessertChallenge


  • 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 8 ounce bag of Rolo Minis (caramel filled chocolates)
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Line a 24 slot mini-muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Mix together pretzels, melted butter and brown sugar. Place about 1 teaspoon in base of each muffin wrapper, tamp down.
  3. With a mixer, whip cream cheese with sugar till light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and egg, just till incorporated. Place one mini-Rolo in each muffing cup, then divide batter between the 24 slots.
  4. Bake 13-15 minutes or till filling appears set. Remove to rack to cool.
  5. When cheesecakes are cooled to room temperature, make ganache. In microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate and cream starting with 30 seconds, stopping and stirring. Repeat using 15 second increments, till mixture is smooth. Cool slightly, then scrape into ziploc bag, snip corner, and pipe into center of each mini cheesecake.
  6. Store in refrigerator, but bring to room temperature to serve.
  7. Yield:24 mini cheescakes
  8. Cook time: 15 minutes
  9. Total time: 1½ hours


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3176kcal Calories from fat 1838
% Daily Value
Total Fat 204g 314%
Saturated Fat 117g 585%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 512mg 171%
Sodium 2327mg 97%
Carbohydrate 341g 114%
Dietary Fiber 21g 84%
Sugars 225g
Protein 43g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. Happy dance time, indeed =) You’ve married the flavors and textures of snacks salty and sweet into one elegant dessert! Bravo!

    P.s. Bet your dearest husband was doing a happy dance, too.

  2. Can I join the Friday morning guinea pig group? These sounds just amazing!

  3. You’ve just made my dream dessert. Chocolate? check. Caramel? check. Pretzels? check.

  4. What a wonderful dessert this is… chocolate has been always one of the best comfort food in this world… and caramel too oh gosh this is really amazing.

  5. These do look amazing…if you ever need an extra guinea pig, give me a call!

  6. I love anything sweet and salty and these look awesome! As do all the other entries as well….eek!

  7. These sweet & salty cheesecakes are definitely winners. I wish I had a tray of them right here with me.

  8. They look wonderful 😀 So pretty! I bet they are delicious 😀

    Have a nice day 😀

  9. Oh you went the cheesecake way, these look delectable. Gorgeous pics too.

  10. Great idea! Mini cheesecakes with the rolos. Yum!

  11. What-what-what… these are just too good to be true! The pretzel crust alone sold me!

  12. Coming over for a bite. Save me some 🙂 !! Pinning. Think this is easy enough to handle with my kids !

  13. I love Rolo chocolates, these are too cute!

  14. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Well color me all kinds of happy. You know me so you know I’m grinning ear-to-ear over this one. And I just happen to have Rolos in my cabinet and cream cheese in the fridge. It’s kismet.

  15. What a lovely combination of salty and sweet. I would pop way too many of these in my mouth and enjoy every calorie. 🙂

  16. Yes, yes and YES please. I love everything about these! I love making mini cheesecakes and these look so good! Thanks for bringing them to the challenge!
    – Claire 🙂

  17. I have very strong feelings about salted caramel, is one of the best combinations ever. But bacon doesn´t cut it as salt. Love this idea Liz, from the crust to the cheesecake filling. Gorgeous! Btw, I bought some pretzels to make magic bars with them, but they might be used somewhere else…

  18. Ha.. these are so cute.. Love the “surprise” inside…

  19. I’d bet they were a hit with your group. I am with you on the caramel over chocolate although it comes a close second. I must work on a low sugar version. Could be quite a challenge but worth pursuing.

  20. I’m assuming you are your husband’s first love, and that’s a wonderful thing! So are these cute little cheesecakes! I’ve wrapped cookie dough around Rolo’s, but never thought of this. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. You’re insane. In the best of ways. These honestly look drop-dead delicious. Incidentally, I am free on Friday mornings.

  22. Very fun and yummy looking Liz! I love sweet and salty so know these would be wonderful!

  23. Your mini rolo cheesecakes seem to carry the taste of ‘one is not enough’. If this tray was on my table, these cuties would be devour in a minute.

  24. Really I love all you make Lizzy LOL
    and these look so cute:)

  25. Yum! What tasty desserts!

  26. Hotly Spiced says:

    I haven’t made any dessert with bacon either – it’s just not the Aussie way. But these little morsels look divine and I love the salty/caramel combination. Great dessert, Lizzy xx

  27. I think you hit the jackpot on this one. To be honest, I’m not a pretzel lover, but a pretzel crust with caramel? This totally rocks.

  28. I often have visions of Rolos, too! These little bites sound wonderful.

  29. What a creative idea…I love pretzel crust, and I loves sweet and salty! You’ve really hit the jackpot with this one…I agree!

  30. I think you hit my weak spot… salty sweet is the new vogue and you are way ahead of your time with these little treats. I think these might be dangerous to keep in your home.. they might call you in the middle of the night.

  31. Nothing better than a bite size bit of heaven! What an awesome combination of flavors. These would certainly be a hit at my house.

  32. How adorable are these?! And Rolos and cheesecake are just a dreamy combination!

  33. they’re so pretty 😀 you’ve just made me hungry again

  34. Amy Tong says:

    Oh my goodness. These are looking so good. And I think great things come in mini packages. 😉

  35. Wow – I could eat like a dozen of these in the blink of an eye!

  36. I prefer desserts that are mini as they are so much cuter and easier for the portion control. These look simply wonderful, Liz.

  37. yes’m, you did hit the jackpot!

  38. I have never had Rolos in my life, but these sweet snacks look fantastic.

  39. SIN-Sational! WOW.

  40. Hi there! I have ventured over from No Rules hop. Thrilled to be connecting with someone new!

    XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

  41. Oh, yes. I am firmly on the sweet & salty bandwagon! 🙂

  42. LOL Yep, I agree bacon and chocolate doesn’t sound that great to me, but this treat of yours looks so naughty and nice. In fact, I am actually a fan of sweet and salty – especially for breakfast or brunches! Yum! Have a lovely weekend, my friend. 🙂

  43. Why do you do this to me?! I love the salty sweet combo & pretzel crust on cheesecake is incredible! I’ll take a dozen please 🙂

  44. Oh, my I want to pop several of those little beauties into my mouth. Thanks so much for sharing them on foodie friday.

  45. Lizzy,
    These mini cheesecakes look scrumptious. I love the combination of caramel, chocolate and cheesecake!

  46. OH MY WORD, these look divine! Thanks for sharing such great recipes at Weekend Potluck!!!

  47. This yummy and gorgeous treat is being featured at Weekend Potluck’s party this week. Stop over and snag your Featured Button. Congrats! Can’t wait to make these.

  48. These look incredible! I love the pretzel crust!


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