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When hosting a baby shower, Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes were apropos. These strawberry topped  mini cheesecakes were the perfect finale to a lovely brunch.

This Mini Cheesecake Recipe created 3 bite cheesecakes with graham cracker crusts and a lovely, luscious vanilla specked filling. Topping with some whipped cream and a fresh strawberry half made for a beautiful presentation!

Vanilla Bean Mini Cheesecakes topped with strawberries and cream on a white platter

Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes

A dear friend and neighbor’s daughter was making her a grandmother. Katie went to school with our oldest and grew up just two doors down. I was honored to host her baby shower.

With my co-hostesses, we came up with a simple brunch menu and bite sized desserts would be my contribution. Mini cheesecakes are easy, delicious and can be dolled up very simply. The most challenging part of making this cheesecake recipe was finding beautiful ripe strawberries. Crazy that they were so elusive this summer!

Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecake on a small square white plate

How to Make a Mini Cheesecake Recipe

First, you need a proper pan. I’ve made cheesecakes in a mini muffin pan, but I wanted these to be a little larger. That’s where this pan designed for mini cheesecakes came in very handy.

Unlike a muffin tin, this pan has removable bottoms, making the cheesecakes easy to remove. Beware, a reader bought another brand of pan and a similar recipe made enough batter for more than one batch.

  • Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature, especially the eggs and cream cheese. This ensures a smooth, creamy filling.
  • Use a paddle attachment to mix the cheesecake filling. The whisk attachment will incorporate air and the results won’t be the typical dense and luscious cheesecake texture. If you use the whisk, make sure not to over-mix.
  • Vanilla bean paste provides the distinctive look of vanilla bean specks, a clue to the flavor of this cheesecake recipe.
  • If you don’t want to invest in vanilla bean paste, an equal amount of vanilla extract can be substituted. 
  • Never use imitation vanilla. The quality and flavor will never come close to the real stuff.
  • Chill your cheesecakes well before removing from the pan and garnishing. Overnight is recommended.
  • The options for topping these versatile cheesecakes are endless: berries and cream, caramel sauce, white or dark chocolate ganache are a few suggestions.
  • Check out my post on the Guide to Making the Ultimate Cheesecakes for everything you need to know about making cheesecakes!
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Overhead view of mini vanilla bean cheesecakes on a white platter with 3 red handled forks

Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes speckled with vanilla bean paste and topped with berries and cream!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cheesecake
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American



3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter


12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (vanilla extract can be substituted)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together crust ingredients. Tamp about 1 1/2 teaspoons into each well of your cheesecake pan.

Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Make cheesecake batter by beating together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, using paddle attachment if available. Add sour cream and mix until combined.

One at a time, mix in eggs until incorporated. Mix in vanilla bean paste.

Divide the batter between the wells in your cheesecake pan. Smooth tops with an offset spatula if needed.

Bake for 18-2o minutes.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Chill overnight in pan, covering with plastic wrap or foil keeping it above the cheesecakes’ surfaces. After chilling, remove from pan and garnish as desired to serve.

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6 comments on “Mini Vanilla Bean Cheesecakes”

  1. Oh my gosh, these tiny cakes are so adorable! Such a special dessert for a shower. I just love making individual, mini sizes like this. I have a few mini muffin pans, so I’m all set. 😀

  2. These look so adorable and I am sure they taste just as amazing as they look, Liz.

  3. Really special! I bet they were a big it at the shower:@)
    PS-Yay…. It’s finally Football Season-GO BIRDS!!!

  4. They look so great! I want that pan now. The size and shape is just perfect. And, I love cheesecake.

  5. Mini cheesecakes are my favorite and these minis are perfection!

  6. My mini cheesecake pan hasn’t seen much action and it’s time to bring it out of the dark recesses of my storage area.

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