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Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes

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Rich, luscious individual Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes are a terrific party or special occasion desserts, but easy enough for a weeknight! Who doesn’t love their own personal dessert? These mini cheesecakes are incredibly delicious and you won’t have to share!

This Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe passed all the picky palate taste tests! Serve right out of the oven for a magnificent indulgence!

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Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes

I cannot bake anything chocolate without a curious family member popping into the kitchen to peer into the oven….along with a slew of questions. Is that for us? Does it have nuts? When will it be ready? The irresistible scent of brownies or chocolate chip cookies works its way into every nook and cranny of our house.

You can imagine the reaction when these cheesecakes started puffing up and sending out their heavenly fragrance. So quick, so decadent, from start to finish, the aroma of chocolate decadence was present in less than an hour. And the fact that a Warm Chocolate Cheesecake could practically be eaten fresh out of the oven, made them even MORE popular with my crew.

3 warm chocolate cheesecakes on a white tray with raspberries and mint

Sara Moulton Individual Dessert Recipe

When my three children were wee ones, I discovered Food TV. Dinnertime for them was during Cooking Live, an hour-long show where Sara Moulton dazzled me with her food knowledge gained through years of working as Gourmet magazine’s executive chef. As she chopped, sautéed, and baked, she provided helpful hints; I soaked up her every word. Bill would get home late, warm up his dinner as I got the tykes ready for bed. I wasn’t frazzled because I had a little “me” time. Some of my favorite dishes to this day were printed off from those Cooking Live telecasts.

It was one of Sara’s recipes that inspired me to make these individual cheesecakes. She used a food processor, but I found it easier to chop the chocolate by hand and make the batter in a bowl. A very simple, impressive recipe that’s super simple to make!

How to Make a Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe:

  • PRO-Tip: Make sure to set your egg and cream cheese on the counter at least an hour before you start mixing. Having them both at room temperature helps to make a super creamy cheesecake.
  • Use good quality chocolate and vanilla extract. Those are the two main flavors in these chocolate cheesecakes so using generic chocolate chips or artificial vanilla will not produce the tastiest results.
  • I like using (affiliate links) a semi-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate bar. This chocolate is easy to find in the supermarket. And I always have Neilsen-Massey Vanilla Extract in my pantry.
  • Grease four 1/2-cup capacity ramekins with butter.
  • Gently melt the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. I start and stop at 30-second increments, stirring each time until melted and smooth. If you don’t have a microwave, you can melt the chocolate by placing the bowl into a similarly sized saucepan partially filled with simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted.
  • Mix in the cream cheese and vanilla with a rubber spatula until well combined.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients, then add to the chocolate. After that’s well mixed, mix in the egg.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared baking dishes and bake until the centers are set.
  • Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, berries, or just plain!
Individual chocolate cheesecakes with a spoonful removed onto a red handled spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Calories are in Individual Cheesecakes?

These cheesecakes have about 475 calories each without whipped cream or ice cream toppings. This is certainly less than a big slice of cheesecake with a crust, but wouldn't be considered a healthy or lower-cal dessert.

How Do You Make Chocolate Cheesecakes?

Making these individual cheesecakes is very easy. You do not even need a mixer! The dry ingredients are mixed into the chocolate cream cheese mixture. An egg is added, then they're scraped into ramekins and baked. That's it!.

How Do You Store Individual Cheesecakes?

These cheesecakes should be stored in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap. They taste best if brought out to warm up a bit for about an hour before serving.

The chocoholics in the family were thrilled. And I made dessert, with little cleanup, in a snap!

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This recipe was first shared in July 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

A warm chocolate cheesecake topped with a strawberry

The Recipe: Warm Chocolate Cheesecake

Rich individual chocolate cheesecakes that can be eaten warm out of the oven!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • Berries, whipped cream or ice cream, optional for serving

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter four ½-cup ramekins and place on a baking sheet.

Coarsely chop the chocolate and gently melt in a microwave-safe bowl, stopping and stirring at 30-second increments until smooth.

Combine the chocolate with the cream cheese and vanilla and mix with a rubber spatula till well combined.

Stir together the sugar and flour, and mix into the chocolate mixture until well combined. Add the egg and mix until incorporated. Divide the batter evenly between the ramekins.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the centers are set. Cool slightly before serving. May top with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and berries if desired.

Notes

You can make the batter a day ahead, fill the ramekins, cover and refrigerate. The next day, let them rest at room temperature for an hour before baking to take the chill off. Then bake as directed.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 ramekin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 226mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 8g

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