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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!

Individual chocolate cheesecake in a white ramekin on a square white plate with a spoonful removed

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, sautรฉed, 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

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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95 comments on “Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes”

  1. Oh my goodness, that looks crazy good Liz! And it sounds easy to make too. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A girl after my own stomach er heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ I haven’t had this kind of cheesecake before – it sure looks scrumptious !

  3. I love a good cheesecake! This chocolate version looks simple and delicious!

  4. Warm chocolate cheesecake sounds so good! I must make this!

  5. I love that it doesn’t have a crust! I used to watch Sara too! Back in the good old days when Food Network actually taught people about cooking, now it’s just all about eating:@)

  6. Warm and chocolate are two of my favorite words. I am not a big sweet eater but somehow anything with warm chocolate is hard to resist. Add cream cheese and I am definitely in. Just luscious, Liz!

  7. Oh my God, Lizzy! I think I can easily eat all four ramekins worth of your chocolate cheesecake. I know that is a naughty thing to do ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. You paint such a heartwarming picture of your family, Liz. In Japanese there is the word, “nigiyaka” – it refers to cheery, busy people/crowds kind of sounds…I’m sure there were plenty of positive expressions of your scrumptious chocolate cheesecake =)

  9. This as usual looks marvelous! I live 40 minutes from this and cant join them same day as our inventory which is mandatory. Actually I will never be able to go if its ever in the month of July (sigh) so we get to be disappointed together! I just love this little individual dessert it wouldn’t last a second in my family either!

  10. I almost made this myself! Now that it got your approval, I can’t wait to give it a try. Incredible!

  11. I’m in heaven right now, Liz. As I sit here drinking my second cup of Sunday morning coffee, I wonder to myself how delicately delicious it would be to have just a smidgen of your Warm Chocolate Cheesecake by my side.

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  12. And all 4 ramekins would be mine – all mine!! Oh the glorious warm, silky, chocolate!!!

  13. oh my this looks and sounds wonderful!!

  14. These look so yummy. I have to go buy some ramekins so I can make them.

  15. I’m not sure that one of those little ramekins would be enough – this looks delectable!

  16. You mean I have to wait until it cools slightly to eat it? Okay if I have to!

  17. Liz, I seriously want to dig right on in to that bowl of velvety chocolate. Yum!

  18. These are far too easy and I’m afraid I’ll be making them all of the time!

  19. Yummy in my tummy good. I love chocolate! Thanks for stopping by.

  20. I know what you mean – if anyone is making something with chocolate, my nose picks up on it. I love that scent, and I am pretty sure a warm chocolate cheesecake would be dessert perfection!

  21. Lol, I always ban family members from the kitchen while I’m baking ;). Love everything about your cheesecake!

  22. Liz, sounds so much like our home. Anything baking, the boys are hovering around the kitchen. If it is chocolate, don’t even ask…We love a warm chocolate pot.

  23. I would be sitting next to the oven waiting for whatever it was you were baking to come out. I love this recipe Lizzy! It would be perfect for us. Thanks for sharing:)

  24. This looks terrific! I love cheesecake and I love chocolate, so this is perfect (I’d fit right into your family!). I remember that Sara Moulton show – it was wonderful. She really rocks. Food TV used to have a terrific lineup. I haven’t watched in ages because it seemed to have changed (and can’t watch now – we dropped cable because we found we watched so little TV). But at one time it was really inspiring. Just like this dessert! Really nice – thanks.

  25. i love it even more while it served cold and firmer….hehehe
    btw, your ramekin is so fancy!

  26. Liz,
    your family is so cute! love that they pop into the kitchen and ask a million questions. . with chocolate, who wouldn’t?! ๐Ÿ™‚ WOW! love this. . looks absolutely fabulous! and I love how you served it! yumm!

  27. I love these individual servings! I must try this for my next dinner party! Beautiful photos!

  28. I haven’t eaten warm cheesecake before, but I think this one sounds wonderful. You know how to make your family very, very happy.

  29. One of my favorite everyday meals is a toasted tuna salad sandwich which I add fresh olives, cilantro and tomatoes on top of it.

  30. Peppery Broccoli with Angel Hair Pasta is my favorite.

  31. I love that you made these in small portions! So cute ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Every word of the name of this dessert makes me want to crush my screen and reach through! So tempting! Love Sarah and her books and shows. Our favorite family dinner is my Hubby’s homemade pizza ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Your story pretty much describes my husband’s twenty questions whenever I am in the kitchen. I don’t blame your family though I would be in with you if I smelled chocolate.

  34. I stick to stir-fry when I need something super quick and easy. Hopefully my husband does the chopping.

  35. Yummy and easy!! Love that combination!!

  36. That looks quick enough to whip up on a week night!

  37. Your photos and recipes make me drool every time.

  38. OMG, does it get any better than this!!!

  39. Ohhhh I *so* wish I could have dairy, eggs and full fat stuff! I’d be all over this

  40. I want to dive into this chocolate creation and never come out again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  41. This is so fabulous! I’d lick that bowl clean, for sure.

  42. Funny, I used to LOVE to watch Sara too and learned so much. I love her easy going, every day attitude. Will enjoy checking out her new book, especially after being teased by your fabulous looking recipe!

  43. I could eat several ramekins of that cheesecake and ask for more. It looks very fabulicious! I like Sarah Molton too.

  44. Dear Lizzy,

    I remember those shows. I liked them. They weren’t gimmicky like so many of the shows that are on now.

    Well, the chocolate cheesecake sounds wonderful. I am sure everyone in the family enjoyed this dessert.

    Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

  45. I love this recipe and perfect to make while vacationing in the mountains. Hopefully it won’t be to tricky with the altitude.
    I’d love to enter that giveaway but will be out of town. Thanks for offering it though.

  46. I can certainly relate to kids in the kitchen. I wish they’d all come in at once so I only had to spell out what I was doing once instead of dribbling in all through the cooking process one at a time, all asking the same questions. I feel I should write it on a notice board. Warm chocolate cheesecakes sound very good xx

  47. My mouth is watering! Your presentation is beautiful – as always!

  48. Looks so so so delicious! You had me at chocolate!
    One of my favorite everyday dinner meals is spaghetti and meatballs!

  49. Chicken and rice is an easy and healthy favorite

  50. My favorite everyday meal is a kefir smoothie.

  51. These mini chocolate cheesecakes look incredible Liz! I love that it can be made without a mixer too, perfect for a quick but heavenly dessert:) I can’t wait to try making these, pinned!

  52. my fav would be a nice simple plate of veggies grown from my garden(:

  53. My goodness! This would be so comforting and good to eat – now I want some chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Chocolate AND Cheesecake? you’re killing me! Love the individual servings, but I would probably end up eating two of them in one sitting.

  55. I love that they are individual, so very cool. Great for a brunch or dinner party.

  56. Looks good and bonus with the easy cleanup!

  57. I need a spoon please ๐Ÿ™‚ anything with cream cheese blended with chocolate, Yum I’am a fan, great recipe Liz !

  58. What an incredible dish, Liz! So beautifully presented, and a lovely story of how you were inspired by Sara. Oh, and my favorite everyday meal would have to involve chicken… and usually some type of salad and roasted veggies!

  59. I need at least two with lots of fresh berries!

  60. Oh my, Lizzy…chocolate and cream cheese, a match made in ‘heaven’! Especially eating it warm…warms your tummy, your heart and soul (now that’s corny) but true!
    Sara Moulton is such a sweet, laid back type of chef…I remember her shows so well, she had so much patience answers phone calls of people asking so many culinary questions. I miss Gourmet magazie as well, and do remember when she was the executive chef there; what a tremendous accomplishment in her career! xoxo

  61. Liz, this looks amazing! And all in one bowl? Even more amazing. Also – this is silly, but I noticed that three-bowl dish you have in the background, full of berries. It made me remember that I totally HAVE that dish, and it’s sat unused and unloved in the basement for years. I need to get it out for a food photography prop!

  62. Liz, I can imagine with all the delicious treats you make (like these) that you are like the Pied Piper of the kitchen. I know I wouldn’t be able to stay away either – lol!

  63. Wow, these sure looks delicious! With my chocolate and cheese loving kids, these would be gone in a jiffy!

  64. Right now my go-to quick summer dinner is Greek salad with Israeli couscous.

  65. Just love warm desserts.. Its doesn’t matter if its warm out, we still love them.. These almost looks like little chocolate soufflรฉs!!

  66. I’m a huge fan of Sara Moulton and used to watch Cooking Live also. I learned to spatchcock a chicken and roast it in less than an hour from that show, a recipe that’s been a lifesaver over the years.
    The cheesecakes look beautiful and sound delicious.

  67. Oh Liz, I love the sound and the look of this warm chocolate cheesecake…and so simple to make. Perfect paired with fresh raspberries.
    Have a great week ahead ๐Ÿ˜€

  68. I used to love that show. And, you had me at cheesecake. But you can always have me at cheesecake. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I miss my leisurely summer days when I could watch FoodTV for hours upon end. ๐Ÿ™
    My everday-dinner-go to-meal has to be tacos.

  70. I love the idea of a warm cheesecake! I’m always stealing a piping hot slice when it comes out of the oven anyway, so why not serve it that way? Lovely, Liz!

  71. Unusual – I was interested to note warm actually meant room temp. Enjoyed your post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. I wish you were coming to the conference! Would love to meet you and I would request some cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ These cheesecakes sound divine!

  73. Lizzy,
    I love cheesecake but I’ve never had it warm. Your pictures make all your recipes look so delicious.
    Hope you had a great 4th of July.
    Annamaria

  74. I love a good cheesecake and chocolate is always a winner! It would be perfect with a scoop of ice cream and some berries!

  75. I used to make something similar to this for our Friday night dinner. It was a recipe from I think Family Circle. Haven’t done that is soo long. Next time I will try this!

  76. OMG I am literally drooling over this

  77. Favorite family meal: spaghetti and meatballs. Thank goodness my kitchen elves love to roll meatballs!

  78. You are after my heart with this warm chocolate beauty!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love one… or maybe even two of these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Perfect! This dessert would make my family happy.

  80. Instead of making these in ramekins, can I just make it in a baking dish? Will that affect the cooking time or anything?

    • Yes, I’m sure it can be done, but it will need to be baked longer…and you might want to bake it in a water bath so that it cooks at an even temperature. Set your baking dish into a larger pan and fill the larger pan with boiling water about half way up the sides of your dish. Hope it works for you!!!

  81. This is magic – Warm Chocolate Cheesecake –
    fine, delicious and flavorful, I recommend it!
    Compliments to you, beautiful photos and great recipe, thanks.

  82. This is magic – Warm Chocolate Cheesecake –
    fine, delicious and flavorful, I recommend it!
    http://trydiani.blogspot.com/2014/02/blog-post_15.html
    Compliments to you, beautiful photos and great recipe, thanks.

  83. I made these recently and they are amazing! Just wondering, do you think I could mix up the batter, refrigerate them in the ramekins overnight and bake them the next day?

    • Hi, Kayley,
      It definitely could work, though I haven’t tested it. The only possible trouble would be overbaking or underbaking since the batter will be cold and you’ll need to add some extra baking time. If you try it, please let me know how it goes!
      P.S. Maybe if you set the unbaked cheesecakes out for about 1 hour before baking, they’d come closer to the temperature they’d be if you just made the batter.

      • I followed your suggestion, made the batter a day ahead and then set the ramekins out the next day an hour before baking them and they were perfect! Great recipe and everyone loved them!

  84. These are so delicious! Chocolate heaven! Everyone loved them!ย 

  85. i LOVE cheesecake and who does not like chocolate. This sound so delicious Liz. Perfect for cold weather

  86. I was looking for a warm dessert to serve outside on Saturday night. Itโ€™s going to be 16C (60F) during the day but will cool down to 10C (50F) so we will be bundled down with the heater and electric blankets, ย it will be nice to have a warm dessert in hand.

  87. This is the most heavenly lush chocolate cheesecake ever Liz! YUM! Pinning!

  88. Don’t think I’ve ever had cheesecake served warm. Sounds so delicious. And I will never say no to chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

  89. Liz, this looks absolutely decadent, dreamy (and creamy)! I’m a huge fan of cheesecakes, but the crust isn’t normally my favourite part, that’s why this crustless variation is right up my alley. Great job!

  90. This looks like something I could eat over and over again!! Cheesecake is the absolute best!

  91. I remember Sara Moulton. I used to love her show. I miss the days of watching food tv and printing out the recipes to try when my kids were little. Now that I’m a food blogger, I don’t have time to watch, nor do I want to. LOL. p.s. These mini cheesecakes look divine. I love that you can eat them warm out of the oven and you don’t have to share! Bonus!

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