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Rich, luscious individual Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes are terrific party or special occasion desserts, but easy enough for a weeknight!

My family is always thrilled to find I’ve made a chocolate dessert, and this passed all the picky palate taste tests!

Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes in white ramekins topped with raspberries

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.

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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…and 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.

This was such a simple recipe. Since I hate to clean my food processor, I veered from the recipe and made it all in one bowl. PRO-Tip: Just make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature, and it’s a snap to prepare with just a bowl and rubber spatula. The chocoholics in the family were thrilled…and I had dessert, with little cleanup, in a snap!

Yield: 4 servings

Warm Chocolate Cheesecake

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


  • 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
  • Berries, whipped cream or ice cream, optional for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter four ½-cup ramekins and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate and gently melt in a microwave safe bowl, stopping and stirring at 30 second increments Combine the chocolate with the cream cheese and vanilla and mix with rubber spatula till well combined.
  3. Stir together the sugar and flour, and mix till combined. Add the egg and mix till well incorporated. Divide the batter among the ramekins.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, till the centers are set. Cool slightly before serving. May top with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and berries if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ramekin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473 Total Fat: 33g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 119mg Sodium: 226mg Carbohydrates: 41g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 33g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g
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83 comments on “Warm Chocolate Cheesecakes”

  1. 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!

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

  3. My goodness! This would be so comforting and good to eat – now I want some chocolate! 🙂

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

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

  6. Looks good and bonus with the easy cleanup!

  7. I need a spoon please 🙂 anything with cream cheese blended with chocolate, Yum I’am a fan, great recipe Liz !

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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 😀

  18. I used to love that show. And, you had me at cheesecake. But you can always have me at cheesecake. 🙂

  19. I miss my leisurely summer days when I could watch FoodTV for hours upon end. 🙁
    My everday-dinner-go to-meal has to be tacos.

  20. 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!

  21. Unusual – I was interested to note warm actually meant room temp. Enjoyed your post. 🙂

  22. I wish you were coming to the conference! Would love to meet you and I would request some cookies 🙂 These cheesecakes sound divine!

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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!

  26. OMG I am literally drooling over this

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

  28. You are after my heart with this warm chocolate beauty!! 🙂 I would love one… or maybe even two of these. 🙂

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

  30. 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!!!

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

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

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