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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 clean up, in a snap!


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Warm Chocolate Cheesecake

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

  • Author: Sara Moulten and Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cheesecake
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 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

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83 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. 🙂

  2. A girl after my own stomach er heart 😉 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 🙂

  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?! 🙂 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 😀

  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 🙂

  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! 🙂

    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.

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