Mini Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

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Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes

Are you done your Christmas shopping? I’m not at all. But, I sort of feel strange this year. Like, usually I can come up with a decent list of at least 10 items to ask for, but this year for some reason I’m drawing a blank. You wanna know what’s on my list? Here she blows:

-pajama pants that aren’t flannel


-lip gloss from MAC

Yeah. That’s it. And, did I mention my birthday is 4 days after Christmas? Guess who’s getting nothing this year? ME! And the weird thing about it is I’m totally ok with it. What has become of me?

The only thing on my husbands wish list is a $500 gun. Yeah. Never gonna happen. Sorry sweet cheeks. Why do men like guns so much? I really don’t understand it…{One time, an Idaho boy asked me when I was away at college and he literally took me shooting, except I waited in the truck while he shot his gun off in the middle of no where. Classy. He was a real winner, let me tell you.}

Anyways, that’s what is going on in my head these days as far as gifts are concerned. Recipes on the other hand is an area that never seems to be lacking. When the lovely folks at Chicago Metallics sent me a mini cheesecake pan to try, I just about died. It is truly one of my new favorite pans. I LOVE mini everything!! {See these and these and these.}

I made some mini cheesecakes with Dark Semi Sweet Chocolate from Scharffen Berger and topped them off with a candy cane kiss because they are cute and festive. Plus dark chocolate + peppermint = truluv4ever. Anyone else hoarding the holiday Hershey kisses? The candy cane and mint truffle ones are so addictive! I may or may not have eaten 3 bags myself.

Maybe I should ask Santa for a gym membership for Christmas.

Dark chocolate + cheesecake + oreo crust + butter + candy cane kisses= enough said.

Here’s what went into them:


Start by grinding some oreos down in a food processor. Add in your melted butter and voila! Instant crust.

making oreo crust

Press about a tablespoon down into the bottom of each cheesecake well.

oreo crust in cupcake tins

For the filling, whip some room temperature cream cheese up in a stand mixer.

making cheesecake filling

Add in some melted dark chocolate. Mmmm……

adding melted chocolate

Whip that all together, scrape the sides and mix again.

chocolate cheesecake mixture

Add in an egg and stir. Scrape the sides and whip again.

adding egg

Add in some sugar now. Whip, scrape bowl, whip again. Do you see a pattern here?

adding sugar

Believe it or not, that’s all for the filling- 4 ingredients. Feel free to add some vanilla. I chose not to for some reason. Actually, I probably forgot. No biggie.

chocolate cheesecake mixture

Spoon the filling into the pans over top of the crusts and bake until they are set. Let them come to room temperature before pulling them out. Once you have them out of their pans, refrigerate until ready to serve.

chocolate cheesecake in cupcake tin

Once you are ready to eat these little guys up, remove them from the fridge and plant a candy cane kiss smack dab in the middle of each one. Aren’t they so cute?

Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes

We adored these little guys and hopefully so do you!

Products I used in this recipe:
Chicago Metallics Mini Cheesecake Pan
KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand mixer
Scharffen Berger Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
OXO pop top storage containers, measuring cups, spoons and spatula
Le Creuset Spatulas

Other recipes you might like:
Nutella Topped Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes from Lauren’s Latest
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Oreo Cheesecakes from Lauren’s Latest
Individual Lemon Cheesecakes with Blueberry Compote from Lauren’s Latest
Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes from Bakerella
Cinnamon Mini-Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting from Gimme Some Oven
Honey Almond Mini Cheesecakes from Pinch My Salt

Mini Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecakes

These mini Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecakes are bite-sized bursts of dark chocolate and candy cane kiss flavor!
servings 24 mini cheesecakes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 24 whole oreo cookies
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 16 oz softened cream cheese 2 packages
  • 4 oz melted dark semi sweet chocolate I used Scharffen Berger
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 24 whole candy cane Hershey Kisses


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray 2 mini cheesecake pans with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a food processor, grind oreo cookies to crumbs. Pour in melted butter and blitz again until well mixed. Spoon about a tablespoon of cookie mixture into each cheesecake well. Press down. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, whip cream cheese and melted chocolate together. Scrape sides and mix again until evenly mixed. Stir in eggs. Scrape sides and mix again. With mixer on low, stir in sugar. Scrape sides and whip again briefly so the filling is evenly mixed with no lumps. Spoon over top each crust and bake 15-20 minutes or until cheesecakes are set. {When you shake the pan, they shouldn't jiggle.}
  • Cool to room temperature, remove from pans and refrigerate. Before serving, top with one candy cane kiss. Serve.


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

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  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    wow, this is great looking!! so easy and i’m sure really delicious! 🙂 i want to give this a try too! all your recipes lately have been filling up my “to do” list for baking!! i love it, Lauren!

  2. Niki

    Awesome! I JUST bought myself one of those mini cheesecake pans this week and was looking for a recipe to try it out – perfect timing!!

  3. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    These are super cute! I love the candy cane kisses, they are my favorite!
    I am with you this year, my list is very short. And my birthday is 7 days after Christmas!

  4. Sarah

    This looks delicious! I would love if you shared this in my holiday dessert recipes Blog Hop. We’re giving away a prize from Wilton to the blogger with the most “likes”, come check it out! 🙂

    Sarah @ RecipeLion

  5. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    I love the mini cheesecake pan and the results. Look delicious!

    I don’t get the gun thing and I’m a guy, but I know I’m in the minority amongst my friends. So yea, gun is definitely not on my christmas wish list. I have a cast iron skillet and a silicon mixing spoon on my list. That’s it. Rachel told me comfy PJ’s. Is this a sign of getting old, not wanting anything for Christmas? lol 🙂

  6. Lexi

    My birthday is 5 days after Christmas. My daughter’s 1 year birthday was December 14th. Guess what I’m getting too? Probably nothing. I asked for an iPad but we know that ain’t happenin. Otherwise, I wanted footie pajamas and to lay in bed with a plate of food while watching Wheel of Fortune. I feel this is fair.

  7. Jolene (

    I am impressed at how well you got those out of the pan – I could see mine turning into a mess. I am not done Christmas shopping but hope to finish this weekend. Waiting on a few things in the mail too, and crossing my fingers that they show up in time for Christmas.

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    you’re killing me…these look perfect! and they are mini. Meaning they taste better automatically AND that I get to eat more of them 🙂

  9. Amber, RD

    These mini cheesecakes are so cute. I love the kiss on top. Well done!
    I am also baffled at why men like guns so much. I swear every man in my family (in-laws included) is OBSESSED with guns. I let my husband have one big one and one little one. That’s all I know about them; they are either big or little. I think there is no need for more than one of each. Although my husband probably thinks I only need two pairs of shoes. To each his own, I guess!

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  17. Melva

    Try using the new peppermint Oreos. It adds an extra layer of peppermint, really good.
    I found that a tablespoon of crust was too much so used a teaspoon instead. I had a really hard time getting the first batch out of the muffin tin so, I refrigerated it for about 20 min. It was much easier to get them out while they were chilled.
    Also, found that the yield was 48 rather than 24, but great idea. I love them.

    1. Lauren

      Yes you can! You’ll get more mini cheesecakes when using a mini muffin tin. Also, what is chocolate cream cheese and why have I not seen it at my grocery store??

  18. Patty Mason

    im really excite to try these but nervous about getting them out of the pan. Would you recommend using liners? I have a mini silicone cupcake pan. It’s worked well so far but only used it a handful of times.

  19. Carly

    I also love anything mini and just bought myself the same mini-cheesecake pan for my birthday, which is right before Christmas. Happy to find your recipe for trying out my new pan.

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