We’re making a case for never skipping dessert with a tasty little treat that comes individually packaged and absolutely begs for you to go ahead and indulge. Our Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes yield 12 perfect portions, each topped with berries and a dollop of whipped cream. But let’s not limit these mini cheesecakes with the title of weekend-only fare, they’ll keep in the fridge perfectly well (without even a hint of sogginess) for two days. And, once you run out, go ahead and whip up another batch even if it is Wednesday—they only take 25 minutes of hands-on time. There are no limits on our Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes, even as it pertains to the fresh blueberries and raspberries our recipe calls for. Just use whatever berries are seasonally available. Trust us, there is only one way that you truly can go wrong with this made-from-scratch cheesecake cupcake recipe, and that’s not baking up a batch nearly often enough.

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Ingredients

Crust
Cheesecake Filling
Mixed Berry Filling

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard-size muffin pan with paper or foil muffins liners.

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  • Stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Spoon a heaping 1 1/2 tablespoons into each muffin liner. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or your fingers, press cracker crumb mixture into bottom of muffin liner. Bake crusts just until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.

  • While the crusts cool, prepare the Cheesecake Filling: Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar n the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add vanilla, and continue beating on medium speed just until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed until just incorporated after each addition. (Do not overbeat.)

  • Pour cheesecake batter evenly over crusts in pan, about 3 tablespoons each. Jiggle muffin pan to smooth tops of batter. Bake in preheated oven until filling starts to set on sides and center slightly jiggles, 10 to 12 minutes. Let crusts cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes. Remove from pan, and place on serving platter. Refrigerate until completely cooled, about 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the Mixed Berry Topping: Beat heavy cream, and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer whipped cream to a piping bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe whipped cream on each cheesecake; top each with 1 strawberry half, and add berries. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.