These individual cheesecakes are a delicious and decadent dessert to serve to your loved one this Valentine’s Day. I repeated the heart theme by placing a strawberry slice, in a heart shape, on top of each one of the mini heart shaped cheesecakes. Not only is it adorable but the bright flavors of the strawberry contrast nicely with the rich, creamy cheesecake.
You can also use this heart shaped cheesecakes recipe to make cute heart DIY gifts for your children’s teachers. Simply store one (or two!) mini cheesecakes in a reusable container, decorate it with a pretty bow and your little ones are off with a Valentines Day treat their teacher is sure to adore. Do enjoy baking for Valentine’s Day?
Recipe For Mini Heart Cheesecakes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Chill: At least 3 hours
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients For Heart Shaped Cheesecakes:
- ½ cup graham cracker crumbs (about 4 full graham cracker sheets, crushed)
- 1 tablespoon organic granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons organic salted butter, melted
- 1 (8-ounce) package of organic cream cheese, room temperature
- ⅓ cup organic granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup sour cream, room temperature
- sliced strawberries for garnish
How To Make Cheesecake Hearts
Preheat oven to 300ºF.
I used a heart-shaped silicone mold (affiliate Amazon link below) to go with the Valentine Day theme. However, you could use a regular muffin pan if you want. Grease the baking mold or line muffin tins with paper cups.
Prepare crust mixture by placing the graham crackers in a zippered bag and crushing them with a rolling pin, or blend them in a food processor. Graham cracker crumbs should be around the size of rough sand. In a small bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar and butter, then mix. Press one tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of your silicone mold or muffin cups. Make sure your graham cracker crust has a flat surface and covers the whole bottom with a nice even layer. Place the baking mold in the refrigerator while you prepare the cheesecake mixture.
In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix cream cheese until it softens and has a creamy texture. Blend in the sugar, egg, vanilla and sour cream until evenly mixed.
Remove the baking mold from the fridge and scoop the cream cheese mixture on top of each cooled crust, filling it up to the brim of the mold. Try to divide batter evenly amongst the cups so they will all have the same cooking time. Place the heart shaped silicone mold on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the cheesecakes in the mold from the oven. Place on a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap or place in a covered dish in the refrigerator for 3 hours or leave overnight. It is really hard to resist eating the baked cheesecake right away. However, the cheese flavor and texture come together as it cools and they are even more heavenly the next day!
To serve, push up on your silicone cups to pop the heart shape cheesecake out. Or if you are using baking cups or a heart shaped cheesecake tin, peel the paper liners off and place on a plate. Slice strawberries lengthwise to make a heart-shaped slice and place on top or add a strawberry topping if you prefer. These mini cheesecake hearts are a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.
Printable Mini Heart Shaped Cheesecakes Recipe
I hope you enjoy this easy recipe. I love the fresh fruit slices with the fun heart shape dessert. It would also be a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.
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