These mini red velvet cheesecakes may be tiny but they pack a punch in both flavor and texture. Each cheesecake is baked with a chewy brownie crust and stuffed with an OREO cookie, all topped with creamy red velvet cheesecake and a dollop of cream cheese whip. Not only are they sinfully delicious, but they’re also so fun and easy to make!
How to make a brownie cheesecake crust
The base of this recipe is a soft and chewy brownie that isn’t cakey, dry, or too firm. It’s the perfect pairing to the creamy red velvet cheesecake and firm OREO cookie that’s stuffed right in the center.
To ensure it’s the right consistency, the brownie batter is made completely from scratch. The batter makes the exact amount to fill 12 cupcake liners, so no excess is left over.
For a perfect brownie crust, here are a few baking tips:
- Allow the melted butter to cool before use. If it’s piping hot when added to the batter, it could curdle the egg and allow the sugar to completely dissolve. This will give you a tough and lumpy brownie texture.
- If available, use dark cocoa powder. This is what gives the base a rich color and flavor. I recommend Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa as it’s easily accessible at most grocery stores.
- Place the brownie batter in a piping bag to fill the cupcake liners. When doing so, use one hand to hold the liner in place and the other to pipe in the batter.
- Fill each cup with about a 1 1/2 tablespoon amount of batter. Don’t worry about its evenness just yet, only focus on getting an equal amount into each cup.
- Once placed, go back in with the back of a small spoon and spread the batter to the edges of the cupcake liners (like the photo below). If you’re having trouble, give the back of a spoon a light spritz of nonstick spray to prevent it from sticking.
Once they’re ready, they only need to bake for 5 minutes. This is just enough time to get the tops of the brownies to set. Doing so allows the brownies to bake all the way through once they go back in the oven with the red velvet cheesecake batter on top.
Mini red velvet cheesecake baking tips
What I love about mini cheesecakes is that there’s much more room for error than there is with regular cheesecake. You don’t have to be as careful about how slowly you mix the batter and you don’t have to worry about the cheesecakes cracking in the center. With such a small amount, these cheesecakes are able to bake evenly and rapidly. In the end, you’re left with tiny bites of silky red velvet cheesecake.
To ensure yours turn out just right, here are my top mini cheesecake baking tips:
- This goes for any cheesecake, but always make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature before starting. If it’s still too firm, your batter will turn lumpy with small bits of cream cheese scattered throughout.
- In between adding the ingredients, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Otherwise, you’ll be left with random lumps of ingredients at the end which are much harder to smooth out once the batter is complete.
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag to fill the cupcake liners. This makes it much easier to evenly distribute the batter amongst the 12 cheesecakes, filling each almost completely to the top.
- Once filled, tap the pan against your counter and give it a couple shakes. This will allow the batter to flatten and settle into the crack that’s all around the edges of the OREO cookies.
How to prevent the cheesecakes from sticking to the paper
You’ve gone through the entire recipe and the cakes are complete. But when you pull back the paper, all of the cheesecake comes with it. We’ve all been there, whether it was for a cupcake, a brownie, or a mini cheesecake.
The trick to preventing the paper from sticking to these mini cheesecakes is to make sure they are COMPLETELY chilled before peeling back the paper. When chilled, the cheesecake and brownie crust are firm. This makes it hard for the paper to take anything with it once peeled back.
If the cheesecakes are still warm or if you try to peel back the paper before the 2 hour chilling mark, chances are the cheesecake and brownie will come with it. But if you’re REALLY concerned about them sticking, I highly recommend using parchment paper cupcake liners. Nothing sticks to those!
Can I use box mix brownies instead?
Yes, but you will have a lot of leftover batter and the crust won’t be as dense and chewy. It may turn out a bit more cakey as well. The from-scratch brownie recipe itself is very quick and easy so I don’t find a box mix all that necessary.
Can this recipe be made gluten free?
Although I haven’t tested it, I don’t doubt that a gluten free version would be equally delicious and easy to make. To do so, swap all of the flour with a gluten free all purpose baking flour. I recommend this one by Bob’s Red Mill. As for the cookies, OREO just came out with a gluten free version! They taste nearly identical to the original.
How to store mini cheesecakes
When the cheesecakes are complete and topped with the cream cheese whip, place them into a cupcake container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. After that 5 day mark, I found the OREO in the center started to taste a bit stale. But these cheesecakes are so good that I highly doubt they’ll stick around for more than a day!
For more cheesecake recipes, check out my:
- Oreo Stuffed Brownie Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Chocolate Cheesecake
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars
- New York Style Cheesecake
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