Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecakes

by Jamie on February 27, 2012

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Most of the time, the items that I bake are entirely random. I’ve never been one to really plan out my editorial calendar – what you see on MBA is typically just what I happened to bake the week prior. Most of the time the recipes are a direct reflection of what’s in my pantry, a form of my procrastination or a serious craving.

Last week, I had the urge to make a cheesecake while Brian was pestering me for Chocolate Chip Cookies. His pleas for chocolate chip cookies are typically followed by one of my famous, overly dramatic eye rolls and mumbling under my breath that his boring requests are stifling my creativity. Which is totally not the case, but it’s usually followed by him stroking my ego a little bit and telling me how irresistible my cookies are.

I simply can’t deny his food related requests – I save my denial credits up for things like trips to water parks and snow mobile purchases. So I tried to appease both of us by combining our cravings into a bite of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake bliss. I used a stash of “emergency” cookie dough from the freezer and placed a little ball of dough into the center of each mini cheesecake.

I embraced the small divot created on top of the mini cheesecakes by the weight of the cookie dough pulling it down during baking, by of course, adding more chocolate. That pool of chocolate ganache hides the cookie dough surprise and makes for a silky and alluring visual punch.

Try as he might, Brian’s boring requests have yet again inspired something truly amazing.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecakes

February 27th, 2012

Yield: 24 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time:


For the Crust

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter; melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the Filling

3 (8 ounce) bricks of cream cheese; softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup heavy cream
8 ounces prepared chocolate chip cookie dough

For the Ganache

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cupcake pans with 24 paper liners.

2. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all dry ingredients are moistened and look like wet sand. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Bake in preheated oven until just set, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth. Add in the sugar and continue beating until it is well incorporated. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the heavy cream and mix until it is just combined into the batter.

4. Using a large scoop (about 3 tablespoons) divide the cheesecake batter, pouring it directly onto the prepared crusts.

5. Nestle about 1 1/2 teaspoons of cookie dough into the center of each cheesecake.

6. Bake until the filling is just set, about 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least 4 hours before topping and serving, preferably overnight.

7. Once your cheesecakes are completely set, prepare the ganache. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling.

8. Place chocolate pieces into a heat safe bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate until smooth and thoroughly combined. Whisk in the honey, corn syrup, and vanilla. Allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Do not let the glaze sit for too long or it will harden up before you spoon it onto the cheesecakes.

9. Spoon the glaze into the center of each cheesecake. Return the cheesecakes to the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.


- If you don't feel like making homemade cookie dough, use store bought - I'm not going to judge you!
- Chocolate glaze is from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen .
- Store the cheesecakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary @ Bake Break February 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Yum! Your sneak peak on facebook today has had my mind racing all day! These look phenomenal!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray (Soon to be Rachel Cooks) February 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm



Cassie February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

The best of both worlds – this is great. I need to keep an “emergency stash” of cookie dough in the freezer…that’s just a great idea!


The Picture Perfect Baker February 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

These sound INCREDIBLE, Jamie! Cannot wait to give them a whirl in my kitchenaid :o) Thanks for another phenomenal recipe!


Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab February 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Yum, those look so good!


Laura | A Healthy Jalapeño February 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

These HAVE to be amazing. I was just talking about my addiction to cheesecake and how it’s the best cake choose out there but now you throw cookie dough in the mix and give me my own serving…. looooove it.


Carolyn Timmerman February 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Oh my! The first week of Lent. Oh my. I just keep re-reading this recipe. I’m thinking, maybe the Easter Bunny will leave this in my basket instead of Peeps! Thank you for your creativity!


Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} February 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh yes pu-LEASE! yum yum!!!


megan @ whatmegansmaking February 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

umm…wow. these look amazing! So many good things rolled into one treat! :)


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I had to look and it’s amazing!!! Yum!!!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm

There is so much awesomeness going on here! I love it!


Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker February 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I love mini cheesecakes! We usually only have them around the holidays; this is a great reminder to change them up and enjoy them all year long!


Ali @ Gimme Some Oven February 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

Gorgeous photo! These look irresistible!!! :)


Villy @ For the love of Feeding February 28, 2012 at 4:12 am

Oh dear, they look incredible! And I adoooore cheesecake!


Kathryn February 28, 2012 at 4:49 am

This combines two of my favourite things – inspired!


Urvashee @ Dessarts February 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

I hear ya on the boring requests! LOL! These treats are genius. I love the idea of “stuffed” cheesecakes.


Erin February 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

This looks wonderful! It combines two wonderful desserts, plus there’s the chocolate on top that makes it look all the more irresistible! Yum!


Julie @ Table for Two February 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

Sooo good! Best of both worlds altogether in one bite sized dessert! Lovely :)


Lisa Perry February 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

Ok, well GOD if you are listening… since I’ll never be skinny after finding this recipe, could you at least please make my friends fat?


The Sweet Cupcaker February 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

these look amazing! i know your feeling of wanting to please both your guy and your creativity!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel February 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

I love that you made what some might call an imperfection into a beautiful dessert with the ganache topping – now that’s a pretty mini cheesecake! :)


Barbara | Creative Culinary February 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

It just hit me why we have never seen Brian in any photos; you know, holding a dish or maybe with a big happy grin while eating a cookie. It’s because he won’t fit into the frame, right? That must be it…I imagine him eating cookies and now cheesecake for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

This is a cute idea; although I most often like my cheesecakes pretty plain I do believe I could share them with a bit of chocolate chip cookie!


Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel February 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

These are perfect! I love the mod-looking pop of dark ganache on top of the tiny white cakes. And I cannot resist cookie dough nor cheesecake so these are a definite do!! Pinning ASAP :)


Karm February 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

that looks soooo good. Thanks for sharing


Rachel @ The Avid Appetite February 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

wow what a fantastic idea! I love cheesecake and cookie dough…best of both worlds right here :)


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen February 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

YES! Cookie Dough for the win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate February 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

How fabulous! All the best flavors in perfect small bites!


Alexandra February 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

Brilliant idea. I’m totally inspired!


Urban Wife February 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

Cheesecake and I are BFF’s. This one….well, I just don’t have any more words. Other than HEAVENLY.


Mireia February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m baking these next weekend, sound amazingly good!!!


Alice February 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

very very yummy


Mireia February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

what recipe for the cookie dough did you use??? I have some people coming over on Saturday and I wanted to make this recipe, is it hard to make and, does it come out ok?? What I mean is: will the say WOOOOOW without me having to go through a crisis to make them? hahaha


Erin February 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Mini means I can eat more of them, right?


sophy February 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

utterly amazing!! i felt as though i could eat them straight off the computer screen. what gorgeous looking cheesecakes i know i have to try making these. and the orange cupcakes too. yum!! thanks for posting them. but if i dont want cookie dough what else could i sub for the filling? i hate graham cracker crust could i use a dough or shortbread crust instead??


Jamie February 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks so much for stopping by. You could sub in another flavor cookie dough or omit it it entirely. I think a shortbread crust would be fantastic!


sophy March 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

thanks jamie i appreciate the response. will be making these soon.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Looks like his cookie craving worked out amazing for both of you!


Tracy February 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

These look like rich, chocolatey little cups of pure decadence! I’d probably eat them all myself! ;-)


Becca- cookie jar treats February 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I haven’t had cheesecake since October. But that was a full cheesecake I like the idea of smaller cheesecakes better and I love chocolate chip cookies too so this seems like a match made in heaven :D


Paula February 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I love this combo and I love that you made them mini!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 29, 2012 at 12:56 am

Irresistible! I have to say there’s nothing better than chocolate chip cookie dough, especially when it’s in a cheesecake!


MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen February 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

I want cheesecake everyday! Totally scrumptious.


Nic February 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

Wow, simple and utterly decadent and delicious! What a beautiful presentation. Can’t wait to try it!


Ayanna February 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

Seriously! This looks so good!


Caitlin @ Cake with Love February 29, 2012 at 11:36 am

These are adorable, I have to make them asap!


KAT February 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Nice creation. I love cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies… just don’t like graham crackers…. so I would probably use the cookie dough as the crust. Definitely going to try this, though.


Poornima February 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

What a fabulous idea!! Two favorites in one bite!!


Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm

My husband is the same exact way – he’d eat peanut butter cookies over and over again if I’d let him! Crazy man… this is such a great way to have something you both like!


Cooking on a Dime March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pm

This looks like pure baked happiness out of my two favorite things! Yum!


Tickled Red March 12, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh my word! I need about 6 dozen of these to hide in my desk at work :D If I have them at home the guys will eat them all.


Linda August 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi! If I were to follow the recipe for the cookie dough in your other post, Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, would I get 8 ounces of cookie dough?
Thanks so much!


Jamie August 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Unfortunately, I do not know the exact amount of cookie dough that the other recipe will produce. Sorry I am not more of a help.


Linda August 8, 2012 at 1:43 am

Hi Jamie, I intend to bake these lovelys next week, and let you know how much the other recipe will yield. Thanks!!


Linda August 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hi! I just made the cheese cakes with the cookie dough from your other post. It’s 15 oz.


Jamie August 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Thanks so much for sharing, Linda!

Patricia October 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

I want to make these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecakes and I am confused on instructions #4 and# 5. Please explain for me. Thanks.


Patricia October 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hi….I just figured it out…..now I need to find a cookie dough recipe


Jamie January 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Patricia, those instructions simply mean to portion out the cheesecake batter into the prepared crusts using a cookie scoop, then place the portioned out cookie dough in the center of each unbaked cheesecake.
- Jamie


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