Salted Caramel Cheesecake

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Mini Salted Caramel Cheesecakes are topped with homemade salted caramel sauce and a chocolate drizzle to create one of the most delicious cheesecakes you’ll ever eat.

I like to consider myself one of the “official birthday bakers” of my family. There are a lot of people in my family, and that means a lot of birthdays. There’s nothing better than presenting someone you love with their favorite treats to celebrate another year of being family.

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, you know that Eric, Elle and I are planning to make the move back near where I grew up. We really want Elle to be near all her grandparents, uncle, great aunties, and cousins.

Plus, if Eric and I are being honest, we’re kinda tired of making that hour and a half drive each way every single time there’s something to celebrate – like a birthday or a Browns game. I can tell you right now, it’s not fun to transport desserts in a car with two dogs, and it’s also not fun making them in a kitchen that isn’t your own.

Luckily, the prevailing birthday treat in my immediate family isn’t cake or cupcakes.. it’s cheesecake. And cheesecake can transport like a champ – especially when they’re cute mini cheesecakes like these.

Did you know that September is the most popular birthday month? Guess there’s just something about December 31st that makes people happy! September also happens to be the McCormick Spice Company’s official birthday too. Talk about gettin’ spicy.

McCormick asked if I’d like to share with you some of my favorite birthday flavor stories, and around here, that flavor is 100% cheesecake. Smooth, velvety, vanilla-infused cheesecake that’s heavy on the salted caramel sauce.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Recipe Picture on MyBakingAddiction.comAlmost every birthday, for as long as I can remember, has always been about cheesecake. When three out of the four people in your immediate family are addicted to the stuff, it’s pretty much a no-brainer that that’s where you’ll plant your birthday candles instead of a plain old yellow cake (or even the best chocolate cake).

Every year has been about topping (literally) the previous birthday’s cheesecakes. I have so many great memories of all the scrumptious cheesecakes we’ve made over the years, especially when my Nana was still alive. I’ll be sharing her famous cheesecake recipe very soon, so stay tuned.

My mom and Jared were all over this Salted Caramel Cheesecake. My mom even proclaimed it to be the best cheesecake she’s ever eaten and let me tell you, we’ve eaten a lot of cheesecake. Topped with salty caramel and a chocolate drizzle with chocolate graham crumbs for the crust, this cheesecake is the definition of birthday celebrations in my family.

I’m using McCormick’s Extra Rich Vanilla Extract for this cheesecake; it’s their newest vanilla, and stronger than what you’d usually find. It’s just the right balance between sweet caramel and
bourbon-y flavors, making it extra perfect for Salted Caramel Cheesecake.

To celebrate their birthday this month, McCormick is igniting a conversation around birthdays and asking people to share their favorite birthday flavor story – maybe it’s a memorable party, an unforgettable birthday cake, or the best gift you’ve ever received.

So tell me, what’s your favorite birthday story? Tell me in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #FlavorStory.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 42 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Crust

  • 9 full chocolate graham cracker sheets, crushed into crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract

For the Topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine chocolate graham cracker crumbs and butter, mix until combined.
  3. Press crumbs onto the bottoms of the lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool while you prepare the cheesecake filling.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese for about two minutes. Add in sugar and mix for another minute. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure the batter is thoroughly mixed.
  6. Spoon batter into each cup (about 3 tablespoons), filling each 2/3 full.
  7. Bake 22 to 24 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool in pan on wire rack. (Mini cheesecakes will deflate in center upon cooling.).
  8. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Before serving, spoon 1 heaping teaspoonful of salted caramel sauce onto each mini cheesecake and drizzle with melted chocolate.

Notes:

  • Salted Caramel Cheesecake can be covered and stored within the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by My Baking Addiction on behalf of McCormick® Extra Rich Pure Vanilla Extract. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own.

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85 Responses to “Salted Caramel Cheesecake”

  1. Christi @ Love From The Oven — September 28, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    This looks so amazing!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks so much, Christi!

  2. Jessica @ Sweet Menu — September 29, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I LOVE these gorgeous mini cheesecakes! The addition of salted caramel is out-of-this-world!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks so much, Jessica! :)

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 29, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I am in love with how cute these are. Homemade salted caramel sauce on these just takes them over the top!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks so much, Katrina!

  4. Cookbook Queen — September 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

    So adorable! And those flavors — OMG!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 9:59 am

      They are addictive, Kristan! Thanks so much for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  5. Gerry @Foodness Gracious — September 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

    You won me over at salted caramel :)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Gerry!

  6. Rachel - A Southern Fairytale — September 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Those are incredible looking, and they sound amazing! I would love an entire plate, please ;-)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for visiting Rachel!

      -Jamie

  7. JulieD — September 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

    These look amazing!!! I want a couple now!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Julie!

      -Jamie

  8. Jenny Flake — September 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

    These are so fun!! Totally trying these with my boys soon :)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks for visiting Jenny!

      -Jamie

  9. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — September 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

    These little cheesecakes are completely adorable! I love the addition of the salted caramel. And your photos are gorgeous as always!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks for visiting Jen!

      -Jamie

  10. Deborah — September 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I have a September birthday, and I’d gladly eat these as my birthday cake!! And I live within 30 minutes of all of my family and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It really is the best to be close to family.

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Deborah!

      -Jamie

  11. Karly — September 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Love these little cheesecakes and love the sound of that extra rich vanilla! Think I could drink it straight? ;)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      It’s tempting isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by Karly!

      -Jamie

  12. Carolyn — September 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Those are ridiculously pretty!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks for visiting Carolyn!

      -Jamie

  13. alice — September 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

    These looks amazing Jamie! Perfect for the fall!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks for visiting Alice!

      -Jamie

  14. Marla Meridith — September 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    LOVing this cheesecake!! Pinned :)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting Marla!

      -Jamie

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Cheesecake and salted caramel are two of my very favorite things!!! Love everything about these delicious cheesecakes!!!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks so much Jocelyn! I appreciate you stopping by!

      -Jamie

  16. Maria — September 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I could eat more than my fair share of these!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks for visiting Maria!

      -Jamie

  17. Nicole — September 29, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I love little desserts like this. I need the help with portion control!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole!

      -Jamie

  18. Jessica — September 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    These look so delicious! I love how they’re mini, too. That way I won’t be tempted to take a really huge slice of cheesecake! :)

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks for visiting Jessica!

      -Jamie

  19. Liz — September 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, my gosh, these mini-cheesecakes look extraordinary!!! I’d certainly gobble up more than my share!!!

    • Jamie — September 29th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Liz!

      -Jamie

  20. aimee@shugarysweets — September 29, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    These are so lovely. I’m on such a salted caramel kick right now!!

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Aimee!

      -Jamie

  21. Hannah — September 30, 2014 at 4:11 am

    looks absolutley delicious! Must try! Thabk you for visiting my baking blog, http://bakewithhannah.com

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks for visiting Hannah!

      -Jamie

  22. Cassie — September 30, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Extra rich vanilla extract sounds right up my alley. These are perfect cheesecakes!

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Cassie!

      -Jamie

  23. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — September 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    These are just amazing! They are perfect for holiday parties!

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Sommer!

      -Jamie

  24. Allison — September 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love cheesecake, but when you make them mini, I REALLY love cheesecake. My kids are going to love these!

    • Jamie — September 30th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks for visiting Allison!

      -Jamie

  25. Siska — September 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    i would love to try this but what if i don’t have the graham choc cracker and the extra rich pure vanila, can i subtitute with the ussual vanilla extract? And can i subtitute the cracker with oreo maybe?
    Thank you.. And your cake does look delicious..

    • Jamie — October 1st, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Siska-
      Both of the substitutions will work just fine. Thanks for visiting!
      -Jamie

  26. Gracie Tan — September 30, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    These look so yummy! Craving them right now. Just a quick question… How many cups would the crushed graham make? I usually buy a pack of graham that’s already been crushed so wondering what the 9 sheets would be equivalent to. Thanks!

    • Jamie — October 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Gracie-
      I think it will be just a tad over a cup. Sorry, I didn’t even think to measure them that way. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  27. Shubila — October 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    These look heavenly!
    https://godshiddentreasure.squarespace.com/

    • Jamie — October 1st, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Shubila!
      -Jamie

  28. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen — October 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Can I make you my official birthday cake maker too? ;) I’m all about this salted caramel cheesecake – especially because they’re so darn cute!

    • Jamie — October 1st, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for visiting Sarah!

      -Jamie

  29. Momma — October 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Jamie,
    I had to hide the left over cheesecakes from John last weekend. They were the best ever. Love momma xo

  30. Lori @ RecipeGirl — October 2, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I can totally see why you are the official birthday cake maker! These cheesecakes look awesome!

    • Jamie — October 2nd, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Lori! :)

  31. Tessa @ Handle the Heat — October 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Being close to family is awesome, so excited for you! Also, I want these adorable cheesecakes every year for my birthday!

    • Jamie — October 2nd, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Tessa!
      -Jamie

  32. Joanne — October 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to make for family functions for exactly that reason! The salted caramel topping makes it extra delicious. Plus I love the cupcakes v. the whole cake!

    • Jamie — October 4th, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Joanne-
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      -Jamie

  33. Elynn — October 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Jamie, thank you for sharing your recipe! Your end products look so amazing but mine was nowhere near :( I baked it for 20 mins only because the top has cracked open, some were a little charred, the texture was smooth and creamy like yours. Kinda wrinkled and it doesn’t deflate after cooling. Pls help me out here, thank you!

    • Jamie — October 6th, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Elynn-
      I’m sorry for your trouble with the recipe. It could be your oven temperature. Oven thermometers are available at most hardware stores if you would like to test your oven temperature. I hope this helps!

      -Jamie

  34. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — October 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    That is perfection!!! Mmmmmm salted caramel!

    • Jamie — October 6th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Kiran!

  35. Jeanne — October 8, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cheesecake!!! I love to bake too. I don’t get to do it often but around this time of the year is when the baking itch starts! I think I’m going to be making some of these and will also be taking them to my mom’s for Thanksgiving dessert this year! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    • Jamie — October 8th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      Jeanne-
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

      -Jamie

  36. Eunice — October 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    These look great. I’m thinking of taking some to work. Should the caramel be served warm?
    I was just thinking of heating some of the caramel (via microwave) before placing it on the the cheesecakes.

    • Jamie — October 10th, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Eunice-
      Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I actually topped them, refrigerated them overnight and served them with cold caramel, they were delicious!
      -Jamie

  37. Jennifer — October 15, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I just made these and I am starting to assemble! So far the taste test (I snuck one) is amazing but how did you get he caramel sunken into the middle? Did you remove some of the cheesecake or indent? Yours look amazing!!!

    • Jamie — November 8th, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Jennifer-
      The cheesecake should indent a bit upon cooling, then I simply poured the caramel into the little divot. I hope this makes sense and it helpful. Thanks for stopping by!
      -Jamie

  38. Blanca — November 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Hi Jamie! This looks amazing and I’m a salted caramel junkie so I’d love to try the recipe.

    Not having baked a cheesecake before, but having read lots of recipes, I was wondering whether you forgot to add the bain marie part or if they really bake just like that… Could you please confirm?

    Also, I’m not sure I could find Graham crackers in Switzerland, where I live, so would you have any suggestions for a substitution?

    Thanks a million

    Blanca

    • Jamie — November 17th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Blanca-
      I skipped the bain marie for these mini cheesecakes. You could substitute a shortbread cookie or other crisp cookie for the graham crackers. I hope this helps.

      -Jamie

      • Blanca — November 18th, 2014 at 6:04 am

        Thanks Jamie!

  39. Lauren — November 18, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Hi There,

    Making these tonight and just had a question about the cupcake size. It says mini, but I am not sure if that’s just because they’re small cheesecakes, or because you are actually using a mini cupcake pan. If they are in the mini pans, it seems like you would get more than 12 with that amount of batter. Please clarify! Thanks!!

    • Jamie — November 19th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Lauren-
      These are made in a muffin tin, not a cheesecake or mini cheesecake pan. I hope this helps.

      -Jamie

  40. Marlene — December 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I halved the recipe and made these in mini muffin pans–so cute–and got 32 really bite-size cakes. For the salted caramel sauce, I used Cookies and Cups’ microwave recipe, which was really easy. In the smaller size, they didn’t sink in the middle. I filled the cupcake liners almost full an dbaked them at 300 in a convectin oven for 15 minutes; they puffed up and then flattened. No depression in the middle but the sauce did stay on. How did you get such a perfect drizzle, Jamie? I put my melted chocolate into a baggie and snipped the corner, but my lines were uneven. More practice necessary, I guess! They still tasted great and looked pretty good.

    • Marlene — December 14th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Oops, I meant convection oven!!

  41. huma — May 9, 2015 at 10:00 am

    how much are the graham crackers in cups?

    • Jamie — May 12th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Huma-
      About a cup of graham cracker crumbs. I hope this helps.

      -Jamie

  42. Irena — October 13, 2015 at 4:02 am

    The pictures looked amazing and i bet the taste is absolutely divine!! How do u have the patience to do it so tiny? Can I make it into a full size 6″/8″ round cake by following this recipe? Love your website design, its clean and straight forward. Kudos! :))

  43. K Hodson — April 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Just put these in the oven for the second time. Easy and delicious. One-fourth cup of the cream cheese mixture is a perfect measurement and easy to add into each paper lined muffin cup. Making the homemade caramel sauce is so worth the effort. Just follow directions for the Salted Caramel Sauce and you cannot go wrong.

    When ready to serve, I melt some of the caramel sauce and drizzle over the cheesecakes that I’m serving. Yummy and a big hit.

    • Jamie — April 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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