These mini blueberry cheesecakes feature a cinnamon crust and a creamy blueberry filling. Individual servings are topped with whipped cream and blueberry sauce.
How to Make These Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
These cheesecakes are baked in a water bath. Mini cheesecake pans are wrapped in foil around the bottom and up the sides of each pan. My three 4-inch springform pans fit snugly into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, so this size baking pan is ideal for the task.
The oven is preheated to 350 degrees F.
The cheesecake crust is straight forward and comes together in a couple minutes. Cinnamon graham crackers and powdered sugar are added to a food processor and processed into crumbs.
Alternately, you could use regular graham crackers and add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Melted butter is added to the food processor and processed just long enough to fully incorporate the butter. The crumb mixture is divided evenly among the three springform pans and pressed down to create a smooth and compact crust.
The springform pans are set on the middle rack and baked for 8 to 10 minutes to firm the crust.
The springform pans are removed from the oven and the crusts cooled completely before filling.
The blueberry cheesecake filling is creamy, delicious, and packs a full 1/2 cup of blueberry puree. The deep purple puree gives the cheesecakes their beautiful purple color and lovely blueberry flavor.
Cream cheese is beaten in a stand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes. It’s a good idea to scrape down the bowl and clean your paddle attachment occasionally during this process to ensure no bits of white cream cheese sneak in to your purple batter.
The sugar and fine sea salt is added to the cream cheese and beaten for 4 minutes until the mix is light and fluffy.
The vanilla bean paste and one egg are added to the stand mixer and beaten on low for 1 minute to incorporate. The second egg is added and beaten on low for 1 minute.
Sour cream is added to the batter and beaten on low for about 30 seconds.
The blueberry puree is added to the batter and beaten for about 30 seconds, or until the batter is smooth, creamy and a lovely purple color.
The blueberry cheesecake filling is divided between the three foil wrapped mini cheesecake pans, leaving a small amount of space at the top of each pan to allow for the cheesecake to rise a bit during baking.
The cheesecakes are placed in a baking pan large enough to accommodate all three pans, a 9 x 13-inch baking pan being my choice. About 1/2-inch of water is added to the bottom of the baking pan and the pan placed in the preheated oven. The cheesecakes are baked until the cheesecake filling is set along the sides and a little jiggly in the middle.
The baking pan is removed from the oven and set on a wire rack. The cheesecakes are allowed to cool for about 15 to 30 minutes. The mini springform pans are removed from the baking pan and the foil removed from each pan. The cheesecakes are cooled to room temperature before being moved to the refrigerator to chill, for at least 2 hours.
My cheesecakes are adorned with white, light purple and deep purple shades of mascarpone stabilized whipped cream.
I serve most cheesecake slightly chilled.
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Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
- Three 4-inch mini springform pans
- 75 grams cinnamon graham crackers (5 full wafers)
- 8 grams powdered sugar (1 tablespoon)
- 42 grams unsalted butter (3 tablespoons), melted
- 166 grams fresh blueberries (1 cup)
- 15 grams fresh lemon juice (1 tablespoon)
- 15 grams water (1 tablespoon)
- 4 grams granulated sugar (1 teaspoon)
Blueberry Cheesecake Filling:
- 450 grams cream cheese (2 8-ounces each packages), room temperature
- 135 grams granulated sugar (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 1 pinch fine sea salt
- 5 grams vanilla bean paste or extract (1 teaspoon)
- 100 grams egg (2 large), room temperature
- 80 grams sour cream (1/3 cup)
- 80 grams blueberry puree (1/3 cup)
Stabilized Whipped Cream:
- 60 grams mascarpone cheese (1/4 cup)
- 240 grams heavy cream (1 cup), cold
- 15 grams powdered sugar (2 tablespoons)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wrap the outside of three (4-inch) mini springform pans in foil. The foil should cover the bottom and come up the sides of the pan about an inch.
- Add cinnamon graham crackers and powdered sugar to food processor. Pulse until crackers are crumbs.
- Add melted butter and pulse until the butter has been fully incorporated.
- Divide the crumbs between the 4-inch mini springform pans. Using a flat bottomed drinking glass, press the crumbs down firmly and evenly.
- Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges of the crusts are light brown.
- Remove springform pans from oven and cool crusts completely before filling.
- Add fresh blueberries, fresh lemon juice, water, and granulated sugar to a small saucepan.
- Heat over low heat until the berries soften and begin to release their juices. Remove from heat and cool.
- Add blueberry mix to blender. Puree until smooth. Push mixture through a strainer into a small bowl to ensure smooth puree.
- Cool to room temperat ure before using. Store refrigerated in an airtight container
Blueberry Cheesecake Filling:
- Add softened cream cheese to stand mixer. Beat on medium for 4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add sugar and fine sea salt to cream cheese. Beat on medium for 4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add vanilla bean paste and 1 egg to stand mixer. Beat on low for 1 minute to incorporate.
- Add second egg and beat on low for 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add sour cream and beat on low for about 30 seconds or until the sour cream is incorporated.
- Add blueberry puree and beat on low for about 30 seconds or until the puree is incorporated.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Divide the cheesecake batter among the 3 mini cheesecake pans, going almost to the top of each pan, but leaving about 1/4-inch at the top for the batter to rise while baking.
- Place the springform pans in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Place the baking pan in the oven and pour enough hot water into the bottom of the baking pan to travel up the foil lined springform pans about 1/2-inch.
- Bake the cheesecakes for 35 to 40 minutes or until the sides are set and the very center of each cheesecake is still a little jiggly.
- Remove the cheesecakes from the oven. Cool in the baking pan for a few minutes and then remove springform pans and place on wire rack. After 30 minutes remove the foil wrapped around each pan and cool to room temperature.
- Refrigerate the cheesecakes for about 2 hours in the springform pan before releasing and removing the sides of the pan and transferring the cheesecakes from the springform bottoms to serving plates.
Stabilized Whipped Cream:
- Add mascarpone cheese to stand mixer. Using whip attachment, whip mascarpone on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Transfer mascarpone to small bowl using large spatula.
- Add heavy cream to stand mixer. Using whip attachment, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks.
- Add powdered sugar and whip on low long enough to incorporate.
- Add reserved mascarpone cheese to whipped cream. Beat on medium until mascarpone is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds.
- Chill until ready to use.