These cheesecake bites are so easy to make and perfect for a small treat! Creamy and delicious, you can top with any fruit like strawberries or blueberries.
Cheesecake Bites - A Crustless Recipe
Oh my GOSH do I have a confession to share with you! I LOVE cheesecake and I REALLY love bite sized cheesecake. What is it about mini sized food that makes it so delightful? If I had to choose just one dessert to eat for the rest of my life, I’d break out my stretchy pants because it would probably be cheesecake.
There is something about the dense, creamy texture that’s so satisfying and impossible to get in any other food. I was looking forward to my first bite once they were cool and set. But, I have to tell you, I was shocked that my first bite was less than stellar. Instead of creamy deliciousness, it was airy and light. It tasted yummy, but the texture was off. I’ve made these SO MANY times, so I was shocked and thinking “What happened?”
The Importance of Block-Style Cream Cheese
Well, what happened was that I decided to purchase the cleanest cream cheese available, Arla brand cream cheese. It was my first time purchasing this brand so I was unfamiliar with the packaging. When I saw it sitting there on the shelf in my local Publix I was so delighted that I didn’t have to make an extra trip to a specialty grocery store that I threw it into my cart and strolled off. What I didn’t realize was I bought cream cheese SPREAD. GAH!
Spread is whipped, airy and less dense than regular cream cheese so it completely changed the texture. All this honestly just to say, learn from my mistake & pay attention to the tiny details because man are they important. That one little word changed everything! Fear not though, as long as you purchase the correct cream cheese you will feel proud sharing these yummy little treats with everyone you know. I recommend the plain Philadelphia blocks or Organic Valley. They’re seriously so good and a hit at every gathering.
Crustless Cheesecake - A Gluten Free Option
One of the really wonderful things about this recipe is because these cheesecake bites are crustless - they are naturally gluten free! If you're in the mood for something a little bit larger, but still with a gluten free crust, check out this recipe which has an oat sunflower seed crust.
Other Sweet Treats
This recipe and post is from The Dizzy Baker’s Jennifer Bragdon from Migraine Strong. If you make these cheesecake bites, don’t forget to comment and leave a review or tag me on instagram so I can see!!
- 4 8oz packages Cream cheese softened to room temperature.
- ¾ cup natural cane sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ½ pint heavy whipping cream *I used Organic Valley
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- berries of choice for topping
- Heat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar eggs and vanilla with hand-held electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Place paper baking cup in each of the 18 regular-size muffin cups and fill with the batter.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are set. Cool completely in pan, about 1 hour.
- Refrigerate 2 hours and remove cakes from paper liners (they hold too much moisture) before serving. Meanwhile, pour ½ pint heavy whipping cream into a medium size mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. With an electric mixer beat on medium speed until stiff. Approximately 2 minutes. Chill until ready to use.
- Top cheesecake bites with whipped cream and any fruit you enjoy.
- Make sure you use block style cream cheese and not a "spread". Philadelphia, Publix Greenwise, and Organic Valley are recommended.