February 18, 2012

Baby Nutella Cheesecakes

In my family, cheesecake means celebration.  Thanksgiving, birthdays, crab feasts, you name it and it was on the table with a can of whipped cream.  Even though I've never really been a chocolate person, I've never been able to resist my Dad's chocolate cheesecake.  When one of my close friends turned 21, I took his recipe and shrunk it to mini-muffin size to bring to the birthday party.  They were a hit!  I made plain ones for my 21st, pumpkin spice for my housewarming last year, and won a bake off at my old job with another batch of the classic chocolate.  Today, I'm going to a jewelry party with a bunch of my girlfriends and I thought I would try something new.  Enter baby Nutella cheesecakes!

I finally joined pinterest a couple of weeks ago and all of the delicious looking Nutella recipes inspired me to experiment with my baby cheesecake technique.  I basically replaced the semi-sweet chocolate chips in my Dad's recipe for the same amount of Nutella.  

The other surprise is the tang and texture that comes from the addition of mayonaise to the cream cheese base, one that you wouldn't think would work but now I can't imagine it any other way.  A dollop of vanilla flavored sour cream replaces the traditional whipped cream (and I think makes them look even more adorable).  A drizzle of Nutella finishes the baby cheesecakes, utilizing a plastic zip top bag snipped in the corner as a makeshift pastry bag.

Baby Nutella Cheesecakes
1 package (about 8 full squares) of graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 a stick of butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Using the food processor, grind up the graham crackers into crumbs.  Add the sugar and salt, pulse 3 times, then add the melted butter.  Pulse a few more times and transfer to a small bowl, being sure to scrape any butter trapped under the blade.

Add 1 teaspoon of graham cracker crumbs to each well of the 24-mini muffin pan.

From trial and error, I figured out the best way to make a perfect crust for the baby cheesecakes.  Using a second pan, I press down on the first pan to create a compact and even crust.  Bonus points if some of the crumbs come up the sides.  Repeat with the second pan.

Bake for 5 minutes at 350 F.  Let cool while you prepare the cheesecake.

1 8oz package of cream cheese
1/2 cup of mayonaise (Hellman's preferred, if only for nostalgia's sake)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
6 oz of Nutella

Let the cream cheese, mayonaise, eggs, and nutella come to room temperature.  For best results, let cream cheese sit overnight and the mayo and eggs brought out 1 hour before you want to bake, just to come to room temperature.  Combine the cream cheese and mayonaise with a hand mixer.  Add the sugar then add the eggs one at a time.  Add the vanilla extract and 6 oz of nutella.

Pour the cheesecake mixture into a large zip top bag in order to even distribute the batter.

Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag.  Fill the wells almost to the top.  Lightly tap the pans to get rid of any bubbles.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350 F.  The tops will be puffed.  Let cool while you prepare the sour cream topper.

Sour Cream Topper:
1 cup of sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients and spoon into a sandwich sized zip top bag

Cut a small hole in the bag and fill the divets in the cheesecakes created from cooling.  Bake for 2 more minutes, let come to room temperature, then refrigerate for 2 hours.  To remove, use a butter knife slightly warmed with hot water to most cleanly retrieve your baby cheesecakes

Serve chilled to your party guests.  I added a little drizzle of nutella to the top to echo the flavor in the cheesecake (okay, because it was cute).  These are adorable, festive, and delicious!


  1. Thanks for sharing them! they were sooo delicious. and you're right the mayo is surprising

  2. When you're done with a jar of nutella, fill it halfway with milk and heat in the microwave. The heat will revive any dried nutella and you'll be left with nutella hot chocolate!!!!

  3. I love the idea of mayonnaise in cheesecake!!!! These look absolutely yummy!!!

    1. Thanks, lady! I think my dad may have gotten the base recipe from a super old hellman's recipe, but it certainly has gotten me interested in what else i can cram into a cheesecake!

  4. These look amazing! Thanks ..and welcome to THE OTHER SIDE! (Pinterest) ;)

  5. I'm making these right now for a work friend's going away party. Waiting for them to cool before I top with sour cream. Veeerry excited!

    1. This made my morning, thanks so much! I made some pumpkin ones last night for my little sister's birthday, cheesecake breakfast!

  6. Yum! I love small food (as opposed to huge chunks of cake etc. as I get to eat more than one!) and Nutella so these sound deliciously perfect! Thanks for the recipe. Excited!


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