Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes

cheesecake final 1 Today marks Day 5 of my 12 Day of Giveaways & 12 Days of Holiday Treats. Please tell me you’ve entered my giveaway!! If not, what are you waiting for?? Enter HERE. And these are the recipes I’ve shared over the last few days: Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies, Gingerdoodles, Red Velvet Coconut Doughnuts and Candy Cane Crinkles. Make sure to check them out!

Are you done your Christmas shopping? I’m not at all. But, I sort of feel strange this year. Like, usually I can come up with a decent list of at least 10 items to ask for, but this year for some reason I’m drawing a blank. You wanna know what’s on my list? Here she blows:

-pajama pants that aren’t flannel


-lip gloss from MAC

Yeah. That’s it. And, did I mention my birthday is 4 days after Christmas? Guess who’s getting nothing this year? ME! And the weird thing about it is I’m totally ok with it. What has become of me?

The only thing on my husbands wish list is a $500 gun. Yeah. Never gonna happen. Sorry sweet cheeks. Why do men like guns so much? I really don’t understand it…{One time, an Idaho boy asked me when I was away at college and he literally took me shooting, except I waited in the truck while he shot his gun off in the middle of no where. Classy. He was a real winner, let me tell you.}

Anyways, that’s what is going on in my head these days as far as gifts are concerned. Recipes on the other hand is an area that never seems to be lacking. When the lovely folks at Chicago Metallics sent me a mini cheesecake pan to try, I just about died. It is truly one of my new favorite pans. I LOVE mini everything!! {See these and these and these.}

I made some mini cheesecakes with Dark Semi Sweet Chocolate from Scharffen Berger and topped them off with a candy cane kiss because they are cute and festive. Plus dark chocolate + peppermint = truluv4ever. Anyone else hoarding the holiday Hershey kisses? The candy cane and mint truffle ones are so addictive! I may or may not have eaten 3 bags myself.

Maybe I should ask Santa for a gym membership for Christmas.

Moral of the story: enter this contest to win this cheesecake pan from Chicago Metallics so you can make these ’cause you’re gonna want to. Dark chocolate + cheesecake + oreo crust + butter + candy cane kisses= enough said.

Here’s what went into them:


Start by grinding some oreos down in a food processor. Add in your melted butter and voila! Instant crust. crust steps

Press about a tablespoon down into the bottom of each cheesecake well.
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For the filling, whip some room temperature cream cheese up in a stand mixer. cheesecake 5

Add in some melted dark chocolate. Mmmm…… cheesecake 6

Whip that all together, scrape the sides and mix again.  cheesecake 7

Add in an egg and stir. Scrape the sides and whip again. cheesecake 8

Add in some sugar now. Whip, scrape bowl, whip again. Do you see a pattern here? cheesecake 9

Believe it or not, that’s all for the filling- 4 ingredients. Feel free to add some vanilla. I chose not to for some reason. Actually, I probably forgot. No biggie. cheesecake 10

Spoon the filling into the pans over top of the crusts and bake until they are set. Let them come to room temperature before pulling them out. Once you have them out of their pans, refrigerate until ready to serve. before and after cheesecake baked

Once you are ready to eat these little guys up, remove them from the fridge and plant a candy cane kiss smack dab in the middle of each one. Aren’t they so cute? cheesecake final 2 We adored these little guys and hopefully so do you!

Products I used in this recipe:
Chicago Metallics Mini Cheesecake Pan
KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand mixer
Scharffen Berger Semi Sweet Dark Chocolate Baking Bar
OXO pop top storage containers, measuring cups, spoons and spatula
Le Creuset Spatulas

Other recipes you might like:
Nutella Topped Red Velvet Oreo Cheesecakes from Lauren’s Latest
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Filled Oreo Cheesecakes from Lauren’s Latest
Individual Lemon Cheesecakes with Blueberry Compote from Lauren’s Latest
Super Easy Mini Cherry Cheesecakes from Bakerella
Cinnamon Mini-Cheesecakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting from Gimme Some Oven
Honey Almond Mini Cheesecakes from Pinch My Salt

Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes

Yield: 24 mini cheesecakes


24 whole oreo cookies
6 tablespoons melted butter
16 oz. softened cream cheese {2 packages}
4 oz. melted dark semi sweet chocolate {I used Scharffen Berger}
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 whole eggs
24 whole candy cane Hershey Kisses


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray 2 mini cheesecake pans with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a food processor, grind oreo cookies to crumbs. Pour in melted butter and blitz again until well mixed. Spoon about a tablespoon of cookie mixture into each cheesecake well. Press down. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, whip cream cheese and melted chocolate together. Scrape sides and mix again until evenly mixed. Stir in eggs. Scrape sides and mix again. With mixer on low, stir in sugar. Scrape sides and whip again briefly so the filling is evenly mixed with no lumps. Spoon over top each crust and bake 15-20 minutes or until cheesecakes are set. {When you shake the pan, they shouldn't jiggle.}

Cool to room temperature, remove from pans and refrigerate. Before serving, top with one candy cane kiss. Serve.


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52 Responses to “Mini Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Kiss Cheesecakes”

  1. #
    Kathryn — December 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Oh I love that pan, it’s so cute! And these little cheesecakes are just perfect for the holidays!


  2. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    wow, this is great looking!! so easy and i’m sure really delicious! :) i want to give this a try too! all your recipes lately have been filling up my “to do” list for baking!! i love it, Lauren!


  3. #
    Megan Pence — December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    That mini cheesecake pan is adorable!


  4. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    These look amazing! Maybe your husband will surprise you with something nice for your birthday:-)


  5. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — December 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    These are so adorable and festive! Love it 😀


  6. #
    Bev Weidner — December 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I want to PET your food.


  7. #
    Blog is the New Black — December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Candy cane kisses are just about my favore thing EVER!


  8. #
    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    These are adorable. I love mini cheesecakes! And ummmm dark chocolate I wanna eat it with a spooooon. Nom.


  9. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    You make the CUTEST little desserts!


  10. #
    Niki — December 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Awesome! I JUST bought myself one of those mini cheesecake pans this week and was looking for a recipe to try it out – perfect timing!!


  11. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    you’re killing me…these look perfect! and they are mini. Meaning they taste better automatically AND that I get to eat more of them :)


  12. #
    Maria — December 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I still have kisses to use! Might have to make these:)


  13. #
    Courtney — December 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    This pan is amazing and your recipe looks delicious! Must make!!


  14. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    These are super cute! I love the candy cane kisses, they are my favorite!
    I am with you this year, my list is very short. And my birthday is 7 days after Christmas!


  15. #
    Sarah — December 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love if you shared this in my holiday dessert recipes Blog Hop. We’re giving away a prize from Wilton to the blogger with the most “likes”, come check it out! :)

    Sarah @ RecipeLion


  16. #
    Ali Mc — December 16, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    These are so beautiful! 😀 love it


  17. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    OH yum yum.


  18. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Goodness! Can I have 4? 2 now…2 later 😉


  19. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — December 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love the mini cheesecake pan and the results. Look delicious!

    I don’t get the gun thing and I’m a guy, but I know I’m in the minority amongst my friends. So yea, gun is definitely not on my christmas wish list. I have a cast iron skillet and a silicon mixing spoon on my list. That’s it. Rachel told me comfy PJ’s. Is this a sign of getting old, not wanting anything for Christmas? lol :)


  20. #
    Athena — December 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    These are adorable and look delicious. I so want one of those pans.


  21. #
    Lexi — December 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    My birthday is 5 days after Christmas. My daughter’s 1 year birthday was December 14th. Guess what I’m getting too? Probably nothing. I asked for an iPad but we know that ain’t happenin. Otherwise, I wanted footie pajamas and to lay in bed with a plate of food while watching Wheel of Fortune. I feel this is fair.


  22. #
    Kim — December 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    those are so cute. i’m going to make them


  23. #
    val — December 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    These look incredible delicious.


  24. #
    Moontaj — December 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Looks wonderful!

    Also EVERY GUY I know, except my husband, had asked for bullets this year! What’s with that?


  25. #
    Ingrid — December 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    These little guys look so yummy and so EASY! definitely must try these…


  26. #
    Jolene ( — December 17, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I am impressed at how well you got those out of the pan – I could see mine turning into a mess. I am not done Christmas shopping but hope to finish this weekend. Waiting on a few things in the mail too, and crossing my fingers that they show up in time for Christmas.


  27. #
    Anna — December 17, 2011 at 4:11 am

    SO cute, I love you and your mini-things obsession that we all get to benefit from :)


  28. #
    Priya — December 17, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Inviting…I came in to see today’s special…Nice Treat!! Wish I cld taste as well :).


  29. #
    Amber, RD — December 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    These mini cheesecakes are so cute. I love the kiss on top. Well done!
    I am also baffled at why men like guns so much. I swear every man in my family (in-laws included) is OBSESSED with guns. I let my husband have one big one and one little one. That’s all I know about them; they are either big or little. I think there is no need for more than one of each. Although my husband probably thinks I only need two pairs of shoes. To each his own, I guess!


  30. #
    June — September 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Where’s the instructions? I’d love to make these SOON! <3 <3 yummm!!


    • Lauren — September 17th, 2013 @ 8:40 am

      Sorry, I had them written out, but never saved them into the proper format to allow them to be visible online! Recipe is all there now :)


      • June — September 18th, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

        Thank you! <3 I'm totally asking for one of those pans for my Birthday!

  31. #
    Melva — December 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Try using the new peppermint Oreos. It adds an extra layer of peppermint, really good.
    I found that a tablespoon of crust was too much so used a teaspoon instead. I had a really hard time getting the first batch out of the muffin tin so, I refrigerated it for about 20 min. It was much easier to get them out while they were chilled.
    Also, found that the yield was 48 rather than 24, but great idea. I love them.


  32. #
    Angela Carter-Beverly — November 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I would love to have one of these mini cheesecake pans! So adorable!


  33. #
    kimmieo — November 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Lauren, can i make these in a mini muffin pan? and also can I just sub with chocolate cream cheese?


    • Lauren — November 16th, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

      Yes you can! You’ll get more mini cheesecakes when using a mini muffin tin. Also, what is chocolate cream cheese and why have I not seen it at my grocery store??


  34. #
    Lora — November 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    How do you get those out of the pan looking so perfect. I would be terrified they would be horribly compromised.


  35. #
    Patty Mason — December 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

    im really excite to try these but nervous about getting them out of the pan. Would you recommend using liners? I have a mini silicone cupcake pan. It’s worked well so far but only used it a handful of times.


  36. #
    Carly — December 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I also love anything mini and just bought myself the same mini-cheesecake pan for my birthday, which is right before Christmas. Happy to find your recipe for trying out my new pan.



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