Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes

When I came across this recipe in Cooking with Paula Deen, I realized that it had been far too long since I put my mini cheesecake pan to use. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the holiday season so I could justify making these little treats.

Hazelnuts have become my friend. Granted, pecans will always be my first love, but there’s just something about hazelnuts that greatly appeals to me. Throw in some chocolate, and I’m a goner for sure. Plus cream cheese, too? Are you kidding me?

For those of you without the mini cheesecake pan, let me tell you a bit about it. It looks much like a muffin pan with super-straight sides. However, the bottoms of each cup are removable. So, when it’s time to take your cheesecakes out of the pan, you can just push up on them from the bottom and release them quite easily. I’m sure these could be made in a muffin pan, but I think that the cups would need to be lined. They would still be delicious, if just a little lacking in the presentation department.

One of the best things about these little cheesecakes is their simplicity. Preparation time is very quick. The only thing remotely time-consuming is pressing the crust into the pan. If you can accept that, then you can have these incredibly delicious cheesecakes whipped up in no time.

Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes


    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons Frangelico


To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine cracker crumbs, hazelnuts, and sugar. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture into the bottoms and sides of 18 cups of 2 mini-cheesecake pans*. Bake for 5 minutes.

To make the filling:

Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add flour, egg, and egg yolk, mixing until combined. Stir in liqueur.

Spoon batter into prepared crusts. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set.

Cool in pans completely. Then, remove from pans and chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream, grated chocolates, hazelnuts, etc.


*I used one mini cheesecake pan to make 12 cheesecakes. In addition, I made one 4-inch cheesecake. Baking time was 35 to 40 minutes.

May be frozen, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator before serving.

Recipe adapted from Cooking with Paula Deen.


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  1. Jade December 12, 2007 Reply

    These look amazing! I love individual desserts. I asked for that pan for christmas, lets hope Santa brings it :)

  2. Lewis December 12, 2007 Reply

    OOOH! I do believe my wife would fall in love with me all over again if I made these! :) They look beautiful good job!

  3. Kristen Doyle December 12, 2007 Reply

    I’ve just added something new to my wish list… I think I will add this photo so that Santa is as tempted as I am :)

  4. Meeta December 13, 2007 Reply

    Something decadent about having your own mini dessert on a plate. I love the sound of this. YummY!

  5. Patricia Scarpin December 13, 2007 Reply

    They look incredible, Jen – what a great idea for the next time I have people over!

  6. Tiffany December 13, 2007 Reply

    Yummy! I’ve been wishing for a mini-cheesecake pan. I’ll bookmark this so I have it when I get the pan :-)

  7. Tartelette December 13, 2007 Reply

    I am supposed to be doing my resume,and then I take a brak and come here…and now I forgot what previous jobs I’ve had because my current one is drooling over that cheesecake and the future one will be to make me some,albeit with pecans but that’s just because our tree was generous this year. I love hazelnuts,they are so fragrant. My favorites. Gorgeous cheesecake!

  8. jennifer December 13, 2007 Reply

    Thanks, Jade! Hopefully Santa will come through for you.

    Well, Lewis, sounds like you’d better make them! Thanks!

    Kristen, I hope you get your cheesecake pan. If not, maybe you can get yourself a present!

    Meeta, I also love mini desserts. Although, it does make it a bit embarrassing to ask for seconds.

    Patricia, I think they’re just perfect for having people over. They’re easy and they look impressive!

    Tiffany, hopefully you’ll get your pan. Let me know what you think of the recipe!

    Sorry to interrupt your resume writing, Tartelette. I am so jealous of your pecan tree. As many as I go through, you’d think I’d just plant one myself.

  9. JEP December 13, 2007 Reply

    I might also add…the cheesecake size will help my portion control & calorie intake…if I limit myself to one or two :)

  10. jennifer December 13, 2007 Reply

    An excellent point, JEP. Of course, eating just one of these leaves plenty of room to sample some other dessert!

  11. veronica July 6, 2010 Reply

    I came across this site about a week ago, i love cheesecake and when i saw these i thougt oh my god these look gorgeous so i am going to make all of them and put them in the freezer i have a mini cheesecake pan never use it now i have the chance. can they freeze??.

    • jennifer July 6, 2010 Reply

      Veronica, most cheesecakes can easily be frozen for about a month. I think this one would do just fine.

  12. Joni December 6, 2010 Reply

    MUCH EASIER CRUST: Use one side of an Oreo-type cookie – chocolate or vanilla (minus the creme filling) for a crust. Fits perfectly in the pan and is beautiful when it comes out! Nothing up the sides but trust me you won’t miss it. This may have been posted on here; just don’t have time to read them all to see and too good not to share.

  13. Mariya March 27, 2011 Reply

    i couldn’t find the recipe for these cheesecakes on Paula Deen’s website, could you post a link?
    thanks a lot! can’t wait to make them.

    • jennifer March 29, 2011 Reply

      Mariya, there’s a link to the recipe just above the first picture. Enjoy!

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