These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these!

SAVE FOR LATER! These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! #theendlessmeal #cheesecake #minicheesecake #christmas #cranberry #whitechocolate #chocolate #christmasbaking #vegetarian #glutenfree

Friends! I've made us the cutest mini cheesecakes!

I've also broken my long-standing rule. But hey, if you can't break rules, what's the point of them, right?

I normally have a self-imposed ban on anything Christmas-y before Halloween. And yes, I know that my favorite spooky holiday is coming up in a few days. I just got a little over excited about these mini cheesecakes and I couldn't wait to share them with you.

I hope you'll forgive me so we can dig into them together. Trust me, you really really want to!

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These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

Those adorable mini cheesecakes are also the best freaking cheesecake you'll ever eat. ← I know that's a HUGE statement, but it's true. They're a baked cheesecake (my fav kind) but they're so light and creamy that they're reminiscent of a no-bake cheesecake.

Baked cheesecakes are normally rich and firm. No-bake cheesecake is usually light and airy. These mini cheesecakes are the best of both worlds.

So how do we do that? I'm glad you asked!

The first thing we do is start with the one and only PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese. I almost feel a little silly saying that cause it's really just stating the obvious. I know that when you set out to make your cream cheesy holiday baking recipes, that is the brick you reach for. It's really the key ingredient in these mini cheesecakes, and any cheesecake recipe, and the only cream cheese I trust to make my holiday baking recipes.

These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

The next steps …

→ White chocolate. You're going to melt some white baking chocolate in a little cream or milk. This gives the cheesecakes a gentle white chocolate flavor that is just. so. good.

→ Sugar. Not a lot, but just enough to sweeten things up. Hey, this is dessert and we need a little sweetness here!

→ Sour cream. This brings gives the cheesecakes a light and extra creamy texture. I also think the flavor works great with the white chocolate.

→ Eggs. This is what thickens the cheesecake and makes it hold its shape. Also, the emulsifiers in the egg yolk add creaminess. If you've ever made your own mayonnaise, you'll know the kind of creaminess egg yolks create.

These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

There are a few steps in making this recipe, but I promise you each one of them is SUPER EASY.

The cranberry jam. Don't be intimidated, this is only cranberries boiled with some sugar. As easy as pie, as they say. You could sub some store-bought cranberry jam or even chunky cranberry sauce if you wanted.

The cookie crumb crust. If you can mix together some cookie crumbs (store-bought!) with some melted butter and a little sugar, you can make this.

The cheesecake batter. If you have a bowl and electric beaters (or a stand mixer), you can make this. All you're going to do here is melt some white chocolate and mix it with the PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese and four other household staple ingredients. You'll layer little canning jars with the cookie crumb crust, the cranberry jam, top with the cheesecake batter and bake it in your oven. So easy!

The sugared cranberries and rosemary. If you want to decorate your mini cheesecakes for Christmas, these ‘snowy' toppings couldn't be any easier to make. Simply dip them in sugar water then into sugar. The sugar will stick and look like snow. I promise I won't tell your guests how easy they are to make!

These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

I have to tell you a little story …

This is about having the best neighbors ever. When developing this recipe, I made a few different batches. It meant I was able to perfect the recipe, but also that I had a counter full of mini cheesecakes. As much as I love them, our little family of three didn't need to eat 36 mini cheesecakes.

I filled a tray full of Christmas decorated mini cheesecakes and my daughter and I went to knock on our neighbors' doors. We live in a condo, which makes visiting neighbors super easy. Everyone who answered their door got a cheesecake or two. My handsome man's face sank when he came home from work and discovered there were only 12 mini cheesecakes left for him to eat. Ha!

Anyway, a couple of days later, one of my neighbors (hi Chris!) knocked on my door and handed me back the jars filled with homemade tomato paste. Isn't that amazing? I mean, who even makes their own tomato paste anyway? So awesome.

The moral of the story here is to make extra white chocolate mini cheesecakes and share them with your neighbors, family, and friends. Good things will come your way, my friends.

These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! | theendlessmeal.com | #christmasbaking #holidaybaking #cheesecake #dessert #minicheesecakes #christmasrecipes

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SAVE FOR LATER! These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! #theendlessmeal #cheesecake #minicheesecake #christmas #cranberry #whitechocolate #chocolate #christmasbaking #vegetarian #glutenfree

Cranberry White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

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These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these!


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Ingredients

The cranberry jam

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

The cookie crumb crust

  • 1 cup cookie crumbs (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

The white chocolate cheesecake

  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2250 gram (8-ounce) packages of PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

The sugared cranberries and rosemary

  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 36 cranberries
  • A few sprigs of rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place twelve 1/2 cup canning jars in baking dish or roasting pan.
  2. Add the cranberries, sugar, water, and vanilla to a small pot over high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium. Continue to simmer for 10 mins then remove from the heat.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and sugar. Divide between the canning jars and press them down lightly to create the crust.
  4. When the cranberry jam is no longer hot (warm is ok) divide it between the jars on top of the cookie crumb base.
  5. Place the white chocolate and half and half in a small saucepan over medium heat. Let the chocolate melt then whisk to combine.
  6. In a large bowl, beat the PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, the sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and melted white chocolate with electric beaters until the batter is smooth, about 5 minutes. Divide the batter between the canning jars, leaving a 1/4 inch gap at the top. Carefully pour water into the pan so that it reaches halfway up the sides of the canning jars.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the cheesecakes are slightly puffed and the tops are dry and matte looking. Turn off the oven and open the oven door halfway. Let the oven cool with the cheesecakes inside for a half hour. Garnish with sugared cranberries and rosemary

The sugared cranberries and rosemary

  1. In a small pan, heat 1/4 cup of the sugar and the water until the sugar melts. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a small bowl.
  2. When the sugar water is cool, dip the rosemary in it then shake off the excess. Then, dip the rosemary in the sugar. Set the rosemary on a parchment-lined plate. Repeat with the cranberries, shaking them in the sugar to coat them. Let them dry completely before using them to decorate the mini cheesecakes.

SAVE FOR LATER! These delicious White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday entertaining. They have a cookie crumb crust, an easy to make cranberry jam layer, and the creamiest cheesecake that's lightly flavored with white chocolate. Baked in mini canning jars, they look great on the table and transport easily. You will LOVE these! #theendlessmeal #cheesecake #minicheesecake #christmas #cranberry #whitechocolate #chocolate #christmasbaking #vegetarian #glutenfree