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No Bake Cheesecake Bites

No Bake Cheesecake Bites are always welcome at a party! A graham cracker crust is layered with a smooth, cheesecake layer. Leave plain or top with fruit, lemon curd, or chopped candies. Making no bake mini cheesecake gluten free is simple: use gluten free graham crackers for the crust. The rest of the ingredients are naturally gluten free.

no bake cheesecake bites with chocolate topping

Entertaining can be tricky– don’t let the food overwhelm you! This recipe is a great last minute treat to make because we know that time is short around the holidays but the desire to share goodies is strong! 

Make dessert ahead of time

A make ahead dessert is so valued at this busy time of year. This recipe makes 24 mini cheesecakes and it is easy to double this recipe if you need to serve a crowd.

Serving bite-sized cheesecake in a dessert buffet along with cookies, brownies, and other individual sized servings will be a festive and welcome sight at your next get together.

What other No Bake Desserts are easy to make?

  • One of my most popular recipes is No Bake Kit Kat Bars. If you like no bake cheesecake I think you’ll love the kit kat dessert too!
  • Cookie butter fudge in the microwave is always a hit especially around the holidays.
  • Easter White Chocolate Fudge is an easy no bake recipe. Switch up the add-ins and make this white chocolate fudge for any occasion.

Are no bake cheesecake bites gluten free?

Yes, if you use gluten free graham crackers to make the crust for these mini cheesecakes, then your dessert is gluten free. 

Of course, you’ll need to double check that all of the ingredients are certified gluten free — keep an eye on your vanilla– but these cheesecake ingredients should be gluten free.

What are the ingredients in cheesecake with a graham cracker crust?

Gluten Free graham crackers, melted butter and brown sugar

How do I make a no bake cheesecake recipe?

  1. Make the graham cracker crust.
  2. Fill your mini muffin baking cups with the crust. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  3. Make the cream cheese filling. Top the chilled crusts with the cream cheese filling. 
  4. Add toppings like mini chocolate chips if you wish. Freeze until set.

Let’s dive in to each step:

The first step is to weigh the graham crackers. Six ounces is about right. Melt four tablespoons (2 ounces) of butter. Adding just a touch of brown sugar helps the texture and sweetness of the crust.

Gluten free graham crackers in food processor for no bake cheesecake crust

Pulse the graham crackers, melted butter, and brown sugar in a food processor. 

Graham cracker pulsed in a food processor

Fill your mini muffin pan with mini paper baking cups. Scoop about one teaspoon out at a time and fill each baking cup.

Press down to compact the crust. Did you know that you can buy graham cracker crumbs? I was surprised when I saw them in the baking section. I still think it is so easy to make your own. Making your own gives you the flexibility to make a gluten free crust.

The cheesecake crust will hold up better if you really press down firmly on this graham cracker mixture. Put the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile make the no bake cheesecake filling.

Three photos of steps to fill mini muffin tins with graham cracker crust

With a hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla on high for 2-3 minutes in a large bowl. Be sure to get all of the lumps out. If your cream cheese is lumpy, it might just be cold. Blend until the filling is smooth.

No bake cheesecake filling with hand held mixer

Fill each chilled crust with the cheesecake filling. I find that the Ziploc icing bag trick is perfect for this application. It’s as easy as it sounds– make a pastry bag out of a Ziploc bag for a quick and easy way to fill each mini cheesecake. 

Three photos showing Ziploc back icing trick with cheesecake filling

What toppings can go on a cheesecake?

Want to make plain cheesecakes? Keep these no bake cheesecake bites just as they are– plain and simple. 

Do you want to add just a bit more to the top? Do it now, before the cheesecake filling is refrigerated. You can add any number of toppings:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • heath bar toffee bits
  • Andes mint creme de menthe baking bits
  • berries like strawberries or blueberries
  • butterscotch chips
  • chopped candy bits

Keep in mind that if you are making these gluten free, then your toppings also have to be gluten free.

Three topping choices for no bake mini cheesecake bites

Can you make mini cheesecake with vanilla wafers?

Sure! You can switch out the graham cracker crust to use Nilla Wafers (not gluten free), Oreos (not gluten free), or a gluten free wafer cookie or cinnamon cookie.

Choose a cookie that fits perfectly inside your mini muffin cups so that the base of your no bake cheesecake is level and sturdy. No bake mini cheesecakes are a party food waiting to happen. What are you celebrating this week? I hope cheesecake is party of it!

Can I top no bake mini cheesecakes with chocolate?

Yes, of course. Simply melt the chocolate and add it to the top would be a great finish to this dessert. You could also make a chocolate ganache for the finishing touch of a chocolate covering. These are melt in your mouth good!

overhead photo of no bake cheesecakes in muffin tin and on white tray

Yield: 24

No Bake Cheesecake Bites

no bake cheesecake mini vanilla cheesecake on white tray

No Bake Cheesecake Bites are always welcome at a party! A graham cracker crust is layered with a smooth, cheesecake layer. Leave plain or top with fruit, lemon curd, or chopped candies. Making no bake mini cheesecake gluten free is simple: use gluten free graham crackers for the crust. The rest of the ingredients are naturally gluten free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces graham crackers (gluten free or traditional)
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Pulse the graham crackers, melted butter, and brown sugar in a food processor.

Fill mini muffin pans with mini baking cups. Press one teaspoon of graham cracker mixture into each mini baking cup. Press firmly. Put the mini muffin tray in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Make the cheesecake filling: Use a hand held mixer to beat the cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until smooth. Top each chilled crust with the cheesecake filling.

Add any toppings you wish (or leave plain) then place in the freezer for an hour to set.

Remove and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

I used Pamela's gluten free honey graham crackers and made this recipe gluten free.

Use my Ziploc Bag Icing Trick to make filling the mini muffin baking cups a breeze.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Jo

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

My son requested mini cheesecakes for his graduation party! Do you think I could make these a few weeks in advance and keep them in the freezer? Do you think they would get too soft and melt if I keep them out at the graduation?

Holly Baker

Thursday 16th of April 2020

Yes, these freeze really well. Just freeze without a topping (so only the crust and the cheesecake) and then on the day of the party if you want to add toppings like ganache, lemon curd, fresh fruit or something else, add before serving. Do you live somewhere warm? Hard to say how fast they will melt without knowing more about your location. Why don't you freeze them then test it out a few days before the party with 2-3 cheesecakes. See how long it takes to let them defrost to just the right temp. Congrats to your son on his graduation!

Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes

Saturday 16th of February 2019

Goodness me these look so good! These would be a hit at any party!

Sara Maniez

Saturday 1st of December 2018

I love the video you have on here, it's so helpful! Those cheesecake bites look delicious!

Holly Baker

Saturday 1st of December 2018

Thanks so much, Sara!

Diana

Monday 26th of November 2018

I love the sound of these no bake cheesecake bites. They would be perfect for our Christmas party!

Holly Baker

Monday 26th of November 2018

Great! These are such a fun and easy party food. I'll make them a few times this month!

Colleen

Sunday 25th of November 2018

These cheesecake bites would be perfect for any cookie exchange! I love the toppings and how easy they are to make. A must try!

Holly Baker

Sunday 25th of November 2018

Yes, so easy to make!