Mini Churro Cheesecakes

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These Churro Cheesecakes are perfect because they are Mini!

I am major excited about today’s post.

Because one, there is cheesecake involved.

And Philadelphia Cream Cheese, which is like, duh, the best.

Annnnnd also Churros.

 

 

I know I have said this here before, but cheesecake is my favorite food group.  I’m talking last meal favorite…stranded on a desert island with one food favorite.

So when I was approached by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese to take part in their “Bring Out the Silver Program” it took me all of .3 seconds to say yes.

 

PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese has been making America’s favorite cream cheese since 1872, largely due to it’s high standards and commitment to developing delicious, quality products made with fresh milk and cream.

 

“Bring Out the Silver”  is a virtual recipe swap with some fun other bloggers, all sharing their best mini cheesecake recipes.

You guys all know the mini cheesecakes, right?  They’ve been around for ages because they are simple, delicious and perfect for entertaining and PHILADELPHIA sets the standard.

I especially love them because they are so easily adaptable!

PHILADELPHIA sets itself apart from the rest by using fresh local milk and no preservatives in the cream cheese brick varieties…they source the milk from dairy farmers local to where the cream cheese is made.  This means that the milk is made into cream cheese and refrigerated at PHILADELPHIA creameries in just SIX days!  So cool.  And there are some fun flavors available too from jalapenos to pecans, and PHILADELPHIA uses all real ingredients.

In other words, they have four fundamental standards that they live up to every time…Fresh and Local, Farm to Fridge in Six Days, Limited Use of Preservatives, and Real Ingredients!

 

So what we’re doing is “Bringing Out the Silver” and putting a new spin on the mini cheesecake…just in time for Easter!

 

My husband loves cinnamon sugar things, so when I decided on these Mini Churro Cheesecakes I had that in mind.

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So let’s get started…

First make your crust and press it into the bottoms of cupcake liners.

I used Cinnamon Graham Crackers in mine…

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Next up mix your PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, along with some sugar, cinnamon, eggs and vanilla.  Be sure to set out your cream cheese at least 10 minutes earlier, so it can come up to room temperature.

Top each crust with your cheesecake filling.  Also, don’t over-beat your filling…that can add too much air into the batter, which will cause it to crack.

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Bake these guys for 25-30 minutes in the oven.

If they do happen to crack a bit don’t worry, honestly, you’re gonna be covering the tops up with some more yummy stuff.

 

When they come out of the oven, let them cool, then chill them for at least 2 hours…or even over night.

That’s the beauty of these sweet desserts, you can make them in advance, so you’re not stressing the day you need them.

When they’re chilled top each with about a teaspoon of dulce de leche or caramel topping…

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Spread that evenly on top…then top that with some cinnamon whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.  It keeps getting better, doesn’t it?

 

Then finally place a piece of a Churro in the whipped cream for garnish.

Churros are basically cinnamon sugar doughnut sticks.  I made my own for this recipe, but you could easily buy them at the store.  They sell them in the frozen section of most supermarkets.

(I used THIS CHURRO RECIPE)

Mini Churro Cheesecakes | Cookies and CupsJust use a small piece of Churro on each cheesecake to cute it up.

Honestly, these are amazing.

Mini Churro Cheesecakes | Cookies and CupsSo now for the fun part…

Hop on over to these other sites to check out their fun spin on Mini Cheesecakes…I can’t wait to see what they all came up with!

 

You can also check out CreamCheese.com for more recipes using PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese!

Now how do YOU use Cream Cheese in your baking?

 

Mini Churro Cheesecakes
 
makes 18 cheesecakes
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 cup Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
Cheesecake
  • 3 (8oz) packages Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
Topping
  • ½ cup dulce de leche or caramel ice cream topping
  • ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • ⅛ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Churro pieces, store bought or homemade
  • Cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tsp cinnamon)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Line muffin pans with liners.
Crust
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, 2 Tbsp sugar and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Press approx 2 Tbsp graham cracker mix into each liner.
Cheesecake
  1. In mixing bowl beat cream cheese, ¾ cup sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth and blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each until just blended.
  2. Top each crust with about ¼ cup of the cheesecake filling.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Topping
  1. When the cheesecakes are chilled spread each with a teaspoon of dulce de leche or caramel.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine whipping cream, ⅛ cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp vanilla. Beat with whisk attachment on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spread or pipe whipped cream on top of dulce de leche.
  4. Sprinkle whipped cream with cinnamon sugar and top with a churro piece.
Notes
If you can't find Cinnamon Graham Crackers, you can substitute regular graham crackers and add in ½ tsp cinnamon into the crumb mixture.

You can use store bought Churros (found in the frozen food section) or you can make your own from scratch. I used this recipe from Allrecipes

 

“I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be an ambassador for PHILADELPHIA cream cheese.  While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments.”

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Colleen @ What
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I love each and every layer of these little cheesecakes! And besides their deliciousness, they are also just too adorable.

DessertForTwo
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March 20, 2013 8:28 am

Come to MAMA! I love churros!!!

I use cream cheese for cheesecakes and I also make this awesome black bean dip with it. I add a can of black beans, a glug of raspberry-chipotle sauce and dot the top with cream cheese. It’s always a hit at parties!

Katrina @ In Katrina
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March 20, 2013 8:59 am

I could live off of churros and cheesecake for a week. At least.

Robyn Stone | Add a PInch
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March 20, 2013 9:04 am

These look like little bites of Heaven!!! Cute too!!!

Kristen
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March 20, 2013 9:05 am

These look incredible! I love how creative you are Shelly.
Don’t you wish we could have really gotten together to share our cheesecake creations? I’d take 5 of yours, please!

Rachel Cooks
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March 20, 2013 9:12 am

These are adorable and I bet they taste amazing! So fun and creative.

Brian @ A Thought For Food
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March 20, 2013 9:12 am

Oh cheesecake will get me every time. I want to eat my screen.

Lori @ RecipeGirl
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March 20, 2013 9:20 am

I’m in. Totally.

Ali | Gimme Some Oven
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March 20, 2013 9:25 am

These sound heavenly!!! And they so adorable!

Jenny Flake
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Jenny Flake
March 20, 2013 9:27 am

Oh my goodness, in love with these fun little treats!!!

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
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March 20, 2013 9:40 am

Okay, I did not know Philadelphia had a commitment to using local milk – that makes me happy, and like them even more. I do hope someday I find organic Philly in my local market, but just knowing they support local farmers impresses me.

As for these cheesecakes.. well, you had me at churro. You know how to sway this fellow Texan.

Christine (Cook the Story)
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March 20, 2013 9:41 am

These little cheesecakes are SO CUTE! My husband loves cinnamon and sugar too. I am definitely going to make them for our next special occasion just for him.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets
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March 20, 2013 9:45 am

I am totally digging these mini cheesecakes. And the churrros. LOVE.

Jocelyn
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March 20, 2013 9:53 am

Cheesecake is definitely one of my favorite food groups! What a fun mini cheesecake with the churro on top!!!

Cookbook Queen
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March 20, 2013 10:16 am

This has got to be one of the best cheesecake recipes ever!!!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
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March 20, 2013 11:10 am

Oh my – these look like little bites of heaven! And how did you know that churros are my ultimate weakness?!!

Glory/ Glorious Treats
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March 20, 2013 11:29 am

Yum-o! I love cinnamon, and mini cheesecakes… so these look oh so perfect to me!!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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March 20, 2013 12:08 pm

These are just adorable — and delicious looking!!

Jessica
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March 20, 2013 12:27 pm

Churros AND Cheesecake?? I die.

Emily ~SoDomesticated~
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March 20, 2013 12:55 pm

One word… Yum!

aimee @ like mother like daughter
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March 20, 2013 1:15 pm

okay these look seriously delicious. i’ve been wanting to make bite sized cheesecakes for a while because they seem so much easier and cuter! the caramel you put in, with a churro? oh this looks to die for.

where did you get those muffin liner/cups?

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
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March 20, 2013 2:50 pm

Absolutely brilliant!

Deborah Pucci
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March 20, 2013 3:03 pm

Yum, I want some right now……

Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet
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March 20, 2013 3:14 pm

This looks amazing! Need to give churros a try. I always use cream cheese in my frosting. Takes away some of the sweetness that frosting can have.

Brenda J. Moore
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Brenda J. Moore
March 20, 2013 3:26 pm

O.K, Being a Canadian I can honestly tell you….that Donuts on top of Cheesecake sounds like the next best thing to buying a coffee! Love the idea and these look delish.

Alice
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Alice
March 20, 2013 3:26 pm

I’ve used a similar recipe and love it. It stead of the craham cracker crust I just plop a vanilla wafer in the bottom…it’s for the REALLY lazy at heart bakers…Thank you for your post! As always you bring a smile to my day!

Tahny
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March 20, 2013 4:47 pm

Ummmm, I’ll take 6 please. In a box. Thanks!
Flipping delicious! Great recipe. Were the churros’s easy? They look fantastic!

Holiday Baker Man
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March 20, 2013 6:51 pm

I have never seen cupcake liners that look like yours. Great recipe!

Pat
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March 20, 2013 8:08 pm

Oh I so wish I had one…or 3…of these right now! Every layer sounds divine and it’s brilliant to add the piece of a churro on top. Thanks so much for sharing!

Karly
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March 20, 2013 8:51 pm

Cinnamon and sugar is one of my favorite things, too! Love these little cheesecakes!

Tieghan
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March 20, 2013 10:17 pm

Oh geez, how awesome are these!!! Were do you come up with you amazing treats!

Joanne
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March 21, 2013 8:15 am

So…you combined two of my favorite desserts. Cheesecake and anything cinnamon-sugary. LOVE.

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Jennifer [bakeorbreak]
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March 21, 2013 9:16 am

I’ve not stopped thinking about these since I saw them yesterday. I love the churros on top! As much as my husband loves all things cinnamon, I really should make these.

Kathy
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March 21, 2013 11:20 am

I like all these mini cheesecake recipes I’m seeing! Yours looks delicious!

Nikki @Seeded at the Table
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March 21, 2013 1:11 pm

You’re killing me, Smalls! Holy cow, I want now! Churros and cheesecake and I are like BFF’s. Not sure if you knew that or not. 😉

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
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March 21, 2013 1:42 pm

Such a fabulous idea! Love these!

Colette @ JFF!
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March 21, 2013 3:32 pm

You just put two of my absolute fav things together!

Yvonne @ bitter baker
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March 22, 2013 9:31 pm

Churro cheesecake!!! You’re killing me! They look amazing.

Ala
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March 23, 2013 2:05 am

Geez louise, girl–yes, please! Next year I’m recommending you be hired at our local fair for the churro booth, k tyvm!

Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
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March 23, 2013 6:25 am

I love this idea – your cheesecakes look and sound totally delicious!

Liz@HoosierHomemade
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Love the Churros on top! Gorgeous photos too!
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Lynna
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March 24, 2013 4:25 am

Omg, how amazing are these?!? What a fabulous idea. I always get churros, so I absolutely LOVE this idea!

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