Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge: Mini Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Time for another Crazy Cooking Challenge!!! The theme for this month is Cheesecake!


As I have stated before, I am not a big cheesecake person. Give me a fruit pie and I am a happy camper. When picking my recipe I tried to find something my husband (Mr. Cheesecake Lover) would consider "ultimate".  I found this recipe for Mini Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake at Very Best Baking. The recipe looked so easy and I knew Ron would love it. As expected, this recipe was really simple and came out perfectly. My husband described they cheesecakes as "to die for", and would not let me bring leftover to work because he wanted them for lunch. Click the picture above to join the fun for the Crazy Cooking Challenge!


3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbl sugar
2 Tbl butter
1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
12 oz cream cheese, softened
2/3 sweetened condensed milk
1 large egg
3 Tbl baking cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbl caramel ice cream topping
Extra caramel topping to drizzle on top


Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.

Combine crumbs, sugar and butter in a small bowl. Press rounded tablespoon of crumbs into the bottom of each muffin cup. Divide 1/2 cup of chocolate chips into each cup.

Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk, egg, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Beat until smooth. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture into each muffin cup.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until  centers are set. Remove from oven. While still  warm top cheesecakes with additional chocolate ships. Cool completely and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Serve and drizzle with caramel topping.


  1. I think mini is the way to go - to avoid the temptation of eating it all in one sitting! These look great! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

  2. I love mini cheesecakes, so much easier to pare down the recipe and make a treat for two!

  3. Oh my. I'm with your husband, no sharing with anyone! -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom, CCC #14

  4. These look amazing! I like how you made mini cheesecakes--better portion control! :)

    Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

  5. I did a mini-version too! I'm just loving this cheesecake! #55

  6. Mmmmmmm....what yummy mini-cheesecakes! I go nuts for anyting drizzled in caramel :)

    PS...our yellow lab is one of the few dogs in Indianapolis named Lambeau~

  7. Chocolate and caramel together rock and I love your minis.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  8. Looks great! Can't go wrong chocolate and caramel together!


  9. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What fantastic cheesecakes! I love all the chocolate at that they're bite-sized! If I get a chance to try your recipe, I'd like to add some dark chocolate chips!

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!


  10. Caramel is my new favorite right now!

    Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

  11. Wow, this looks amazing. I love the chocolate and caramel together.

  12. These look delicious! Just pinned this one :) Thanks for stopping by (I'm #34).