Easy Mini Cheesecake Dessert Bar Idea

Looking for a fun idea for a dessert bar?  Then try these easy mini individual cheesecakes for a cheesecake bar.

All of our dinner party guests really enjoy making DIY mini cheesecake desserts!

easy dessert bar idea - make your own mini cheesecakes

Easy Dessert Bar Idea

I love going to parties where you can personalize your dessert and make your own toppings.  I have a great recipe for individual mini cheesecakes and I was hosting a county Farm Bureau Board Meeting for a group, so I decided to make a cheesecake toppings bar.

For the main meal we created a Loaded Baked Potato Bar.  Guests really enjoy making their own plates in a simple buffet style.  And offering the potato bar and dessert bar make party preparations easier for me!

The first person to test it out was my son.  He didn’t think he liked cheesecake until he could choose any toppings he wanted.  His favorite personal cheesecake was loaded with chocolate chips, pretzels, and marshmallows!

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Mini individual cheesecakes with a variety of toppings from a dessert bar.   

Easy Cheesecake Topping Ideas

Mini cheesecake toppings can be super easy.  We used mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, pretzels, chocolate syrup, mini marshmallows, strawberry dessert topping, cherry pie filling, blueberry pie filling, really any flavor of pie filling that you enjoy would be great.

I love the chocolate and peanut butter combination and my husband enjoys pie filling.  Whatever toppings you choose I hope you enjoy the mini cheesecakes as much as we do!

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Printable Mini Cheesecake Dessert Bar Recipe

Plain mini cheesecakes surrounded by topping ideas of pie filling, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, pretzel sticks, jam and mini marshmallows

Easy Mini Cheesecake Dessert Bar

Servings 24 cheesecakes
Author: Jennifer
Looking for a fun idea for a dessert bar?  Then try these easy mini individual cheesecakes for a cheesecake bar.    All of our dinner party guests really enjoyed making DIY mini cheesecake desserts!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 24 cupcake liner
  • 24 vanilla wafers
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Topping Ideas

  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup pie filling of your choice
  • 1/2 cup pretzel sticks broken into small pieces


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line cupcake pan with liners.  Place a vanilla wafer in bottom of each liner.  
  • In a small bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla until fluffy and light.  
  • Fill liners 3/4 full with cream cheese mixture.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until set.  Let cool.
  • Set mini cheesecakes out on a tray and display toppings of your choice around the mini cheesecakes.  Makes 24 mini cheesecakes.  


Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 135mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 392IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

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  1. This is such a fun idea that everyone will enjoy!

  2. My question is are they made in ‘regular cupcake liners’ or in ‘mini baking cups’??

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There – Great question! These are regular sized cupcake liners. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

  3. Laura Nedved says:

    Can you make these mini cheese cakes a few days ahead. I was thinking about doing this for graduation so I would have to make a lot.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Yes! Great question! My mom has actually done this because they store so well for our graduation parties. I would wait to spoon on the pie filling the day of as they’re easier to store in the fridge without the topping. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    I give the recipes 5 stars but, those pop up ads
    constantly blocks recipes while reading.
    It’s frustrating trying to read and remove ads at the same time.

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