Mini Nutella Cheesecakes

These mini Nutella cheesecakes feature a buttery Oreo cookie crumb crust and ultra creamy chocolate hazelnut filling!

Made in a standard muffin tin, these Mini Nutella Cheesecakes are pure bliss in cupcake form. Adding Nutella to cheesecake batter is an effortless way to add maximum flavor to these decadent individual desserts!

Mini Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust and whipped cream topping.

Recipe ingredients

The magic of these mini Nutella cheesecakes is, unsurprisingly, in the Nutella! The chocolate hazelnut mixture adds a rich and decadent flavor to every bite!

Measured ingredients for Nutella cheesecake cupcakes.
  • Crushed Oreos: Oreos make the perfect base for these chocolate hazelnut cheesecakes!
  • Butter: Just a few tablespoons binds the Oreos together to form the two-ingredient crust.
  • Cream cheese: Use full-fat cream cheese in brick form and make sure to soften to room temperature before using.
  • Granulated sugar: You won’t need much sugar here as Nutella also adds quite a bit of sweetness.
  • Nutella: The star of the show! The chocolate hazelnut spread adds a rich cocoa flavor and beautiful nuttiness to the cheesecakes.
  • Sour cream: Sour cream adds a tanginess that cuts through the richness of the cream cheese and Nutella.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds a bit of warmth and depth to the cheesecake batter.
  • Kosher salt: Salt balances the sweetness and enhances the overall flavor of these mini Nutella cheesecakes.
  • Eggs: Eggs contribute both structure and texture to the batter to create an ultra creamy and decadently rich cheesecake.

Step by step instructions

Oreo crumbs and melted butter in small bowl.

Step 1: Combine the crushed Oreos with the melted butter. Mix until evenly coated.

Oreo cheesecake crusts in cupcake liners in muffin tin.

Step 2: Firmly press a heaping spoonful of crust into a standard muffin tin with liners. Bake for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.

Cream cheese, Nutella and sugar in mixing bowl.

Step 3: Beat together the cream cheese, Nutella, sugar and salt. Start by beating the cream cheese until completely smooth, then mix in the Nutella, sugar and salt.

Adding sour cream and vanilla extract to the batter.

Step 4: Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Adding eggs to Nutella cheesecake batter.

Step 5: Add the eggs one at a time. Beat after each addition until just incorporated. Don’t overmix here!

Cheesecake batter in standard muffin tin.

Step 6: Transfer the batter to the prepared liners. The mini Nutella cheesecakes are ready to bake!

Baked cheesecakes in muffin tin.

Step 7: Bake for 18-20 minutes. The edges of the cheesecakes will be set, but the center should still be jiggly.

Peeling off the cheesecake liner of the mini Nutella cheesecake.

Step 8: Allow the cheesecakes to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. I generally let them chill overnight.

Storage and freezing

Mini Nutella cheesecakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

The cheesecakes can be frozen for 2-3 months. After allowing the mini cheesecakes to cool, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 1-2 hours or until firm. Wrap each cheesecake individually in plastic wrap and store together in a freezer-safe container or bag.

Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Expert tips and tricks

  • Soften your cream cheese to room temperature. This will help to make your mini Nutella cheesecakes creamier and ensure that there are no lumps.
  • Don’t overbake the cheesecakes! They should be a bit jiggly in the middle when you remove them from the oven. They will set as they cool.
  • Garnish just before serving. If using a whipped cream garnish like I did, make sure to add it just before serving for the best presentation. Or consider using stabilized whipped cream if you’d like to garnish them ahead of time.
  • Allow to sit at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. This will make for the creamiest texture!

Recipe variations

  • Switch up the crust. Not an Oreo fan? Try using graham crackers, Biscoff cookies or even hazelnuts for the crust.
  • Use your favorite chocolate hazelnut spread. It doesn’t have to be Nutella, other brands will work just as well!
  • Add toppings. I used whipped cream and chopped chocolate to garnish my mini Nutella cheesecakes, but you could also add chocolate ganache, caramel sauce or toasted hazelnuts.

FAQs

What size muffin tin do I need?

You’ll need a standard muffin tin for these mini Nutella cheesecakes. The recipe makes 12 cupcake-sized cheesecakes.

Can I use a different chocolate hazelnut spread?

Yes! You can sub other chocolate hazelnut spreads as long as their consistency is similar to Nutella. I’ve also tested this recipe with ALDI’s chocolate hazelnut spread and it worked well.

Can I freeze these mini Nutella cheesecakes?

Yes! These mini Nutella cheesecakes can be frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before enjoying.

Close up of cheesecake with whipped cream topping and chocolate garnish.

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Mini Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust and whipped cream topping.

Mini Nutella Cheesecakes Recipe


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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12
    • Prep Time: 20 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Category: Dessert
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: Global

Ingredients

Oreo Crust

  • 12 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons (30 gramsunsalted butter, melted

Nutella Cheesecake

  • 12 ounces (340 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (210 g) Nutella
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) sour cream, room temperature
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C) and line a standard muffin tin with 12 liners.
  2. Prepare the Oreo crust. In a small bowl combine the finely crushed Oreos and melted butter until evenly coated. Divide the mixture evenly into the liners, pressing down to form the crust.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool.
  4. Make the Nutella cheesecake filling. Beat the room temperature cream cheese in a mixing bowl until smooth.
  5. Add the sugar, salt and Nutella. Continue beating until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined.
  8. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are set but the center of the cheesecakes still jiggle.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Then transfer to the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight before serving.

Notes

Cream cheese: Use full-fat cream cheese in brick form for this recipe. To soften cream cheese quickly, heat it in the microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals.

Storage: Mini Nutella cheesecakes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

Freezing: The cheesecakes can also be frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw in the freezer overnight.

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