Mini Kahlua Cheesecake

Mini Kahlua Cheesecake - by Glorious Treats

If you love cheesecake, and love Kahlua, then this rich and delicious Kahlua Cheesecake needs to be added to your “must make soon” list!

Every summer for the past 10 years or so my family has enjoyed a fun Saturday night at our friend’s big annual Luau party.  For the past several years I’ve had the fun job of making dessert for all of the party guests… all 100 or so!  When the party invitations go out, the guests are asked to bring a dish to share, but no dessert… that’s my job!  =)  I usually make 3-4 different items, and I like to make a few different things each year.  In past years I’ve made Pina Colada Cupcakes, Coconut Snowballs, Cupcakes with pretty fondant flowers, and lots of different decorated cookies including Floral Luau Cookies, Grass Skirt Cookies, and Hibiscus Flower Cookies.

This year, one of the new recipes I added to the dessert menu was this delicious recipe for Kahlua Cheesecake.  I used my Mini Cheesecake Pan to make 12 perfect little cheesecakes.  Making cheesecakes in a mini cheesecake pan is a little bit of extra work initially, but they look extra nice in a dessert display and make a perfect small serving.

Feel free to double the listed recipe to make one large (9″) cheesecake, but since I have not done that with this recipe yet, I’m not sure of the baking time.

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Mini Kahlua Cheesecakes

This rich and delicious Kahlua Cheesecake recipe makes 12 mini (2") cheesecakes.


Crust -
11 Chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
2 Tablespoons Challenge butter

Filling -
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
12 oz. (1 and 1/2 package) cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)


Prepare the cheesecake pan by rubbing the inside of each cheesecake well with a lightly oiled paper towel.
Preheat oven to 350*F.

Make the crust-
Melt the butter in a small bowl. Place the oreo cookies in a large ziplock type bag, and crush using a rolling pin. Place crushed cookie crumbs in a medium sized bowl and combine with melted butter. Add about 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each of the 12 mini cheesecake wells. Pack down the crumbs using a shot glass or glass spice bottle. Bake crust for 10 minutes in preheated oven.

Make the filling-
Melt chocolate in a small bowl and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar and continue to blend until fully incorporated. Add egg and vanilla, and continue to beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add melted chocolate, and blend. While blending, add Kahlua. Beat an additional 30 seconds or so.

Reduce the oven temperature to 250*F.

Open a large ziplock bag and place it in a large glass, pulling the sides of the bag down over the glass. Add the cheesecake filling to the bag, then close the bag. Snip off one corner of the bag, and fill each well of the cheesecake pan a bit more than 3/4 full with filling. If there is a bit of extra filling, you can bake it in a small ramekin for a little "tester"

Place cheesecake pan in the 250*F oven and bake cheesecakes until the filling is set, 22-25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then place entire pan in the refrigerator about 4 hours before removing cheesecakes from the pan.

Once cool, carefully remove the cheesecakes from the pan (pressing up on the removable bottom of each well). Keep the cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream, a chocolate covered espresso bean and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder.

The cheesecakes may be made up to 2 days in advance, and kept (in a closed container) in the fridge.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

Mini Kahlua Cheesecake Recipe - by Glorious Treats

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see a peek of the other desserts I made for the Luau party, including Chocolate Cupcakes, Pina Colada Cupcakes and Almond Joy Bars.

Happy baking!


  1. This is just evil. I am craving chocolate, and cheesecake, and Oreos. YUM

  2. Glory, these look SO good, and I could really use your party planning 101 course :)

  3. Mmmmm. I love anything with Kahlua in it. Yummy.

  4. Those are just adorable. I bet a chai flavored cheesecake would be amazing like that.

  5. instead of Kahlua, can i use another liqueur?

  6. i don’t have a mini cheesecake pan. can i use paper liners to bake these like cupcakes? thanks!

    • Yes, I’m sure you could use cupcake liners. I would guess that you would get 8-9 cheesecakes (filled 2/3 full) using cupcake liners. I might recommend foil liners, since they are a bit thicker and more sturdy.

  7. Given that I love mini desserts and kahlua, I’m pretty much in heaven right now 😉

  8. I bet these were gobbled up quick!!

  9. These look delicious. I don’t have this mini pan. Do you think I could make these in a small canning jar. I love to have pre-portioned desserts.

    • Yes, I think you could use small jars or ramekins. I would guess you might get 8 cheesecakes or so, depending on how much you fill the jars.

  10. possibly a dumb question: Do you use the whole oreo or just the cookie part (scraping off the filling)?

  11. These sound so good, I don’t even know what to say. I know all the women in my family are going to want to send you a thank you for this recipe. 😉

  12. You are sooo nice to make dessert for 100 party-goers. These look fantastic!

  13. These look so fantastic! I am dying to get a mini cheesecake pan!

  14. These look fabulous! Loving the flavour especially!

  15. These are gorgeous Glory! I love kahlua, and in cheesecake it’s even better!

  16. I love all things cheesecake and these gorgeous little treats double as eye candy!

  17. Could I use a simple muffin tin for these?

    • Hi Lynn, I have never tried the recipe this way, and I fear it may be hard to get them out of the tin without messing up the cheesecake quite a bit. But if you want to experiment a bit, go for it!

  18. These look amazing! I wish I liked cheesecake so I could enjoy a treat like this. Love you!

  19. Looks wonderful! I just ordered a mini cheesecake pan.

  20. Oh ! I love Kahlua, I love Cheesecakes , its a great mariage .

  21. Oh my goodness! So easy and so delicious! Everything is better mini, too! :)

  22. Can I use the filling for an actual cheese cake? Or pie like yummy? Would I want to double the filling recipe?

  23. I just made this in a 7 inch springform. 40 minutes at 325 did the trick!

  24. Hi Glory,

    I’ve been following you for quite a while and love absolutely everything that you create! The only problem for me is that, as I am from UK, I don’t know how to convert the measurements to grams etc. Do you know know how I can do this? I would love to use some of fabulous recipes!

    Rina xx

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  26. Since they have Kahlua in them I’m going to assume NOT for kids lol I’ll have to try these when we have a grown up get together. They sound yum!!

  27. Hi can I free ze them . Befo re the cream? :)

  28. I can’t wait to try these. Can you please tell me what size containers you used
    Thank you

  29. Well, now I am craving a delicious cheesecake and it is way too early to eat one :-) I am loving the sound of these girl!

  30. Hi!!
    Would the ratio be different if I’m making just a regular size cheesecake?

  31. Hi Glory! These look great and the mini cheesecake pan with the removable bottoms has me intrigued! A question, though….when and how do you remove the discs from the baked mini cheescakes? TIA!

    • Hi Diane, After the cheesecakes have fully cooled (as directed in the recipe, about 4 hours in the fridge), you can gently loosen the cheesecakes with a knife, then just push up on the bottom of each little cheesecake and the removable metal base will push up the cheesecake. Once you have the mini cheesecake out of the pan, the round metal disk will come of with little effort.

  32. I am not a big cooker, but I absolutely love cheesecake and I love Kahlua. I was a bartender for our local Moose Lodge for a little over four years. That’s when I discovered that I love White Russians and I loved substituting drinks that called for Bailey’s Irish Whiskey or any other type of coffee liquor with Kahlua. This recipe looks yummy and I also am interested in your cupcakes. I’ll let you know how it turns out. :)

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  35. Hi
    Thank you so much for this recipe ^^ i love cheesecake and i love a shooter named “Baby guiness” . And this recipe made me think about this shooter!
    when i tried your recipe, i added baileys to the whipped cream and it was just magic <3
    I will share this wonderful recipe on my blog
    PS Sorry for my english because i'm a french cooker 😉

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  37. Hi, Going to try these for a luncheon I’m having and wondering how many days in advance can you prepare them? Thanks!

  38. Hi, I think you can use silicone mini muffin pan to make these mini cheesecake. After it’s done baking, just pop them in the freezer/fridge for couple hours and all you need is to pop them out one by one. The silicone pan is way cheaper than the mini cheesecake pan.

  39. I can’t wait to try this out! I hope it comes out, I have never been to good at baking. Wish me luck

  40. Have you ever made these ahead to be frozen?

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  46. Thank you for this recipe! I have made this several times and each time, I’ve received rave reviews! So delicious and creamy. Also I used regular muffin pans with liners.

  47. Could you substitute baileys Irish creme or amaretto for the kahlua?

  48. I see a comment saying they used a muffin tin and used liners. I’m wondering if you think I could use a mini muffin tin with mini liners? I would like to make this recipe for a luncheon that I have to make a dessert. Thank you! This recipe sounds amazing!!!

  49. This will definitely be made SOON.
    Glory – is there any way you might consider changing the color that this print is showing in your response? On my machine it shows up very pale and hard to read.
    Thank you for any consideration.

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