Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes
Who wants to come to my house for Valentine’s Day? For our first dessert course we will be having Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes with a dollop of hot fudge.

Did you catch that? I said for the first dessert course. Valentine’s Day is all about dessert and chocolate, and homemade pizza.

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes
We’ve been baking up a Valentine’s Day storm in our kitchen – and we’ve been sharing some sneak peeks on our Facebook and Instagram pages, we invite you to join us so you’ll never miss out on this deliciousness.

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes
I almost forgot about the best part of these mini chocolate strawberry cheesecakes..

they are healthier than regular mini cheesecakes! 57% less fat, 61% less saturated fat, and 37% fewer calories than the original recipe.

Which means it’s okay to have two, haha!

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes

Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes


  • 12 foil baking cups (must be foil!)
  • 12 thin chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (2/3 cup) I used Oreos without the filling
  • 12 oz 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 oz bittersweet or semisweet baking chocolate, melted
  • Topping
  • Fat free hot fudge, a dollop per cheesecake
  • Slice of strawberry, one per cheesecake


  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place 12 foil liners in a regular-size muffin pan.
  3. Evenly divide the crushed chocolate cookies between the 12 liners. Use the back of a spoon to firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of each foil cup.
  4. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in cocoa.
  5. Beat in whole egg and egg white until well blended. Stir in the melted chocolate.
  6. Divide this mixture evenly among the foil cups.
  7. Bake for 28-32 minutes. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.
  9. Before serving add a dollop of warmed hot fudge and top with a strawberry slice.

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

107 Responses to “Mini Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecakes”

  1. Michael's Woodcraft — January 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Those look great Beth, I could eat one, maybe two right now!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      And the great part is that is okay!!

  2. Liz @Life Made Sweet — January 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Hi Beth!! I’ve followed your blog for a little while now so I’m so happy that we have been placed in the same SITS tribe! Healthier cheesecakes?!! YES please!!! These look so delicious!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      YEAH girl!

  3. blahnikbaker — January 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The first course? I would like to be invited!!! These look so delicious and decadent!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Come on over! Haha.

  4. Barb — January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Yes, l’d love to come for valentine’s if you’re serving these lively chocolate tarts.

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      oh, I like the idea of calling them chocolate tarts!

  5. Joann @EuchreFun — January 21, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Visiting from Link Party Tuesday … Cheesecake is my favorite and these look deeeelish!! Checking out your Valentine’s Day recipes also. Thanks for such great ideas!!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Hey Joann, thanks for letting me know where you are coming from! I know so much valentine’s yumminess!

  6. Angela — January 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Beth these look ahhhhmazing! thanks for sharing :)

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      It is my pleasure!

  7. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy — January 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Oh my heavens. These are too good to be true! They look beautiful, moist and rich! Will you be my Valentine, Beth?? ;) Pinning!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Oh Jen, I thought you’d never ask!

  8. tinysidekick — January 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    These look amazing and my hubs would love them (since cheesecake and chocolate are his fave.) Pinning! I’d love for you to come link up over at The Makers going on now at Hope to see you there!

    • The First Year Blog — January 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      I sure who your husband picks a great valentine’s day treat for you too since you found his fav! I am coming over to your site!

  9. Brandyn | Southern Distinctions — January 22, 2014 at 7:47 am

    These look delicious! I will definitely be giving these a try!

  10. Amy | Club Narwhal — January 22, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Beth, I like the way you roll! Valentine’s should basically be a five course dessert menu :) These sound amazing, especially since I can have two!

    • The First Year Blog — January 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      YEAH! Forget dinner – I can have that any day!

  11. Crystelle Boutique — January 22, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Oh my! those look divine!!
    I love cheesecake anyway, and… well, chocolate is a staple around here….
    Thank you so much! You are great with the camera too, it looks like!!

    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • The First Year Blog — January 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Oh, thank you Crystelle for your sweet comment! Sometimes I don’t feel like I know what I am doing though!

  12. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — January 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Um… yes I want to come to your house for valentines day, especially if you are serving this! YUM! Pinning and sharing beth!

    • The First Year Blog — January 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Of course, we’ll have a smorgasbord board of desserts! Thank you for sharing Krista!

  13. Renee@Two in the Kitchen — January 23, 2014 at 6:25 am

    These are GORGEOUS!! Pinned!

  14. Ai Lin Leow — January 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hi Beth, I am really loving this mini strawberry cheesecakes and your blog as well. What great photography skills you have. So glad I found your blog. I was searching for desserts to make for Valentine’s Day and I think this would fit the bill perfectly – lower fat too, winner! Pinned!

  15. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — January 23, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    PICK ME!! These mini cheesecakes sound delicious and your photos are absolutely beautiful – love them!

    • The First Year Blog — January 23, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I do pick you Chelsea! :)

  16. Moonlite Owl (@Moonlite_Owl) — January 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Oh these look amazing! Cheesecake, chocolate, and strawberries, all my favorite things together.

  17. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon — January 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    These look delish.

  18. Aniko@PlaceOfMyTaste — January 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Super cute!Pinned!

  19. G’day! GREAT photos and recipe Beth!
    Thanks for sharing
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of the Foodie Friends Friday Peanut Butter Party

  20. anastasia anezinis — January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Looks awesome!!!Well done!

  21. Becky @ Eliorah — January 25, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh my goodness….these look absolutely delicious! I’ve been looking for a dessert to make for a birthday party tomorrow, and I think I have just found a winner! Will definitely be making these & can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

    • The First Year Blog — January 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Can I come to your party?! haha!

  22. Rachael — January 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Oh my goodness…I want an invite! These look great, and gorgeous pics. Stopping by from Show Stopper Link Party. Love this. My problem is that mini means not just 2 but 10!

    • The First Year Blog — January 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Come on over! It’s going to be a great blogger get-together! I am also stopping by your blog!

  23. You are killing my waisteline with your amazing recipes!!!

    Pinning for sure … and thank you so much for linking up to the Super Saturday Link Party!

    :) Linda

    • The First Year Blog — January 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      I know, I am so sorry Linda! It’s even worse over here!

  24. tinysidekick — January 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I can’t stop thinking about these so I am going to have to make them STAT! Featuring you on Tuesday at The Makers! Thanks again for linking up!

  25. Accidentally Wonderful — January 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Adorable and looks delicious! I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party going on now!

  26. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — January 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Can I get an invite over for the first course of dessert? ;) These cheesecakes look insanely good! I could easily see myself eating several of these in only a few minutes…haha.

  27. Stephanie Kay — January 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Oh my! That looks delicious. I don’t think I could stop with just two!! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  28. Brynne@The Gathered Home — January 26, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    These look so, so good! I’m definitely pinning these to make someday soon! Visiting from the Monday Funday link party :)

  29. Cathy Compeau — January 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Beth,
    These look so yummy! Wish I could grab one right off my screen! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board and will be featured at this weeks party! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  30. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures — January 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Wow, these look amazing and your photos are gorgeous too!

    • The First Year Blog — January 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Katie!

  31. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls — January 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I would love to come to your house for Valentine’s Day Beth!! If this is the first course, I can’t wait to see what comes next….Yum!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend. Have a great week. ;)

  32. Jacqui Odell — January 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

    These look so yummy. Wish I could try one!I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (

  33. Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile — January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Will you be my Valentine? I’ve been waiting for this recipe seen you posted a teaser photo weeks ago! I absolutely agree that since they are less fat you can have two!

    • The First Year Blog — January 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Oh Laurie! Haha I am so excited that you were looking forward to it!

  34. Leslie Lambert — January 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Congratulations…this post is being featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for sharing such a great idea with us last week.

  35. Ginger — January 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Featuring YOU today! Thank you for linking to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

    • The First Year Blog — January 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Ginger!

  36. Jocie@OPC — January 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    wow, these look amazing…and deadly Beth!! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed! Featuring you tomorrow and hope to see you back in the morning for another great party!

    • The First Year Blog — January 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      I will be there – thank you Jocie!

  37. Allyson — January 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    These look insanely delicious. Pinning!

  38. cynthial1956 — February 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    If they’re healthier, I think I’d eat three instead of two! They look so good. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  39. Michelle — February 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    These are beautiful, and I bet they are wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  40. Megan @ Two Live Colorfully — February 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    YUM!!! These look amazing! My husband is a total cheesecake fanatic. He would LOVE these! :D

    • The First Year Blog — February 4, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      And since they are healthier, he can enjoy more!

  41. Heather @ French Press — February 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    what a fantastic way to celebrate valentine’s day – such a cute little dessert :)

  42. Angela @ Mommy Moment — February 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    These look delicious — perfect for Valentine’s day :)

  43. stickelberry — February 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

    SERIOUSLY! These look awesome – my dad is a strawberry farmer so we always have an ample supply of berries to make yummy things with. Can’t wait to try!

    • The First Year Blog — February 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Lucky you! I wish I had a strawberry farmer in my family!

  44. These look amazing! I love anything mini!!! :)

  45. — February 8, 2014 at 2:58 am

    How cute are these!?! Yes two please!

  46. TidyMom — February 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    These look fantastic Beth!! thanks for linking up. I featured your post in my wrap up

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    • The First Year Blog — February 9, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Than you friend, I totally appreciate it!

  47. twelveoeightblog — February 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    These look amazing Beth! Thank you so much for sharing them today at the Inspiration Monday Party. You have inspired me to bake today :)
    xo, Tanya

    • The First Year Blog — February 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I love baking on sundays!

  48. Paula @Call Me PMc — February 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks so much for joining us at Marvelous Mondays Pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board!

  49. Jennifer @TheRebelChick — February 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    These look AMAZING! Definitely going to give these a try soon! :)

  50. Sami — February 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Yum! These look delish! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  51. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner — February 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Beth, love these and they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! Pinned to my Marvelous Monday board and sharing on FB this week!

  52. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen — February 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Beth, these just look so delectable! I’m a sucker for cheesecake and I love that these are mini ones. Mmm, perfect! Pinning! Your photos are so beautiful, by the way. You are a total inspiration to me in my photography. :)

    • The First Year Blog — February 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Oh, goodness, thank you Ashlyn! It definitely has taken some time to develop my photography!

  53. Maria — February 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    These are sooo beautiful and look so so tasty! I don’t know if I’d eat these first, or the red velvet oreo bars lol!!

    • The First Year Blog — February 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Haha, stick them on top of each other and eat them together!

  54. Megin — February 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    These look amazing Beth! I love cheesecake and chocolate ~ great combo.
    Thank you for sharing on DIY Showcase on VMG206 this week.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  55. Laurie — February 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    This recipe looks fantastic!

    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

    Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room!

    Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!}
    ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
    Link ~

    • The First Year Blog — February 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Laurie, I appreciate it!

  56. Lisa Ehrman — February 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  57. Ritchil Shafer (Cheng and 3 Kids) — February 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I seriously want some of these cheesecakes right now :) Thanks for the recipe!


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