Two desserts combine combined into one bite sized treat. These mini cheesecake brûlée bites are great for parties and celebrations!
No one needs a big slice of cheesecake. An appropriate sized mini cheesecake bite will do just fine!
Cheesecake Brûlée Bites
Cheesecake is a universally loved dessert. Nearly every cuisine has some version of a baked or steamed cake made with soft cheese.
The most common cheesecakes in America are made with cream cheese. Other variations use ricotta, mascarpone cheese, or Greek yogurt.
Here’s a bite sized cheesecake that combines forces with delicious caramelized sugar!
Cheesecake and crème brûlée are two quintessential desserts that everyone should know how to make. They are both very simple and sure crowd pleasers.
New to crème brûlée? This slow cooker crème brûlée is a great introduction to cooking this classic dessert.
Cheesecake is so popular and so loved that there is a famous chain restaurant named after it. There are all sorts of cheesecakes for every taste, season, and occasion.
Vanilla bean cheesecake with fresh berries during the summer, pumpkin cheesecake in the fall, white chocolate peppermint cheesecake for the holidays, and chocolate cheesecake every day of the year!
What makes crème brûlée the”perfect” dessert?
In culinary school, crème brûlée was always refered to as the “perfect” dessert because of its simplicity and its varying textures and flavors.
It has everything you could want in a dessert. The cream filling is smooth, silky, and sweet. The brunt sugar crust is crisp with a light bitterness to complement the sweet filling.
Crème brûlée is a timeless dessert that has become a standard at restaurants and is often associated with special occasions and romantic dinners.
When you combine cheesecake and crème brûlée together, the results are amazing, delicious, and addicting!
How to brûlée cheesecake and other desserts
- Blot surface with paper towel to remove any moisture.
- Sprinkle a layer of granulated sugar over surface.
- Use a kitchen torch to gently burn and caramelize the sugar.
You can pretty much brûlée anything! From donuts to rice pudding and more, you can transform a plain dessert into something with more depth and dimension.
Notes on Storage and Serving Suggestions:
Cheesecake can be baked ahead of time. Cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
Depending on the temperature and humidity of your fridge, the surface of the cheesecake may form condensation. If this happens, gently bloat with paper towel.
Add sugar and brûlée top of cheesecake just before serving.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. NOTE: The brûlée top will melt in the fridge.
Mini Cheesecake Brûlée
- 12 cavity mini cheesecake mold pan
- kitchen torch
- 12 full graham cracker sheets, about 1 ½ cups ground
- ⅓ cup toasted pecans, ground
- ⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temp
- ¼ cup sour cream, room temp
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temp
- 1 large egg yolk, room temp
- 2 teaspoon vanilla paste, or vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- granulated sugar, as needed to brûlée tops
- In a food processor, pulse together graham crackers and pecans until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl and add melted butter. Fold to combine. Divide among mini cheesecake molds. I used a rounded tablespoon of crust for each cheesecake. Use a spoon or tamper to pack crust into mold. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add cream cheese and sour cream. Beat on low speed until smooth. Slowly add sugar while the machine is still on low. Add eggs and yolk, one at a time. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure throughout mixing. Add vanilla paste and sea salt and mix until combined. Evenly divide cheesecake filling among molds.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cheesecake may puff up slightly, but will flatten out once cooled. Let baked cheesecake cool to room temperature, then transfer to fridge to chill. Let cheesecake chill for at an hour.
- Remove from molds and sprinkle tops generously with granulated sugar. Using a kitchen torch, gently burn the sugar. Serve and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
- NOTE: The brûlée top will melt in the fridge.
- Cheesecake can be baked ahead of time. Cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
- Depending on the temperature and humidity of your fridge, the surface of the cheesecake may form condensation. If this happens, gently bloat with paper towel.
- Add sugar and brûlée top of cheesecake just before serving.