Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups . . . the flavor of cherry cheesecake in fun bite sized servings! Perfect for parties and potlucks. 

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups - tasty cherry cheesecake in bite sized form. Perfect for parties! #minicheesecake #cookiecups #cherrycheesecake

I am a big fan of mini sized desserts. They are so fun to serve, and even more fun to eat, aren’t they? These mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups are no exception! They have all the flavor of cherry cheesecake, but are served in a little homemade sugar cookie cup.

plate of mini cherry cheesecake cookie cups

Large cheesecakes can be hard to serve a crowd, but these mini cheesecake cookie cups are just perfect. They are easy for guests to grab and eat, and no one can resist them!

Bite sized cherry cheesecakes in cookie cups

I use homemade sugar cookie dough for my crust, but you can use refrigerated cookie dough to make things even more easy. Roll the dough in balls and place in mini muffin pans. Make an indentation in each one. I like to use the back of a teaspoon.

After you bake them, the center will sink a bit, but I also like to use the spoon again to make the indentation even more pronounced.

tips for making cherry cheesecake cookie cups

These mini cherry cheesecakes are perfect for parties, because you can make the cookie crusts ahead of time. I like to put them in ziplock freezer bags and store them in the freezer. You can make the filling a couple days ahead as well. Heck, you can even fill them a day ahead, cover, and chill them. I do recommend adding the pie filling right before serving though, or they can get soggy.

You can just spoon the filling in, but I like to use a star tip and this method. It makes them so pretty!

Use star tip to fill cherry cheesecake cookie cups


Every bite of these mini cherry cheesecake cookie cups is incredible! #cherrycheesecake #cookiecups #minicheesecake

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Yield: 2 dozen

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Mini Cherry Cheesecake Cookie Cups
Sugar cookie cups filled with cheesecake filling and topped with cherry pie filling.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Dough:
  • 6 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Filling:
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • Cherry pie filling


  1. Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl till creamy. Add egg, almond extract, and vanilla. Beat well.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and stir till well combined.
  3. Roll into 1" balls and place in well greased mini muffin pans. Make an indentation in the dough with your thumb or the back of a teaspoon.
  4. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes, or till lightly browned on the edges. Use a spoon to press the dough down in the middle, forming a cup. Remove to cooling racks and cool completely.

For filling:

  1. Beat whipping cream till stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese till smooth. Beat in powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Add whipped cream, and beat till well combined.
  3. Fill cups with filling. I piped it in, but you can just spoon it in if you prefer.
  4. Top with cherry pie filling. Serve immediately.

Tasty cherry cheesecake in cookie cups. Fun to serve and eat. #minicheesecake #cherrycheesecake

If cherry pie filling isn’t your thing, you can substitute any other flavor. Enjoy!

Here are a couple more non-traditional cheesecake recipes:

Oreo Cheesecake Pudding Cups

Mini Oreo Cheesecakes with Chocolate Mousse

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies
Fudgy brownies topped with cheesecake and a cherry swirl. Such a yummy dessert recipe.


  1. How far ahead can these be made? Can I refridgerate ahead and add cherries when ready to serve? I want to do these for a wedding and didn’t know when I need to make them. They sound amazing! 🙂

    • For a wedding, I could make the cookie cups a few weeks ahead of time and freeze them. The filling could be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. The filling is better added the same day, but you would probably be fine adding it the day before. Definitely wait to add the cherries when ready to serve. Have fun!

  2. These look delicious and so easy to make!! I’m pinning this for a future baking day at my house.

  3. Aimee Shugarman says:

    LOVE these little cookie cups!

  4. These are adorable and so perfect for entertaining!

  5. These look SO good! Totally pinning!

  6. Such a fun idea! These make such a great individual sized sweet treat!

  7. This was really easy to make. I had tried this and really came out well than i actually expected. I haven’t had any idea that my first try would be that perfect. It took me little time to prepare this and the result was awesome too. Actually cakes and cookies are my favorite things. I prefer to have them when I work. No matter how sweet it is I can manage to eat it as much as I can. My loves towards cakes are just incredible I can say.

    • So glad to hear that you tried them and loved them! I have a couple boys that love cookies and can pack away the sweets as well. 🙂

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