Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes (under 200 calories)

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Elevate your dessert spread with these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. A perfect blend of velvety pumpkin and rich cream cheese on a spiced vanilla wafer crust these have the perfect burst of flavors and pumpkin spice in every bite. 
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Mini pumpkin pie cheesecakes with whipped cream on top.

Pumpkin and cheesecake go hand in hand. If you have never tried the combination of the two you’re in for a treat! These adorable mini pumpkin cheesecakes take two of my favorite desserts to create the best twist on the classics. Whether you’re making this mini pumpkin cheesecake recipe for yourself to snack on throughout the week or for your Thanksgiving menu, these mini pumpkin cheesecakes will be your new favorite guilt-free indulgence. 

Mini cupcake size cheesecake with whipped cream on top.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • They’re bite-sized! Meaning, room for other pumpkin season desserts!
  • Pumpkin cheesecakes are easy to make and require minimal ingredients.
  • The cookie crust is a fun twist on the traditional cheesecake crust.
  • Perfect for your Thanksgiving menu.

What is a mini cheesecake?

Exactly as it sounds! Mini bit-sized dessert cups of cookie crust, pumpkin pie flavored cheesecake heaven. Mini desserts are so fun to have out when hosting and these mini cheesecakes are the perfect addition to any mini dessert spread. 

Why pumpkin puree vs. pumpkin pie filling?

They’re very different!! Canned pumpkin puree is 100% straight pumpkin, nothing else. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices which is not what we’re looking for! Using pie filling instead of puree will result in mini cheesecakes that are much too sweet so be sure to grab the pumpkin puree when you’re shopping. 

Ingredients:

These are the main ingredients for these pumpkin pie cheesecakes. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Cheesecake ingredients including pumpkin puree, vanilla wafers, and brown sugar.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Use sugar replacement in place of brown sugar.
  • Graham crackers in place of vanilla wafers.
  • Coconut oil in place of butter.

How to make mini pumpkin cheesecakes:

Step 1: Prep the crust

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Crust ingredients in a food processor.

In a food processor, crumble the vanilla wafer cookies and pumpkin pie spice until well crushed and you have a bowl of fine crumbs. 

Blended like sand.

Pour in the melted butter and pulse to combine. The mixture should resemble wet sand.  

Step 2: Cook the crust

Using a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop, place one full scoop of crust in each liner in the muffin pan and press firmly into the bottom.  Bake for 6-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool while making the cheesecake filling. 

Crust in muffin liners.

Step 3: Make the filling

To make the cheesecake filling, in a large bowl beat the less-fat cream cheese and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy with a hand or electric mixer, about 3-5 minutes.

Filling ingredients in a bowl.

Mix in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and flour until incorporated.  

Filling fully mixed.

Slowly beat in the large egg, just until combined. Do not overmix your cheesecake batter.  

Step 5: Fill the cups and bake

Place 1 and ½ scoops of the pumpkin cheesecake filling in each prepared and cooled crust using the cookie scoop. Evenly distributed between all 12 muffin tins. 

Bake cheesecakes for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are set and the middle slightly wobbles.  

Filling added to the crust.

Step 6: Let cool and set

Allow the mini cupcakes to cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight for best results.  

When ready to serve, remove from the baking pan, top with syrup, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice, and serve. 

Topping suggestions for these mini cheesecakes

whipped cream, sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, caramel sauce or just by themselves as a deliciously perfect fall dessert. 

How to store mini pumpkin cheesecakes

Store your Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The toppings do not store well, so I recommend garnishing just before serving. You can freeze the cheesecakes for more extended storage for 2-3 months. They can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow frozen cheesecakes to thaw in the refrigerator before serving. 

Close up of the mini cheesecake with whipped cream on top.

Do you need a water bath to cook these mini pumpkin cheesecakes?

One of the most beautiful things about making these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes is that you don’t need a water bath. Unlike a traditional, full-sized baked cheesecake, these mini cheesecakes cook evenly without the help of a water bath and don’t crack on the top. They are also amazing because they can be easily made in one bowl and take 15 minutes to prep for baking! 

If you like these easy pumpkin cheesecakes be sure to check out some of our other pumpkin recipes

If you make this recipe, please leave a rating and/or comment! Tag me on Instagram @ohsnapmacros, I love hearing from you!

Mini pumpkin pie cheesecakes with whipped cream on top.

Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecakes

Danielle Lima
Elevate your dessert spread with these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. A perfect blend of velvety pumpkin and rich cream cheese on a spiced vanilla wafer crust these have the perfect burst of flavors and pumpkin spice in every bite. 
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 174 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 5.5 oz. vanilla wafer cookies 1/2 a box
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted

Cheesecake

  • 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar packed 56g
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 120g *not pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. all-purppose flour
  • 1 egg

Toppings

  • Whipped topping
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • caramel sauce
  • maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a food processor, crumble the vanilla wafer cookies and pumpkin pie spice until well crushed and you have a bowl of fine crumbs. 
  • Pour in the melted butter and pulse to combine. The mixture should resemble wet sand.  
  • Using a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop, place one full scoop of crust in each liner in the muffin pan and press firmly into the bottom.  Bake for 6-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool while making the cheesecake filling. 
  • To make the cheesecake filling, in a large bowl beat the less-fat cream cheese and dark brown sugar until light and fluffy with a hand or electric mixer, about 3-5 minutes. The sugar should not be grainy at this point but well incorporated into the cream cheese.  
  • Mix in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and flour until incorporated.  
  • Slowly beat in the large egg, just until combined. Do not overmix your cheesecake batter.  
  • Place one and ½ scoop of the pumpkin cheesecake filling in each prepared and cooled crust using the cookie scoop. Evenly distributed between all 12 muffin tins. 
  • Bake cheesecakes for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are set and the middle slightly wobbles.  
  • Allow the mini cupcakes to cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight for best results.  
  • When ready to serve, remove from the baking pan, top with syrup, whipped topping, and pumpkin pie spice, and serve. 

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Notes

All nutrition facts are an estimate and will change with any substitutions. 
  • Store your Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The toppings do not store well, so I recommend garnishing just before serving. You can freeze the cheesecakes for more extended storage for 2-3 months. They can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months. Allow frozen cheesecakes to thaw in the refrigerator before serving. 
  • Substitute full-fat cream cheese for less fat. 
  • Omit all-purpose flour for a lighter, fluffier texture.  
  • Light brown sugar is a good substitute if needed. Granulated white sugar can also be used; however, it doesn’t have quite the same flavor.
  • Use canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Filling will make the cheesecakes too sweet.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1cheesecakeCalories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 124mgPotassium: 7mgSugar: 11g
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Fav. Fav. Fav. My hubby isn’t a big pumpkin pie fan, so we switched it up with pumpkin cheesecake. Delish! Also super easy to make.

  2. 5 stars
    SO GOOD. I used cinnamon graham crackers instead of the vanilla wafers (since that’s what I had on hand) and they turned out amazing!

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