Mini No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries

mini goat cheese cheesecakeIndividually, the words mini, no bake, goat cheese, and cheesecake all appeal to me. Plus cherries?? Put those all together and I’m a goner.

I made little individual goat cheese cheesecakes with a chocolate crust, and topped them with roasted cherries (which you do need to bake, but you can make this ahead of time, or you can use a stovetop, or you can even substitute cherry jam). Each cold, creamy bite has a little tang from the goat cheese, a little crunch from the chocolate cookie crust, and a burst of deep sweetness from the roasted red cherries.

mini cheesecake top viewThe inspiration for the flavors come from my favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream: goat cheese with red cherries. I love treating myself to a scoop, but it is a pretty expensive habit (each pint costs $12). Every time I eat it, I think to myself, “this tastes just like a frozen cheesecake” until finally I decided to just make cheesecake myself.

I made a chocolate crust using Famous Chocolate Wafers (I’ve used this before for cheesecake and I like the dark chocolate flavor) but if you can’t find those cookies in your grocery store, crushed up Oreos would work nicely, too. And so would a regular graham cracker crust. I actually almost bought a pack of Oreo Chocolate Berry Burst but decided against it – I knew I wouldn’t end up using the entire package, which means that there’ll be lots of strawberry cream-filled Oreos that will probably just go stale in my cupboard… Or not. Someone please invite me to a picnic or a children’s party where I can have an excuse to buy pink cream Oreos. Please?

no bake goat cheese cheesecakesBack to these cheesecakes. I ended up with eight individual servings, using little glass jars I’ve collected over the years – a yogurt jar from Paris, a rice pudding jar from Madrid, a couple of little mason jars that I keep in my cupboards, plus a few more yogurt jars from Whole Foods (the brand I like is Trader’s Point Creamery). The jars average out to about 5 oz each, and I have to say that they are all so darn cute!

These little cheesecakes are perfect for dinner parties, picnics, or Sunday night get-togethers with friends to watch Game of Thrones. And if your friends can’t make it and it’s just you, guess what, you can easily grab one of these adorable jars from your freezer  as you tune in to HBO and try not to think about how badly you want a baby dragon as a pet.

mini no bake cheesecake

Yield: serves 8

Mini No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries

Ingredients

Crust

6 oz chocolate wafers, crushed (about 2/3 of Famous Wafers package)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

8 oz goat cheese, room temperature
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup condensed milk
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Roasted Cherries

2 cups pitted frozen red cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Directions

  1. Make the crust. Mix chocolate wafer crumbs and butter in a medium bowl. Transfer crumb mixture to individual jars and press evenly onto bottom using the back of a spoon. Refrigerate while making filling.
  2. Make the cheesecake filling. Combine goat cheese and cream cheese and beat together until smooth. Add condensed milk in four increments, mixing thoroughly and scraping sides of bowl as necessary. Fold in lemon zest and vanilla.
  3. Pour filling into jars and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or freeze for at least 2 hours.
  4. Make the roasted cherries. Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine frozen cherries, sugar, and flour in a foil-lined baking dish, tossing together to mix (the foil makes for easy clean-up). Roast for 45 minutes, until sauce is thick and bubbly, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Before serving, spoon over roasted cherries on top of each cheesecake.

This recipe would also work for one big cheesecake (using a 9-inch spring-form pan).

Cheesecake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart, roasted cherries recipe adapted from Epicurious

mini no bake goat cheese cheesecakeThe roasted cherries really add a different depth of flavor to the sweet and tangy cheesecake. You can use fresh cherries instead of frozen, but I have no patience to take out the pits so I just buy frozen cherries from Whole Foods. I like storing the cheesecake in the freezer, and it really does remind me of ice cream because it’s not as dense as baked cheesecake. Well, it’s like ice cream, but a lot cuter.

Have you ever had goat cheese cheesecake or Jeni’s ice cream? What’s your favorite?

   

50 Responses to “Mini No Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries”

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health posted April 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

    i have never had Jeni’s icecream but loveee goat cheese. i hardly make cheese cake but in the form of mini dessert. i have yet to watch season premiere of Game of Thrones..yes yes yes to baby dragon.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 10th, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Ahhh the season premiere was so good! But the dragons are definitely grown up now :(

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    La Cuisine d'Hélène posted April 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I have never used goat cheese in desserts before but will give it a try. That looks so inviting.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 10th, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thank you! I was surprised by how much I liked goat cheese in desserts, and I hope you would like it too!

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    Kumar's Kitchen posted April 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Cheesecakes in a jar,with goat cheese and roasted cherries…we got hooked at that title,pics and fantastic recipe,thanks so much for the inspiration :-)

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 10th, 2014 at 10:33 am

      I’m glad you like it!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted April 10, 2014 at 10:24 am

    You are right, we both do love the mini no-bake desserts:-) I love the idea of a cheesecake that tastes like ice cream and vice versa. Also love the mix of different little jars for serving!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 10th, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Yes, the cute factor is an added bonus!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted April 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I love Jeni’s ice cream, goat cheese cheesecake and pretty much everything about this recipe.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 10th, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Hehe thanks Erin! Jeni’s ice cream is so addicting! (and so is this cheesecake, just as a warning) :)

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    Megan posted April 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I love your collection of little jars! Goat cheese cheesecake is so good. I need to try some Jeni’s!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted April 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love these individual sized desserts – and cherries are always a favorite – and cheesecake and goat cheese – this is a home run and so pretty! I should have eaten lunch before visiting – now I’m drooling!

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    Michelle Lahey posted April 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I love how you reused the glass jars! And we also watch Game of Thrones…a fun snack like this makes the “viewing party” that much more fun!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted April 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Love these! It’s hard to beat individual desserts – no sharing required :)

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    Samantha Menzies posted April 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Oh wow, goat cheese and cherry cheesecake! This sounds fantastic.
    What is the consistency of the cheesecake like? Is it firm?

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      It’s not as firm as regular cheesecake, but after freezing, it’s almost like a really sturdy pudding. The closest I can think of is the consistency of the filling in key lime pie or lemon bars :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg posted April 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Love these! I bet this tastes divine. Pinning!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Norma! Happy Friday!

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    marcie posted April 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I love roasted cherries, and they look amazing atop that creamy goat cheese cheesecake! I would eat this during Game of Thrones or any time, and I love your jar collection. :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much, Marcie. It was my first time roasting cherries and it certainly won’t be the last :)

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted April 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I love everything about these, Bianca! The roasted cherries, goat cheese and the fact that they are no-bake make these the perfect little dessert!

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    Cassandre posted April 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    This is such a cute and elegant dessert. i love goat cheese but never had it in a dessert.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Cassandre! I wasn’t sure how I would like goat cheese in a dessert at first, too, but it definitely works in cheesecake and ice cream :)

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    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes posted April 11, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I just bought goat cheese today and love the flavour. I can so see this tasting absolutely delicious! LOVE the roasted cherries idea.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Jessica! Next time I would make extra roasted cherries just to keep on hand hehe

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes posted April 11, 2014 at 2:54 am

    These are so cute and what a great idea! I love goat cheese..

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted April 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Hehe, I totally agree with you about all those words being appealing! Man, these look SO GOOD. I bet the tartness of goat cheese balances out the richness of cheesecake perfectly. Yumm!!!!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Amy. Yes, it definitely balances out all the richness! I highly recommend it :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted April 11, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love me some no bake treats so I’m totally all over these cheesecake beauties!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Pamela! Assembling the cheesecakes were so easy I almost felt like I was cheating haha. I hope you get to try them soon!

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    Juliana posted April 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    These cheesecake with goat cheese and roasted cherries look delicious…I love the way you presented…
    Have a beautiful weekend Bianca :D

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 11th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you, Juliana! Have a great weekend!

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    2 Sisters Recipes posted April 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Wow – great idea Bianca. We love how you create this from an inspiration of the flavors in an ice cream. We love doing the same thing- makes it much more fun!!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted April 11, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    What a drool worthy cheesecake, it looks utterly delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Shannon posted April 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    oooh em gee. this is my heaven. i’ll take one! or three… :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 12th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Heehee yes just because they are portion-controlled doesn’t mean it’s easy to stop at one!

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    Chelsea posted April 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    You take the prettiest photos Bianca! Love the roasted cherries on top – such a creative and fun idea! Pinned :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 12th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Chelsea! Hope you are having a great weekend :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted April 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I am totally flipping out over these!! I love goat cheese in dessert, the roasted cherry sound ridiculously awesome, in the story about where you got your different Mason jars is just too cool.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 12th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks, Erin :) I am running out of storage space for all my random jars, but they’re all so cute I don’t want to part with any!

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    Liz posted April 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    What an exquisite dessert!!! And thanks for the permission to use frozen cherries….LOVE that idea!!!

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    ATasteOfMadness posted April 13, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Wow. Roasted cherries? I didn’t know that that was a thing! This looks SO good!

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    Sacha posted April 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    These remind me of the cheesecake cups at Tatte—so pretty and cute. I love the flavor combination here and your collected jars are so sweet. Cheesecake is great (or dangerous) when you’re cooking solo like I am—it lasts a good while, which means I could eat on every night :).

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 13th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Ahh the Tatte cheesecakes are so good! Coincidentally, that is where I first discovered Jeni’s ice cream :) One little scoop is $4! Eeep.

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    Joanne posted April 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I love cheesecake as is, but smother it in cherries?! Swooning. I would happily eat one (or eight) or these!

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    Ashley posted April 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Goat cheese cheesecake?? That sounds amazing! I keep meaning to try roasting cherries – they look so darn good. Hope you had a great weekend!

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    grace posted April 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    i have very strong mixed feelings about goat cheese. sometimes i like it, sometimes it’s just terrible. this sounds like a version i would like, especially with those luscious cherries.

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe posted April 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    These sound lovely (and look great too)! I am a huge fan of cherries, so I’d love to dive right into one of these little pots!

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    Molly Galler posted April 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I love that you’ve collected these glass jars from all your travels!

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted April 25, 2014 at 7:40 am

    What a beautiful dessert! These seriously look amazing! Love every single word in that title!

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