Red Velvet Cheesecake Mini Pies

At the intersection of cheesecake and pies, these mini red velvet desserts with a chocolate wafer cookie crust are a delicious addition to any holiday spread.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 18

Ingredients

Crust

36
chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (about 1 3/4 cups)
4 1/2
tablespoons butter, melted
1
teaspoon corn syrup or honey

Filling

2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
3/4
cup granulated sugar
2
teaspoons vanilla
2
tablespoons red food color
2
eggs
1/4
cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2
cup Original Bisquick™ mix
3/4
cup milk

Toppings

2
cups whipping cream
2
tablespoons powdered sugar
Chocolate shavings, if desired

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix Crust ingredients. Divide crumb mixture among cups. Using fingertips, firmly press in bottom of each cup, making sure crumbs are firmly packed.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in granulated sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla and food color. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until well blended. Add cocoa and Bisquick mix, and beat until there are no more streaks and batter looks chocolaty. Pour in milk, and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • 4 Divide batter evenly among cups (cups will be almost full).
  • 5 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until centers are firm. Cool 15 minutes (cheesecake centers will sink while cooling). Refrigerate in pan at least 45 minutes.
  • 6 In chilled small bowl, beat whipping cream on medium speed 30 seconds; gradually increase speed to high, and beat until stiff peaks form. During last minute, beat in powdered sugar.
  • 7 Remove cheesecakes from refrigerator and, using butter knife, gently pop them out of pan. Carefully remove wrappers, and top each chilled cheesecake with large dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings. Serve chilled.

Expert Tips

Sprinkle cheesecakes with powdered sugar for a snow-like appeal. This is really fun for holiday parties!

The cheesecakes can be made and frozen ahead of time. Leave cheesecakes in their paper baking cups, and wrap well with plastic wrap. Freeze in airtight container. To thaw, let cakes stand in refrigerator about 2 hours or until ready to eat; top as directed.

The cheesecakes can be made and fully assembled (whipped cream and all) up to a day ahead of time.