Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes

The perfect holiday cheesecake recipe. Mini eggnog flavored cheesecakes with a chocolate crust, topped off with fresh sweetened whipped cream and strawberry Santa hats. An adorable addition to any holiday party.

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecake Recipe from An adorable addition to your holiday party!

It’s officially December. How did that happen? Did you get that memo? I think mine got lost in the mail or maybe sent to spam… or tossed in the recycling bin. I’m kind of in shock about it. We’ve obviously been prepping for this for months, given that stores like Target thrusted it at us even well before Halloween! I’ll admit, I had my usual ‘oh come on‘! annoyance over it but at the same time I kind of got the teensiest bit giddy over it all too.

So, I don’t totally mind that it’s already December. I’m excited in a way. It’s something new to think about but I swear it’s already screaming by and it’s only just begun. Woooah settle down there, right? But no, seriously. I mean just think, it was seriously just 1999. Or something like that. And here it is, December… the Eve of 2014. I can’t even. I don’t want to think about it.

So okay, our tree is up and we’ve already been having Christmas movie marathons. Is your tree up yet? I swear that’s what my Instagram feed was full of this weekend – lots and lots of people setting up their trees and other holiday decorations. And holiday baking music is in full effect … much to the Mr’s dismay. He isn’t exactly a fan of the same songs over and over just with slight variations by different people. I can totally get into it though. The kids are of course excited about Christmas and Santa so it seemed fitting to kick off a month of sweet tooth adventures with an adorable and totally festive treat. Right?! No tiptoeing in. It’s time to jump in and get cozy!

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecake Recipe from An adorable addition to your holiday party!

You know how completely obsessed I am with mini things, especially mini cheesecakes. If you hadn’t noticed, it’s time to catch up. Go ahead, take a peak (HERE) and see what you’ve been missing. Who could resist a super cute Santa hat cheesecake? It’d be the hit of your holiday party with both adults and kids! Take it a step further and give it a dusting of sugar for the ultimate touch. I really wanted to call these “snow dusted Santa hat cheesecakes” but I thought that was a bit long so… mini Santa hat cheesecakes it is.

Creamy mini eggnog cheesecakes sit on top of chocolate crusts. Homemade sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries create the perfect Santa hat, with a finishing touch of powdered sugar for the snow. These are an absolute must make this holiday season!

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecake Recipe from An adorable addition to your holiday party!

More holiday recipes to try:
Eggnog cranberry swirl cheesecake bars
Apple cranberry crumb pie
Mini eggnog cheesecakes
Peanut brittle
Gingerbread Kiss cookies
White chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake
Gingerbread cheesecake
Snowflake peppermint bark

Yield: 12 cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes plus chill time

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes

Mini eggnog flavored cheesecakes with chocolate crust, topped off with fresh sweetened whipped cream and strawberry Santa hats.


10 Chocolate sandwich cookies (see note)
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar

12oz cream cheese, softened
1/2C granulated sugar
1/2C eggnog
1 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg

Whipped cream:
1/2C heavy cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar

12 Strawberries


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a mini cheesecake pan.

In a food processor, blend cookies until only fine crumbs remain. Combine crumbs with butter and sugar. Divide between prepared cheesecake cavities, adding 1 small cookie scoop of crust mixture to each cavity. Press down firmly to create an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

In a large bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese and granulated sugar until fluffy and smooth. With mixer running on low, slowly add eggnog, flour, vanilla and salt. Gradually increase speed, mixing until no lumps remain. Finally, add egg, mixing until combined and no streaks remain.

Divide batter between cheesecake pan cavities using a medium scoop. Add roughly 1 and 1/4 medium scoop or a heaping scoop to each cavity. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cheesecakes are set.

Allow cheesecakes to sit in pan on a wire rack until they are room temperature. Transfer cheesecakes to refrigerator to chill overnight or until chilled through.

In a medium bowl, beat together heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan, removing the pan disc from the crust. Top off with whipped cream and strawberries. Sprinkle with optional powdered for a snow dusted look.

*For the crust, use 10 whole Oreo cookies minus the cream filling (or 20 chocolate cookies, no filling).

A Baked by Rachel original recipe. Inspired by Cooking Classy

I’m always taunting you with mini cheesecakes so I thought it’d be fun to do a giveaway for my absolute favorite mini cheesecake pan. All opinions are my own and I haven’t been endorsed in the slightest way to show you this. I just really truly love it. It makes for some seriously fun and cute desserts and I want you to have one too! If you make cheesecakes, you know how important having a removable bottom is, right? This pan has 12 cavities with removable bottoms! And the entire pan is non-stick, which as you know, helps a lot with baking finicky desserts at times.


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Giveaway details:
Courtesy of Baked by Rachel (aka me!), one reader will win one mini cheesecake pan. Giveaway will run from December 2, 2013 – December 7, 2013. Winner must be at least 18 years old and a US resident. Winner will be randomly selected and emailed. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Main entry must be completed or extra entries will not count.

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558 Responses to “Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes”

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    Anne — December 6, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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    Anne — December 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I shared your recipe and giveaway on Facebook.

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    Anne — December 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I pinned these adorable mini cheesecakes on Pinterest. (I’d leave a link but I can’t seem to paste anything into your comments.)

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    Anne — December 6, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I’m an email subscriber to Baked by Rachel, which is how I learned about this excellent giveaway and your cute Santa hat mini cheesecakes.

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    Katie S. — December 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I am dying to make these eggnog cheesecakes for Christmas!

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    Lya S. — December 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Liked and shared. I am so excited to make these eggnog cheesecakes!!

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    kathryn armstrong — December 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Really want to try these mini cheesecakes! Love the pan, would have a blast playing with it, lol.

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    Candice — December 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I want to try the bailey’s mini cheesecakes! Love me some irish cream!!

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    Cathy B — December 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I really want to try these mini eggnog santa cheesecakes, they’re adorable!

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    Meghan Finley — December 7, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Eggnog raspberry swirl cheesecake bars have been on my list to make since I saw them

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    Cyndi — December 8, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I want to try the santa hat mini cheesecakes.

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    Sasha Estrada — December 10, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Is there a good substitute for the eggnog? I don’t like eggnog.

    • Rachel — December 11th, 2013 @ 7:40 am

      I would recommend making this Cookies and Cream Cheesecake instead and just leave the cookies out of the filling if desired.

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    Cathy — December 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I don’t have a mini-cheesecake pan, but would a mini muffin pan work? I used it for a different mini-cheesecake recipe but wanted to make sure it would work with this recipe. Thanks! :)

    • Rachel — December 19th, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

      Yes, it would. Just be aware that it won’t be the exact same size. It will be wider and shorter than the ones you see here due to the difference in pans. Be sure to use liners with your pan. Good luck and enjoy!

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    Kelly — November 29, 2014 at 7:13 am

    I have crushed oreo cookie crumbs (already done) what would be the measurement I would use?

    • Rachel — November 29th, 2014 @ 10:24 am

      It’s roughly 1 cup. Please note that the recipe uses whole cookies with filling, so using pre-crushed cookies without the filling will offer a different consistency and flavor. You may or may not need to adapt slightly due to that change.

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    Donna — December 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    What can I use to replace the eggnog? Most so my family dislikes the taste of eggnog. Your food photography is beautiful.

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 7:51 am

      If you check out my cheesecake category, there are a bunch of mini options. You could simply substitute with one of those. The best option would be the cookies and cream mini cheesecakes, and perhaps just leave out the cookies that are called for in the filling.

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    Melissa — December 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hello I hope you will respond to this I know it’s an older post. What can I do if I don’t like eggnog? Can I just leave it out or do I have to sub for something else?

    • Rachel — December 10th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

      I have other mini cheesecakes that can be used in place of this. The best option is the cookies and cream cheesecake. Enjoy!

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