Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafers

Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafers are a delicious dessert in bite-size portions. With the same texture and taste as any cheesecake, these Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect party treats. Not only are they delicious, but they are also easy. You’ll have dozens of scrumptious bite-sized desserts in no time. Come on in and I’ll share this fun and Easy Vanilla Wafer Cheesecake Bites Recipe with you:

mini cheesecakes with vanilla wafers

Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafers

I love fun desserts, especially fun individual desserts. I grew up with my mom making desserts like this one, or this delicious Pistachio Fluff dessert, this delicious old-fashioned peach cobbler, and Creamy Rice Pudding which is such a cozy dessert to sit down with at the end of the day while you’re watching a movie

mini cheesecakes for a crowd

These are a fun dessert to take to picnics. People just can’t resist them!

mini cheesecakes with vanilla wafers

One of my guilty pleasures is a yummy cheesecake. In the past, I’ve been known to stand at my mother’s kitchen counter, and devour a whole plate of these little cheesecake bites. Now that my two nephews are growing college boys, I have a little competition on my hands. That’s why I’ve decided to get my mom’s recipe and make them for myself.

mini cheesecakes for a crowd

The cheesecakes will come out of the oven plain. They can be topped with any topping you can imagine.

mini cheesecakes recipe

I used cherry pie filling as my topping, but I’ve used many other pie toppings before like peach. I also love them plain with whipped cream on top.

What are some good topping for Mini Cheesecakes:

  • pie fillings like lemon, blueberry, cherry, and peach
  • chocolate chips
  •  fresh fruit
  • sliced strawberries with a sugar syrup
  • whipped topping
  • peanut butter spread
mini cheesecake recipe

Tips for making Mini Cheesecakes

  • Don’t worry if the vanilla wafer does not sit perfectly into the mini muffin tin. Not all cookies will fit perfectly. It can sit at and angle and you should still get plenty of filling
  • If you want to have a perfectly straight vanilla wafer crust, you can crush the vanilla wafers into a bowl and mix in about 2 Tbsp. of melted butter. Sprinkle the buttered wafer bits into the bottom of the cupcake lined tin
  • You can also use a regular-sized cupcake tin to sit your mini liners in. You might use more filling in this circumstance
  • Another way to situate the cookie is to flip it around so the curved part is at the bottom
  • Fill the cupcake wafers all of the ways up to the top of the cupcake liner

How Long can Homemade Mini Cheesecakes Last?

  • mini cheesecakes can last up to one week properly covered in the refrigerator

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How do you make Mini Cheesecakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. Line a mini muffin tin with liners
  3. Place vanilla wafers into the liners
  4. Mix creamed cheese, vanilla, eggs, and sugar
  5. Spoon the cream cheese into the muffin liners
  6. Bake for 25 minutes
  7. Let cool and then add topping

Here’s a quick Video to show you how I made these Cheesecake Bites…

Finally…the recipe:

mini cheesecakes recipe

Mini Cheesecakes with Vanilla Wafer Crust

Delicious bite-sized cheesecakes that are perfect for parties.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 23cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • mini cupcake wrappers
  • mini muffin tin


  • 1 11 oz. vanilla wafer cookies such as Nabisco Nilla Wafers
  • 2 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 21 oz. Pie filling – use any kind you like. I used cherry and peach


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Line mini muffin tins with cupcake wrappers
  • Place a vanilla wafer in each wrapper – If you are struggling to get the cookie to fit then you can turn the cookie around so the rounded side is facing down.
  • Mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar
  • Add eggs and mix well
  • Spoon the mixture over vanilla wafers – filling cupcake wrappers all of the way
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Let the mini cheesecakes cool down
  • Remove the mini cheesecake bites from the muffin tin
  • Top with pie topping and serve!


muffin tin
This photo shows you how the cookie will fit into the muffin tin. It doesn’t always go down 100% of the way. The cookie will have a small air pocket under it. I like to use a cupcake liner to make lifting the cheesecakes out of the tin easier and it also hides any imperfections. If you want, you can also try flipping the cookie around so the rounded part is on the bottom of the tin. It will be a bit wobbly, but it should help it fit perfectly into the mini muffin tin. There are more tips in the post about the vanilla wafer crust. 
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 23cal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.001g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg


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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Susan

    How many does this recipe make?

    1. Melissa

      I can’t believe that I forgot to include that. It should make 2 dozen mini cheesecakes. 🙂

    2. Rita Kruel

      How many mini cheesecakes does this recipe make?

    3. Melissa

      It should yield 2 dozen mini cheesecake bites. 🙂

  2. Susan

    I want to double the recipe. Will one can of cherry pie filling do, or should I buy two cans?

    1. Melissa

      Just to be safe…buy one more can. You might have a little left over from the first can for a few more, but definitely not for another 24.

  3. Holly

    Do I need to get the mini vanilla wafers? Or do the regular sized work in the mini muffin tins?

    1. Melissa

      Just get the regular size wafers. They are the perfect size.

  4. CAROL

    it sounds very good will try it and the granddaughter will love helping with it thanks

    1. Melissa

      I’m glad you’re going to give the recipe a try. I think the cheesecake bites will be a hit. Including your granddaughter sounds perfect. Some of my best memories are of cooking with my grandma.

  5. Debra

    I have a metal mini muffin tin and a Nilla wafer does not fit in the bottom of the cups. It either sits in sideways (tilted) or I had push and crush it down into place. On your web page you have a link to amazon and a silicon muffin tin but in the photos you show a metal pan and the cookies look like they drop in perfectly. What metal pan are you using? I made it and they tasted great and look awful. I wanted to make this for my mother’s birthday party this weekend and I would like to know what I am doing wrong or do I have the wrong pan? I hope to hear from you soon, so I can make them for the party otherwise plan B is use a regular muffin pan and a different recipe.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Debra. I used a muffin tin that is unfortunately discontinued. It’s a vintage mini muffin tin. I suggested a silicone mini muffin tin because silicone is so easy to work with and everything usually comes out easily. After I read your comment, I ran to my kitchen and pulled out my vintage mini muffin tins and another – no-name mini muffin tin that I have in the cabinet. I tried placing a vanilla wafer into both the older tin and the new one. Your right, it doesn’t fit completely flush with the bottom, but it goes down almost all of the way with only a tiny pocket of air under the cookie. Unfortunately, not every cookie will be the exact size or shape. So, even if one fits perfectly, the next is bound to be lopsided. I took a photo to show you how a vanilla wafer fit into my pan and I will get that uploaded asap. Here’s what I would suggest if you are willing to give it a go for your mom’s birthday party. Try using a cupcake wrapper. I like to use a dark wrapper. It hides any inconsistencies with the cookies. Also, try flipping the cookie around so the rounded side (top) of the cookie is on the bottom of the muffin tin. It will be a bit wobbly, but it should fit into the muffin tin. I hope this helps and you can use the recipe for the party. I’m uploading a photo for you now.

  6. Eliza

    How much pudding mix.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Eliza. I don’t use pudding mix in this particular recipe. Was there another recipe that you had in mind?