S’mores Personal cheesecakes (with Graham Cracker Crust)

This recipe for s’more mini/personal cheesecakes was prayerfully concocted (and with a bit of trepidation) but, I was very happy with the rich and creamy dessert that was produced! These personal S’mores cupcakes with a graham cracker crust are the perfect dessert to indulge in alone or to present at parties or any hosting event, especially if you have lots of leftover s’mores ingredients on hand! Keep scrolling below the recipe for notes and substitutions.

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S'mores personal cheesecakes

S’mores personal cheesecakes

marilynpeight
This delightful combination of a creamy chocolate cheesecake and a soft marshmallow topping is a crave worthy treat that is perfect for gracing any occasion!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

For the graham cracker crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (roughly one package graham crackers)
  • 1/4 cup sugar granulated
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted

For the Cheesecakes:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 2/3 cup sugar granulated
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

Toppings:

  • 12 regular sized Marshmallows
  • 6 1 oz. packages Hershey's chocolate bars

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350.

  • Place cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder and lemon juice in a separate bowl and mix with a hand mixer until the cream cheese mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the eggs and beat again until well incorporated.
  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl until well combined and slightly clumpy. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and press roughly one tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into the bottom, then fill the liners 2/3-3/4 full with the cheesecake mixture.
  • Bake the cheesecakes until they have puffed up and no longer jiggle in the center, then remove from the oven. Top the warm mini cheesecakes with 2 pieces of chocolate. Let the chocolate sit for a minute or two, then swirl it around with the bottom of a marshmallow (a spoon or small spatula can also be used) Insert the marshmallow in the center of the chocolate and then toast lightly in the broiler at 475 degrees for 30-60 seconds.
  • Remove the cheesecakes from the oven and gently press on the tops of the marshmallow (caution may be hot so you may wish to give it a few minutes or more!) to flatten them slightly. Add a small piece of chocolate bar on top for garnish. Chill for a few hours (optional) then enjoy! Keep refrigerated for up to 7 days. See below for step by step photos and notes.
Keyword S’mores Cheesecake, mini cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, marshmallow,
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Step 1-2: Place cream cheese, sugar, cocoa powder and lemon juice in a separate bowl and mix with a hand mixer until the cream cheese mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the eggs and beat again until well incorporated. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a small bowl until well combined and slightly clumpy. Line a cupcake tin with paper liners and press roughly one tablespoon of graham cracker crumbs into the bottom, then fill the liners 2/3-3/4 full with the cheesecake mixture.

with cheesecake mixture.

Topped with 2 small chocolate bars.

Swirled and topped with marshmallows, ready for toasting!

Step 3: Bake the cheesecakes until they have puffed up and no longer jiggle in the center, then remove from the oven. Top the warm mini cheesecakes with 2 pieces of chocolate. Let the chocolate sit for a minute or two, then swirl it around with the bottom of a marshmallow (a spoon or small spatula can also be used) Insert the marshmallow in the center of the chocolate and then toast lightly in the broiler at 475 degrees for 30-60 seconds

Notes:

If you wish you can double or triple the recipe for parties, hosting events, etc.

a few mini marshmallows per cheesecake could also be used, but time in the broiler may need to be adjusted.

Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to preference in both the crust and the cheesecake.

What can I use if I don’t have a food processor for crushing up the graham crackers?

Crush the graham cracker crumbs in a food processor or use a mallet, hammer or wooden rolling pin and a plastic bag if you wish. The former method is one we used while growing up Amish without electricity and it is still my go-to method today.

Step 4: Remove the cheesecakes from the oven and gently press on the tops of the marshmallow (caution may be hot so you may wish to give it a few minutes or more!) to flatten them slightly. Add a small piece of chocolate bar on top for garnish. Chill for a few hours (optional) then enjoy!

How can I keep the top chocolate bar from melting onto the warm toasted marshmallow?

If you wish to preserve the shape of your chocolate bars on top of the marshmallow, you can allow the cheesecakes to cool slightly (but not chilled or the chocolate won’t stay put) before adding it to the top.

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