Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites

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How would you like a dessert that has a beautiful display of color and wonderful flavor? A dessert that is a great idea to share with friends and family. These Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites may become a favorite and will be a great addition for any occasion.

Sugared Cranberries Easy Mini Cheesecakes on a wooden board.

Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites

This Cranberry cheesecake bites recipe is so delicious! You have a creamy and sweet textured cheesecake topped with shimmering sugared cranberries. This recipe takes a few steps to prepare but is absolutely worth the prep and wait. Your loved ones will fall in love, so be sure to save this one!

Cheesecakes are perfect any time of the year, however, it always feels like such an indulgence to enjoy one. The best part about the mini cheesecakes are that you can enjoy a few without the guilt of eating a whole slice, am I right? Here are a few cheesecake recipes that are small bite-sized and simply perfect.  These Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes are so easy to make and delicious! If you are a fan of Red Velvet, then these mini bite sized cheesecakes will be exactly what you are looking for. Even though this is more of a holiday mini cheesecake recipe, these are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!


  • Graham cracker crumbs- The crumbs will be used for the base of the cheesecakes.
  • Sugar- Every great dessert uses sugar in the recipe.
  • Butter- Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Cream cheese- Use softened or room temperature cream cheese.
  • Sour cream- This will cut the richness of the dessert and add moisture.
  • Vanilla extract- Use pure vanilla for the best flavoring.
  • Salt- The salt will bring out the flavors.
  • Eggs- Use room temperature eggs.
  • Cranberries– Use fresh cranberries for the best results.
  • Water- This will be added to the pan to make the sugared cranberries.
  • Heavy whipping cream- This will help with the consistency of the whipped topping.
  • Powdered sugar- This sugar is perfect for homemade frosting.

How to Make Cranberry Cheesecake Bites

Set your oven to 325 degrees and use cupcake liners to line a muffin tin.

Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl and combine.

Scoop the crust into the prepared pan using a tablespoon.

Press the crumbs into the pan using the flat-bottomed object.

Place it aside.


Add the sugar and cream cheese into a bowl and use a hand mixer to beat until combined.

Add in the sour cream, vanilla, and salt and beat again.

One at a time, add in the eggs and combine.

Add the mixture into the crust, about 2 1/2 scoops.

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 17-22 minutes or until the edges are firm and the cheesecakes become a really light brown.

Place the cheesecakes in the fridge to cool for a few hours.

Sugared Cranberries

Add 1 C of sugar and 1 C of water into a small pot and bring to a simmer, whisk mixture until the sugar has dissolved completely.

Gradually add in the cranberries and coat them in the sugar mixture.

Take the cranberries out of the pot using a slotted spoon and place them on a cookie sheet.

Let sit for 15 minutes.

Add 3/4 C of sugar in a bowl. Using a spoon, add a few cranberries to the bowl and toss to coat in sugar.

Take out of the sugar and repeat until all the cranberries are coated and place into a bowl.

Fresh Whipped Cream

Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl and beat until stiff peaks form.

Scoop the mixture into a piping bag and cut the tip-off.

Add dollops of the whipped cream on top of the cheesecakes.

Then, gently place a couple of sugared cranberries on top.

Serve and Enjoy!

Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites surrounded by sugared cranberries.

What is the Crust for Mini Cheesecakes?

This Mini Cheesecake has the perfect crusts already. The crust only takes a few ingredients to prepare. The crust is simple and is the best fitting crust for this recipe.

How do I Keep Cranberries From Being Too Tart?

Cranberries are a very tart fruit. There is a way of getting around it though. For this cheesecake recipe, the coating of sugar around the fresh cranberries helps with the tart flavor.

Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites


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Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites

How would you like a dessert that has a beautiful display of color and wonderful flavor? A dessert that is a great idea to share with friends and family. These Sugared Cranberry Cheesecake Bites may become a favorite and will be a great addition for any occasion.
Servings: 12
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes


Graham Cracker Crust

  • ¾ C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • ¼ C unsalted butter melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 - 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ C sugar
  • ½ C sour cream
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs

Sugared Cranberries

  • 2 c fresh Cranberries
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • ¾ C sugar to roll cranberries in

Fresh Whipped Cream


  • Directions
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  • Using a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop the crust into the cupcake liners
  • Using a flat bottomed round cup, press the cup into the crust to make a firm crust
  • Set aside


  • Using a hand mixer, beat together the sugar and cream cheese until combined and smooth
  • Beat in the sour cream, vanilla, and salt until combined
  • Beat in 1 egg at a time until combined
  • Scoop 2 ½  tbsp of the cheesecake mixture into the crust
  • Bake in the oven for 17-22 minutes or until the edges are firm and a really light golden brown starts to form
  • Allow the cheesecakes to cool for a few hours in the fridge

Sugared Cranberries

  • Using a small pot, combine the 1 C sugar and 1 C water and bring to a slow simmer, whisking until the sugar has completely dissolved
  • Carefully pour the cranberries into the sugared water mixture and completely coat the cranberries
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the cranberries from the water and place onto a cookie sheet
  • Allow sitting for 15 minutes
  • Pour the ¾ C of sugar into a bowl
  • Spoon a few of the cranberries at a time into the sugar
  • Toss the cranberries into the sugar completely coating them
  • Remove from the sugar and place into a bowl

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • Using a medium bowl, beat together all ingredients until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop into the piping bag
  • Pipe dollops on top of the cheesecakes
  • Carefully place a few of the sugared cranberries on top
  • Enjoy!

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  • 1 large piping bag with a star tip


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