Mini S’mores Cheesecakes with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue are the perfect bite-sized dessert, and they’re easy to whip up! A silky chocolate cheesecake base sits atop a crisp graham cracker crust, and is topped off with a toasted marshmallow meringue – you’ll feel like you’re sitting around the campfire!
In yet another installment of “how many desserts can I cram the s’mores flavor into”, I present these delightful mini S’mores Cheesecakes! Let’s learn how to make them.
How to Make S’mores Cheesecakes
First, whip up a simple crust made from graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. Easy peasy! Bake these for a few minutes and get to work on the filling.
Mix up a simple batter made with cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, cocoa powder, and sugar. Easy peasy! Add a couple tablespoons of this creamy batter to each cup of the muffin tin, and bake them up! They’ll be a little puffy when they come out of the oven, but they’ll sink down a bit as they cool.
Let them cool while you mix up the marshmallow meringue!
How to Make Marshmallow Meringue:
This is a simple process that makes the most delicious homemade marshmallow fluff!
All you need to do is heat egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a bowl over simmering water for a few minutes. Remove it from the heat, add some vanilla extract, and beat this mixture on high with your electric mixer until it’s stiff. That’s it! Easy peasy. The only thing to note with this is that it works best on days with lower humidity, and it needs to be used as soon as you make it – it won’t hold it’s firmness forever.
Pipe this onto each little cheesecake, and then torch them with a blowtorch! Sheer summer perfection. Good thing they’re mini because you’ll want to eat a ton of these delightful little treats!
Rich creamy chocolate cheesecake, a crisp graham cracker crust, and a silky, toasted marshmallow meringue – I’m drooling! I know you are too – so get baking!
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Mini S'mores Cheesecakes with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue
For the Crust
- 1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
- 2 T granulated or cane sugar
For the Cheesecake Filling
- 16 and 1/2 ounces cream cheese, at room temp use the full fat variety that comes in a block
- 1 cup + 2 TBSP granulated or cane sugar
- 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP cocoa powder
- 3 large eggs, at room temp
- 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup full fat sour cream, at room temp
For the Marshmallow Meringue
- 1 cup granulated or cane sugar
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Prep: Make sure your cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream come to room temp before you begin. If they're not at room temp, the filling will not turn out properly. Line a standard size muffin tin (not a jumbo or mini one) with muffin papers. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Make the Crust: Stir together the crust ingredients until well combined. Press 1.5 TBSP of the crust mixture into each muffin paper. Bake the crusts for 5 minutes. Set aside while you make the filling. Leave the oven preheated to 350 degrees F.
- Make the Cheesecake Filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, and mix until just creamed together with the cream cheese, about 30 seconds. Don't over mix your batter. Add cocoa and mix until just combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. Add the sour cream and mix until just combined. You will have a smooth batter that's not super thick and not super runny. If it has a few small lumps, that's fine. If it looks curdled, your ingredients were too cold.
- Bake: Spoon 2 TBSP of the cheesecake batter into each of the pre-baked crusts. Bake the cheesecakes for 20-21 minutes. The centers will have a tiny wobble to them when you move the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center will come out just about clean - it may have a tiny bit of thick batter on it. Set the pans aside to cool, and after they're cool enough to touch, use a spoon or butter knife to lift each cheesecake out of the pan. Let cool completely. (See make ahead tip below).
- Make the Marshmallow Meringue: Ideally, you would make this on a day that's not super humid, but work with what ya got!Fill a small/medium pot with about two inches of water. Grab a heat safe bowl and place it over the water to make sure it sits high enough that it won't touch the water. Remove the bowl, and bring the water to a simmer over low heat. Place the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the bowl and place it over the simmering water. Whisk this mixture constantly while it cooks over the low simmering water - do this for 4 minutes. Set a timer. It will go from thick, to thinner + frothy. To test that it's done, carefully dip your finger into the mixture and rub it between your fingers - if it's smooth, and you can't feel any grainy-ness from the sugar, it's ready!Once that's done, remove the bowl from the heat, add the vanilla, and immediately begin mixing with an electric mixer (make sure the beaters are clean and dry!) on high speed for about 5 minutes. It's done when you can turn off the mixer, lift it straight up, and stiff peaks form and hold.
- Serve + Store: Pipe or spoon the meringue onto the cheesecakes, and toast with a kitchen torch. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. The meringue will begin getting soft as the days go by, but it'll still taste fine.
- Make Ahead Tips: The cheesecakes can be made, cooled, and stored in the fridge 1 day before serving. Don't make the marshmallow meringue ahead. Make it just before you want to serve the cheesecakes.
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