Orange Mini Cheesecakes with Grand Marnier Cream


When I bought my mini cheesecake pan, I really wasn’t sure whether I would use it. There are so many pieces of baking equipment stuffed into the back of my kitchen cabinets that never see the light of day, much less feel the heat of my oven. But I have used this pan over and over, much to the delight of my friends and neighbors. I receive so many compliments on the tiny cheesecakes that I almost feel guilty because they are so quick and easy to make! The cheesecake pan came with a starter recipe but I have had a lot of fun adapting it and creating new recipes. There are oranges everywhere in Sicily right now and I can’t get enough of them! I’ve been juicing them, peeling and eating them, adding them to green salads, and now their zest brightens up my latest mini cheesecake recipe. The Grand Marnier whipped cream is an optional but very delicious addition to these little cheesecakes.

Orange Mini Cheesecakes with Grand Marnier Cream

For this recipe, you will need a mini cheesecake pan

1 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. brown sugar
1/3 stick melted butter

1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 C. sour cream
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/3 C. sugar
finely grated zest of one orange

1 C. heavy cream
1 T. Grand Marnier
2 T. powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter with a fork until well combined.
  3. Divide crumb mixture evenly between the 12 cups of your mini-cheesecake pan. Using your fingers or the back of a tablespoon, press crumbs firmly onto the bottom and partially up the sides of each cup; set aside.
  4. (optional step) Combine sugar and orange zest in a mini food processor and process until orange zest has been incorporated and sugar is fine.
  5. Using an electric mixer, blend softened cream cheese, sour cream, egg, and orange sugar together in a medium bowl. (if you skipped step 4, add both the sugar and orange zest in step 5)
  6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into the twelve cups, trying to divide the mixture as evenly as possible.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.
  8. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool for 20 minutes then carefully remove cheesecakes from pan and let cool completely on rack.
  9. Put cheesecakes in refrigerator and chill until ready to use.
  10. Just before serving, combine cream (make sure it’s very cold), grand marnier and sugar in a mixing bowl and whip, using a hand whisk or electric mixer with whisk attachment, until soft peaks form.
  11. Top mini cheesecakes with dollops of grand marnier cream and serve.
  12. Enjoy!

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  1. 1
    Jennifer Says:

    Nicole, these look delicious! And your picture is beautiful, as usual. I really must get my mini cheesecake pan back out…

  2. 2
    Kristen Says:

    I had no idea there was even such a thing as a mini cheesecake pan. Where have I been?
    Those look fantastic!

  3. 3
    Rose Says:

    I love cheesecake and I absolutely have to try this recipe. Your photo looks great and I think you really should consider doing a cookbook Nicole. (although Im sure you have heard that a million times before) I would be first in line to buy one and of course would demand a autograph…:)

  4. 4
    Rose Says:

    Okay Nicole now you have me ordering the mini cheesecake pan. I hope this company treats you well! You bring them business!

  5. 5
    Ivonne Says:

    You have totally made me lust after a mini cheesecake pan!!! These are too gorgeous!

  6. 6
    leslier Says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful, I want to have everything you make! I gotta get me one of these mini cheesecake pans…

  7. 7
    Ninnie Says:

    Amazing! I need this pan!

  8. 8
    rachel Says:

    I really want that pan now!

  9. 9
    Ruby Says:

    I’m convinced, I need to buy this pan soon! Lovely photo Nicole! πŸ™‚

  10. 10

    Nicole, are these the cutest dessert ever or what?

    I love to cook with oranges, lemons and limes, I love their smell, their taste – so refreshing! Everytime I see a recipe using citric flavors I feel like making it asap!

  11. 11
    Tone Says:

    After looking and reading all your delicious mini cheesecake resepies I decided it was time to try to make them myself. But after searcing stores and hour of internet browsing – I discovered to my great dissapointment that none of the online shops ship to my remote part of the world….. (norway). So – IΒ΄m now desperate and will have to be a bit inventive….

  12. 12
    Brilynn Says:

    I loved the look of your mini cherry cheesecakes, these ones look amazing too and I’m all for adding grand marnier…

  13. 13
    Pearl Says:

    Gorgeous pic. Sounds mouth-watering.

  14. 14
    Scott Says:

    I must have one (or a couple handfuls) of those!

  15. 15
    Coleen Says:

    You should really start a little business selling those mini cheesecakes here in Sicily. I would be a regular customer! And you know how the Italians love cheesecake! You could do really well. Seriously!
    Ciao, Coleen

  16. There are just so CUTE! Happy New Year, Nicole!

  17. Er…meant to say “THESE are just so CUTE!”

  18. another cheesecake fan here πŸ™‚ I’d love to have one of these little pans I’d make cheesecakse all the time πŸ™‚ the recipi sounds lovely!
    happy new year from Brazil

  19. 19
    Scott Says:

    Just checked out the pan… I’m going to have to get one. Mom makes a Jr. Mint Cheesecake. I’m sure the recipe came off the package. Anyhow, I can just imagine bringing over a plateful of those garnished with only a couple on top.

    (still drizzled with melted Jr. Mints of course!)

  20. 20
    amanda Says:

    Happy New Years, Nicole! as usual i would like to pop five or six of those delicious looking morsels of orange-y cream cheese-y goodness into my mouth immediately! and that grand marnier whipped cream! my soon-to-be-clogged heart be still!

  21. 21
    sghock Says:

    looks delicious!
    Thanks for a great recipe

  22. 22
    Fran Says:

    These look so good. Wonderful picture. wonderful if I could use a small tart pan?

  23. 23

    Your mini cheesecakes are so cute. I could just squeeze their adorable little cheeks!

  24. 24
    Leslie Gould Says:

    These look wonderful! Jake considers himself to be a great cheesecake aficionado! We will have to try these on for size!

  25. 25
    Erin Says:

    This looks amazing! I honestly had no idea there was such a thing as a mini cheesecake pan. I think I may need to buy one as well. Cheesecake is my ultimate weakness in life.

  26. 26
    Veron Says:

    I’ve seen those mini cheesecake pans. Now that I see the cuteness it can create, I think that’s next on my shopping list.

  27. 27

    Hi ! That is too funny ! I bought the exact same mini-cheesecake pan at Williams Sonoma in NYC last year (I am French). It makes great cheesecakes, and their size is perfect, considering the “richness” of this delightful dessert ! πŸ˜‰

  28. 28
    Steph Says:

    Awesome photo Nicole. Chris’s dad would love this…it contains his fav alcoholic beverage:) Plus it looks so yummy!

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  30. 30
    Cindy Says:

    What a cute little cheese cake! It sounds delicious. You are great at getting just the right photo.

  31. 31
    Gabbrial Says:

    I love U & your cake !!!!!!!
    your my IDOL
    I didn’t think there would be such a thing as a MINI PAN!!!!!!

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