Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Wafer Crust
These Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Wafer Crust are sure to put a smile on your face.
With everything that’s been going on over the past few months, I needed something of a pick-me-up to brighten an otherwise dismal day. I’m not normally one to advocate eating your feelings, but when I think pick-me-up I automatically start thinking of cheesecake. Seriously, can you think of anything that cheesecake won’t make better, if only for a few delicious seconds?
Me either. So I thought, why not combine two of my favorite feel-good treats: cheesecake and Loacker wafers to whip up these mini cheesecakes. The wafers make an extraordinary crust and thanks to willpower I’ve managed to cut some calories by using Neufchatel cheese in place of cream cheese.
You can find Loacker wafers in most stores like Target and Walmart, and trust me when I say there’s no substitute. Loacker wafers have the perfect texture and flavor for this recipe and so many others.
The range of flavors makes it even tastier to create new recipes. I decided to use the Gran Pasticceria Dark Hazelnut wafers because, yum! They’re covered in chocolate which makes them an even better option for the mini cheesecake crust.
These mini cheesecakes were exactly what I needed to get past the lingering negative vibes and embrace the positive. They were pretty simple to make and the flavor is out of this world. But, then again, it’s mini cheesecake :). You really can’t go wrong.
How to make these delicious mini cheesecakes
Preheat your oven to 325°F and prepare your cupcake tin (I prefer liners, but you could just use cooking spray if you prefer).
Fill a ziplock bag with Loacker wafers (I used 2 sleeves of Dark Hazelnut) and let the air out. Seal it and crush the wafers until they’re fine. You can also do this in a food processor to make it even easier. If you’re using multiple wafer varieties you’ll want to do this step in batches.
Transfer the wafer crumbs to a mixing bowl and add 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Mix it all together until the wafer crumbs are moistened. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of the crumb mixture and press into the prepared muffin tin. Make sure the layer is even and firmly packed.
Bake at 325°F for 5 minutes, remove from the oven, and set it aside to cool while you make the mini cheesecake filling.
Get a large mixing bowl and put the Neufchatel cheese (2 8oz packages) in and blend* until it’s smooth. *Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whichever you have on hand. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of sugar and mix until creamy. Beat in 3 eggs, one at a time, just until incorporated.
Scoop the mixture into the wafer crusts and bake at 325°F for 25 minutes or until the centers are almost set. Allow the mini cheesecakes to cool in the pan for 15 – 20 minutes then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Once they have completely cooled and set you can add anything you like. I like a dollop of whipped cream, or a swirl :), with sprinkles or pieces of Loacker Wafers!
This lady here is craving goodies.. so every single one looks good.
The Chocolate Covered Wafers sound yummy to me but honestly I love anything chocolate.
To be honest I am excited to try any of them..
Why choose? They all look delicious!
I would most like to try the chocolate covered wafers!
I really like the dark hazelnut. I think these would be fantastic tasting.
The chocolate cookie
Oh my they all look good.
Quadratini Classic would be a great snack.
I think ther chocolate covered wafers would be such a nice treat!
Chocolate Covered Wafers sound so good!
dying to try those dark choco hazelnut ones!
Tortina Originals look yummy!
I would love to try their dark hazelnut in a nice quiet place all by myself- who wouldnt?
I am craving their dark hazelnut every time I visit and see this post. I think they would be terrific.
I’d like to try the chocolate bars.
I’d love to try the chocolate bars!
I really like the idea of trying the dark hazelnut, they sound so good!
I am SURE I would love the Chocolate Bars!
I am most excited to try the Pikkolo.
I think their chocolate bars would be fantastic.
Oh Gosh!Everything looks SO delicious!I’d be happy with anything on this page for. Valentines Day!
Dark Hazelnut wafers would be good for a snack.
I would love to try the dark hazelnut it would go well with a nice cup of coffee in the afternoon.
They look delicious!!
This loacker box look so yummy!
Cheesecake for this girl.
I know I would love the Chocolate Bars!
I can’t wait to try the Chocolate Wafers
I think the dark hazelnut wafers would lend themselves so well to recipes or enjoying on their own.
I think the hazelnut wafers would be an excellent treat especially with coffee.
Chocolate Covered Wafers look really good!
I want to try to make this cheesecake
I’m definitely going to make these! I love Loacker !
I really want to try all of their products! Thank you for the delicious recipe!
why am I gaining weight from just looking at the images?
I love to their Cocoa & Milk
Hazelnut wafers look awesome!
The hazelnut wafers sound delicious
I think the dark hazelnut would be amazing
I’m excited to try the dark chocolate wafers!
I think the dark hazelnut would be scrumptious ! They all look good.
I would try the classic vanilla wafer
I would love to try their hazelnut wafers!
The dark hazelnut wafers sound good to me!
I would love to try their hazelnut wafers, they sound so good and I bet I would have to hide them from myself!
chocolate/hazelnut. the recipe for the cheesecake is awesome! thank you
I would try the classic vanilla wafer
The dark chocolate wafers.
The dark chocolate wafers sound good to me!
Quadratini Classic wafers sound interesting and so good I would try those.
Thanks for the delicious recipe! These products sound so good. I think I would especially love the Chocolate Covered Wafers.
The Mini Cheesecakes sounds delicious!
I’m a fiend for chocolate & hazelnut anything! :+)
I think the hazelni flavored wafers would be a great one to try, I bet they go great with coffee!
I would love to try the dark hazelnut wafers!
The dark chocolate wafers.
I would love to try
These look delicious
Chocolate Covered Wafers would be the one everyone would want to try!
These look so tasty!
Yummm, I am getting hungry just reading about these delicious, Mini Cheesecakes.
You had me at cheesecake. I love that these are individual sized. I will have to make these for my family.
These look DELICIOUS.
These look so delicious and are beautiful! I bet my kids would love them.
I really want to try their Chocolate Covered Wafers
Wow this sounds so much easier than I thought it would be based on how fancy these sound and look. I am so excited to make them! These photos are beautiful by the way.
I like all the different textures you’ve mixed together in this recipe. Looks delicious! Nice recipe that looks easy to prepare is a plus too
Those look awesome! When I have dessert in a restaurant I’m always torn between the cheesecake and something chocolate. Voila!
These look absolutely delicious! My kids would definitely love the hazelnut flavor. Yum!
I think their dark hazelnut flavor would be delicious.
Holy moly these cheesecakes look so good! I need to make these for myself!!
the dark hazelnut wafers
They look delicious
I would love to try their Chocolate Covered Wafers they sound great.
I really want to try the white coconut Gran Pasticceria Patisserie they have on their website.
I’d like to try the chocolate covered wafers
Wow those look absolutely delicious! I want to try this recipe so badly!
Wow this is awesome! I’d love to try those Chocolate Covered Wafers!
These are super cute! They are perfectly sized, which makes them great if you’re watching portion sizes. Plus, who doesn’t love a great cheesecake recipe?!
Great recipe. My family would love this. I didn’t realize there was dark chocolate hazelnut cookies. I hope I see them in my local stores.
I would love to try their Chocolate Covered Wafer!
I’ve tried a lot of different Loacker products but really want to try the raspberry Quadrinis!
These look delicious
Most excited to try Chocolate Covered Wafers.
This is a beautiful cross between a cheesecake and a cupcake. My hubby and I would SO love this!
The cheesecakes look so decadent and delicious!
I agree. Don’t eat your feelings, but when I’m down I want cheesecake too!!! YUM!! These sounds fabulous! I love how you used a cookie crumble to make the base. What a great idea!!!
I hear you – I do not advocate eating away the feelings either but sometimes making something like this is such a nice pick me up. Glad it worked for you! I have seen the Loacker wafers at the store, I will grab some and try this recipe!
their classic hazelnut ones.
YUM! I hope I can win! 😀
That is one mouthwatering tiny cheesecake.
This looks awesome, great recipe. I am sure I can find Loacker in Canada??? I miss Target!
This looks so delightful and tasty this would disappear in no time at our house!!