Mini Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes

I have 2 projects with deadlines around the corner but guess where I am. In the kitchen. It’s like a therapy. All my senses are meditating. My favorite song is on. Smell of the fresh orange zest and chocolate. I’m whisking away my worries, baking love, sprinkling orange rejuvenation to my soul. Yes, om in the kitchen.

I’m baking mini orange-chocolate cheesecakes. I have to admit cheesecakes generally are not my cup of tea. But this one I truly love. It is so light, and the combination of chocolate and orange is just a-ma-zing. Love love love!


Mini Chocolate and Orange Cheesecakes

(adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

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Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes


1/3 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers/crackers
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup melted ricotta cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 orange, zested
1 egg
2 tablespoons sugar (to sprinkle on top)


1. Combine the crushed chocolate wafers/crackers and the melted butter.
2. Place a tightly packed teaspoon of the mixture into each mini muffin cup and press down firmly.
3. In a food processor combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the sugar, half of the orange zest, and the egg. Blend until smooth.
4. Fill the cups with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture.
5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the mini muffin tin in a baking dish and pour enough hot water in the baking dish to come halfway up the sides of the mini muffin tin. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Transfer the mini muffin tin to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Use a small knife to gently pop the cheesecakes out of the cups.
7. Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with half of the orange zest. Sprinkle on cheesecakes.

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7 Responses to Mini Chocolate Orange Cheesecakes

  1. Chocolate and orange? gorgeous fail-safe combo right there :) your little cheesecakes look beauuttiful, too easy to eat more than you should i bet! lovely recipe indeed

  2. hotbaker36 says:

    I’ve made these several times…only complaint….my husband wants me it as a regular sized cheesecake…they are really good!

    • tartepink says:

      I know, at first I thought so but then they are also so cute as mini cakes :) Plus, they are great as party food! :)

  3. marla says:

    Ricotta, cream cheese & orange…heavenly!! These treats look great.

  4. Those are so cute! I love that they’re mini :D And they look delicious. I love chocolate and orange, it’s such a great combination :)

  5. Nice idea. Looks quite hard, but I am going to try it!

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