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Step aside, homemade peanut butter cups. There’s a new bite-sized sweet stealing the dessert spotlight. Behold, No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups.

I accidentally stumbled into this original creation while dreaming up a DIY take on peanut butter cups. I’m all for the savory spread, but the allure of an alternate filling steered me toward my Easy No-Bake Cheesecake. So with a few simple tweaks, and more than a few taste tests, I landed on creamy cheesecake-filled dark chocolate cups topped off with a pinch of sea salt. 

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups recipe on

They’re sweet, salty, creamy and the perfect size for snacking or gifting to friends and family yourself.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups recipe on

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups recipe on

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups recipe on

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

Step aside, homemade peanut butter cups. There’s a new bite-sized sweet stealing the dessert spotlight. Behold, No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups.
4.5 from 4 votes
No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Cups recipe on
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 24 cups


  • 4 ounces (½ of an 8-ounce package) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

  • 2 1/2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 2 Tablespoons large flake sea salt


  • Mini muffin pan; Paper candy cups; Piping bag


  • In a bowl, stir together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest until well combined. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and refrigerate.
  • Combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. (Alternately, you can melt the chocolate with the oil in a double boiler.)
  • Line the mini muffin pan with the paper candy cups. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each cup, tap the pan on the counter so the chocolate flattens out then refrigerate the pan for 15 minutes until the chocolate is firm.
  • Remove the pan and the cheesecake mixture from the fridge. Pipe a portion of the cheesecake mixture in the center of each cup, then top the cheesecake with another 1 to 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate. Sprinkle the tops of each cup with sea salt then return the pan to the fridge for 20 minutes until the chocolate has fully hardened. If not serving immediately, store the cups in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 598mg, Potassium: 112mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. If you can’t find or don’t want to spend a lot of money on Malden’s sea salt (or McCormick’s finishing salt) you can use regular kosher salt. You want a large or coarse grain salt

    1. Hi Wendy – I’ve never tried freezing them so I’m not sure how they’d turn out. Let me know if you try it!

  2. 4 stars
    I recommend thinning the chocolate with coconut oil that has been melted to liquid and cooled to combine with chocolate. It solidifies nicely when chilled, and it brings a nicer flavor to your chocolate.

  3. 5 stars
    This chocolate cheesecake cups are looking so delicious, I will definitely put them in my cookbook. Thank you for sharing this amazing dessert with us.

  4. instead of cheese cake I think I will try marshmellow fluff. but I do like the cheese cake

  5. I think these would be delicious with a smidge of raspberry jam on top of the cheesecake before topping with the chocolate!

  6. For my next batch I will use less chocolate and more filling. I will also have the creme Cheese mixture at room temperature so it will spread easier. They are really easy to make.

    1. Hi there, Shelley! I’ve never tried using confectioners sugar in this recipe so I’m not sure what the results would be. Let me know if you try it!

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