This old-fashioned heart-shaped cheesecake is a perfect dessert to serve on any romantic occasion like Valentine’s Day, anniversary, or just to give as a gift. It's delicious, visually stunning, and shows the time and effort you put into your baking.
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You can personalize this mini heart-shaped cheesecake with any delicious topping like fresh fruits, caramel, or whipped cream. This recipe is simple to follow and won't take you hours to achieve. Plus, it tastes just as good as any cheesecake from your favorite bakery. More of my favorite easy sweet treats are Air Fryer Cheesecakes, Air Fryer Cottage pie, and 4-Ingredients Banana Blueberry Muffins.
For the crust:
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, (crushed graham crackers)
- 2 tablespoon Sugar
- 4 tablespoon Butter, Melted
For the cheesecake filling:
- (4) 8oz Packages of Cream Cheese, room temperature
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 Large Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
Other Items Needed:
- 3" Silicone Heart Shaped Mold
- Roasting Pan
- Hot Water
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Blender or Food Processor
- Milk Chocolate, melted (optional)
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until well combined. Press this mix firmly into the bottom of a greased 3-inch silicone heart-shaped mold. Bake for 10 minutes at 325°F (160°C).
While the crust is baking, in a large separate mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it's smooth and there are no lumps. Add in the sugar and mix again for a few minutes. Then, add the eggs one at a time, making sure they each get well incorporated before adding in the next one. Mix in the vanilla extract and the sour cream.
Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crust into your molds. Use a spatula to smooth it out, making sure it's completely even. Place mold into a roasting pan. Fill pan halfway up with hot water. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are set, and the center is still wobbly.
Allow cheesecakes to cool for 1 hour at room temperature then place them in the freezer for 1 hour before removing from molds.
Remove from molds and drizzle melted chocolate over the top before serving.
When it comes to sweet indulgences, there's nothing quite like a slice of good old-fashioned heart-shaped cheesecake. With its creamy, velvety texture, and rich, tangy flavor, this dessert is sure to win over any lover of sweets. So go ahead, treat yourself to a slice of this classic dessert, and let its nostalgic charm transport you back in time to simpler days of homemade goodness.
Yields: 12 Heart shaped Cheesecake Hearts on 2 silicon heart shape molds.
*If not using a heart mold, use a 9-inch spring form pan and bake for 90 minutes or according to instructions.