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Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

These Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes are a simple and delicious dessert!  They’re so pretty and flavourful they will disappear quickly!

If there’s one dessert that reminds me of Christmas as a kid, it’s these Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes.  My mom used to make them every year and I loved them so much!

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Serious Deliciousness

Creamy smooth cheesecake on a vanilla wafer crust, topped with delicious cherry pie filling.  Yes, they really are as good as they sound.

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

And pretty too.

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Trust me, they’re easy to make!

These cupcakes are also really easy to make…don’t be afraid because it’s cheesecake!  Trust me, these are way easier than trying to make a full cheesecake…they’re basically fool-proof.  The hardest part is having to wait for them to cool down before you eat them!

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Speaking of letting them cool…these cheesecake cupcakes are even better on day two after they’ve had time to rest in the fridge.  You don’t have to let them come to room temperature before you serve them, we actually enjoy them slightly cool.

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Cheesecake Cupcake Recipe Tips:

  • Pick your filling!  Cherry Pie filling is my favourite on these cupcakes, but you can also use blueberry pie filling, raspberry jam…the possibilities are endlessly delicious!
  • You can freeze them!  You can freeze these cupcakes with no problem at all.  Just don’t add the filling until you’re ready to serve them…so just freeze the cheesecake part.  Make sure to put them in an air tight container.
  • Let them cool!  Make sure you let these cupcakes cool before you eat them!  Let them rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • They’re even better the second day!  They really are…the flavours have had time to settle and they just taste so much more flavourful the day after you make them.  So if you are having guest over, I would make these a day ahead.

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

So perfect for holiday dessert trays, potlucks and bake sales too!

Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

I hope you love this recipe!  xo


Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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These Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes are a simple and delicious dessert!  They’re so pretty and flavourful they will disappear quickly!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cupcakes 1x


Units Scale
  • 30 vanilla wafers
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • cherry pie filling


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a mixer cream together the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and lemon juice until smooth.  Set aside.
  3. Line a muffin tin with muffin cups.
  4. Add a vanilla wafer to the bottom of each cup.
  5. Fill the muffin cup about 3/4 full with the cream cheese batter.
  6. NOTE:  This recipe makes about 30 cupcakes, but you should bake them one tray at a time so they all bake evenly.
  7. Bake each tray separately for 20 – 22 minutes each.
  8. Let the cupcakes cool.  You will notice that the centres of the cupcakes will sink while they’re cooling, and that’s fine!
  9. When the cupcakes are cooled, add a scoop of cherry pie filling to the centre of each cupcake.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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  1. Wish there were better instruction to mixing the cream cheese batter, mine came out lumpy, and then I over mixed and it was like a soufflé . I tossed them.

    1. Yep, same problem. I’ve made cheesecakes a million times but I could not get the cream cheese to turn creamy. Sad about this.

  2. Love these so much Joanna! These are straight from childhood! And everyone in the house loves them too. Quick and easy to whip up and I agree, the waiting is the hardest part!

    1. I have also had trouble finding them, I wonder why! As a substitute I would consider small sugar cookies, shortbread cookies or graham wafers. Really any small plain cookie…even chocolate or gingersnaps.