If you like cheesecake, you’ll LOVE this easy no bake recipe!

Creamy, dreamy cheesecake sits atop a vanilla wafer cookie in a single serving cup. Top them off with your favorite pie filling or topping for an easy dessert.

These mini Cheesecake Cups are great to make ahead of time for a party and freeze well. Pull out a few to serve whenever you need a treat!

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An Easy Make Ahead Dessert

  • Perfect for a crowd, everyone can just grab and go.
  • A handful of ingredients and just three steps make these extra fast!
  • Top with pie filling, fresh fruit, or your own favorite toppings like caramel sauce.
  • Use mini cups for cheesecake shooters or even silicone cupcake liners for small dessert bites.
  • Whole vanilla wafers don’t even have to be crushed, just pop one each into the bottom of the plastic cups.

Ingredients & Variations

CHEESECAKE Cheesecake has a sweet and tangy flavor made by mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and a splash of vanilla. Since this is a no-bake cheesecake, no eggs are needed.

CRUST Whole vanilla wafers don’t even have to be crushed, just pop one into the bottom of each cup. They can even be broken, no one can tell. No Vanilla wafers? Try graham cracker crumbs mixed with a little bit of melted butter, crushed oreo cookies, or any crushed cookie you have on hand.

TOPPINGS Anything goes! Choose one or more (or all?) of these favorite toppings: Pie filling like cherry, blueberry, raspberry, lemon, strawberry, or apple. Use fresh fruit if you’d prefer. Caramel, chocolate sauce or even bits of edible cookie dough.


  • Add flavorings like almond extract, orange or lemon zest, or even a squeeze of lemon juice to the cheesecake batter.
  • Swirl in some caramel sauce, chocolate syrup, honey, or your favorite fruit preserve right into the cheesecake mix.
  • Mix up the cookie crust by using crushed chocolate wafer cookies, or DIY a no-bake graham cracker crust.
  • Chocolate chips, candies, crushed cookies, sprinkles, or fresh berries all make colorful and tasty additions.

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How to Make Cheesecake Cups

Make these mini cheesecake cups for a quick and easy dessert!

  1. Beat cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl make whipped cream. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese (per the recipe below).
  3. Place a vanilla wafer cookie in the bottom of each cup and pipe the cheesecake into each cup.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Tips for Creamy Cheesecake

  • Short on time? Swap the whipped cream and sugar for whipped topping (like Cool Whip).
  • Allow the cheesecake to refrigerate at least 1 hour, longer is better. This will soften the cookie so it becomes crust like.
  • Prepping for a party? These can be made up to 4 days ahead of time and topped before serving or prepared up to 2 months ahead of time and frozen.
  • Use small 4oz mason jars instead of plastic cups for a reusable option!

Individual Desserts for a Crowd

Did you make these Easy Cheesecake Cups? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Easy Cheesecake Cups

Creamy cheesecake layered with vanilla wafers & toppings in individual cups is such an easy dessert for a crowd!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16


4 oz Plastic Cups or mini mason jars, 16 pcs
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  • 16 vanilla wafers or more as needed
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 can prepared fruit pie filling cherry, strawberry, or blueberry


  • Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until combined. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat heavy cream on low until for 1 minute. Add cornstarch and turn mixer onto high and beat an additional 3-4 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Place one wafer on the bottom of each cup then fill with the cheesecake filling until 1" from the top of the cup.
  • Spoon the desired pie filling on top. Chill at least 1 hour and serve.


Store individual cheesecake cups in the fridge for up to 5 days.  Freeze for up to 2 months, thaw in the fridge before serving.  Leftovers (with toppings) can be frozen. These freeze beautifully.
Nutrition information is based on 16 servings, this will vary depending on your cup/container size.
The cheesecake will set up a bit thicker and the cookie will soften as it chills. Overnight is best. If you don't have much time to chill, crush the cookie before adding it to the cups. You can use any kind of cookie in the bottom of the cup.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 243 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 608IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. This is a great and easy dessert. Only one problem. Someone is always asking me to make it. I have used strawberry, cherry, blueberry and caramel filling. It freezes really well. A must make dessert.

  2. can i mix up the cheese cake filling the day before and keep in the refrigator till the next day then pipe it into the cups?
    I am going 2 hours away and want to put in the cups when i get there because i cannot transport all the individual cups

    1. While I haven’t tried it, the filling does firm up as it chills. If you’d like to pipe it, you may need to let it warm slightly. Let us know how it goes!

    1. Hi Shirley, you can scroll towards the bottom of the post or use the jump to recipe button at the top to find the full recipe including ingredients and baking instructions. I hope that helps!

  3. I made this yesterday and was awesome. My friend said it was the best she’d had so I will be making it again…5 stars

  4. Do you think I can make a whole cheesecake with this recipe? and use the normal springform pan? and make the traditional Graham Cracker crust?5 stars

  5. I have a question, I haven’t made these yet but plan on it for a gender reveal party. Just wondering if I can put food coloring in cheesecake mix? Will it alter the flavor or texture? I’m assuming no but not the best baker lol. Thank you! Trista

    1. That will be just fine Trista, it shouldn’t alter the flavor or texture as you just need a very small amount! They will turn out so cute!

  6. I made these for a ladies luncheon and they were a huge hit! A couple of ladies even asked to take one home to their hubbies.

    I was unable to find the 4 ounce clear cups at my store so I used 5.5 ounce clear snack cups with lids, which really came in handy as I had to transport them to the luncheon’s location. I also used an 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip instead of the heavy cream and powdered sugar but I still used the cornstarch to firm up the mixture (mixed it in with the cream cheese instead of the Cool Whip), and I think that really did help give the cheesecake mixture the right body. I used my wire whip on my mixer to mix the Cool Whip in to the cream cheese as that seem to help make the consistency smoother. Like suggested, I made them the day before I needed them and I think that really help meld the flavors.

    I would definitely make these again. They were super easy to make and seem rather elegant.5 stars

  7. Hi there…
    You’ve given me an idea with this one. :)
    Since it’s close to the Independence Holiday I’m going to use Cherry and Blueberry topping to get a RED WHITE & BLUE theme going.
    I didn’t want to use the stand by cool whip because I need to make these ahead of time before serving.
    Who doesn’t like cheesecake? lol5 stars

  8. Can’t wait to try this. If I were to use unflavored gelatin as a stabilizer would 1 tsp be enough? Am planning on making this for a party in a tropical place.5 stars

    1. I have only tried this as written, you could check the package of gelatin to see if there is any information there.

  9. Why use cornstarch in something you’re not cooking? It jut stays gritty. It doesn’t thicken or anything.

    1. I don’t find it to be gritty in the amount used. Cornstarch is added to stabilize the whipped cream (so it doesn’t fall or get weepy).

  10. This recipe is so easy and so delicious! Made a batch for my Bunco group and everyone loved them!