Having a cheesecake bar is a great dessert option when you’re hosting a large crowd. The cheesecakes can be made ahead of time and frozen until being served which makes the day of the party go much smoother.
Serving dessert to a crowd can be a challenge some times, especially if you’re serving a full meal. We have a list of desserts that can be made ahead of time that my kids can choose from when we have big celebrations such graduation parties.
Mini cheesecakes is the one they choose most often.
I can get about 5 dozen mini cheesecakes from one recipe. When you’re making a large number of individual items little variances can add up. So if you use bigger muffin tins or fill them more than I did you might only get 4 1/2 dozen. If you use smaller muffin tins or don’t fill yours a full as I did then you might be able to get 5 1/2 dozen from each batch. But they’ll all be good.
We serve them with some chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, cherry pie filling and dewberry preserves.
A make-your-own cheesecake bar is always super fun and easy to manage.
For the Crust
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
For the Cheesecake
- 3lbs cream cheese - room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 9 eggs
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
To make the crust:
Put graham crackers in food processor and whirl until they are crumbs. Cut butter into 8-10 pieces and add to crumbs. Give it another whirl.
To make the cheesecake batter:
Crack eggs into a bowl and mix well. Set aside. Cut cream cheese and put it in a mixer with the whisk attachment (or in a bowl and use a hand mixer). Add sugar and mix until smooth. Add vanilla and lemon juice. Mix until well blended. Slowly add eggs and mix well. Stop mixer as soon as eggs are mixed in.
To make cheesecakes:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Press just over 1 tsp of graham cracker crust into each liner. Fill liner almost to the top with cheesecake batter. Bake for 16-20 minutes until tops are firm. Cool on wire rack (or pop into the freezer to cool faster). Refrigerate or freeze.
If the cheesecakes are frozen, thaw for about 30 minutes before serving.
Arrange the mini cheesecakes on a platter.
Top with your favorite toppings such as chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, cherry, strawberries or other preserves.
What are some of your go-to recipes for serving a crowd? Share them in the comments!