5 from 2 votes
mini cheesecakes decorated to look like Jack Skellington are plated on small square white plates set on a purple watercolor backdrop
Jack Skellington Cheesecakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Creamy mini cheesecakes decorated with chocolate ganache to look like Jack Skellington make fun desserts for Halloween.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween desserts, Jack Skellington Cheesecakes
Servings: 18
Calories: 273 kcal
Author: Beth
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
Cheesecake Filling:
  • 16 ounces 2 blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped or chips
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Stir together the chocolate graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter.

  3. Press about 2 tablespoons of the crumbs into 18 paper-lined muffin cups.
  4. Beat cream cheese on medium speed, scraping down the bowl, as needed, until creamy and smooth.

  5. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Add egg and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  7. Stir in the sour cream.
  8. Equally divide cheesecake filling among the 18 muffin cups, spooning about 2 tablespoons of filling into each.
  9. Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 15-18 minutes until the cheesecakes no longer look wet, but the center still jiggles.

  10. Remove and set on a cooling rack.

  11. Allow to cool for about an hour.

  12. Combine chocolate and heavy whipping cream in a small glass measuring cup. 

  13. Heat in the microwave on high power for 40 seconds.


  14. Let the cup sit in the microwave for 3 minutes then remove and stir until melted. 

  15. If needed, heat for 10 more second bursts of power, stirring after each until melted. 

  16. Allow this chocolate ganache to cool until slightly thickened. 

  17. Pour into a pastry bag or squeeze bottle fitted with a #3 round tip. 

  18. Pipe two eyes, two nostrils, and a mouth onto each cheesecake to make them look like Jack Skellington. 

Recipe Notes