No Bake Microwave Cheesecake (Made in a Mug!)

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Aaah, cheesecake, my old friend. How much do I love thee?

A lot. That's how much. But have you ever noticed how difficult it is to just stop at one piece when you have a cheesecake sitting in your refrigerator? Yeah, exactly.

Well, I've figured out a way around that. This single serving cheesecake in a mug is not only a handy time-saver, but it also keeps your portion size reasonable...provided you don't use a GIANT mug to make it in. This recipe also can be the foundation for any number of creative variations that you can dream up. You can substitute the graham cracker base for your favourite cookie, add fruit, chocolate…whatever your heart desires. Go for it!

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

You'll need the following ingredients to successfully make this cheesecake in a standard sized mug:

2 graham crackers

1 Tbsp melted butter

1 egg

2 oz cream cheese

2 Tbsp sour cream (or yogurt)

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Step 2: Crush the Graham Crackers

Crush the two graham crackers. You can use a plastic baggie (or whatever you like) to keep the mess contained.

Creativity tip:

This is your moment! You can try experimenting with other kinds of cookies here like Oreos or sugar cookies for a unique twist on the recipe!

Step 3: Tap the Crushed Graham Crackers Into Your Mug

Butter your mug as you would a cake pan.

Pat the crushed graham cracker base into the bottom of the mug and pour the melted butter over it.

Step 4: Beat the Egg

In a separate bowl, beat the egg.

Step 5: Add the Cream Cheese and Mix

Mix in the cream cheese with the egg. You can use an electric mixer to get the consistency smooth, or soften the cream cheese slightly in the microwave.

Step 6: Add Your Remaining Ingredients

Add sour cream (or yogurt) and mix.

Now add the sugar and vanilla and mix well, taking care not to overwork the mixture too much.

Step 7: Pour Your Mixture Over Your Base and Microwave

Pour the mixture on top of the graham cracker base.

Cook on high (at 1000 watts) for 60 seconds, or until top of cake is set. The cake should appear dry at the edges, feel firm yet springy, and be pulling away from the mug slightly when it is done.

Step 8: Allow to Cool

Allow cake to cool and carefully remove it from the mug. Put it in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.

Step 9: Dress It Up

Now it's time to get creative! Dress your cheesecake any way you desire: berries, chocolate, or even crushed cookies!

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Bahar zl

Question 9 months ago on Introduction

My cheesecake is very fluid and i did everything as the recipe.
What s the reason

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FrancesW15

1 year ago

Is there any possibility for a sugar substitute instead of regular sugar? I'm diabetic and really want to try this recipe but need to know this before i try it

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TyrusN

1 year ago

I was searching for an alternative because I didn't feel like waiting an hour for it to bake. It actually worked and tasted great!

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kylegilbert

3 years ago

Such a great idea! Does the microwave affect the taste negatively at all?

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hellolanakylegilbert

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Not at all. The only other thing I would change a bit is to reduce the amount of egg, since the main flavor difference is that this is quite eggy, but splitting eggs is a pain, and I didn't want to make a huge serving.

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Phoghathellolana

Reply 2 years ago

if you make more than one at a time (say 3) and mix the ingredients for all at once, use 2 eggs for 3 or 4 cakes. No dividing needed

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hellolanaDaVyper

Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

Yep, that'd be a great idea! Something like 1.5-2 TB of egg beaters would be about right.

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SweetSugarFD

2 years ago

I was a little skeptical about this at first, because most mug recipes are gross. Then I made it and it was literally the best mug recipe I ever made!!

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kassesm99

2 years ago

I'm making this today. Tysm this helped a lot c:

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MaxL25

2 years ago

When mine comes out of the microwave, the top is all bubbly and broken. Halp

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Deadite02

2 years ago

Just made this waiting for it to cool. I made it with mostly chocolate creamcheese.

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cmn1022

3 years ago

cheesecake

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This looks amazing and easy! I'm in!

Am thinking: I might try lining the bottom of the mug with a large muffin paper after buttering, then putting a strip of parchment around the inside to make it easier to get it out. MIght help it cool quicker, too; and the presentation would be clean on the sides. How high does it rise inside a standard type of mug? Would it overflow in a ramekin?

As well, chocolate graham crackers would be divine with a raspberry syrup drizzled over the top before serving.

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RuthT

3 years ago on Step 2

Coconut flour or flakes for the GF crowd, here. NOM!

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lcrookston

3 years ago on Introduction

Such a great idea! Cheesecakes / cream cheese are the one thing I get insane, nagging cravings for that do not go away until I give in. I put one off for four days once, and ended up having a dream about cheesecake.

Obviously I don't want to keep a whole one around. Too bad I don't have a microwave - I might try to make a single serving vegan / paleo one to avoid my current inability to cook the egg right. :-)

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hunts7777

3 years ago on Step 9

Looks lovely and simple will have to try.

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StuNutt

3 years ago on Introduction

Hello Lana!

Please don't say the work "cheesecake" in front of me, or put it on a compute screen . . . . I'm a cheesecake nut, and just the word has me craving ch**sec*ke !

Fortunately I had one portion left in the fridge from a crummy supermarket 3-pack of far to small cheesecakes (which has now been devoured.

First thing tomorrow I'll be off to the local store for your ingredients (I think Graham Crackers are "Digestive Biscuits" in English), and I have a few microwave pots, about 3 inches diameter. That should make for a realistic portion size, and solve any question of being "too eggy"

Where's the box to vote for this ? ;) Terrific!".