Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts. Miniature cheesecakes are even better because you can enjoy the full flavor of cheesecake in two bites. Then you don’t feel quite as guilty either. Another one of my favorites flavors is hazelnut, more specifically cocoa mixed with hazelnut. You all know I’m referring to Nutella. If I buy a jar it doesn’t last long in this house.

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Problem is that Nutella is pretty pricey so I don’t buy it as often as my family would like. So one day I was grocery shopping and saw that Jif had their own chocolate hazelnut spread on the market! It was less expensive than Nutella, so I grabbed a jar and we put it to the test. In my opinion, and my family’s opinion, it’s just as delicious as Nutella.

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Then one day Jif contacted me and asked if I was interested in trying their new spread. I told them that I already had and was already a fan, so they sent me some more. Included in the package was their Mocha Cappuccino flavored hazelnut spread as well as the standard chocolate. So I decided to make these miniature cheesecakes.

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Jif also sent me box of brownie mix, so I chose to use that for the crust of the cheesecakes. You could certainly use your favorite brownie mix or homemade brownie recipe just as easily.

These little cheesecakes were a huge hit around here and so was Jif’s hazelnut spread. If you haven’t spotted in the stores yet, look for it. It’s delish!

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie CrustFull instructions are in the printable version below. First you’ll measure out the mocha spread and the cream cheese and mix them together with a few other ingredients. After par-baking the brownie in the mini cheesecake pan, add enough cream cheese batter to top them off.

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie CrustLet them cool them remove them from the pan. Make a ganache using the chocolate flavored spread and drizzle the finished cakes.

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

I only have one mini cheesecake pan, so I made a couple batches in that, then I put the rest in a small springform pan to save me some time in the kitchen. Had I been making these for a party I would have made them all miniature. In fact, I think it’s time for me to buy a second mini cheesecake pan, don’t you think? :)

Credit: I used this Nutella Cheesecake recipe as the base for mine and adapted it to fit my needs. I read several comments that omitting the sugar was a good idea, I also added egg and changed a few other things. Enjoy!


WINNER: The winner of this giveaway was Jen Marrs, comment #21. Thanks so much to all who entered!

JIF winner
Jif has generously offered to provide a Jif Hazelnut Spread Tasting Kit to one lucky ready valued at $100.00! You must have a U.S. shipping address to be eligible for this prize. Giveaway ends on July 31, 2012 at noon CST.

Here’s what you will receive if you win:

  • Jif Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • Jif Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • Homemade Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Folgers Black Silk Coffee
  • Silver Spoon
  • Recipes and Tips
  • $50 AMEX Gift Card

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Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 37 minutes

Total Time: 57 minutes

Yield: 48

Serving Size: 2

Mocha Hazelnut Mini Cheesecakes with Brownie Crust


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces (1/2 jar) Jif Mocha Cappuccino hazelnut spread
  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Ganache
  • 1/3 cup Jif Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add hazelnut spread and beat until homogenous.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the box. Place one tablespoon of brownie batter into the bottoms of a mini cheesecake pan. Bake the brownie for 15 minutes, or until lightly set.
  3. If different than brownie baking temperature, preheat oven to 350 F.
  4. Top the brownie crusts in the mini cheesecake pan cups until just full with hazelnut cream cheese batter. Bake for 22 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and cool in pan five minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. Prepare ganache by heating cream in the microwave until bubbly. Combine hot cream with hazelnut spread and stir until smooth. Drizzle over mini cheesecakes.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


  1. Margo says

    True confessions…I’ve never used any chocolate hazelnut spread…but this recipe is changing ALL of that! Can’t wait to make these for an upcoming girls weekend! YAY!!

  2. Margo says

    I like Amanda’s Cookin’ on Facebook. Ok, that’s a lie…I LOVE Amanda’s cookin’ on Facebook, only there’s not button for that! =)

  3. Shari, The Saucy Gourmet says

    OMG, I have never noticed Jif had a chocolate hazelnut spread! I can’t wait to try it on my morning toast!!

  4. says

    What an awesome giveaway! My favorite way to enjoy chocolate hazelnut spread is to fill them in between 2 slices of bread and make French Toasts! So good!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  5. Shari, The Saucy Gourmet says

    Oh I gotta try the Brownie Cupcakes with Hazelnut Buttercream frosting on the Jif site

  6. says

    Didn’t know there are so many wonderful recipes on Jif’s site. Thanks for introducing me to their site. I love this Mocha Cappuccino Milkshake the most. Can’t wait to give that a try.

  7. lisa behsman says

    I enjoy eating hazelnut spread with my daughter Brooke, she gets it all over her face and enjoys every minute of it!

  8. says

    Amanda, these look amazing. I remember you talking about them and I can see why. Decadent is the word that comes to my mind. My favorite way to eat the spread is right out of the jar, with a big old spoon. I actually found this at the grocery and bought it. We haven’t tried it yet but I told my daughter when we bought it that Amanda said it was as good as the expensive stuff!

  9. Georgiana says

    I love enjoying smooth hazelnut spread on a hot crisp piece of whole grain toast! Mmmm! Melts in your mouth!

  10. Georgiana says

    The Jif Mocha Cappuccino Milkshake on their recipe page sounds so heavenly and perfectly refreshing for summertime!

  11. Renata says

    I love hazelnut spread on a pb & j sandwich! With strawberry jam, it tastes like heavenly chocolate-covered strawberries!

  12. says

    A few recipes caught my eye… Cranberry Chutney & Peanut Butter Roll-Ups (except I need to figure out how to make them gluten-free!), Peanut Butter Hummus, and Bananaramas (cookies). Thank you for offering this fun giveaway!

  13. Teresa says

    We found it in WalMart! We love it. The kids put it on pancakes, crackers, cupcakes, and in cookies.

  14. Norma says

    I love it swirled on to a warm piece of banana bread and swirled in to brownies just before baking. Soooo gooood!!!

  15. Kevin H says

    I enjoy Chocolate Hazelnut spread so many ways! I think the best way is with a spoon right out of the jar. Though making it into delicious baked goods like the one shown here is second best.

    Another way I enjoy it is when the jar is practically empty to pour in some milk, shake, shake, shake, let sit then drink.

    I am always looking for new recipes so I have liked your Facebook page and shared the link because a lot of my friends love Chocolate hazelnut spread as well.

  16. Mary says

    My favorite way to enjoy chocolate hazelnut spread is with a spoon, two spoons even better. One for Jif choc hazelnut spread and and one for Jif peanut buter.Alternate a spoon of each…Yum

  17. Christie says

    I was first introduced to this yumminess on a trip to
    Germany. I was in college and was on a mission trip.
    we could not believe how good it tasted on toast!!!

  18. vavaof4 says

    What does it mean when said to beat until homogenous? Never heard of this phrase before. Does it mean until it’s well blended?

  19. Lynne says

    I love to make a sandwich with chocolate hazelnut spread and peanut butter on whole wheat bread. Also, just dipping pretzels thins in it is sooo delicious. Thank you and Jif for the giveaway and the opportunity to win. It just so happens that Jif is my favorite peanut butter. I love the crunchy!!! Thanks again.

  20. Lynne says

    A recipe on Jif’s website that caught my eye is the Hazelnut Boston Cream Cupcake. I bet they’re wonderful!! Thanks again for the opportunity to win! It’s very much appreciated.

  21. jenny says

    My favorite way is to mix it into my rice crispie treats!
    My teenage son will eat a nutella sandwich every day after his run, but his favorite sandwich was when we were camping and made pie iron sandwiches with nutella and marshmellows…. he was a very happy boy after that experiment!

  22. jacquie says

    i have never used a chocolate hazelnut spread so i don’t have a favorite way though i imagine it would taste fantastic on most quick breads and muffins or spread on a graham cracker. your recipe looks pretty fantastic also.

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