These little keto gingerbread cheesecakes are fun, easy, and a perfect last minute holiday dessert recipe. They’re easy to make and have built-in portion control. And only 3 grams net carbs per serving!
I love these little keto gingerbread cheesecakes because they embody some of my favorite things.
- Keto cheesecake
- Mini desserts
Oh wait, there’s another reason I love them: they’re easy to make and delicious. Okay, maybe that’s two more reasons. Well, that just means you have plenty of reasons to make them, too.
Individual keto cheesecakes
I really do have a thing for mini keto desserts, and I am collecting quite an array of these individual cheesecake recipes. The first was my Keto Cinnamon Roll Cheesecakes, which were such a huge it, I couldn’t wait to make more.
Since then, I’ve also created Mini Nutella Cheesecakes and these fun little Keto Snickers Cheesecakes. And I have chocolate dipped keto cheesecake bites, for good measure.
Individual serving cheesecakes like these have several advantages. They’re often easier to make, they bake or set faster, and they look attractive arrayed on a platter.
And unlike a larger cheesecake, there’s no need for slicing or trying to eyeball how much to consume. One little cake is perfectly portioned for a delicious keto treat.
- Almond flour (or any nut flour, for the crust)
- Ginger and other spices
- Cream cheese
- Whipping cream
- Cocoa powder (just a little helps provide some color)
How to make Keto Gingerbread Cheesecake
- Line the muffin pans – I recommend using silicone muffin liners so that the cheesecakes don’t stick Your next best option is parchment paper.
- Room temperature ingredients – You want the cream cheese properly softened and the egg at room temperature for a creamy smooth filling. If you forget to take out the cream cheese on time, simply give it a 10 to 15 second zap in the microwave.
- Bake the crust – Pre-baking the crust before adding the filling helps prevent sogginess.
- Prepare the filling – Beat the ingredients together in the specified order until smooth.
- Adjust the spices – How much ginger you put in is up to your tastebuds. I recommend tasting the batter before you add the egg, to see what you think. The freshness of your ginger also matters, as older spices tend to lose potency.
- Look for the jiggle – You never want to bake a cheesecake until it’s completely firm, or it will be tough. So check on it frequently and shake the pan when you do. If the sides are set but the very center wobbles a bit, remove them from the oven.
- Chill until set – This keto gingerbread cheesecake needs about 2 hours in the fridge before serving.
- Garnish – as desired. I recommend some whipped cream and perhaps some keto gingerbread cookies. Or top with a few HighKey mini snickerdoodle cookies!
Frequently Asked Questions
Coconut flour does not make a very good crust, in my opinion. However, you can use any nut or seed flour, such as sunflower seed flour.
I do recommend a good brown sugar replacement for flavor, but if you don’t have any, you can use any granular sweetener plus 1 teaspoon molasses. This will add about 0.5g of carbs per cheesecake.
The crust won’t firm up properly if you use allulose or BochaSweet. It won’t be bad, it just will seem quite soft. Read my tutorial on keto sweeteners for more information.
Yes, you can use dairy-free cream cheese and some coconut milk. They may take a little bit longer to set properly so keep your eye on them.
These keto gingerbread cheesecakes should be stored in the fridge at all times and will last up to 5 days.
They can also be frozen for 2 months. Wrap them up tightly and store in a covered container.
Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoon Swerve Sweetener
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon butter melted
- 8 ounce cream cheese softened
- 6 tablespoon Swerve Brown
- 2 tablespoon heavy cream room temperature
- 1 ½ to 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- 1 large egg room temp
- Lightly sweetened whipped cream
- Mini keto cookies (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 300F. Set 6 silicone muffin liners into a 6 cavity muffin pan, or simply set them on a cookie sheet.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, ginger, and salt. Whisk in the butter until the mixture begins to clump together.
- Divide evenly among the muffins cups, pressing firmly and evenly into the bottom. Bake 10 minutes, then remove and let cool while preparing the filling.
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetener until smooth and creamy. Beat in the heavy cream, then beat in the ginger, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and cloves.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the beaters, then add the egg and beat until just combined. Do not overbeat.
- Divide the mixture among the muffin cups, filling almost all the way to the top. Bake at 300F for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sides are set but the centers still wobble slightly when shaken.
- Remove and let cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set, before removing the silicone liners.
- Top with whipped cream and a mini cookie, if desired.
Could I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?
No, they can’t be subbed for each other. You can use another nut or seed flour, though, like sunflower or pecan.
Ten stars….delicious, the perfect flavor for the holidays and the texture was luscious. Made and served for a small Christmas Eve gathering. Made a batch of mini snicker-doodle cookies to decorate with along with some whipped cream. As I look outside at the rare falling snow, I am inspired to try baking some donuts. Bought myself a cool USA donut pan for Christmas. Hope everyone had a lovely Holiday. Thanks Carolyn for inspiring me to keep cooking and baking sugar free. That is a very special gift!
Thank you for letting me know!
Lisa K. says
Might be a silly questions, but can you use confectioners swerve instead?
Yes, that works just fine.
Amazing – delicious and Keto friendly! We’ll loved your recipe!
I love treats that are already portioned out like this. So good!
These look yummy! If I were to use mini muffin cups for bite-size cheesecakes, how long would they need to bake?
I didn’t try them that way so you will simply have to experiment yourself. I’d decrease the time by at least 10 minutes and keep checking them.
I’d love to try this recipe…but no dairy for me (can use ghee instead of butter though): cuold coconut cream substitute cream cheese and would full-fat coconut whipped cream work instead of heavy cream? Since I love coconut, it wouldn’t be a problem at all if the taste would result a bit “coconutty” 😉 Thank you!
No coconut cream would not be thick enough. However you could try a good dairy free cream cheese like Kite Hill.
Matt Taylor says
These keto gingerbread cheesecakes are awesome! Definitely going to share these with my brother who is on the keto diet.
Gingerbread is one of my all time favs and I love cheesecake! Can you use just egg white(s) as I cannot have the yolk?
I would think so, yes.
Hi Carol! I love your website and recipes 🙂 I also had a question..would doubling the recipe work for making it into a pie via a standard pie pan? I really would like to make this and needed some tips and your input before proceeding. Thanks in advance!
Please look at my Cranberry Cheesecake Pie recipe for amounts. I think you’d need to more than double it if you want the crust to go up the sides. I am not entirely sure of the amounts but that recipe will guide you.
These are in the oven, and I can tell just by taste testing the cream cheese filling for gingerness, these mini cheese cakes are going to be a huge hit in my house.
Thanks, Carolyn for making me look like a keto baking wizard!
Yay, so glad!
These look delicious. Our first Christmas being Keto but love baking during the season. Can’t wait to see what else you make over the coming days.
Nicole Wiwchar says
Im just wondering if these could be made ahead of time and frozen? They look amazing!
I think that would probably be okay. I froze half of my pumpkin gooey butter cake and it thawed beautifully!