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Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce


Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecakes with Beer Camel Sauce 3


I’m the kind of girl that brings beer to a baby shower.

Which works out well, when it’s a digital baby shower for the kind of girl who likes those sorts of things. Like my friend Bev who, in her multi tasking ways, is in the process of growing not one but two tiny humans in her guts. Which, in my book, means that she earned herself a few beers once her womb has been vacated.

The blogging community, much like the beer community, is about collaboration. It’s a rising tide lifts all ships, lets compare notes, share resource and support each other environment. We cheer each others successes, grieve with each other, Digital Bake Sale for each other, and throw these online parties to commemorate milestones. It’s a great community to be a part of. And I’ll never stop being grateful that I’ve found my way here.

In honor of Bev who is so crafty she makes two people at once, I’ve made some miniature beer infused cheesecakes. But don’t worry, the alcohol has cook off enough to make it safe for Pregnant Lady consumption*.


Mini Chocolate Stout Cheesecake with Salted Beer Caramel Sauce


For the Crust:

  • 3 cups mini pretzel twists
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 4 tbs melted butter

For the Cheesecake:

  • 3 oz about ½ cup dark chocolate (60%)
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate Stout
  • 8 wt oz cream cheese softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs light corn syrup
  • ½ cup stout
  • 3 tbs butter cut into cubes
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sea salt


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a food processor add the pretzels, flour and brown sugar. Process until just crumbs. While the food processor is running, slowly add the melted butter until well combined.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of crust to each wells of a mini cheesecake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (if you don’t have a mini cheesecake pan, use muffin tins or mini muffin tins lined with cupcake papers). Press the crust firmly until compacted.
  • In the top of a double boiler over gently simmering water add the chocolate and the beer, stir until well combined and melted. Remove from heat, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer add the cream cheese, beat until light and creamy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined.
  • Add the egg, beating until well combined.
  • Add the flour, coco powder, salt and espresso powder, stir until just combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate mixture until well combined.
  • Add the cheesecake batter on top of the crust until wells are about 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350 until the cheesecakes are set and top has puffed slightly, about 20-25 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your mini cheesecakes).
  • Allow to cool to room temperature, while the cheesecakes cool a dip will form in the top.
  • While the cheesecakes bake, make the sauce.
  • In a saucepan over high heat add the sugar, beer and corn syrup. Whisk until sugar has melted, then stop stirring.
  • Allow to boil until dark golden brown and has reached 230 on a candy thermometer, about 6-8 minutes. Turn off heat and immediately stir in the butter and the vanilla ( mixture will bubbly up furiously). Allow to cool for about ten minutes.
  • Once cool, remove cheesecakes from pan (if using the mini pans, it may be necessary to run a sharp knife around the edges).
  • Gently spoon the caramel into the well that formed in the top of the cheesecakes.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

*Disclaimer: consuming alcohol while pregnant is ill-advised. If you have concerns about the consumption of cooked alcohol while pregnant, consult your doctor. I’m not a physician, taking medical advice from me is also ill-advised. If you want more information about the rate at which alcohol cooks off, read this.


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Sarah | The Sugar Hit December 10, 2013 um 1:49 am

Love this, love Bev, love blogging, love beer.


Karen Marie December 10, 2013 um 3:36 am


For the cream cheese, is it only one 8 oz package? The recipe reads:

8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened

Sounds like it may be multiple packages.

Thank you.



Jackie December 10, 2013 um 7:33 am

I took out the word "packages" to make it less confusing, just 8 wt ounces.


Katrina @ WVS December 10, 2013 um 5:32 am

I am digging these sooooo hard. LOVE that sauce!


CT December 10, 2013 um 5:35 am

How many "packages" of cream cheese? Can’t wait to make this!


Jackie December 10, 2013 um 7:32 am

just one, 8 oz package.


shelly (cookies and cups) December 10, 2013 um 5:43 am

I’ll take a whole glass of the caramel sauce please!


DessertForTwo December 10, 2013 um 7:08 am

hehe! I love that you brought beer! 🙂

You’re so right–this internet community is amazing!


Aimee @ Simple Bites December 10, 2013 um 7:25 am

Amazing recipe! These have me convinced to head straight for the dessert table at this shower. 😉


Bev @ Bev Cooks December 10, 2013 um 7:57 am

Ummmmmm, yes. Times 20 million.

Jackie, these are amazing! I’d eat these right NOW, since the booze cooks off. But I can assure you, I plan on revisiting a few beers (and wine) as soon as these babies are in air. Is 20 minutes after birth too soon?

THANK YOU for being a part of today’s surprise! And I love that I know you in person. Remember Seattle? That was dumb. Of course you do.

This community is incredible. Thank you so much!


Sophia @ NY Foodgasm December 10, 2013 um 9:16 am

LOVE this recipe! I made a similar cheesecake, but it was not perfect, it didn’t have beer either, LOL! But I am gonna try again with some of the tips here! I love a pretzel crust!


Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 10, 2013 um 10:03 am

This is everything I love about dessert!!!


Kathy – Panini Happy December 10, 2013 um 12:18 pm

"I’m the kind of girl that brings beer to a baby shower." – and that’s why I like you! 🙂 I will eat Bev’s mini cheesecake for her until she is able.


Heather || Heather’s Dish December 10, 2013 um 1:00 pm

All I’m saying is that I’d totally have eaten all of these if I’d had them at my shower. Mini means you can eat more, right?!


Kezia December 10, 2013 um 2:30 pm

Sounds amazing! Quick questions, I see egg(s) as plural but the qty only specifies one. However in the directions it says to add eggs one at a time. Is only one egg required or more?


Jackie December 10, 2013 um 2:57 pm

No, I fixed, not sure how that happened! Just one egg.


Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet December 10, 2013 um 3:04 pm

Woah! Now this is one fabulous treat for a shower. Pinning!


Shaina December 10, 2013 um 5:49 pm

I think I stopped breathing. This is my idea of the perfect dessert. I need them.


Megan {Country Cleaver} December 10, 2013 um 6:50 pm

I’m a firm believer that there always needs to be one boozy drink or treat for the non-preggo participants! And girlfriend you totally know how to throw a baby shower. Love it!


Laurie {Simply Scratch} December 10, 2013 um 9:16 pm

Jackie you amaze me… these are so badass and I love’em!


Lisa [With Style & Grace] December 10, 2013 um 9:43 pm

These are so perfect! And I love that you’re the girl who brings beer. I bring wine.


brandi December 11, 2013 um 6:32 am

i love that you bring beer to everything. it’s necessary! these are the cutest little things. and seriously. that caramel? I want it on everything.


addie | culicurious December 11, 2013 um 11:18 am

Yum, these look like great holiday party snacks. 🙂 They’d definitely brighten up any baby shower!


dishing up the dirt December 11, 2013 um 3:04 pm

Love this and I love Bev. Delicous!


Paula – bell’alimento December 12, 2013 um 3:02 am

Oh my! These mini cheesecakes look delicious! I had to share on FB.


Kaley December 12, 2013 um 5:50 am

I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
Keep up the great works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll.


aida mollenkamp December 20, 2013 um 11:13 am

Such an awesome addition to the shower!


brigette December 31, 2013 um 9:32 am

I saw Vanilla but didn’t see how much in the caramel sauce, so I didn’t use any


Jackie December 31, 2013 um 11:48 am

1/2 teaspoon 🙂


sarah January 25, 2014 um 7:56 am

LOVE your recipes! I’m super excited to make these today using my husband’s freshly brewed Chocolate Espresso Stout for a home brew & food pairing party with friends later today. I have to use a muffin tin with liners-should I spray the liners with cooking spray?? Thanks!


Jackie January 25, 2014 um 9:13 am

Nope! Just use liners and then make sure to chill them and they should remove from the liners just fine.


Sonia April 24, 2014 um 8:00 pm

I made this recipe over the weekend for my husband to take to work. I used his homemade stout and I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything fit together. I am not a fan of how "fussy" this recipe is and how much time it took to make everything but it was definitely worth it in the end. Thanks for a really interesting recipe using beer!


adrienne September 10, 2014 um 2:04 pm

A friend of mine emailed me this recipe and requested i make it for is birthday. It sounds great, but I would prefer to make one large cheesecake. Do you have suggestions for adapting it? Thank you!!!


Jackie September 10, 2014 um 2:28 pm

If I were you I’d do this recipe instead, but use the caramel sauce instead of the sour cream topping


Erin January 15, 2016 um 6:05 pm

How many cheesecakes does this make? My pan has 24 cavities. Should I double the recipe?


Jackie January 17, 2016 um 11:22 am

It will make 24 really small mini cheesecakes


Julie Smolders April 26, 2016 um 11:00 am

I’ve made these twice now and they are so delicious and rich! I’ve received lots of great compliments! You should see their face when they take a bite! Thank you for the recipe!


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