Cuban Mini Guava Cheesecakes

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Looking for easy-to-make sweet treats for your next summer party? These CUBAN GUAVA MINI CHEESECAKES are just what you need. Tropical-flavored, rich, and smooth they will make your taste buds want to come back for more. Best of all, they are no bake!

 

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If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I am a cheesecake super fan. What’s not to love about a luxurious, creamy cake, surrounded by a sweet graham cracker crust? Unless you’re lactose-intolerant, the answer is nothing!

 

What’s better than cheesecake? Mini cheesecakes!

 

They’re basically cheesecake-cupcakes. Mini cheesecakes are perfect for holidays, dinner parties, and to help with portion control; however, there’s no stopping you from eating four of them in one sitting. Have you ever heard of that theory that every food tastes better when it’s tiny? I’m a believer, but maybe because bite-sized food means you can eat more of it, right?

 

Because I am a cheesecake fanatic, I pay meticulous attention to the consistency of my cheesecake, the balance of ingredients, and its appearance. You can always buy a pre-made crust in the store, but I love to make mine from scratch. I watch the mixer like a hawk when beating together my ingredients.

 

My whole focus is on the cheesecake when I remove the springform pan after baking. Luckily, for this recipe, my concerns about messing up the cheesecake’s appearance are put to rest, because all I need to do is place cupcake liners into the muffin tin and they come out clean.

 

Classic, New York – style cheesecake is divine, but if you’ve never tried switching up the flavors, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone. I’ve seen a huge variety of cheesecake flavors, from strawberry to cookies and cream, to peanut butter chocolate.

 

I’m also proud of my own cheesecake collection, from tiramisu cheesecake to baklava cheesecake fusion and brownie pumpkin cheesecake, to name just a few. If you’re looking to try something more exotic, you’ve come to the right place. The GUAVA in this recipe contrasts the savory CHEESECAKE by adding a little sweetness to it, but it’s not overbearing.

 

Mini no-bake cheesecakes with guava paste

 

What is GUAVA?

 

This tropical fruit is native to Mexico and Central America and has started to be introduced to other regions, such as South Florida. Eaten raw, people will cut the fruit into quarters or eat like an apple. It is popular in some countries to season the fruit with salt and pepper or a mixture of seasonings.

 

Brazilians eat guava paste (Goiabada or Pasta de Guayaba) with Minas cheese, a combination they refer to as “Romeo and Juliet”. In Cuba, guava paste is to their Thanksgiving (El Sanguibin) what pumpkin is to ours. Because of its high level of pectin, guavas are typically used for candies, jellies, preserves, and jams. Guava is also popular as a dried snack, in fruit bars, and as an ingredient in beverages.

 

Just for fun, I’ll mention that guavas are high in fiber and vitamin C, but I don’t want to fool you into thinking that these mini cheesecakes are a “healthy dessert option.” It is drizzled right on top of classic cheesecake so don’t fool yourself!

 

On that note, some guava-cheesecake recipes will have you mix in your guava paste with your cheesecake mix, but I chose to keep the cheesecake as is with this pretty little addition on top. Well, aside from looking beautiful, the flavors stand apart in each bite and create a beautiful contrast of luscious cheesecake with sweet, fruity topping.

 

Have you preheated your oven yet? No need to do it! These babies are no-bake. Just when you think this recipe can’t get any better, ha! Don’t say I didn’t warn you about eating a good portion of the batch in the one sitting, though.

 

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Cuban Mini Guava Cheesecakes

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INGREDIENTS:
Makes 12

For the crust

  • 15 Maria cookies (or 1 cup graham cracker crumbs)
  • 4 tbsp melted butter

 

For the filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 7 ounces minced guava paste (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup water

 

~ Free Tip ~

Instead of mini cheesecakes, make a traditional cheesecake in a 9-inch pie pan.

 

 

ESSENTIALS

for Mini Guava Cheesecakes


 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Add Maria cookies to a food processor and pulse until the cookies are crushed into fine crumbs. Add melted butter and process to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin wrappers, or line ring molds with parchment paper.
  3. Place 1 ½ tablespoons of the cookie mixture into the bottom of each mold. Press the mixture down firmly to form the crust.
  4. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until fully combined. Top the crust with cream cheese mixture.
  6. In a small saucepan, add guava paste and water. Use medium heat to melt the guava paste, stirring occasionally.
  7. Using a spoon, pour the melted guava paste over the cheesecakes and refrigerate before serving. Top with whipped cream if desired.

 

Perfect for summer parties, these Cuban mini guava cheesecakes are no bake and extremely delicious.

Rich and creamy, tropical mini cheesecakes with guava paste

 

Mini Guava Cheesecakes
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
These no-bake Cuban Mini Guava Cheesecakes with rich and smooth tropical flavor will make your taste buds want to come back for more.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: cheesecake
Servings: 12
Author: Jas
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 15 Maria cookies or 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
For the filling
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Juice from 1/2 lime
  • 7 ounces minced guava paste about 1 cup
  • 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. Add Maria cookies to a food processor and pulse until the cookies are crushed into fine crumbs. Add melted butter and process to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of wet sand.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin wrappers, or line ring molds with parchment paper.
  3. Place 1 ½ tablespoons of the cookie mixture into the bottom of each mold. Press the mixture down firmly to form the crust.
  4. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk heavy cream until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until fully combined. Top the crust with cream cheese mixture.
  6. In a small saucepan, add guava paste and water. Use medium heat to melt the guava paste, stirring occasionally.
  7. Using a spoon, pour the melted guava paste over the cheesecakes and refrigerate before serving. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Instead of mini cheesecakes, make a traditional cheesecake in a 9-inch pie pan.

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23 Comment

  1. Reply
    acraftymix
    August 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Nummy and it’s no bake too, just a bit of heavy whipping and mixing and it’s done. It couldn’t get better than that. And I love guavas too. We just to have a guava tree at out previous house and I miss it so. My taste buds start going crazy just imagining their smell when you cut them open. It’s so distinctive. Can’t wait to try this one

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Easy peasy. I have yet to try fresh guava fruit. I don’t think I can buy it here, but I’ll keep looking. 🙂

  2. Reply
    ainfanti15
    August 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    These look amazing. I love how they have been cut into little circles. Reminds me of a cherry cheesecake my mom makes.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you, they were made in cupcake liners, rather than cut into circles but I like how you’re thinking 🙂

  3. Reply
    Jenny Sparmo
    August 3, 2018 at 10:01 am

    My husband loves guava. These mini cheesecakes look amazing! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  4. Reply
    Marissa Zheng | Squirrels of a Feather
    August 3, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I sure do love guava! I bet my kids would love this recipe too. 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      It’s loved by every age group. 🙂 Thank you for stopping in, Marissa!

  5. Reply
    Hilda
    August 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

    These look so tasty, and I admit I am more likely to indulge in such a dessert when they are diminutive, even though I am likely to have more. The guava flavour with the cake is brilliant. Thanks for posting and joining us here at Fiesta Friday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Isn’t that the truth? We eat more when we think we’re eating less, LOL.

  6. Reply
    CakePants
    August 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I just recently went to a Cuban restaurant for the first time, where I (of course) tried the guava cheesecake – it was phenomenal, so I’m super excited to see a recipe like this one to make it at home! I love that this is no bake, too. I’ll have to keep an eye out for guava paste. Is this something you’ve been able to find in grocery stores, or do you order it online? Thanks for bringing these treats to Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Wow, how about that? 😀
      I ordered guava paste online (link in the Essentials box here in the post) but some grocery stores might carry it too. Have fun making it and, of course, more fun eating it!

  7. Reply
    Lathiya
    August 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Those mini cheesecakes looks amazing…

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      So happy you like them, Lathiya! They were a hit with our dinner company 🙂

  8. Reply
    Amy (Savory Moments)
    August 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    These look amazing – love that you used guava here!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Amy! We truly loved it 🙂

  9. Reply
    Irene
    August 3, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Looks so elegant, and sounds delicious!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you much, Irene! 😀

  10. Reply
    Amy
    August 5, 2018 at 1:08 am

    These guava cheesecakes look so good. Guava always reminds me of my mother, as she did love guava. But I rarely see a recipe using Guavas, so I was excited to happen upon this recipe. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Food always triggers the fondest memories, doesn’t it? Now that I discovered guava, I have a couple more easy recipes to share. Stay tuned 🙂

  11. Reply
    Miz Helen
    August 7, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I love Guava and this will be a very special treat! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for posting with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 8, 2018 at 8:21 am

      These are really special, Miz Helen. The best part, easy to make 🙂

  12. Reply
    Angelina
    August 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    oh man I love guava and these sound so refreshing! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things – I’ll be featuring you tomorrow! Angelina @ Petite Haus

    1. Reply
      Jas
      August 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you for the honor, Angelina! Much appreciated 😀

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