Mini Margarita Cheesecakes


These Mini Margarita Cheesecakes, baked in a mason jar with an edible cactus garnish, are as delicious as they are cute!

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Mini Margarita Cheesecakes:

Moving on to my favorite part of any celebration, it’s time for dessert! In case you’ve just come to the fiesta, IBC is celebrating Cinco de Mayo all this week! Click here for all of my Cinco de Mayo recipes and party ideas. Today, we are making these Mini Margarita Cheesecakes!

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Having had cocktails and dinner, we’re now ready for dessert.

Inspired by the ever-popular mini cheesecakes I made a few years ago, these are the perfect way to end your feast! The cheesecake itself is out-of-this-world good, but my favorite part is the candy cactus that garnishes each mini cheesecake.

It’s beyond perfect for Cinco de Mayo, and you won’t believe how easy it is to make.

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How to make Mini Cheesecakes:

First, let’s talk about these mini cheesecakes. I think there is something special about single serving dishes. Giving each of your guests a miniature dessert is a surefire way to make them feel important. Here I’ve used small (4 ounce) mason jars to bake up the cheesecakes.

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The base is a traditional graham cracker crust while the cheesecake is flavored like a margarita with a splash of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime.

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Mini Margarita Cheesecakes | #IBCcincodemayo

While the flavoring is very subtle, it gives the cheesecake a uniquely fresh quality. It’s the perfect little addition.

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Mini Margarita Cheesecakes | #IBCcincodemayo

With the cheesecakes prepared, let’s talk about these cactus garnishes.

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Are they not the cutest things you’ve ever seen? Along with my mini piñatas, these might be the favorite thing about my Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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chocolate cactus

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They are really simple to make, too. Just melt colored candy melts (I used green, light blue mixed with green, and yellow mixed with green.) and pipe them onto wax paper. To add to their cuteness factor, I also made a couple edible sugar flowers. Bam!

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Just pop them on the top of your mini cheesecakes and they are ready to go. Let’s dig in.

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Want more mason jar recipes? Try these:

Don’t you just love those cacti? These Mini Margarita Cheesecakes are the perfect way to end such a festive celebration.

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Have no fear though, while it’s nearing the end, our Cinco de Mayo party is not quite complete. Join me back here tomorrow for our final treat. I’m going to show you how to make some adorable piñata boxes that can be used as decor and double as favors for your guests.

And just in case you missed an part of this celebration, you can access everything here. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Margarita Cheesecake Recipe:

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, margarita, mini dessert
Servings: 24
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
These Mini Margarita Cheesecakes, baked in a mason jar with an edible cactus garnish, are as delicious as they are cute!


  • 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup butter - melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, - softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons Sauza® tequila
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 mason jars - 4 ounce size
  • Colored candy melts for garnish*


  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed graham crackers, sugar, and butter.
  • Press two large tablespoonfuls into each mason jar. Use a clean cork (from a wine bottle) or something similar to press the mixture tightly into the jar. Set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly pour in the condensed milk. Beat again. Add the lime zest, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Beat until smooth.
  • Finally, add the eggs and mix well.
  • Scoop the batter into the jars until about three-quarters full. (About 3 large tablespoons per jar.)
  • Place the jars into two 13x9" baking pans. Twelve jars per pan. Then fill the pans with hot water. The water level will be about halfway up the jars. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes or just before the cheesecakes begin to brown.
  • Carefully remove the pans from the oven. (The pans and the water will be very hot.) Using a towel or oven mitt, remove the jars from the water and allow them to cool completely.


*To make the candy cacti, you'll need about 1 cup of candy melts. Line your counter with waxed paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the candy in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between, until melted. Place the melted candy into a pastry bag (or plastic baggie). Snip of the corner off the baggie. Pipe cactus shapes onto the waxed paper. Garnish with a candy flower before they set. Chill completely before removing them from the wax paper. Use the cacti to garnish your cooled mini cheesecakes.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 111mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 251IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg
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  • Susana at

    Looks so good! Can I use paper cupcakes fillers instead of the jars, just because I don’t have them at hand? And just put the cupcake tray in the oven without the water covering?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m not sure. I’ve never made this recipe with cupcake liners so I’m not sure how it would work.

      xo Michael

  • Allyson at

    Love the cute cheesecakes. However my 4oz jars must have very different dimensions than yours. I had to double the graham cracker crust recipe and make another 1/2 batch of cheesecake batter to get 24. Although 3 tbsp of the batter did fill the jar to 2/3 full. Not sure what happened. Excited to serve these tomorrow. Thanks!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for letting me know Allyson – maybe I need to adjust my yield. I’ll have to do some testing. Thank you!

  • Deirdre at

    I am wondering if I can bake them in disposable aluminum pans? It is a long story, but I currently do not have access to my 13×9 pans.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I wouldn’t recommend it. Those pans can be flimsy. Once filled with very hot water and the jars, I’m afraid it would be too heavy for those disposable pans. Maybe you have another baking pan that could work – a glass baking dish? a dutch oven?

      xo Michael

  • Sarah at

    Do you think the alcohol cooks off? Trying to decide if I need to make some without for the kiddos

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hmmmm. It’s only a small amount of alcohol given the number it serves. I think you should be fine. According to google about 35% of the alcohol bakes off during a 30 minute period.

      I honestly don’t think the kids would notice, though they may not like the stubble taste of tequila.

      xo Michael

  • Marsha Byers at

    I have made the “plain” ones for Christmas. They are awesome! Can’t wait to try these. Thank you.

  • Judy Chezem at

    Love these! Can you tell me where you got the jars?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! They are just from Walmart.

      xo Michael

  • Pam Forncrook at

    How far ahead can these be made and can you freeze them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You could make them a day in advance. I would not recommend freezing them.

      xo Michael

  • Leslie Noll at

    Michael, you have awesome ideas!!! So creative?

  • Kendra Divine at

    Love this idea. Super excited to try and take to our work party this week!

  • Roxana at

    Those cactus are so adorable! What a perfect treat to end Cinco De Mayo!

  • Jennifer at

    Michael, I think this wins the internet today … cutest edible cactus, ever!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh gosh! Really?! You’re too sweet. Thank you!!!

      xo Michael

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