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Easy Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes are a delicious twist on your standard cupcake. It’s a strawberry swirled mini cheesecake that sits on top of a lemon cookie. What’s not to love?

Bird's eye view Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes in a muffin pan.

As far as I can tell, Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes originated with Martha Stewart’s Cupcake cookbook back in 2009. Since then it’s been a popular dessert ever since. I decided to give my own twist on it, and instead of cookies and cream, I have given it my own lemon strawberry twist.

  • Can I Eat These Warm?

    Of course, you can, but just like cheesecake it better served cold. In fact, I would even refrigerate them a little bit before I even bit into them.
  • Can I Use a Different Jam?

    Yes, you can. We think strawberry jam goes the best though with the lemon sandwich cookies. If you do have a whole bunch of jams already in your fridge it could be a fun experiment to make cheesecake cupcakes with different flavors.
  • What kind of sandwich cookie should I use?

    In the photos and video we used a lemon Oreo cookie as our cookie base. We found that it gave the best flavor combination. Lemon paired with strawberry is a winner! You may also use vanilla Oreos (or their off-brand generic counterparts) or even regular Oreos.  If you are looking for a cheesecake cupcake recipe that will solve your chocolate craving with these Fudge Swirled Oreo Bottom Cheesecake Cupcakes. 

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake unwrapped with a bite taken out of it.
Easy Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes are a delicious twist on your standard cupcake. It's a strawberry swirled mini cheesecake that sits on top of a lemon cookie. What's not to love?
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
  • 18 lemon sandwich cookies
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Place a lemon sandwich cookie in the bottom of each one.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Beat in vanilla extract, eggs, sour cream, and salt. Continue beating until combined and smooth.
  • Spoon about 2 heaping tablespoons of cheesecake batter to each muffin cup to fill ¾ full.
  • Warm the strawberry jam in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir. Place a scant teaspoon of warm jam into each cupcake. Use a toothpick or butter knife to gently swirl the jam into the cheesecake mix.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until filling is set. Cool completely in the tin before removing. Store in refrigerator.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 68mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake cupcakes
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Kathryn Bushell
December 22, 2018 9:05 am

These sound delicious, so glad I subscribed to the newsletter. Looking forward to trying them.

August 27, 2020 7:45 pm

4 stars
These were pretty good. I forgot salt. But the cookie part was hard to bite. It didn’t soften like I thought.

December 22, 2019 11:30 am

Can you use cherry pie filling instead of the jam?

January 9, 2020 11:29 am
Reply to  Pat

You can, but cherries maybe a little too big for the cheesecake cupcakes.

March 27, 2019 5:40 pm

5 stars
Can these be made without the cookie and made with grahm cracker cookie crumbs? Would it be same cooking time?

December 22, 2018 8:01 am

5 stars
These cookies worked out great, thank you for this recipe! The lemon cookies are perfect at Christmas time! This was a great addition to the baking we do around the holidays. The recipe was also very easy for my daughter to put together.
Merry Christmas!!

December 19, 2018 7:32 pm

5 stars
I would do it on butter cookies instead or gingersnaps,because it’s Christmas with colorful white chocolate chips

December 19, 2018 10:29 am

5 stars
These look delicious and easy to make thanks

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