Cheesecake Yogurt Chocolate Cups

So…I don’t know what to say about these.

For two weeks, I didn’t think they would happen. I failed every time I tried to make them. And for the past two weeks, I’ve been a little mad every time I looked at these pictures because they took me so long to finally get right.

I tried filling these cups with frozen yogurt. Fail. But I know what I did wrong, so that will be happening. Soon.

Then I tried the first batch of cheesecake filling. Fail #2. Ditto above.

One more batch of cheesecake filling. Fail #3. Have no idea what went wrong! I was sure those would make it.

I was about to give up, eat the melted chocolate on its own and use the yogurt in my breakfast. Again.

Seriously. It’s melted chocolate and a filling. How hard can this be?

But finally. Four tries, a little tweaking, and a little bit of patience, and they’re finally here.

The filling isn’t like a real slice of cheesecake, but the flavor is there. I couldn’t figure out how to get the fluffy texture without baking a whole cheesecake, cutting out rounds, and putting those in the chocolate cups. And after already having 3 failures in the span of 2 days, I wasn’t about to bake an entire cheesecake just to see if it worked.

But…I may just try that for the next batch.

Cheesecake Yogurt Chocolate Cups

Makes: 8 cups or 12-16 mini cups


  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest


  1. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of the chocolate chips into a glass bowl and either heat over a pan of simmering water or melt in the microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds, until the chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
  2. Stir in the last 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips and mix together until all the chocolate is smooth and glossy.
  3. Drop a spoonful of the melted chocolate into 8 cupcake liners. Use a spoon to spread the chocolate into an even layer and bring the chocolate up the sides of the liners to help keep the filling in the cup.
  4. Put the chocolate cups in the fridge while you mix the filling.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with a 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar. Taste. If you want it a little sweeter, add some more powdered sugar and mix until there are no more lumps.
  6. Mix the greek yogurt and orange zest into the cream cheese mixture.
  7. Once the chocolate cups have set, take them out of the fridge and drop a spoonful of the cream cheese filling into each one. Spread the filling into an even layer.
  8. Place the cups back in the fridge for about 5 minutes to let the cheesecake filling firm up a little bit.
  9. Take the cups back out, stir the rest of your melted chocolate (reheat for a few seconds if you need to), and drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the cheesecake filling. Gently spread the chocolate over the filling, then put the cups back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate has hardened.
  10. Remove from liners and serve.

51 Responses to “Cheesecake Yogurt Chocolate Cups”

  1. #
    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — June 19, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Oh girl — these look TOO good!!! Way to go for sticking with the idea. Fourth time’s a charm!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      ha, apparently!

  2. #
    Kathryn — June 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I will eat yogurt in any form but even better if it’s wrapped up in chocolate!

  3. #
    Kristy @ Southern In-Law — June 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

    What a smart idea! I love this!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Kristy!

  4. #
    Shannon — June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    oh boy, those do sound heavenly! glad you persevered for us :)

  5. #
    Lauren — June 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Oh girl, these look great! And such minimal ingredients! Who would have thought?

  6. #
    Joanne — June 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m sorry these gave you so much trouble! But really…I’m not because they look amazing and oh so worth it!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      me too. i was so irritated with these things…but then I ate one. And everything was okay.

  7. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Well, looks like your efforts were worth it because these sound amazing!

  8. #
    Gillian — June 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    These look divine! I’ve been obsessed with making my healthy peppermint patties lately – but these are on my list next!!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      we can trade! i haven’t made homemade peppermint patties yet, but they’re on MY list! :)

  9. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Love this! I saw something kinda similar on pinterest a while back with greek yogurt and wondered how it would work… thanks for doing the leg work :)

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      it was hard work. but someone has to do it.

  10. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Way to persevere!! I would have throw a tantrum and just eaten each individual component – I would have let them win. hhaha Me and patience don’t get along. But I’m so glad you overcame – these look fantastic Brandi!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      I was **this close to doing just that :)

  11. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — June 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    These sound amazing! Great idea!

  12. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm


    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      i’ll trade you some for your open face veggie melts.

  13. #
    Cassie — June 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    fun, fun, fun! I love the filling!

  14. #
    Teacher Girl — June 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Well, these look AMAZING, so apparently your hard work paid off =)

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      thanks :)

  15. #
    Devon — June 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Ah, sweet victory. At least you finally got it! They look great!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks! definitely a great victory

  16. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    These look so delicious, Brandi! What a super creative summertime dessert or snack. Love it!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      thanks Georgia! they’re delicious straight from the fridge.

  17. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — June 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    these are ingenious! glad your determination paid off :) i could go for one right now!

    • admin replied: — June 19th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      thanks natalie :)

  18. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This is awesome!! Great job!

  19. #
    stephanie @cookinfanatic — June 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

    what a FUN idea!!!! yum!

  20. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    What a delicious idea! I’m so glad you kept trying :D

  21. #
    Kristy @ Southern In-Law — June 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I just wanted to let you know I just posted this as part of my friday favourites :) (

  22. #
    h7h7 — August 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

    What a delicious idea!

  23. #
    Ann Morgan — September 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I am a weight watcher and would like to know the Fat, carbs, fiber, and protein count so I can figure out the points. Thanks they are great. Loved you on Oz.

    • admin replied: — September 27th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Ann! I don’t have the software to run the recipes for the nutritional information – does WW online still have the recipe builder? That should give the information, I think. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  24. #
    Gloria — September 28, 2012 at 2:05 am

    i saw you on Dr. Oz today and want to make the yogurt cups but am disappointed that you don’t give the nutritional values, fat grams in particular! Do you have it
    for this recipe or do I just not know how to read your site?

    • admin replied: — September 28th, 2012 at 2:09 am

      Hi Gloria – at this time, I don’t post the nutritional information. I don’t have the software to run the recipes through, but it is something I’m looking into!

  25. #
    Jacy — September 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I decided to use dark chocolate. Once they were prepared, I put them in the freezer and they are amazing!

    • admin replied: — October 1st, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Aren’t they great? I LOVE them with dark chocolate, too :)

  26. #
    Margaret — September 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Brandi, I saw you on Dr. Oz and became an instant fan!. I made the Greek yogurt cups. Really yummy. I ran the info through a calculator on
    It’ a good site to figure nutritional values. Anyone can put their own Brand ingredient values there and figure it out. The recipe will vary with individual preferences of how much powdered sugar to add and different brands of chocolate, cream cheese, and Greek yogurt. I’m thinking since you valued the cups at 145 calories each, I’d like to say 3 points would be fair to say as long as the layer of chocolate is light on bottom and top. So glad I found your site. Keep up the good work. You awe awesome.

    • admin replied: — October 1st, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Margaret – thanks so much for the note and for telling me about that site! I’ll look into that. So glad you liked the cheesecake cups!

  27. #
    peggy — October 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Made these today but recipe confusing without pictures. How much chocolate on the bottom? Does not say to save some for the top so I put it all in the bottom (didn’t read recipe all lthe way thru). What is a “spoonful”??

    • admin replied: — October 19th, 2012 at 1:07 am

      Hi Peggy! It’s hard for me to get pictures of every step since it’s normally just me in the kitchen. I just use a regular kitchen cereal spoon and drop a spoonful in the bottom, enough to cover the bottom and move around the sides a little bit.

  28. #
    Shari — August 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    So glad I saw you on Dr. Oz – you are amazing!!! I’m making these tonight and I truly believe it’s going to be a HUGE hit with the family!

  29. #
    Stacey — August 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

    These looked so yummy on Dr. Oz I plan to try them tomorrow. I’m wondering though how well they keep if you make them ahead of time. I have a bbq to go to & wanted to bring these. Can they be made the day before?

    • Brandi replied: — August 17th, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Hi Stacey – yes, they’d be fine to make a day ahead. Just make sure to keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to leave and keep them cool until close to when you want to serve them. Enjoy!

  30. #
    Stacey — August 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    These are amazing. I made them open without the additional chocolate top & they were still rich. Hubby wants me to use the filling in all kinds of other cake concoctions he loved it so much. Going to try straining the yogurt to make it thicker the way my mother inlaw makes tzatziki. Thinking this might give it more of that cheesecake texture. We shall see. Loving your recipes. Thanks.

  31. #
    Felica — February 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    A Croissant, for instance, is high in fat and low in nutrition. ) suggested that the antioxidants in chocolate do help to inhibit the oxidation of LDL particles, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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