Instant Pot Red Hots Cheesecake

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Delicious cheesecake made in the Instant Pot with the candy Red Hots for an excellent flavor perfect for Valentine’s Day.



For the cheesecake:

  • 28oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup greek yogurt (or sour cream)
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup red hot candies

For the crust:

  • 20 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup red hot candies
  • 1/31/2 cup melted butter, as needed

For the garnish:

  • 1/2 cup white candy melts
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil or shortening
  • 1/4 cup red hots, as needed


  1. Fit your springfoam pan inside of your instant pot before you begin to ensure it can fit!
  2. Wrap the bottom of the springfoam pan or push pan with tin foil.
  3. Grease and line the inside with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. In a food processor or blender, blitz the 1/4 cup red hot candies until they are a powder.
  5. Add the graham crackers until broken down into crumbs.
  6. Place in a bowl and stir in the melted butter, stopping and checking the consistency. Different brands of crackers will require different amounts of butter – you can it to clump together easily when pressed.
  7. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of your springfoam pan in an even layer.
  8. Place the cream cheese in a large bowl and add in the sugar and greek yogurt. Beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  9. Add eggs and vanilla, beat to fully incorporate. Stir in the red hot candies.
  10. Pour the cream cheese filling over the graham cracker crust.
  11. Fill your IP with water until the 2″ mark.
  12. Place the trivet that came with your IP in the pot and then place the springfoam pan overtop.
  13. Secure the lid, select “manual” and set time to 35 minutes. Natural release for 10-12 minutes (although you can quick release if needed.)
  14. Cover and chill the cheesecake for 2 hours or overnight for the best texture.
  15. Remove cheesecake from springfoam pan onto serving platter.
  16. Melt the candy melts along with the coconut oil in a heatproof bowl in the microwave, heating in 25 second bursts and stirring well in between each reheating.
  17. When the candy melts are completely smooth, pour over the cheesecake, using the back of a spoon to help push the coating to the edges so it drips down.
  18. Working quickly, garnish the cheesecake with red hot candies. I chose to do a heart for Valentine’s Day but even a random scattering would be great.
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