Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries

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Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries-the perfect light dessert

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries-the perfect light dessert

OK, you need to watch out, these cute little gems are a triple threat.

Just look at the name-

Mini-I love mini anything. Single serving, portion control, easy serve, less guilt.

Lemon-it’s my all time favorite fruit flavor, nuff said.

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries-the perfect light dessert

Cheesecake-rich, creamy, cheesy. It’s cheesecake and I love it any way I can get it.

*Bonus-this recipe only makes 6 mini cheesecakes so if you have no self control (cough, cough) you’re still limited on your intake based on supply. You can easily double the recipe if you need to.

*Double bonus-they just look so pretty with a few fresh berries on top.

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries-the perfect light dessert


Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries


  • 1 package cream cheese (8 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 6 vanilla wafer cookies (I use Nilla Wafers)
  • Fresh berries-raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries


  1. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners. Place one cookie in the bottom of each cup, set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Whip cream cheese with sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and extracts and beat again.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared baking cups.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20-24 minutes, just until edges start to turn a golden and center is set.
  6. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with fresh berries just before serving.


Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with fresh berries-the perfect light dessert

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Pretty, easy, and delicious? What could be better?! Cheesecake is a weakness of mine, so portion controlled recipes are great!

  2. I love how you’ve already built in portion control by creating a mini cheesecakes as well as a recipe that makes only 6 cakes because otherwise, I would certainly be in trouble. I may still eat all 6 because I’ll definitely be making these. I adore lemon and cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. These are simply lovely!

  3. Oh mini cheesecakes are so hard to resist! We’d love to have you add these to our link party!

  4. These look INCREDIBLE! I cannot wait to try them! I have been dying for an easy way to make cheesecakes! These are beautiful and simple! That is just right for me! Thanks for posting! Saw you on Cheerios and Lattes. Newest follower over here! Please feel free to stop by cookandcraftmecrazy any time! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! xo-Brook

  5. No self control around cheesecake? You’ve obviously met me… 🙂

  6. Fabulous looking, I love your checked cupcake wrappers!

  7. Love your new website – so fresh and bright! Anything mini is perfect especially a bite sized delight like your cheesecakes!

  8. These are too cute, perfect for a cheesecake fix!

  9. Very pretty and Springy Joan!!! Love the mini check cupcake liners and, of course, all your berries 😉

  10. I love everything about these little cheesecakes 🙂

  11. I love how you only made six. I would definitely eat them all before anyone else even saw them. The berries make them healthy right? 🙂

  12. Cheesecake is my favorite dessert ad these would be perfect for a Memorial day party!

  13. YUMMY! Bookmarking this so that I can surprise my family with some tasty mini cheesecakes 🙂

  14. These are so pretty Joan!

  15. Oh my goodness I bet these are just so good. I’d definitely have one … or two right now 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you’re enjoying your week so far!

  16. Just made these! They smell and look amazing! 🙂 if your really looking for portion control, I just doubled the recipe and made 48 minis in my mini muffin pan using mini nulla wafers! Worked perfectly!

    • Just wait till you taste them Jen! Love that you made mini “minis” although I’d probably loose all control if I could pop them in my mouth like candy, I have no control when it comes to cheesecake!

  17. oh these look wonderful and I love how fresh and summery they are!Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  18. Such cute cupcake wrappers. Nothing like mini sweets…especially cheesecake. A very spring cheesecake idea:)

  19. Love the lemon and berries for the spring!

  20. So, so cute! The fresh berries are perfect for spring! Thanks for sharing at Time To Sparkle!

  21. These are perfect for me! I have absolutely NO self control when it comes to cheesecake and I love all things mini! Thanks for sharing with us over at Real Housemoms!

  22. Very cute looking and yummy dessert!

  23. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me tomorrow evening for Make the Scene Monday #72!

  24. Hooray for small batch cheesecake recipes! 🙂 Love that. I do not need to eat like 3 pounds of cream cheese. And those fresh berries! Yum.

  25. Beautiful! Just the perfect size too! thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  26. Yumm! They look so good and seem like such a perfect party food!
    Glad I found you on Show Me Your Plaid link up.

  27. My only comment is I would prefer to see see real juice of a lemon rather than lemon essence. Fresher taste & better for you than chemicals

  28. jennifer says:

    Mini Muffin LIners or the regular sized?

    • Jennifer, these are regular sized muffin cups.

      • jennifer says:

        thanks! Has anyone tried making this and using the mini liners?? thoughts? I was hoping to make these for a bridal shower — looking for a bite sized dessert option

  29. Hi! These look delicious and I want to make them for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I was wondering if you’ve ever frozen these once they’re baked? I know you can buy the Cheesecake Factories’ cheesecake in the frozen section of the grocery store, but I am just not sure if these would hold up well. Trying to plan and do as much ahead as possible!

    • Hi KT, I’ve frozen homemade Cheesecake before but not these since the recipe only makes 6. I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze them. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  30. I have been craving cheesecake lately, but have been avoiding having a big cheesecake sitting on the counter whispering to I tried this recipe today! I didn’t have Vanilla Wafers but I used an oreo instead for the bottom crust! Fabulous! Thanks for the “smaller version” of a classic- wonderful- I recommend it to everyone!


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