Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes are the perfect dessert for a party or gathering! These sweet little bites will not last long at your next gathering. The lemon flavor is light and summery, but perfect for any time of year!

lemon cheesecakes on a wood board

If you are looking for a dessert recipe for a party, look no further than these Mini Lemon Cheesecakes. They are sooooo easy to make!

March 2021 update: You guys love this recipe! To be honest, I hadn't made this recipe in years, but recently I decided to re-make them and fell in love all over again. I snapped some new photos and updated this post with new tips on making mini cheesecakes. I hope you love them!

If you love lemon as much as me, try these Lemon Blueberry Muffins or this Lemon Blueberry Bread!

Easy Mini Lemon Cheesecake recipe

When I was in college, I worked at a steakhouse that was on my college campus, and that's where I fell in love with cheesecake, one of our most popular desserts. Sometimes the waitstaff would get our hands on a slice of cheesecake. And we sure didn't mind!

I was convinced it was impossible to make a cheesecake that good but when I tried it myself, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Now cheesecake is one of my go-to dessert recipes.

Recently I was planning a party and decided to make these mini lemon cheesecake bites. They feature a zesty lemon center with a buttery graham cracker crust, and they can be eaten in one or two bites.

(I must have been inspired by my many nights scavenging for cheesecake at the steakhouse. It was déjà vu for me because that's what happened at the party — they were gone in an instant! If you've ever seen seagulls attack a piece of bread at the beach, that's a pretty calm description of what happened!)

closeup of mini cheesecakes

Mini lemon cheesecake bites

These mini lemon cheesecake bites are perfect for any kind of party. Whether it's a baby shower, bridal shower or holiday celebration, these are sure to be a hit. Just like this Mini Carrot Cake or Cheesecake Dip!

As much as I love having a whole slice of cheesecake to myself, when you're gathering with friends, you tend to be pretty stuffed at the end of it.

A whole slice of cheesecake is not ideal, especially if there are multiple desserts to test out. So mini cheesecakes bites are ideal!

Mini cheesecakes are great because there are no special springform pans required. If you make muffins as much as I do, you probably already have a mini muffin pan, which is what I use to make these mini cheesecakes.

They go deliciously with Blueberry Lemonade, if I do say so myself.

mini lemon cheesecakes on a wood board

Ingredients

The first time I made cheesecake my mind was kind of blown. It is way easier than you'd think! You don't need a ton of crazy ingredients. (And that is why my love affair with cheesecake continued.)

To make the graham cracker crust, you will need:

  • graham crackers (regular honey flavor)
  • unsalted butter

For the lemon cheesecake filling, this is what to pick up from the store:

  • cream cheese
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • lemons & lemon juice)
  • eggs

To decorate them, you can pipe whipped cream on top and sprinkle them with lemon zest, a wedge of lemon or a piece of candied lemon peel.

You could also mix things up by placing a blueberry, a blackberry or a strawberry slice on top. These lemon candies would be super cute, too!

lemon candies on mini cheesecakes

How to make mini lemon cheesecake bites

Usually, I prefer a slice of cheesecake to myself, eaten at my leisure, but for a party these individual lemon cheesecakes are divine.

And they are so easy to make! There's no special equipment required for these cheesecake bites other than a mini-muffin tin. (Or a mega mini-muffin tin, if you want more, even tinier cheesecake bites!)

That's right — no special springform cheesecake pan or any other scary tools. Just some basic tools that every kitchen should have!

Okay, have I convinced you? Ready to make these mini lemon cheesecake bites for your next party? Scroll down to find out how!

lemon candies on mini cheesecakes

Summer party recipes

I originally made this recipe in 2017 for a baby shower for my friend Stephanie from Sustaining the Powers. My friends and I dreamed up some fun summer party recipes.

For appetizers, this Pepper Jelly Cream Cheese Appetizer is always a hit. Or try this gorgeous BLT Bruschetta from The Speckled Palate and Spinach Artichoke Phyllo Bites from A Savory Feast. Any of these would be the perfect savory finger food!

If you need another dessert, these Blackberry Peach Shortcake Stacks with Mint Whipped Cream from Cake 'n Knife are so pretty and delicious!

To drink, try a Strawberry Lemonade Mocktail, these Strawberry Watermelon Slushies from I Say Nomato or this pretty Limoncello Lemonade from Feast + West.

Let me know if you try these mini cheesecake bites — please rate and review the recipe below!

mini lemon cheesecakes on a wood board

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes

Mini Lemon Cheesecakes are the perfect bite-size dessert for a party or gathering! These sweet little bites will not last long at your next gathering. The lemon flavor is light and summery, but perfect for any time of year!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 18 mini cheesecakes
Author: Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 8-9 graham crackers or 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted

Lemon Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar plus 1 tablespoon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest about 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease mini-muffin pan.
  • In a food processor, place graham crackers and pulse until fine. Add melted butter and combine. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cavity.
  • Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the salt, vanilla, zest and lemon juice. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  • Fill each cavity spot with cream cheese filling.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes until filling is set.
  • Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes then place entire cupcake pan in fridge for at least 2 hours before removing bites and serving.

Notes

This recipe makes 18 mini muffins or 36 mega-mini muffins, depending on which type of pan you use.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cheesecake bites | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 130mg | Sugar: 11g

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9 Comments

  1. Made these for 4th of July. Topped with cool whip and raspberries/blueberries for the red, white and blue look. They were delicious and received lots of complements. A few observations: 1) Not sure the crust needs quite as much butter, 2) I only used 1/2 Tbsp. of crust per cheesecake (made 24) - had I used anymore, I would have run out, 3) I had lots of cheesecake batter leftover (I filled the cups up to the brim), so the next day I made more crust and used the leftover batter. I hope they freeze well!

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback and what a lovely way to serve them! I will take note of your suggestions and retest this recipe!

  2. I made these today and they are exceptionally delicious. I will make it again for sure. I didn't have enough cream cheese, so I used 1\2 cup of Greek yogurt in the place of 4 ounces cream cheese. I added extra zest and a little more lemon juice and I think it could use more, for my taste. I live in Michigan. so no fresh home grown lemons here! I'm sure that is partly why I needed more zing.
    I made 24 minus and 4 larger ramekins.

    1. I am always a fan of more lemon 😉 Glad you enjoyed these! Thanks for leaving the rating and comment as well.

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