Miniature lemon cheesecakes with gingersnap crusts

Superbowl Sunday is just around the corner and what better dessert to offset those savory appetizers? I thought of bringing some miniature desserts as there will be so much to choose from.  Folks love cheesecake and the minis will  mean that you will definitely be able to go back for seconds :).  The warm spices compliment these minis and the lemony taste definitely enhances the flavor. I’ve put the coffee pot on too, so we can enjoy coffee with a selection of desserts.

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For the crust

  • 1 cup gingersnap cookie crumbs (I used a food processor to crush mine)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • A small pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger

Cheesecake

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons greek style yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Method

Pre-heat oven to 350deg F.  Line mini muffin pan with paper liners.  In a medium bowl mix the gingersnap cookie crumbs, brown sugar, lemon zest and salt and stir to combine.  Pour over melted butter and stir with a fork to moisten the crumbs.  Place about a tablespoon of crumb mixture in each of the prepared muffin liners and pack down into an even layer.

In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, yogurt and sugar until smooth.  Beat in the egg, vanilla extract.  Stir in lemon zest.  Divide cheesecake mixture evenly into prepared muffins tins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until set.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin pan, then carefully transfer cheesecake to a cooling rack to cool completely before refrigerating.  Makes about 18 mini cheesecakes.

IMG_2646These mini cheesecakes were wonderful.  I hope you will enjoy them.

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74 comments

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne, I figured these wee bites would be just the ticket after so many other offerings. Thanks for stopping by, I’ve arrived rather late, but will be doing my rounds pronto 🙂

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  1. Loretta, what an absolutely inviting dessert and spread you’ve brought. I so love the little muffins and the teacup set up, so elegant. It makes me want to go put on a dress and heels and even some makeup! Alas, I am sitting here in my sweats and a beanie cap. 😦 Have a lovel weekend and by the way I love the photographs this week!

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    1. Aww, you’re so sweet Sue. Thanks for the encouragement on the photographs, not quite the quality that you produce, but learning and improving by the week:). Dress and heels? Oh yeah, I do so love to dress up in those too, but darn it if winter doesn’t get in the way eh? Enjoy your weekend too my friend 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sonal, they were delicious especially with the lemon and the other warm flavors going on. Thanks for the visit, I’ve arrived a tad late, but will be making my rounds 🙂

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  2. Loretta, these are the perfect treat for Fiesta Friday – small, perfectly formed and just delicious! Your tea set is lovely and I agree with Sue’s comment about your photos! Look at how lovely they look on the FF table – hope you’ve made lots!! Happy Fiesta Friday x

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    1. Thank you Selma, as always I appreciate your comments. You and Sue are too kind, I do think I’m learning and refining my photography skills too. There’s just so much to learn in that department. Thank you for co-hosting, and have a lovely weekend. Did I hear that you have your first snowfall in London?

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I thought cute and mini would fit the bill for Part 2 since there would be so many other offerings. Thanks for the visit, I’m a bit tardy, but am making my rounds early this morning.

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    1. Not at all difficult Justine, and you can incorporate any flavors you’d like in the cheesecake filling, and for the crust, maybe crushed digestives with some warm spices may go well? We don’t get digestives here, but sometimes I do find them in certain grocery stores. Thanks for the visit. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Fae. Regarding the tea set, I got the set from my mother in law, who received it as a gift from relatives in South Africa. Not quite sure of the origins though, I have a similar Chinese tea set too. Thanks for the visit and have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks Nandini. Yes, it is probably a Japanese tea set, it was a hand-me-down from my mother in law who got it as a gift from relatives in South Africa. I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how your trip went. It had to be hard to leave.

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      1. It was Loretta. It’s going to be equally hard for my mum. It is so really sweet of you to think about me. I just reached yesterday afternoon. My mum had 3 sets of these as well and all of us got ours when we got married. They were popular in the old days I think. I still have my set in Goa.

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    1. Thanks for those lovely comments Judi, I too love cheesecake, and with those minis you don’t really mind popping a few in your mouth in one sitting 🙂 Thanks for the visit, and enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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  3. I LOVE mini desserts because they don’t count- right? Can just eat a little bit at a time… I made mini cheesecakes with raspberry hearts for Valentine’s Day 2 or 3 years ago and my daughter still talks about them- so cute they were one of her favorite desserts of all time!! I think yours would be on that (short) list too- YUM! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Josette, your Valentine’s Day treat sound just darling too, no wonder your daughter still thinks about them. You’ll have to replicate them soon enough with V-Day coming up? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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