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Mini cheesecakes with mint and lemon
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Mini Cheesecakes Recipe

Mini Cheesecakes are a delicious, bite-sized dessert. If you are a cheesecake lover, you will appreciate the flavor and size of these. Made with buttery Vanilla Wafers, fresh lemon, and topped with mint.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mini Cheesecakes recipe
Servings: 12 cheesecakes
Calories: 249cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $6


Cheesecake Batter

  • 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest *omit if making plain
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice *omit if making plain
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract *double if making plain

Vanilla wafer crust

  • 1 cup Vanilla wafers crushed
  • 3 tbsps butter unsalted, melted
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps white sugar



  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Line a 12-count muffin tin with double white liners.
  • Spray each muffin tin with non-stick baking spray before adding the cookie mixture.
  • In a bowl, crush vanilla wafers and add them to a medium bowl with 2 tbsps of sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter.
  • Mix crust mixture thoroughly until all crumbs are moist.
  • Equally divide the vanilla wafer mixture and press it into each of the 12 cups.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 325 degrees f.
  • Set on top of stove until batter is ready to pour in.

Cheesecake Batter

  • In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Add egg, and egg yolk, vanilla and sugars to bowl, lemon, and zest and continue to mix until creamy.
  • Evenly divide batter into each muffin tin. Each will fill to almost the top.
  • Bake on a baking sheet with 1/2 cup of water (prevents cheesecake from cracking) for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • For best taste, chill for at least 3 hours.


Serving: 1cheesecake | Calories: 249cal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 635IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.3mg