Lemon Berry Swirl Mini Cheesecake Recipe

October 14, 2018
by Amanda Li Eat

    Sweet and oh-so-creamy cheesecake makes a perfect dessert (or snack) for every occasion. We shrunk your classic cheesecake down in size and added a delicious, fruity twist. The best part? You won’t even need to share! Everyone gets a their own bite with this mini cheesecake recipe.

    These fun-sized cheesecakes are topped with berries and a have a hint of lemon. Plus, it’s got a cookie crust that’s to die for. Trust us when we say this mini cheesecake recipe will have you in dessert bliss in no time!

    Lemon Berry Swirl Mini Cheesecake

    Ingredients:

    For the Berry Swirl:

    • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
    • 2 tablespoons sugar

    For the Crust:

    • 150g chocolate chip cookies
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    For the Cheesecake Filling:

    • 260g  cream cheese (brick), softened
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons lemon extract 
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Pinch of kosher salt

    Recipe Steps:

    To Make the Berry Swirl

    1. Place the berries and sugar in a small pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes, until syrupy.  
    2. Puree in a food chopper and strain. Cool completely.

    To Make the Crust

    1. Place the crackers and sugar (if using) in the bowl of a food processor, and process finely.  
    2. Stir in the olive oil or melted butter.
    3. Place about a tablespoon of the mixture into the each of the wells a lightly greased mini-cheesecake pan.

    To Make the Cheesecake Filling

    1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
    2. Place the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed (using the paddle attachment), until smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition. Stir in the cream, extract(s), and salt.
    3. Divide the mixture equally between the wells of the pan.  Drizzle with about a teaspoon of berry sauce and swirl with a toothpick.  
    4. Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until set around the edges, but still a little jiggly in the centre.  
    5. Chill completely before unmolding.

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