This post and giveaway (below) is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
I love mini-desserts! With servings that are (more or less) bite-sized, you can eat more variety! Plus, they are totally cute!
And with spring celebrations coming up, these Lemon White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are perfect for holiday brunches like Easter or Mother’s Day. Or garden parties or a light dessert anytime. Yes, we all hope entertaining will return as more Covid vaccinations roll out!
But did you know that, even with a small gathering, you can still splurge on desserts? Last Thanksgiving, I wanted all the pie even with my family broken into separate gatherings. In the end, I made a half dozen pies, cut them into slices and left variety boxes at my brother and sister’s houses! Hmm, I may do this with mini-desserts at Easter!
These Lemon White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are based on my Mocha Mini Cheesecakes and are especially nice because you can easily make them gluten free. I just used Nairn’s gluten free graham crackers (lower sugar too!) which deliver all of the flavor of regular. And with so many people having dietary restrictions today, I may just keep these around the house!
How To Make Lemon White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
Despite their elegant appearance these Lemon White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes are easy to make.
You start by crushing your graham crackers, then mixing with the other crust ingredients. Spray cheesecake pan wells with non-stick spray, place a spoonful of crust mixture in each and press in tightly. Bake.
Mix the filling ingredients.
Chop, then melt white chocolate and stir this in.
Fill the pan wells almost to the top.
Bake. Cheesecakes will rise, then fall.
Cool completely in refrigerator, then remove from pan
Top with lemon curd & whipped cream
Serve and enjoy!
Notes and Tips
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The white chocolate flavor in these is subtle so if you are serving white chocolate avoiders, they will probably still like this. But in addition to adding a little creamy nuance to the flavor, the white chocolate adds a little structure to help the mini-cheesecakes stand up well on their own.
I use a special mini-cheesecake pan with removable push-up bottoms (affiliate link), which I think makes for a lovely presentation. But if you don’t want to indulge (or want to see how much you’d use it first), a mini-muffin pan with liners should work as well (mini muffin pan may make more than 12.)
When you are making the filling, It is important not to whip too much air in to avoid a sunken well in the finished cheesecakes (because they over-puff, then fall). So don’t use the whisk attachment on your mixture or blend too long.
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 3 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 4 T sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Juice & zest from 1 medium lemon
- 3+ Tablespoons Lemon curd (prepared or homemade)
- 3+ Tablespoons Whipped cream
- 3 thin lemon slices, cut into quarters
Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray the inside of each cheesecake well with non-stick cooking spray. (Or line a mini-muffin pan with paper liners.)
To prepare the crust, melt the butter, then crush the graham crackers in food processor or plastic bag. Combine graham crumbs with melted butter and mix well. Add about 1 tablespoon of the crust mixture into each of the 12 mini cheesecake wells. Pack down the crumbs using a shot glass or similar item. Bake crust for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
Reduce the oven temperature to 250 F and begin making the filling. Using an electric mixer with beater, not whisk blade, blend cream cheese until very smooth. Add sugar and continue to blend until fully incorporated. Add egg and vanilla, and continue to beat on low, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Melt finely chopped white chocolate in microwave in 10 second bursts, stirring in between. Blend into cheese mixture by hand. Fold in lemon juice and zest by hand.
Fill each well of the cheesecake pan until almost full. Place cheesecake pan in the oven and bake cheesecakes until the filling is set, 22-25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature, then place entire pan in the refrigerator about 4 hours before removing cheesecakes from the pan.
Once cool, carefully remove the cheesecakes from the pan by pressing up on the removable bottom of each well. Keep the cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve, then top with a layer of lemon curd, a small dollop of whipped cream and a thinly sliced lemon wedge.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 269Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Giveaway & More Spring Recipes
Today is the kickoff for #SpringSweetsWeek 2021 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! With the weather warming up and flowers beginning to bloom let’s celebrate with spring sweets and a fun giveaway! This year 24 food bloggers from around the country are sharing over 100 sweet recipes that are perfect for the spring season. So say goodbye to the snow and cold and get ready to enjoy the best spring treats like cupcakes, cookies, pies, dessert boards, and even a few beverages! Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you to Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Door County Coffee, Circulon, Taylor and Colledge, and Nairn’s for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway with six amazing prizes and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes that you can win!
Monday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Carrot Pineapple Mini Loaves by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Hot Cross Bundt Cake by Nik Snacks
- Instant Pot Lemon Lavender Cheesecake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Key Lime Lavender Curd by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Kiwi Coconut Key Lime MIni Cheesecakes by The Spiffy Cookie
- Kumquat Pie by Eat Move Make
- Lavender Lemon Mini Loaves by Sweet Beginnings
- Lemon Lavender Macarons by Jen Around the World
- Lemon White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes by Art of Natural Living
- Mandarin Orange and Rhubarb Mini Loaves by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Mandarin Orange Donuts with Ganache Glaze by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Mini Blueberry Bread by The Carefree Kitchen
- Mini Lemon Cakes with Lemon Glaze by Family Around the Table
- Mini Pound Cake by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake by Pook’s Pantry
- No Bake Lemon Cheesecake by Devour Dinner
- No-Churn Lemon Ice Cream by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake by House of Nash Eats
- Raspberry Cheesecake Bars by Books n’ Cooks
- Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Bread by For the Love of Food
- Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Crumb Topping by Blogghetti
- Vegan Chocolate Loaf Cake by Shockingly Delicious
- White Chocolate Latte Cupcakes by That Recipe
We share recipes from #SpringSweetsWeek on Pinterest! Make sure you follow the board to see all the delicious recipes shared this week.
Check out the amazing prizes you can win in our #SpringSweetsWeek Giveaway!
Door County Coffee & Tea Co. is giving away one $50 gift certificate to doorcountycoffee.com so that one lucky reader can try any of their amazing coffees and teas.
Door County Coffee & Tea Co. was founded in 1993 in Door County, Wisconsin. It is a small, family-owned business, roasting coffee the old-fashioned way – in small batches to exacting specifications. The mission has always been to produce some of the best-tasting and highest quality coffee. They have over 100 types of coffee, all of which are roasted right on site. Visit https://www.doorcountycoffee.com/ to see their selection of coffees and teas as well as to find some fabulous recipes.
Dixie Crystals is giving away one propane kitchen torch which is ideal for caramelizing creme brulee or roasting peppers in a snap!
Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results. Visit https://www.dixiecrystals.com/ for hundreds of recipes, holiday ideas, and plenty of baking videos.
Melissa’s Produce is giving one reader a Fabulous Fruit Fare Basket. Forget your basic apples and bananas and try faraway tropical fruits such as Mango, Papaya, Gold Pineapple, and Coconut, and exotic treasures like Asian Pear, Kiwi, Pepino Melon, Baby Bananas, Seasonal Tangerines, and Kumquats.
Joe and Sharon Hernandez founded Melissa’s Produce with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The Melissa’s brand is named after Joe and Sharon’s daughter, who takes an active role in the company. The company’s Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with staples, exotics and Melissa’s full line of organic produce. Visit https://www.melissas.com to find the very best fruits, vegetables, gifts, and to get tasty recipes!
Circulon is giving one reader a 5 piece baking set including two 9-inch cake pans, a 9 x 13 baking pan, a 9 x 5 loaf pan, and 10 x 15 cookie pan! It’s everything you need to get baking in the kitchen.
Circulon’s commitment to detail and design for nonstick cookware makes your time in the kitchen more enjoyable due to their 4 “Must Haves” of everyday cooking. The first is nonstick performance. The Circulon TOTAL® Nonstick System of raised circles and triple-layer premium nonstick reduces surface abrasion from cooking utensils to enhance nonstick durability. Then there’s durability. Hard-anodized, stainless steel, and aluminum construction is backed by a hassle-free lifetime warranty for built-to-last cookware you can count on. The last two are even heat distribution and easy clean up. No matter what piece you buy it is sure to meet your expectations and help you enjoy your time in the kitchen. To see all the Circulon products visit https://circulon.com/ .
Taylor & Colledge is giving one lucky winner a trio of extract pastes. One winner will receive Almond Extract Paste, Lemon Extract Paste, and Lavender Extract Paste to help you do your own spring baking!
Taylor & Colledge was founded in 1897 in Australia and has been making extracts ever since! Their products can be used in two different ways when you baking. Whether you use the products as the fragrant, hero ingredient in your baking, or whether it’s a supporting sidekick, you can be assured that with Taylor & Colledge, it will be a pure, rich, full-flavored ingredient in your baking every time. Visit https://www.taylorandcolledge.com/ to learn more about their extracts.
Nairn’s Oatcakes is giving away six of their awesome products to one winner. The winner will receive Nairn’s Gluten Free Original Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Stem Ginger Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oat Grahams, Nairn’s Gluten Free Caramelized Onion Flatbreads, Nairn’s Gluten Free Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbreads, and Nairn’s Organic Oat Crackers.
Nairn’s knows a thing or two about oats, they’ve been baking with them since 1896 when John and Sarah Nairn first opened their bakery in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. Since then their team has grown and they have two Edinburgh bakeries. They have a devoted team at each working on their recipes, mixing techniques, and ever-growing range. Check out their products and blog at https://www.nairns-oatcakes.com/
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