I don’t know about you, but I love berry season! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries–name any berry and it’s guaranteed to be one I love. Which is why I’m so excited to share this fun, no-bake dessert that’s perfect for celebrating the fact that fresh berries are in season!
I’m a huge fan of individual sized desserts. First of all, they’re just so cute, and the mini size really does help with portion control (as long as you just eat one, that is!). For these cheesecakes, you’ll want to use dishes that are about four ounces. Mini Mason jars are one of my favorite “dessert dishes” because they’re inexpensive and just the right size.
I like to start with a graham cracker crumb base, but gingersnaps, vanilla wafers and chocolate cookies work well too. It really depends on what kind of topping you’ll be using. And the recipe for the super fluffy no-bake cheesecake filling is one you’ll use again and again!
And the blackberry lemon topping was so easy. I gently mashed some fresh blackberries then mixed that with a bit of lemon curd. I get a lot of questions on my blog about lemon curd and where to get it. Look for it in near the canned pie filling in your grocery store. It usually comes in a glass jar and looks a lot like the filling you’d find in a lemon meringue pie.
Mini No-Bake Blackberry Lemon Cheesecakes
For the crust
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
For the cheesecake filling
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 2 cups heavy cream
For the blackberry topping
- 8-10 ounces fresh blackberries
- 2 tablespoons lemon curd
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the ingredients for the crust. Place about one tablespoon of the crust mixture into the bottoms of 12 small dessert dishes or jars. Press the crumbs lightly into the bottoms of the dishes.
- Prepare the filling by beating the cream cheese, lemon juice and ½ cup of the sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
- Spoon or pipe the cheesecake filling into the dessert dishes, filling about ¾ full. Refrigerate.
- In a small bowl, gently mash the blackberries, leaving some larger pieces. Stir in the lemon curd and lemon zest. Just before serving, spoon the blackberry filling over the cheesecakes. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
After my husband saw these little cheesecakes sitting in the refrigerator, he must have asked me ten times, “When can we eat those?” I hope you love them as much as my family and I did!
Don’t forget to pin this delicious no-bake cheesecake recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
This recipe was originally published as a guest post at Eighteen25.