Mini Lemon-Lime Cheesecakes {for a surprise virtual shower!}

Today we’re throwing our friend Caroline from Chocolate & Carrots a virtual baby shower. She’s been waiting for what probably feels like forever to meet her sweet little baby.

I knew immediately that I wanted to share a mini treat for the occasion because there are almost always bite size treats at baby showers. I hadn’t thought about it until after the fact but the colors I used worked out just right for a gender neutral shower. I’m not sure how Caroline has managed to resist the urge to find out what she’s having. The moment I could know, I wanted to know… and then have them double check.

These mini lemon-lime cheesecakes are the perfect two (or maybe three) bite dessert, full of creamy springtime flavor. If you love cheesecake, you’ll want to try these. Use a muffin tin with wrappers in place of a mini cheesecake pan if you do not have one.

Be sure to check out what everyone else brought to the party! It’s an amazing assortment, too bad this is only a virtual shower! What a fun and delicious time it’d be! Scroll to the bottom for all of the links.

Yield: Yields roughly 1 dozen mini cheesecakes

Mini Lemon-Lime Cheesecakes

Ingredients:

Crust ingredients:
20 Nilla Wafer Cookies (or 1/2C fine crumbs)
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
2 1/4 tsp sugar

Filling ingredients:
12oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3C sugar
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp all purpose flour
zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime
2 eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lightly grease cheesecake pan with baking spray.

Crush cookies into fine crumbs. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs, butter and sugar. Using a small cookie scoop, divide crust ingredients among cavities. Press mixture flat. I used a shot glass because it fit perfectly and had a nice flat bottom, use whatever you have on hand that fits.

In a medium bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, sour cream and flour. Mix well. Scrape your bowl as needed.

Zest one lemon and one lime directly into your bowl. Cut each in half, squeeze the juice from one half of both the lemon and lime. Add your eggs and mix just until combined. Do not over mix.

Add cream cheese mixture to your crust using a medium cookie scoop. One scoop of filling mixture to each cavity. Gently shake or tap you tray on the counter to settle any bubbles or rolls in the filling.

Bake for 15-18 minutes. Center of cheesecakes should be just slightly jiggly. Let cool on a wire rack for 1-2 hours before refrigerating. Chill for 2-4 hours prior to serving. Carefully remove cheesecakes from tray and pop off baking discs from the bottom of your cheesecakes.

Serve with whipped cream or cool whip if desired. Store chilled in an airtight container.

The drinks:
Healthy Food For Living – Carrot Cake Colada
Bran Appetit – Strawberry Mint Sparkling Lemonade

The savories:
Baked Bree – Pancetta and Chive Quiche
Simply Whole Kitchen – Mini Quinoa Bites with Goat Cheese Pesto

The sweets:
Food Doodles – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Filled Whole Wheat Cream Puffs
Kevin & Amanda – Baby Cinnamon Buns
Bake Your Day- No Bake Lemon Cheesecakes with Lemon Blueberry Sauce
Eat Good 4 Life – No Bake Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Fearless Homemaker – Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Cream
Itzy’s Kitchen – 10 Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
Keep It Sweet – Peanut Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Icing and Chocolate Ganache
Texanerin Baking – 100% Whole Grain Chocolate Carrot Cake Cupcakes


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38 Responses to “Mini Lemon-Lime Cheesecakes {for a surprise virtual shower!}”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Love all the little cheesecakes at her shower! These sound so refreshing. So glad we were both a part of the party!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 16, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Aww, Rachel! Thank you so much! I’m sitting here crying my eyes out because of all of your thoughtful and sweet posts. I can’t even being to tell you how much I appreciate this kind gesture. :D

    These cheesecakes look perfectly amazing. Totally gender neutral and I have no idea how I still haven’t asked about what we’re having…I’m such a planner, but I am THE hardest person to surprise. So kuddos to you all for completely surprising me! I had no idea. And what a sweet surprise at that. I just love that these are so tart and sweet. I’ve been loving tart things during this pregnancy. :D So these are perfection.

    I can’t thank you enough, Rachel!

    Love,
    Caroline

    • Rachel — April 16th, 2012 @ 8:43 am

      It was so much fun. I’m glad you were surprised! I can’t wait to hear all of the wonderful news when the time comes. :) If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask!

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    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — April 16, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I definitely will. I love having fellow mothers around to guide me through. :D Thank you again!!!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

    wow these look so good!! I love how bite-sized/individually portioned they are. you know how much i love lemon lime and in a cheesecake? even better :)

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    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

    These are so cute and perfect for a shower! Love it!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — April 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Pretty! Tiny cheesecakes are perfect for a shower!

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    Sara — April 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    YUM! I love the combination of citrus with the richness of a cheesecake! And they are beautiful! I’ll have to add these to my ‘to do’ list!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

    SO pretty…and you worked so hard developing this recipe :) What a treat! And I love your repurposed prop ♥

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    Deborah — April 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Mini is perfect for a shower!! They sound delicious.

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    Mai — April 16, 2012 at 9:59 am

    These look great! My family loves cheesecake. I can’t wait to try this for our next family gathering!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — April 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    there are adorable! I love mini cheesecakes!! great flavor.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I want to take these and Cassie’s cheesecakes and have a mini cheesecake party minus the whole baby part. I’m really good at eating desserts, not so much at taking care of a baby ;)

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    Cassie — April 16, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It’s definitely a day for cheesecakes! I need one of these mini cheesecake pans because I love making individual portions but always have to use my cupcake pan. These sound so amazing!

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    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 16, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    i’m a huge huge huge citrus lover (in fact, i’m drinking lemon water right now) so these sounds amazing to me. so glad to be part of the virtual shower with you!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    These are so perfect! I love the colors, and the lemon lime combo sounds delicious! I’ve actually been craving cheesecake – I think this is a sign :D

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Ooh, you’re right about the colors. Yellow and green are perfect. :) I love your shot glass trick! And Cassie, I want a mini cheesecake pan too.

    They came out beautifully! Nice job. :)

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    Tracey — April 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    These would be absolutely perfect at a shower, and I love the citrus combination. Gorgeous!

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    Erica — April 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    oh my gorgeous! And i love that the color is general neutral since we don’t know the sex! So cool. That crust alone- yum!!!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living — April 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Citrus is a perfect way to lighten up cheesecake when the weather starts to warm up – these mini ‘cakes look delicious!

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    Eat Good 4 Life — April 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    There was a lot of cheesecake out there :-) Love the perfect little ones you made, and the flavor, very refreshing!!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    omg love these! Bookmarked

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    natalie (the sweets life) — April 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    not only are these adorable but the flavor combo sounds to die for!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Very cute, I love lemon cheesecakes, they are so refreshing!

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    myfudo — April 16, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Citrus cheesecakes are really awesome. I am loving the mini versions…Makes me stick to my sexy-me diet ;)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    You guys are just too sweet. And I love what you made for the baby shower. An easy no-bake cheesecake is always a plus in my book!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 17, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Scratch that! I got mixed up with Cassie’s no bake cheesecake that she brought to the shower. Ooops. My mind is everywhere today. But still, these look incredibly easy to make, and they’re oh-so-cute!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic mama — April 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Yum! I booked marked these for life. Perfect mini dessert for a baby shower.

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    Rachel — April 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! Those look so tasty! and they are so cute! What a great idea.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    What a great contribution to the virtual baby shower! I’ve been meaning to buy a mini cheesecake pan and these would be a perfect first thing to try in them! They look perfectly citrusy and spring-y. Thanks for sharing!

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    Baking Serendipity — April 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Mini cheesecakes are an absolute favorite at my house! I love this lemon lime flavor :)

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    katie — April 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

    YUM! Love cheesecake and love the idea of lemon-lime cheesecake. I can only imagine how refreshing these are!

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    brandi — April 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

    these are just perfect! i love mini cheesecakes and will definitely be making these soon :)

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    Choc Chip Uru — April 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    These are to cute and perfect for ocasion :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Helen @Helen's Cooking — April 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Just had to feature it in my top 3 cakes this week, (if you don’t mind). The post with link to your page is here: http://helenscooking.info/?p=2866
    Shared it on my facebook as well. It’s a great dessert. thank you for sharing!!!!

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    Recipe World — June 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Its a great recipe.. loved it.. Thanks 4 sharing…

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    gina — January 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    the tops of your minis look perfect! no cracking. how have you ensured that without using a water bath? It’s not a problem, of course, when you plan to top them, but these “bare” ones are perfect. Please share your tips.

    • Rachel — January 29th, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

      Every cheesecake is different and some are more prone to cracking than others. There are so many factors that come into play but for these… simply prepare and bake as directed and you shouldn’t have an issue.

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