No Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecakes Recipe

Amanda Powell | A Cookie Named Desire Updated

These super easy no bake lemon cheesecakes are the perfect summer savior. Forget the oven and whip up this simple and delicious treat in minutes.

When I was living in London, I interned at a film production company for a few months. Nearby was a Pret a Manger that I was pretty obsessed with.

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I would eat there all the time and they had this lemon cheesecake that I would get. It was probably the best lemon cheesecake I’ve ever had in my entire life.

Sadly, they eventually changed up the recipe and today, they don’t have anything remotely similar to it. I think about that cheesecake often and how delicious it was.

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This no-bake lemon cheesecake is very close to what that cheesecake tasted like. It is smooth, creamy, with a lovely lemon flavor infused throughout.

Most of the cheesecake I found in England was no-bake. Even when I made my own cheesecake when I was living there, everyone thought it was weird that I baked my cheesecake.

I love both versions, but during 115-degree weather, there is definite appeal for the no-bake lemon cheesecake over any baked version.

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I prefer to make my no-bake lemon cheesecake in mini jars, but you can certainly make it in a regular cheesecake tin.

I do recommend blooming gelatin and beating it into the batter before pouring it to give it a bit more stability if you go that route.

Temperatures are tricky when it comes to this particular no-bake cheesecake recipe. We use heavy cream to lighten the mixture and cream cheese…. well, to make it cheesecake.

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The heavy cream works best when it’s at a nice chilled temperature, but the cream cheese needs to be warm to prevent clumps.

Just keep this in mind when you are prepping the ingredients for the recipe. Leave the heavy cream in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it and leave the cream cheese out until it is nice and soft. 

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No Bake Mini Lemon Cheesecakes Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cups Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 12 ounces Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • zest and juice from one large Lemon, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup Heavy Cream, cold


  1. Mix together the graham crackers and butter. Press down into small cups. Chill.
  2. In a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest until smooth and creamy. Use the balloon whisk attachment.
  3. Add in the lemon, salt, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until the mixture is doubled in volume.
  5. Pour into the cups over the graham cracker crust. Chill until set. At least 1 hour, preferably 4.


Cooking Method:
No Bake
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Recipe Yields:
8 mini cheesecakes
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Author: Amanda Powell
Recipe Yields: 8 mini cheesecakes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 265 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 255
Calories 432

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g
  Saturated Fat 19g
Sodium 280mg
Total Carbohydrate 31g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 21g
Protein 4g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Amanda Powell

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