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Lemon & Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes on a wooden table with blueberries on the side. Cheesecake can be pretty intimidating. (At least I think so.) But these little cheesecakes couldn’t get easier! They come together incredibly fast and still taste like a classic cheesecake. The baking time is only 20-22 minutes and there is no need for a water bath. (!!!)

The crust is a simple graham cracker crust pressed into the bottom of a lined muffin tin. A quick tip – you can use the lid of your milk to press down the crumbs and create the perfect mini cheesecake crust.

The filling is simple and has an incredibly fresh flavor thanks to the lemon zest. Once the cheesecakes come out of the oven, they cool for a couple of hours and then they are ready to be topped.

Close up photo of Mini Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecakes on a wooden table.
Once the cheesecakes come out of the oven, they cool for a couple of hours and then they are ready to be topped. The topping for this recipe is blueberry jam and fresh blueberries, but if you wanted to switch up the fruit to say raspberries or strawberries, these would be the cutest Valentine’s treats!

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Three Miniature Blueberry and Lemon Cheesecakes on a white plate with fresh blueberries and lemons on the side.

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Miniature Lemon Blueberry Cheesecakes

By: Alyssa Rivers
The filling is simple and has an incredibly fresh flavor thanks to the lemon zest.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 9 Servings



Cheesecake Filling:


  • 6 tbsp. blueberry jam separated
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • Optional: powdered sugar for dusting



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 9 liners and fill up half of the other empty spaces with water. This ensures even baking.
  • In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers to crumbs. Stir in the sugar and melted butter. Press an even amount of graham cracker crust into the bottom of each muffin liner.
  • Press down the crust with a milk cap or the backside of a tablespoon measuring spoon and set aside.


  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and white sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla extract, egg, and lemon zest. Beat until combined.
  • Spoon the cheesecake filling evenly between the 9 cups and bake for 20-22 minutes. The centers will still jiggle a little bit, but the edges should be a very light brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then transfer to the fridge and let cool for at least 2 hours.
  • The cheesecakes may have risen in the oven and will deflate quite a bit while cooling.


  • Once the cheesecakes have been cooled for 2 hours in the fridge, place 4 and 1/2 tablespoons of blueberry jam in a small bowl and microwave for 20-25 seconds. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon of jam on top of each cheesecake and spread to cover the top.
  • Immediately top with fresh blueberries.
  • Places the last 1 and 1/2 tablespoon in the same small bowl and microwave for 10-15 seconds. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of all of the fresh blueberries with the jam. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desired.


Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 156mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 460IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. Hi there, I’m based in New Zealand and we don’t have Graham Crackers here . I have been told that Digestive Biscuits are the closest equivalent, however I’m unsure how many of these would equate to “4 sheets of Graham crackers” – I wondered if you know the weight of 4 sheets of graham crackers so I could have a rough idea of how many digestive biscuits to use? Many Thanks

  2. Uhmm…yes please! Lemon and blueberries are such a classically delish combination but combined with cheesecake?! This is everything I ever need in life in cute, miniature form!