Bites of Sunshine

by | May 9, 2024 | Recipes, Southern Sandi

Little bites of lemony no-bake cheesecake make the perfect post-dinner sweet.

What is your favorite dessert? I definitely find it difficult to answer that question, but I will say that lemon trumps chocolate in my book any day.

These No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites are sweet, simple and exploding with tart lemon flavor. The combination of the sweet, smooth cheesecake mixture with the sharp lemon curd flavors inside a tiny delicate, crunchy bite is magnificent. When I pop one in my mouth it is like eating sunshine.

Lemon has always been among one of my favorite citrus fruits. When I was a child, I used to eat lemon slices sprinkled with sugar. At restaurants I would remove the lemon from my glass, sprinkle a pack of sweet-n-low on them and tear into the flesh with my teeth. Later in life my dentist told me it was deteriorating my enamel, so I stopped, but to me the combination of tart and sweet was a perfect balance, much like this dessert.

This dessert is so easy to make with just a few ingredients. You can use the phyllo shells like I have suggested in this recipe, or you can use the sheets of phyllo dough cut into squares and pressed into mini muffin tins to bake and create the same type of shell.

The first time I tried these was at a birthday party for a family member. The ones provided on the food table were bought, not made, but after just one bite, I knew I could create something similar and just as tasty. Originally, I thought there was lemon pudding in them, but while testing it in the kitchen, the cream cheese and lemon juice was a much better option.

I tried to make my own lemon curd, and while it came out pretty good, the curd I purchased from the grocery was better. Plus, if I am going to call these “quick and easy” then I would just soon buy the lemon curd and omit standing over the stove whisking the ingredients – especially since it can be finicky to get the texture and flavor accurate. However, feel free to make your own lemon curd.

These individual bites make the perfect portion size and store in the fridge for up to a week. If I’m craving something sweet after a healthy meal, I can open the fridge and pop just one cheesecake bite into my mouth and I don’t feel guilty about it — unlike eating an entire slice of pie or cake.

Whether you decide to make these and store them in the fridge for a quick sweet treat or serve them at a party, I am sure you and your guests will love them as much as I do.

Photography by James Stefiuk

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No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bites
Little bites of lemony no-bake cheesecake make the perfect post-dinner sweet.
Lemon Curd Cups
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Keyword cheesecake, lemon
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Keyword cheesecake, lemon
Servings
Ingredients
Lemon Curd Cups
Instructions
  1. Brown the phyllo shells by baking them at 350 degrees F on a baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove to cool.
  2. In a bowl whip the heavy cream until it begins to stiffen and form soft peaks.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar until smooth and then fold in the whipped cream cheese.
  4. Fill each shell 2/3 full with the cream cheese mixture and top each one with a small scoop of lemon curd.
  5. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour and serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and lemon zest garnish.

About the author

Sandi Grigg

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of working on the coast. I earned my degree in Marketing/Branding and started to build a life with my spouse and son. Together, we enjoy fishing, going to hear live music and spending time with family. At home I love to cook and write recipes, take on DIY home improvement endeavors and grill out with friends. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has showed me that you really can enjoy your job, and we feel like a family. I am truly grateful to have a career I love.