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easy lemon cheesecake bites

Lemon Cheesecake Bites


  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 12-15 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy mini lemon cheesecake bites recipe is full of creamy cheesecake and sparkling lemon flavor, in a fun bite-sized serving.  Bet you can’t eat just one!


Ingredients

  • 50 Nilla wafers
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 4 eight ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • Zest and juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 and line a 13×9 inch pan with nonstick foil, letting some of the foil extend over the long sides of the pan.
  2. Put the Nilla wafers in a food processor and process until they are fine crumbs (alternatively you can put them in a zippered plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin).  Mix the crumbs with the melted butter and press the mixture on to the bottom of the foil-lined pan.  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove, leaving the oven on.
  3. Put the cream cheese, flour, lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the lemon juice, 1 cup of the sugar and three eggs into a bowl.  Separate the white from the yolk of the 4th egg, set the yolk aside in the fridge (you are going to use it later to make the topping) and add the egg white.  Beat this all up until well blended.
  4. Spoon the cream cheese batter over the baked crust and pop it back in the oven for 45 minutes.  Cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack, and then cool it completely in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  5. Now for the topping!  Remember that egg yolk?  Take it out and stir it up until the yolk is broken and liquid.
  6. Now put the cornstarch and 2/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan and whisk in the water and the remaining lemon juice.  Turn the heat on to medium high and keep whisking until the mixture is starting to thicken.  Scoop out a little of the cornstarch mixture and mix it with the egg yolk, and then pour the egg yolk mixture into the pot.  Whisk it for another minute or two.
  7. Take the cheesecake out of the fridge and spoon that delectable topping over it.  Pop it back in the fridge for an hour or so until everything is nice and cool.
  8. Use those foil edges to carefully lift it out of the pan and on to a big cutting board.  Cut the cake into one inch squares and serve!