Monday, January 23, 2012

Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

One upon a time I used to HATE lemon stuff.  I hated lemonade. I really, really, really hated lemony desserts. I still don't like anything that is TOO lemony which is why these yummy lemon cheesecake tarts are just perfect. They are like 90% cream cheese and sugar with just a hint of lemony goodness! If you are weary of lemon desserts (or if you love them!) you should definitely try this!

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  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 36 premade graham cracker tart trays 

Whipped Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 
blend cream cheese, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add in lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Then beat in the eggs one at a time until well mixed and all is smooth. Pour approx 1/2 cup (depending on how big your tart trays are) in each tart and bake at 350 for 20 mins or until edges are just set. Cool on tray for 10 mins and then place in the refrigerator until you are ready to top with whipped cream and serve.

In a chilled metal bowl begin by whisking the cream until soft peaks form. Add in the lemon and vanilla extract and powdered sugar and beat on med speed until hard peaks form. Be careful not to overdo it as it will turn to a buttery mess in the blink of an eye!!

Mama F: 10 - It's like I died and went to heaven!! I love cheesecake so this was a no brainer for me! And the little tarts makes for a perfect serving size. 

Daddy F: 9.5 - Thought the zesty lemon was a nice refreshing touch.  Would have preferred his plain with no whipped cream. Noted.

Fuller Kids: 9 - They both loved the cheesecake. Amazingly, they both really loved the slice of lemon on top and were asking for more lemon slices to eat. But they don't like chocolate. I just. don't. get it.

Lucky the Dog: 7 - CHEESE!!! I LOVE CHEESE!!! lemons, not so much. but CHEESE!!!


  1. Lemon desserts to me used to be juts like to you - keep it away. Throw some cheesecake in and you are a lemon convert! :) Love the dog's reaction, btw! I am your newest follower!

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