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No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias
July 6th, 2016
5 from 3 votes
5 from 3 votes

No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are adorably fresh, tart, and fruity and will be the star of any summer cookout!

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

These lasted less than 5 minutes at our last BBQ!!! So fruity, tart, and ADORABLE.

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Just like actual strawberry lemonade, but better!
Texture: The cheesecake is super rich and creamy, and is perfectly contrasted by the crunchy buttery crust. The texture will definitely be “looser” than a baked cheesecake.
Ease: Super easy! Let the food processor and electric mixer do all the hard work for you.
Pros: Ultra fun, adorable, AND tasty. Not to mention you don’t have to turn on the oven or stove once!
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

The day I made these cheesecakes it almost reached 120ยฐF here in Phoenix.

Fruity, tart, and ADORABLE, these No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect summer treat!

Needless to say, I was NOT about to turn on my oven. Or stove. The recipes I had planned on testing that day had to wait, because something fresh and delightful with no extra heat required was simply a necessity.

I’m almost happy it got so hot that day because I’m not sure I would have ended up creating these No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes otherwise!

Fruity, tart, and ADORABLE, these No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect summer treat!

I just love how adorable and bright these cheesecakes are. You kind of get an idea of what they’re going to taste like just by looking at them! And they’re about a million times easier to make than a full sized baked cheesecake.

Fruity, tart, and ADORABLE, these No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect summer treat!

No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes Recipe Tips

The Pan

I used my beloved Mini Cheesecake Pan for this recipe, but if you don’t have one go ahead and use a standard muffin tin with paper liners sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Also make sure to grease your mini cheesecake pan if you’re using that. We don’t want any sticking here since there is no baking!

The Crust

This is a simple graham cracker crust made with finely ground crackers and a generous amount of butter to ensure the crust holds its shape since there’s no baking here. To make quick and easy work of assembling the crust, I like to take a heaping tablespoon of the graham cracker mixture and place it into each cavity. Then I take a shot glass or small tamper and to firmly press the crust down into the pan so it’s nice and compact and neat. If there are a lot of stray crumbs up the sides of the cavities I’ll try to brush them away so they don’t end up on the actual cheesecake.

The Cheesecake

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. Since there are no eggs in this recipe and we aren’t baking it, there’s no risk of overmixing the batter. That means you can beat it to oblivion to make sure it’s completely smooth and creamy with no lumps. You can also fill each cavity with cheesecake filling all the way to the top, again because there’s no risk of it overflowing while baking. Make sure you chill the cheesecakes for at least 4 hours, or until firm enough to hold their shape. This may take more time depending on your fridge and the weather, so I usually just chill overnight to ensure they’re firmed.

Making Ahead & Storing

The plain cheesecakes, without the topping or garnishes, can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container up to 2 days ahead of time. Once you add the strawberry puree on top, and especially once you add the garnishes, the cheesecakes should be served within a few hours to preserve their appearance. This also ensures the extra water from the garnishes doesn’t seep into the cheesecakes.

5 from 3 votes

How to make
No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
No Bake Strawberry Lemonade Mini Cheesecakes are adorably fresh, tart, and fruity and will be the star of any summer cookout!


For the crust::

  • 1 sleeve (9 crackers, 140 grams) graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake::

  • 12 ounces (340 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For topping::

  • 5 ounces (142 grams) strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Strawberry slices
  • Lemon slices


For the crust:

  1. Thoroughly grease a mini cheesecake pan. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the melted butter and pulse until moistened. Divide the mixture among the cavities of the cheesecake pan, about 1 heaping tablespoon in each. Firmly press into the bottom of each cavity (a shot glass or other small object makes easy work of this). Set aside.

For the cheesecake:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until creamy and well combined. Add in the cream, zest, and juice and continue beating until well combined and thickened. Divide the mixture among each cavity and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Chill until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

For the topping:

  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in the bowl of a blender or food processor and pulse until pureed. Top each cheesecake with a dollop of the sauce. Garnish with a strawberry and lemon slice. Serve.

Recipe Video

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Joy — March 27, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    its very good! smooth and creamy! i was a little impatient so i ate it exactly 4 hours after putting it in the fridge, but it wasnt set yet. the next day it was ok.

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    Sri — May 18, 2020 at 8:07 am

    hi Tessa, this is amazing! I want to make these for my friend’s birthday, can I make it only with strawberry? And do you think silicone muffin moulds will work? Thanks for any help.

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    Chevelle Coward — October 24, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Can you make ahead of time and freeze? If so for how long

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    Kelcie — August 19, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Made these for a friends bachelorette, unfortunately they didn’t set properly. I would definitely add a teaspoon of gelatine in, it was a real shame because the flavour was delicious!

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      Elizabeth — August 9, 2020 at 9:20 am

      I found if the whip the heavy cream separate then fold it into the cream cheese mixture it sets up better.

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    Protima Advani — May 25, 2019 at 11:44 am


    If I wanted to make this in a 9in springform pan, how much do I need to increase the ingredients to fit that size pan? I dont have the mini cheesecake pan


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    CandyGirl — April 11, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Followed the recipe step by step. Turned out perfect! Will be trying again in different flavors!! Thank you.

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    Tania — December 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I added an extra tablespoon of lemon juice to the cheesecake. It was delicious. However, it did not set overnight and I was unable to take the Cheesecake out of the tin I prepared it in. I brought it to a new years eve gathering, I little embarassed that it was sloppy. As someone has mentioned above it needs something to make it set. Otherwise it is delicious.

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    Lori Saslow — July 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Can I make these without using lemon for a plain cheesecake flavor

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    Lizzie — May 3, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Hey, so glad to see a “no bake” recipe that uses real food, not the fluffy product that wouldn’t be nice to mention by name. Depending on what berries look best, may use raspberries. In any event, thanks, thrilled to have this yummy idea in my dessert arsenal.

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    Lois — September 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t have a mixer, can I use a hand mixer.

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    Jen hall — August 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Love this!! Just made this tonight except with blackberries instead of strawberries since they were on sale. Plus lemon and blackberry is a favorite combo of mine. They are chilling in the fridge more, can’t wait to try.

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    Angela — April 21, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Can I freeze these ?

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      Tessa — April 23, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Without the toppings, yes!

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    Heidi — March 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Unfortunately mine didnt set. Clearly need a teaspoon of gelatine just to ensure they set!

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    Heidi — February 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Instead of graham crackers what else can be used?

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    Samantha — December 8, 2016 at 3:46 am

    What type of heavy cream ? Is it okay to use condensed milk ?

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    Edith — July 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Really love cheesecakes… A two thumbs up for you!

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    Michelle — July 6, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Nice video I governor three thumbs up thamks

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    Stacey — July 6, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Definitely making these soon! It’s hot here in Houston too! I have 2 of the mini cheesecake pans. Love that you provide so many variations. The turtle ones were a big hit at Christmas. I should probably give up baking anything except for mini cheesecakes because they are so delicious and adorable!

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    Mary K — July 6, 2016 at 7:45 am

    These look so yummy! I make a cheesecake of some type for every family gathering and will definitely pin this recipe and try it this summer. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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