My favorite mini cheesecakes! All the flavors of traditional cheesecake – a brown sugar graham cracker crust, creamy and indulgent mascarpone cheesecake filling, and a sweet fruit topping – combine for an easy, delicious, and crowd-pleasing no-bake Summer treat.
When it comes to back pocket desserts, these no-bake mascarpone mini cheesecakes are an easy favorite.
These sweet cheesecake jars check off a lot of boxes: they’re a breeze to make (in advance), but still feel a little bit fancy thanks to ultra-creamy Italian mascarpone cheese. They can be adapted to the season with any number of different toppings – think macerated berries in Spring, stone fruit and syrupy figs in late-Summer, homemade caramel in the Fall… – and most important, are delicious, and can be counted on to please a crowd.
And these red, white, and blue babes would look real’ pretty as part of a Memorial Day or 4th of July barbecue spread.
(See also, these lemon buttermilk cupcakes!)
Because these mini cheesecakes are no bake, they’re perfect for those hot and languid Summer days where the last place you want to be is standing in front of an oven.
The mascarpone, an Italian cream cheese, while most commonly known as the key-ingredient in tiramisu, layered between ladyfingers and cocoa and espresso, is equally well-suited to cheesecake.
Incredibly creamy on its own, when combined with fragrant vanilla bean paste, fresh lemon zest, and folded into whipped cream, the lusciously fluffy results are pure decadence.
And yet, so easy. The method couldn’t be simpler. I kept the base for these mini cheesecakes traditional, and went for a tried-and-true, brown sugar-sweetened, cinnamon-kissed graham cracker crust.
Followed by the dreamy mascarpone cheesecake filling, and a spoonful of ambrosial, macerated cherries, strawberries, and blueberries floating on top, they’re all kinds of heavenly.
And on a final note, while these red, white, and blue mini cheesecakes may be oh, so festive for Memorial Day, I hope that you’ll join me in taking a few somber moments in the midst of enjoying your long weekend – and delicious eats – to remember what the day is about: those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
As the wife of an Army Special Forces officer, we’ve had our share of those very real reminders over the last several years. I wrote a little more about that here and here – this one’s close to my heart. XoxoPrint