Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Looking for a healthier dessert when you really want cheesecake? I bought a bag of key limes thinking that I'd come up with something that combines two of my favorites:  key lime pie and cheesecake. But this no/low carb lifestyle won't allow either of those, so what's a baker to do? Improvise. Tonight, I put that experiment to the test, and am happy to say that the result is very successful! Combining low-fat and non-fat cream cheeses with low-fat sour cream, a little real sugar and some sugar substitute, an egg and egg white, the juice of key limes (you can use regular lime juice) results in mini-cheesecakes that are soft, creamy, sweet and tart at the same time. Baking in muffin cups makes a dozen perfect single servings. Serve very cold with a spritz of whipped cream, and be glad to experience cheesecake with none of the guilt!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
line standard muffin tins with foil or paper liners


8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
8 oz. non-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
4 packets sweetener (or another 1/4 cup of sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 cup low- or non-fat sour cream
Juice of 6 key limes, or lime juice to equal 1/4 cup (fresh or bottled) - I squeezed the heck out of 6 little key limes over a strainer set over the bowl!


In large mixer bowl, combine cream cheeses, sugar, cornstarch, sweetener, and extracts. Beat until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg, and then egg white. Mix thoroughly. Add sour cream. Mix well.  Add lime juice and mix thoroughly until all little lumps of cream cheese have almost disappeared.

Divide cheesecake batter among the 12 muffin cups.  I use a standard, levered ice cream scoop and it works perfectly.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  They'll look puffed up and a little funny coming out of the oven, and then deflate a bit while cooling.  Not the prettiest dessert on their own, but thoroughly chilled and plated with a spritz of whipped cream, they are beautiful and delicious!


  1. Two of my favorites...key lime pie and cheesecake. This just might become my guilt free pleasure!

  2. These sound so good , key lime is one of my favorites. Can this be made with other flavors? CKJ

    1. Cindy, you can certainly make this in other flavors. You could leave out the lime juice and have a standard cheese cake flavor. Add other extracts or melted chocolate, or even a little bit of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Lots of possibilities!

  3. Anything Key Lime is aces in my book!