Making Lemon Yogurt Cheesecakes with @PamelaSalzman

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Makes 14


Unsalted butter or unrefined virgin coconut oil for greasing muffin tin

7 2-inch wide strips unbleached parchment paper, cut in half crosswise


For the crust:

12 graham crackers or 2 cups gluten-free graham cracker crumbs

5 Tablespoons unsalted butter or unrefined virgin coconut oil, melted

2 ½ Tablespoons pure maple syrup, Grade A or Grade B

Pinch sea salt


For the Filling:

1 1/3 cups unsweetened whole milk Greek yogurt or firm tofu

6 ounces cream cheese or almond milk cream cheese, at room temperature

2/3 cup pure Grade A maple syrup

2 large eggs

2 ½ Tablespoons arrowroot powder

2 ½ Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

¾ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Optional accompaniments:  fresh berries or berry compote


1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a standard muffin tin with coconut oil or butter and line each with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a tab on either end for easy removal.

2.     In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until they are finely ground.  Add the melted butter, maple syrup and pinch of salt to the graham crackers and pulse until moist crumbs form and the mixture is well combined.

3.     Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of crumbs into each muffin cup and press firmly to form an even layer at the base (NOT up the sides), using the back of the Tablespoon if desired.  Repeat with the remaining crumbs and muffins cups.  Wipe out the food processor.

4.     Bake the crust for 4-5 minutes, until the edges are lightly golden.  Crusts can be made a day ahead.    Lower the oven to 325 degrees.                                                          

5.     To make the filling, combine yogurt, cream cheese and maple syrup in the bowl of the food processor and process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the eggs, arrowroot, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and salt and continue to process until batter is smooth and combined, about a minute more.

6.     Scoop 1/3 cup of the cheesecake filling onto each cooled crust.  Bake until the custard is lightly golden and set at the edges but still slightly jiggly in the center, 20-25 minutes.

7.     Allow to cool to room temperature and refrigerate until chilled.  Run a thin knife around the edge and pull up on both ends of the parchment to remove.  Serve plain or with fresh berries or a berry sauce.

Tip:  These can be made several days ahead and kept refrigerated in the muffin tins and covered with plastic wrap.


Prep time 45mins
Cook time 25mins
Serves or Makes: 8


  • 5 whole graham cracker rectangles
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/ 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/ 2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Freshly squeezed 1 lime juice


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 300°. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake baking liners so you can easily remove them from the pan. Using a food processor, pulse the graham crackers into crumbs. In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs and butter; press on the bottom of cupcake liners. Bake for 5 min. Cool on a wire rack.

  • Step 2

    For filling: in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smoothed with spatula. Add heavy whipping cream; beat until well blended. Add the rest of ingredients and mix with spatula until well combined. Use a large cookie scoop (or ¼ cup measuring cup) to spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake liners crust, leave some gap about ¼-inch at the top. Bake 20 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull. Turn off the oven heat, leave the door just a little open and leave the cake to rest in the oven for 45 minutes. Otherwise, cheesecake can crack with sudden heat. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack for 2 hours. Refrigerate cheesecake overnight. Top with whipping cream and lime pieces, enjoy!