Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes

First it was oranges, then it was grapefruit, and now? Now, only pure, cheek-puckering citrus will cut it for this lemon-lovin’ lady taking up residence in my belly. Seriously. If my grocery store were experiencing a severe shortage of lemons, they can just follow the trail of yellow fruit to my home. I feel like I could peel and devour them whole!

It’s a problem.

Is that weird? Yeah, that’s weird.

Better just stick to lemon desserts. Enter these fabulous little lemon cheesecake cupcakes!

In one word, these are cheesecake cups are incredible. And creamy and delicious, and oh my god, so addictive (oops). And not only to me and my lemon obsession as of late! I believe I saw hubby snag more than a few, too.

The man isn’t big on cheesecake, but toss on whipped cream and raspberries, and he’ll eat anything. I’m talking anything.

That probably doesn’t sell this dessert very well.

So, what I’m trying to say is, you need these. And I’d commit a crime for a plateful of these cheesecake cups. Straight up, yo. I mean, maybe not really. I might speed to the grocery store a little. Is that bad?

These cupcakes so easy, lusciously creamy and low-carb, with a citrusy tang and subtle sweetness. A vanilla wafer acts as the bottom “crust” and makes each little bite all the better. With a dollop of light Cool Whip, they’re mouthwateringly good!

Bake a batch for your next girls’ night, baby/bridal shower, or to add a little summery sweetness to any day. These skinny-mini lemon cheesecakes are absolutely delicious, with all the flavor of a full-fat cupcake but just 108 calories per serving.

Though it may still be cold where you are, the sun is shining in Austin and it’s got me in a bright, lemony mood! Get in your kitchen for some springtime-inspired baking, too – you’re just gonna love these!

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Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes

Yield: Makes 12 cups


12 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
1 (8 oz.) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
2 large egg whites
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
12-24 fresh berries, your choice (I used raspberries and blackberries)
12 Tablespoons Cool Whip Lite, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Place one vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until smooth. Beat in yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, lemon zest and flour until well blended. Pour into cupcake liners, filling half way.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is almost set. Cool to room temperature. Chill a 2-3 hours in your refrigerator before removing cheesecakes from muffin cups.

Top with fresh berries and 1 Tablespoon each of Cool Whip Lite, if desired.


NUTRITION (1 cheesecake cup):
Calories: 108.6 | Fat: 4.7 g | Carbs: 13 g | Sugar: 7.1 g

Adapted from Skinny Taste


20 Responses to “Skinny Lemon Cheesecake Cupcakes”

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — February 21, 2014 @ 3:05 am

    These are fabulous!
    Only yesterday found a recipe for mini cupcake-cheesecakes for the first time, and now you post these?! Life is teasing me :P They look wonderful though, and I agree with you – citrus is great! I don’t like whenever desserts are too sweet, so citrus definitely helps levelling it out a bit :D x

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 21, 2014 @ 5:30 am

    These are amazing! No complaints here about all the citus… I love all things lemon!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — February 21, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Lemon cheesecake and I are good friends. I would make these, no doubt. And if someone else made them I’d steal a few like your hubby did.

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    Katrina @ WVS — February 21, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    These cupcakes are making me crave SUMMER! Loving these!

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    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — February 21, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    AH I am a cheesecake addict! I don’t eat it very often but I could eat it everyday if I had the chance. This recipe is super approachable too, thanks for sharing Georgia!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — February 21, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    These are so gorgeous!!!

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    Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot — February 21, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    These look so good! I love making cheesecake in little cups, because it’s easier for people to pick up and eat and it has a better portion control. These look great, thanks for sharing!

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    Phi @ Sweetphi — February 21, 2014 @ 12:30 pm….. these look incredible! I happen to share your lemon obsession, but mine is a permanent one, if I don’t have a lemon in the house, there’s a problem!
    I can’t wait to go and make these!!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — February 21, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Yum! I love lemon desserts, especially cheesecake! Can’t wait to make these!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 21, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    These are beautiful! I can’t get enough lemon lately!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 21, 2014 @ 11:46 pm

    These are the perfect spring cupcake!

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    Maria G. — February 22, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    The idea of mini cheesecakes is very nice especially for a party. Cheesecake is one of the most delicious desserts and it can be decorated in a plenty of ways. Raspberry and lemon is a nice combination of tastes!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 22, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    These are so pretty, Georgia!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 23, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    How fun! Love the skinny touch – I’ll just have 2 servings then!

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    Ramona — February 23, 2014 @ 6:46 am

    Gotta love a skinny cheesecake… so I can eat twice as much! I love lemon too. :)

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — February 23, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    I’m a lemon freak — it’s one of my favorite flavors! So you know I’ll love these. Such a terrific recipe! Thanks.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — February 23, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Only 108 kcals per lovely cupcake??? These are brilliant!
    I love cheesecake anything, and I’m really inot citrusy flavors so I really really really need to try these. Oooh I’ll take a dozen, please! They look super lovely!
    Hope you’re having a great weekend <3

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    Gaby — February 24, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    What a pretty dessert and delicious too!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 27, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    These cheesecakes are the epitome of perfection, Georgia! Bring on the lemony, springtime desserts!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — March 2, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Aww! These are so dainty! I bet the little lady is loving all these goodies. :)

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