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Mar 21, 2022

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes

Strawberry lemonade mascarpone cheesecakes with a creamy and lemony mascarpone filling and a fresh strawberry topping. 

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes on plates.

The recipe for these little strawberry lemonade mascarpone cheesecakes makes just enough for two four inch desserts, which makes them perfect for a dinner for two. 

You could also cut them into little wedges for a little taste for everyone in a larger group or for a dessert bar for a brunch, baby shower, or buffet. I actually think these would be a wonderful and elegant treat to serve after a multicourse sit down dinner for four, or even eight! 

P.S. If you love the flavor of lemonade, be sure to try lemonade muffins..... and if you love lemon and strawberries together, try Strawberry Lemonade Cake with a Strawberry Marshmallow Frosting

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes on plates.

The mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) in the filling adds such an amazing creaminess, and the strawberry topping will remind you of fresh strawberry pie. While I think these are impressive, they are also super easy to make. 

Strawberry season has begun here, and all of the growers' strawberry stands are again set up in every available vacant lot. We usually buy a flat a week because we love these fresh California strawberries so much... and each week they get sweeter and sweeter (and bigger!). 

The first day of spring is perfect timing for making these cheesecakes. 

Strawberry Mascarpone Cheesecakes on plates.

How to Make Individual Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes:

First, you make the strawberry sauce for topping the cheesecakes. All you need is about 4 ounces of sliced fresh or frozen strawberries and about 3 ounces (by weight) of strawberry jam. Puree everything together in a food processor or a blender and then cook the mixture to reduce it down to about 1/4 cup to really concentrate the strawberry flavor. Set aside. 

Next, prepare the crusts. You will need two four-inch mini springform pans or tart pans with removable bottoms. I have both, but prefer the springform pans for this because the sides are not fluted. 

For the crusts, I pulsed together Nairn's Oat Grahams, melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar, and pressed the mixture into the pans and then baked them. The oat grahams were super tasty and crunchy and made a delicious crust. 

Sponsor ingredients for extracts and cookies.

While the crust is baking, mix together the lemony mascarpone cheesecake. Combine the mascarpone, sugar, flour, egg yolks, lemon zest, and lemon paste. I used lemon extract paste from Taylor and Colledge, one of our sponsors. 

Once the crusts have cooled, pour the mascarpone mixture into the pans, place the pans on a baking sheet, and bake the mini cheesecakes for about 25 minutes. Let them cool on a wire rack and then for another four hours in the refrigerator. 

Finally, spread the tops of the cheesecakes with half of the strawberry mixture, top with thinly sliced fresh strawberries, and then spread with the rest of the strawberry mixture. Refrigerate for an hour before serving. 

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes on plates.

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Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecake slices on a plate.

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Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes on plates.

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes

Strawberry Lemonade Mascarpone Cheesecakes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 1 HourInactive time: 5 HourTotal time: 7 Hour
Strawberry lemonade mascarpone cheesecakes with a creamy and lemony mascarpone filling and a fresh strawberry topping.


For the Glaze and Fresh Strawberries
  • 4 ounces fresh strawberries
  • 3 ounces of strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • About 20 thin slices of fresh strawberries
For the Crust
  • 1/2 cup oat graham or Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
For the Cheesecake Filling
  • 2/3 cup (5 ounces) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon paste
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of salt


To Make the Glaze
  1. Puree the strawberries, jam, and water in a blender or mini food processor.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil in a small saucepan until it has reduces to 1/4 cup. Let cool and refrigerate.
  3. Set aside the sliced strawberries.
To Make the Crust
  1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray two 4 inch mini springform pans with spray oil.
  3. Process the Graham crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter in the bowl of a mini food processor (or whisk together in a bowl).
  4. Press the crumb mixture into the bottoms of the pans. Place the pans on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Cool the pans on a wire rack. Leave the oven on to bake the filling.
To Make the Cheesecakes
  1. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer on medium low, mix the mascarpone and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the flour and egg yolks and mix until combined.
  3. Add the lemon paste, lemon zest, and salt, and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide between the two pans and smooth the tops. Place the pans on a sheet pan and bake at 325 degrees F.
  5. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  7. Reheat the glaze in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
  8. Spread half of the glaze over the tops of the two cheesecakes. Top with the strawberry slices and spread the rest of the glaze over the strawberries.
  9. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

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  1. What could I use instead of lemon paste? More lemon rind?

    1. You could use lemon extract, or just skip the lemon flavor and go with vanilla.

  2. A strawberry lemonade dessert sounds amazing! This is going to be a staple this spring and summer!

    1. It was probably creative license on my part, but love the combo!

  3. This sounds so good! I really like the strawberry and lemonade flavors.

  4. Just the perfect ratio of crust to filling to topping! Love strawberry and lemon together!

  5. Strawberry and lemon go so great together!

  6. I think I'm going to make these for Easter. They're the perfect dessert.

  7. Oh my yes...strawberry lemonade is perfect for this cheesecake

  8. Such wonderful ingredients! I love working with mascarpone!

  9. Mmmmm, Great dessert recipe right here, I've got it down for Easter. Can't wait.


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