Friday, March 23, 2012

Mini Lime-Coconut Cheesecakes

I love mini cheesecakes - there's built-in portion control, plus they're so cute!  These cheesecakes are seriously delicious - the cheesecake itself is pucker-y tart and not too sweet, with a sweeter sour cream topping.  Coconut provides flavor for both the base and the garnish: a flurry of toasted coconut tops off the cheesecake, while untoasted coconut is combined with graham crackers for a tasty crust.  The yield will vary a bit depending on what you use to bake the cheesecakes - we made 12 in muffin tins and mixed up some extra crust for a small pie pan to bake up the extra batter.  Our best guess was that this would fill 18 muffin tins if baked all in those.  You can also use mini cheesecake molds if you have them.

Mini Lime-Coconut Cheesecakes (adapted from Zoe Bakes via A Dash of Sass)

Makes about 18 miniature cheesecakes

For the crust:
1 cup plus 2 T finely ground graham crackers
1 cup plus 2 T sweetened shredded coconut
6 T melted butter 

For the filling:
1-1/2 8-oz packages (3/4 pound) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
6 large egg yolks
1/2 to 3/4 can sweetened condensed milk (start with the smaller amount and add more to taste)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup lime juice
1 T lime zest 

For the topping:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Toasted coconut, for garnish 

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Place 18 cupcake papers in muffin tins.
2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, and butter in a food processor and pulse until well combined.  Divide among the cupcake papers and press down with fingers or the back of a spoon. Bake about 10 minutes to set the crust, and then remove from oven and let cool (leave the oven on for baking the filling).
3. Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth with no lumps.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Beat in 1/2 can of the sweetened condensed milk along with the granulated sugar. Beat in the lime juice and zest.  Taste, and add more sweetened condensed milk to taste.
4. Divide the cheesecake filling among the muffin tins, filling each one almost all the way full.
5. Bake 30-35 minutes, until the cheesecakes are set.
6. Remove from oven and let cool - the cheesecakes will sink, but that's ok since they'll be covered in topping.
7. Once the cheesecakes are cool, stir together the sour cream and powdered sugar.  Cover each cheesecake with a spoonful of sour cream topping.  Chill the cheesecakes.
8. Sprinkle with toasted coconut just before serving (so the coconut doesn't get soggy).

I'm sending this recipe off to the citrus blog hop at Katherine Martinelli.


  1. Thanks for your comment on my last blog post - I think calorie counting is the way to go.

    And your mini-cheesecakes? Totally worth the calories!!

  2. Ah, these bites look delicious. Now, to figure out a way not to eat several of them at one time!

  3. Yummy!Love lime and cheesecakes.

  4. You put the lime and the coconut and mix it all up! Sorry, I couldn't help myself. This sounds sooo yummy! Love that they're so small...that means if I eat the whole recipe, it has less calories, right? ;)

  5. I love all your ingredients so these have to be delicious! YUM!