Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse(1)Sometimes you just gotta make a “cheat” easy recipe.  This is especially true during the heat of summer. A few weeks ago, I had a friend visiting during these hot days, and I wanted something sweet to enjoy as we lounged around the air conditioned house in the evening. So, I found this Lemon Cheesecake Mousse that fit the bill. Typically I dislike no-bake cheesecake, but I found that as a mousse it works well, and the lemon is perfect for those hot days.


Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse


3 graham cracker sheets, crushed
1 T granulated sugar
1 ½ T butter, melted

1 ¼ T fresh lemon juice
3 t water
3/4 t unflavored gelatin powder
1 c heavy cream, divided
½ c powdered sugar, divided
yellow food coloring, optional
6 oz cream cheese, softened
5 oz lemon curd
1 T powdered sugar


  • In a bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Pour melted butter over mixture, and stir until moistened.  Divide between 4 dessert cups and press into an even layer.
  • Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top and let set for 5 minutes.
  • Whip 3/4 cup heavy cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Add in 3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar and yellow food coloring (optional). Whip until stiff peaks form.
  • In a separate bowl, whip cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add in lemon curd and remaining powdered sugar.
  • Heat thickened gelatin in microwave for 30 seconds, stir with fork to ensure evenly dissolved, and cool for 2-3 minutes (no longer or it will begin to re-set). 
  • Begin mixing the cream cheese mixture again, slowly drizzling the gelatin in to combine.
  • By hand, fold 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture at a time into the cream cheese until fully combined.
  • Gently spoon mixture into the dessert cups over graham cracker crust.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  • Whip remaining 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar to stiff peaks and garnish top of mousse before serving.

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