Recipe | Jelly Bean Egg Lemon Cheesecake Cups

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It’s a little crazy how quickly Easter snuck up me this year. If you’re feeling the same way, don’t fret because there’s still time to put together and Easter dinner and dessert menu that will be fun for the kids to help make and delicious enough for everyone to eat. McCormick is offering a Spring Look Book that gives you a glimpse of dozens of recipes that cover, brunch, dinner, appetizers and of course, my favorite, desserts.

One of those desserts inspired me to make these Jelly Bean Lemon Cheesecake Cups. The original mini cheesecake recipe calls for great flavors from McCormick including almond extract, vanilla extract and fresh fruit topping. Taking a more colorful Easter approach to the recipe we dressed these up with some green coconut grass and mini jelly beans.

lemon cheesecake cups with jelly beans

The cheesecake batter is incredibly easy with simple ingredients including 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and a burst of Spring flavor with 1/2 tablespoon of  McCormick Pure Lemon Extract. Just a little bit goes a very long way from this bottle.

Just beat the sugar and cream cheese until fluffy and add the remaining ingredients, beating until smooth.

mccormick lemon extract

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and to give the cheesecake cups a crust, just fill your baking cups with a big vanilla wafer or a pile of mini ones like I did.

nilla wafter cheesecake cups

Pour in the batter and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheesecake is set!

cheesecake muffin cups

After chilling in the fridge for a few hours you can complete this dessert with green colored coconut shreds and mini jelly beans. The cheesecake comes out moist, rich and the lemon flavor really makes them pop.

easter lemon cheesecake cups

If you’re looking for even more inspiration for your Spring meals, be sure to check out the McCormick Spring Pin-spiration Contest below. You could win 1 of 25 Spring baking kits!

Also, we have a Spring baking kit to giveaway to one lucky reader. The kit includes: Corningware baking dish, cookie cutters, cupcake/muffin tin, and several McCormick products.

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Disclosure – McCormick provided me with a Spring baking kit, opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Elena V says:

    Thank you SOOOO much for the giveaway! Just in time for Easter, I must say!

    I’d make the Double Cinnamon Sugar Cookies. Just imagine what the house will smell like!

  2. Mmm, those look so good! I love McCormick! I want to make the Creamy Thyme Potato Gratin with fresh thyme from my garden!

  3. Alicia K says:

    easy berry trifle!

  4. Gina R. says:

    I really want to make the carrot cake!

  5. Great giveaway ! I definitely want to make the carrot cake and the cinnamon bread sticks

  6. Debi H. says:

    They all look so good. I think I would start with the Stuffed French Toast.

  7. jenefer lynn says:

    the hello flower cupcakes! yummy and cute!!

  8. Heather Galbraith says:

    The Cinnamon Sticky Buns look yummy!

  9. Shawn says:

    The Italian Herb Frittata looks really good.


  10. Jennifer H says:

    cinnamon breadstix!!

  11. Kerry says:

    Spinach and Artichoke Tarts

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    The little Mini Cheeseckes would be great for partiesw or buffet style serving.

  13. Sarah W says:

    Very Vanilla Fruit Salad!! Yum!!

  14. debbie says:

    There were several good recipes. I think I will use the spicy nutmeg carrots recipe for Easter this year.

  15. Tina Renee Barker says:

    I’d love to make the Lemon Cheesecake Bars! yum!

  16. Julie R says:

    Everything los so good. Maybe the sticky buns.

  17. Easy Very Berry Trifle …. I love trifles!

  18. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I want make a lot of them but I really want to make the Cinnamon Breadsticks

  19. Carrot cake is a perfect dessert this time of year!

  20. Michael L. Worthington says:

    I love Lemon Cupcakes!

  21. Those look super yummy and yet simple enough for the kids to help with!

  22. What a cute idea! Will be making for Easter dinner

  23. Carrot Cake!

  24. Christina Brundick says:

    carrot cake sounds perfect for my little bunnies

  25. Kathy S says:

    Very Vanilla Fruit Salad

  26. I like the Chick Cupcakes.


  27. Sunnie says:

    Id make the stuffed french toast for my husband.

  28. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I would like to try the Carrot Cake

  29. I’d like to make the Savory Backyard Chicken.

  30. tabatha heavner says:

    I’m thinking the pull apart, it looks super yummy!

  31. I`d like to make the Glazed Carrots

  32. Charity S says:

    I like the Fluffy Eggs and Chives Recipe.

  33. Meryl says:

    Cinnamon Pancakes

  34. Michele L. says:

    I’m going to make the Delicious Deviled Eggs and Chick cupcakes this weekend!

  35. The Italian Herb Frittata looks incredible, as do those gorgeous Easter cupcakes you made! :)

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  36. I am going to be making the Cinnamon Crumb Cake from McCormick this weekend!

  37. I want to make Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes.

  38. Danielle E. says:

    I’d like to make the Raspberry Brownies

  39. julie cutshaw says:

    The Two Potato Salad with Toasted Pecans recipe sounds very unquickly differant & tasty to try

  40. The Very Vanilla Fruit Salad looks like a great healthy addition to all the sweets we eat for Easter!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  41. Maria Malaveci says:

    Lemon Cheesecake Bars!

  42. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I have a sweet tooth, so there are many recipes that appeal to me. The Cinnamon Sticky Buns and Cinnamon Pull-Apart sound especially good right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Jackie says:

    I’d like to make the Mocha Cappuccino Brownies
    Thank you!

  44. Jessica T. says:

    I would love to try the carrot cake recipe.

  45. Danielle T says:

    omg the stuffed french toast looks crazy good

  46. Melissa B says:

    The cinnamon sticky buns look amazing!

  47. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d like to make the Bloomin’ Brie Bowl recipe.

  48. Felina M says:

    I want to make the Italian Herb Frittata

  49. Carla Garcia says:

    the stuffed french toast

  50. Aaron Bretveld says:

    I’d like to try the Red Velvet Cheesecake, though everything on there looks so yummy!

  51. Danielle Davis/Grady says:

    Cinnamon Streusel Cake!
    Thank you!

  52. Diane Sallans says:

    So many yummy recipes – especially the Mocha Cappucino Brownies

  53. Norleans says:

    Def the lemon cupcakes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Sarah L says:

    Blueberry Coffee Cake
    Thanks for the contest.

  55. Ellen C. says:

    The festive meringue cookies recipe looks great. Thanks for the chance.

  56. Vera S says:

    I would like to make the Cinnamon Crumb Cake. :)


  57. I want to try the red velvet cake!

  58. Ashley Hatten says:

    the flower cupcakes thanks!

  59. Angie Bailey says:

    I want to try the Vanilla Rich Chocolate Chip Cookies.

  60. Julie says:

    Lasagna Formaggio this thanks

  61. I would love to try to make the Mocha Cappuccino Brownies!

  62. Erica Best says:

    the Spring Thyme Salmon look yummy

  63. Tara F. says:

    I’d love to try Lasagna Formaggio
    sweetpeonies07 at gmail

  64. Ginger Glazed Carrot

  65. I would love to make the Chick Cupcakes! They are so cute!

  66. Wow, there’s a ton of stuff that looks delicious on there! The Bloomin’ Brie Bowl stood out to me though – yum!

  67. Wendy Rozema says:

    i would like to make lemon cheesecake bars

  68. The Garlic Ceasar Salad looks yummy!

  69. Jennifer says:

    The raspberry white chocolate cake has me drooling over my keyboard! :)

  70. Italian Herb Frittata

  71. Michelle H. says:

    I’d make the Creamy Thyme Potato Gratin

  72. ACMommy3 says:

    I’d like to make the Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch casserole or the Chocolate Chunk Mocha cookies :-)

  73. salsa chicken looks good to me
    tcogbill at live dot com

  74. Red Velvet Cheesecake

  75. Gianna says:

    Cinnamon Crumb Cake.

  76. I couldn’t decide between the carrot cake and the mocha cappuccino brownies!

  77. Jennifer says:

    Now this stuff is not just more clutter but would really be used at our house. THANKS SO MUCH!!

  78. Jennifer says:

    The mocha cappacino brownies sound fabulous so I think they would have to be a dessert that goes with that field greens salad which also looks really good.

  79. want to make Lasagna Formaggio

  80. Claudia says:

    I like the flower cupcakes

  81. Lisa L says:

    I’d love to make the Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cake. Looks heavenly!

  82. laurie says:

    i like the double cinnamon sugar cookies

  83. Oh the lemon poppyseed muffins looks super good!

  84. Heather Vogler says:

    The Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Spice Dip!

  85. Carmen says:

    There are several that sound delicious, such as Cinnamon Sticky Buns

  86. Liz W says:

    I would love to try Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake

  87. mmmmmmmmmmmmm Chocolate Cinnamon Scones look and sound wonderful!!!!!{0C90F0AF-B618-4ABB-885B-93BABBE936C8}

  88. Jamie Brigham says:
  89. Brooke Adametz says:

    Bloomin Brie Bowl….that sounds absolutely delicious!

  90. trixx says:

    I’d make the Festive Meringue cookies, looks delish!

  91. linda landes says:

    Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole!