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. says

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

  3. Jenn says

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

  4. Debi H. says

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

  5. Shawn says

    The Italian Herb Frittata looks really good.


  6. Mary Beth Elderton says

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

  7. debbie says

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

  8. Stephanie Phelps says

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

  9. Michele L. says

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

  10. says

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

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  11. 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!

  12. Jennifer T. says

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

  13. Aaron Bretveld says

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

  14. Diane Sallans says

    So many yummy recipes – especially the Mocha Cappucino Brownies

  15. Ellen C. says

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

  16. Vera S says

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


  17. says

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

  18. Jennifer says

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

  19. ACMommy3 says

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

  20. Jennifer says

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

  21. 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.