When I think of recipes for summer in New England, the first idea that always pops into my head are berries, specifically blueberries. Also, who doesn’t love cheesecake? I certainly do, but I have to admit it isn’t my favorite thing to make. Between the water bath to stop it from cracking and having to watch the cook time so carefully, cheesecake can sometimes be difficult to work with. An easier, yet still delicious option is to make mini cheesecakes, and these petite treats only take twenty minutes to bake!

These Blueberry Lemon Cheesecakes are the epitome of summer in New England and with blueberries being plentiful this time of year, what could be better? A miniature lemon cheesecake with a sweet graham cracker crust is topped with fresh blueberry preserves, and fresh blueberries. Sprinkle with lemon zest, powdered sugar and chopped mint for an added touch of freshness. I love these cakes, because they are light and refreshing, perfect at an outdoor summer soiree.

Bring a little taste of New England to your next summer party, whether it be at the beach, on the lawn or even on your couch; these Blueberry Lemon Cheesecakes are sure to be a hit.

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Ingredients:

Crust:
8 sheets of graham crackers
3 tbsp. white sugar
4 tbsp. butter, melted

Filling:
2, 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 large egg
1 tsp. lemon zest

Topping:
1/2 cup to 1 cup of blueberry jam
1 pint blueberries
Powdered sugar, lemon zest and chopped mint for dusting.

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with liners.
Place the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse the graham crackers to crumbs. Add in the sugar and melted butter. Take mixture and evenly distribute to the bottom of each muffin liner. Once distributed, press mixture down so crust stays together.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the cream cheese and white sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy. Once incorporated, slowly add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and egg. Beat until well combined.
Spoon the cheesecake filling evenly between the cups and bake 15-20 minutes. The edges should be light brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Once the cheesecakes are completely cooled, spread about ½ tablespoon of jam on top of each and cover the top. Sprinkle with the fresh blueberries.
Sprinkle cheesecakes with powdered sugar, lemon zest and fresh mint.