Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares

These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it’s great too for serving a larger number of people!

These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!

Folks, I know how much you love my cheesecake recipes, so I just know you’re going to love these easy lemon cheesecake squares!

Although I’ve parted company today from my traditional round cheesecake desserts with these cheesecake squares, I’m pretty sure that you’ll find these the easiest and tastiest ones out there!

You see, as you folks pin my lemon crunch cheesecake recipe so much, I decided to make a different version of it, one that’s baked and just as tasty but also lighter and made slightly healthier (less calorific) too.

Feel free to enjoy these at any time of the year and at only 168 calories per slice!

These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!

The bars start off with a base made from ginger nut biscuits that is baked and then that’s covered with a creamy lemony cheesecake layer that is also baked.  The result is pure lemon heaven!

What I like so much about these easy lemon cheesecake squares besides them being so tasty, is the ginger taste of the base and the lovely crunch you get after having sunk your teeth through that amazing lemon filling. The combination is just perfect.

It’s funny to think back to the day that I first created these and how early it was that Saturday morning……..

These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!

…..all because of this little fella, our cat, Begbie!

Picture of Begbie our cat

During the week I’m up at 4am so I can get stuff done, like write this blog and then head off to the gym before work.

Begbie normally gets up with me at 4am too. Now, at the weekend I want a lie in. Unfortunately Begbie doesn’t quite understand that concept. As far as he’s concerned it’s 4am and it’s time to get up!  The annoying thing is once I’m up, he promptly goes back to sleep himself!!

Anyway, that’s how I happened to be in the kitchen at 4am one Saturday morning, making these easy lemon cheesecake squares!

Now, don’t let this picture of Begbie looking all cute and innocent deceive you either!

Just recently we had to start opening the cupboard door in our bedroom, the one where we store all our clean linen and towels because he was waking us up during the night by leaping up at the door handle, trying to pull it down so as to open the cupboard and find himself a nice clean duvet to sleep on.

Granted it was a hilarious picture to start off with, when initially we were woken up and saw Begbie jumping up and down at the door handle like a crazy wallaby but that novelty soon wore off!

Anyway, I suppose I should thank Begbie for the inspiration for these easy lemon cheesecake squares. I’d also like to ask him for some sleep back at the weekends! 😉 (Fat chance!)

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These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!
Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping.
Course: Pudding
Servings: 9 squares
Calories: 168 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 200 g ginger nut biscuits
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 450 g reduced fat cream cheese
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten lightly
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C / 160C fan and lightly grease a baking tin of about 8”x8” size and then line the base with aluminium foil allowing some to hang over two sides a little to be able to lift the cheesecake out of the tin once baked.
  2. In a food processor, blitz the ginger nut biscuits until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and then stir in the ginger nut breadcrumbs.
  4. Press the crumb mixture into the baking tin, making sure you get into the corners and then bake until it begins to brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. While the base is baking, make the filling.
  5. To make the filling beat the cream cheese in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, blend until smooth then add the sugar, eggs, zest and lemon juice. Then blend until combined.
  6. Pour mixture onto hot crust, smooth down the top. Return to oven, and bake until set for about 25 minutes.
  7. Cool completely in pan. Chill for at least 3 hours in refrigerator and then lift out of the pan using the aluminium foil and cut into 9 squares. Keep stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Cheesecake Squares
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.9g
Cholesterol 19.4mg 6%
Sodium 57.6mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 25.1g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 21.4g
Protein 2.3g 5%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 7%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!

Lady Lynne and I are so looking forward to this weekend as we’re off to Broadmeadows House.

Broadmeadows House Selkirk Scotland

Work is hectic for the both of us at the moment and we’ve hardly spent any time together this February. So this is our belated Valentines weekend together.

I’m taking the slow cooker with me so we can have something cooking away whilst we’re out in the hills walking (weather permitting). Anyway I’ll let you know how we got on next week.

So talking of next week, please join me on Tuesday for a new Banana Raspberry Orange Power Smoothie recipe using my Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender and then on Thursday for a fantastic budget Oven Baked Tuna Sweetcorn Cakes recipe! Until then have a good weekend. We can’t wait for ours!

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These easy lemon cheesecake squares have a delicious crunchy ginger base and a lemony cream cheese topping. They are the perfect light melt in your mouth dessert. The recipe makes 9 squares so it's great too for serving a larger number of people!

Comments

  1. Haha! I totally understand pet antics in the middle of the night. The stories might sound funny now, but they are anything but funny at 1am! So I love the idea of making lemon cheesecake squares. I’m a sucker for cheesecake, too. I didn’t eat it growing up, but now it’s one of my favorite desserts! And I always crave lemon-flavored desserts as we hit this time of the year. I hope you guys have fun at Broadmeadows House this weekend. I remember you guys going there last year. I can’t wait to hear about the weekend. Enjoy it…and I hope you get to sleep in past 4am. 🙂
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Just had our first uninterrupted sleep here at Broadmeadows House David. It was bliss! 🙂

      Lemon based desserts are my favourite after meals. I think it must be the palate cleansing sharp lemon flavours. Nah, it’s probably just the fact they’re delicious! 😉

  2. These look AMAZING butttttttttt Landon’s not a lemon fan, so I could just omit it or put something else in it… Like put bananas on top or make it lime! Looks like I’d be able to accomplish this, because you called it EASY! 😉
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      That’s a shame that Landon’s not a fan of lemon. But I think that a banana based alternative is a fantastic idea. You could make it like my Banoffee Cheesecake instead? Oh hang on, have you given me another recipe idea? 🙂

  3. True confession time – although I love cheesecake and lemon based desserts I can’t recall when I’ve made them myself. So, that being said, I’m pinning this recipe so I can fix that!
    Plus, you had me at the ginger based crust. Holy freaking moly does that sound AMAZING!!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Christina. That ginger based biscuit crust is worth just making the recipe for. Yep it’s to die for, if I may say so myself! 😉

  4. Superb recipe! I am a sucker for lemon and cheesecake together. Totally going to try these tomorrow. Happy weekend!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hope these turn out good for you Neha! They’re definitely something to have as a treat at the weekend. Have a good weekend too yourself!

  5. Ben|Havocinthekitchen says:

    I do like cheesecakes too, and although I normally go with something more decadent and rich, I like this refreshing citrus-ginger combo! And you fellow is a very handsome cat. I love his concept. Sometimes I follow the similar idea on weekends. Occasionally I wake up earlier (and encourage other people to do the same), but after a nice breakfast and coffee, I might feel like going back to bed haha)

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’ll mention your compliments to Begbie, Ben! I’m sure he would welcome a visit from you at any time. Or indeed, I could send him over to you to stay for a while? 😆

      Glad you like this easy lemon cheesecake squares recipe, it’s a favourite here!

  6. I don’t make sweets often, but these do look good. Love that kitty!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Mimi. This is a great little dessert if you don’t make sweets that often. It’s so easy! Begbie says “hi” by the way. 😉

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