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Closeup image of a cheesecake on a round metal pan, with cookie crumbled on top, on a wrinkled and folded off-white cloth.

Lightened Up Mini Cheesecake

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Lightened Up Mini Cheesecake recipe is the perfect quintessential cheesecake – just smaller! You’d never know it was made with fewer calories – but your waistband will thank you!



For the Crust:

  • 2 1/2 oz vanilla wafers
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Cooking oil spray

For the Filling:


For the Crust:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325ºF.
  2. Pulse the vanilla wafers in a food processor or blender until reduced to a fine powder. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the sugar and melted butter. Stir until everything is evenly moistened.
  3. Transfer to a 5-inch springform pan and press firmly and evenly into the bottom using your fingertips. The crust should only come up the sides just a bit.
  4. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until fragrant and just beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Turn the oven down to 200ºF.

For the Filling:

  1. Line a bowl with a couple of layers of paper towels and add the cottage cheese. Let drain for about 30 minutes (for the sake of time, it’s best to do this before you make the crust).
  2. Add the drained cottage cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt to a food processor and process until completely smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the sugar, salt, lemon juice, and vanilla to the bowl and process until mixed. Add the egg and process just enough to mix it all together.
  3. Spray a paper towel with cooking oil, then wipe the sides of the pan until evenly greased, being careful not to disturb the crust.
  4. Pour the filling into the pan, stopping about 1/2 inch below the rim.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes, then turn the oven off and open the door just a bit. Let sit for 1 hour, then remove to a rack to cool.
  6. Once cooled to room temperature, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Remove the sides of the pan, cut into quarters, and serve.


The first piece can be really difficult to get out. Make sure you cut all the way through the crust, leave the first slice in place, then cut another right next to it. Use a thin metal spatula to coax on of the pieces out. The pieces to follow should be much easier to remove!

Mini springform pans often come in sets of two. Feel free to double the recipe and use both!

  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: cheesecake, light, dessert