Easy Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits ( No-Bake Recipe)

  • By KJ

Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits are an easy, no-bake dessert that will satisfy your cheesecake cravings.

Bright and flavorful lemon zest brings a decadent cream cheese mixture to life with vibrant citrus notes. Layer with crumbled graham crackers for a light crunch.

Assemble your cheesecake parfaits in your favorite glasses, jars, or cups for an impressive dessert you can make in advance and serve grab-and-go style.

Top with bright, juicy berries. Creamy, tangy, and sweet. 🍋

No-bake lemon cheesecake parfaits in parfait glasses on top of a plaid tablecloth.

Easy Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits ( No-Bake Recipe)

Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits are an easy, no-bake dessert that will satisfy your cheesecake cravings. 

Bright and flavorful lemon zest brings a decadent cream cheese mixture to life with vibrant citrus notes. Layer with crumbled graham crackers for a light crunch.

Assemble your cheesecake parfaits in your favorite glasses, jars, or cups for an impressive dessert you can make in advance and serve grab-and-go style.

Top with bright, juicy berries. Creamy, tangy, and sweet. 🍋

No-bake lemon cheesecake parfaits in parfait glasses on top of a plaid tablecloth.

Why KJ Loves

Easy Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits ( No-Bake Recipe)

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits

These little parfaits are so cute you almost don’t want to eat them! But, you won’t be able to resist! I love how easily this dessert recipe comes together and how light and airy it is while being indulgent. 

Cream cheese blocks in a bowl with lemon zest on top of them.

Lemon Cheesecake Parfait Ingredients

This easy, no-bake recipe only needs a few simple ingredients: 

Cream cheese (softened)

Butter

Graham crackers (crushed)

Powdered sugar

Lemon (zest)

Berries (optional)

(Raspberries are my fav!)

The no-bake lemon cheesecake filling mixed together in a bowl.

How to Make Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits

1

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the lemon zest. 

2

In a small bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers with the butter.

3

Assemble the parfaits by layering the graham crackers and the lemon cheesecake mixture in parfait cups, ending with the cheesecake mixture. 

Tip: If you’re a perfectionist, you can try piping the mixture into the cups with a plastic Ziplock bag. Simply fill the bag with the mixture, cut off the corner, and pipe away! 

4

Garnish with raspberries and a light dusting of powdered sugar or extra lemon zest. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Finish the parfaits off with…

  • Extra whipped cream on top
  • Your favorite berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries!
  • Candied lemon peel or lemon zest
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Lemon slices

Oh, and make more than just one lemon cheesecake parfait per guest…some people are guaranteed to go back for seconds 👀

The buttery graham cracker filling in a bowl.

Lemon Cheesecake Parfait Tips

Can these be made in advance?

Yes! Lemon cheesecake parfaits are the perfect dessert to make in advance. Simply keep them covered in the refrigerator until they’re ready to serve. 

What should I serve these in?

I love to use these cute little parfait glasses! Use parfait glasses, cups, or mason jars. Whatever you have on hand! 

Do I have to use real whipped cream?

I think the slight bit of extra effort makes a huge difference in the taste. But if you want to make things super simple with Cool Whip, go for it!

A close-up photo of an assembled lemon cheesecake parfait.

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No-bake lemon cheesecake parfaits in parfait glasses on top of a plaid tablecloth.

Easy Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits (No-Bake Recipe)


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Description

Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits are an easy, no-bake dessert that will satisfy your cheesecake cravings. 

Bright and flavorful lemon zest brings a decadent cream cheese mixture to life with vibrant citrus notes. Layer with crumbled graham crackers for a light crunch.

Assemble your cheesecake parfaits in your favorite glasses, jars, or cups for an impressive dessert you can make in advance and serve grab-and-go style.

Top with bright, juicy berries. Creamy, tangy, and sweet. 🍋


Ingredients

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  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened 
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package graham crackers, finely crushed (roughly 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • Raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in 2 tablespoons of the lemon zest. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers with the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon zest. 
  3. Assemble the parfaits by layering the graham crackers and the lemon cheesecake mixture together in 7 oz parfait cups, ending with the cheesecake mixture. Should make about 5-6 parfaits depending on parfait cup size.
  4. Garnish with the raspberries and a light dusting of powdered sugar or extra lemon zest. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 566
  • Sugar: 43.5g
  • Sodium: 452mg
  • Fat: 34.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 59.8g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 7.2g
  • Cholesterol: 98mg

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