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New York-Style Cheesecake Mousse Recipe
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New York-Style Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

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This cheesecake mousse actually tastes better after chilling overnight. Once chilled, it can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to three days. Berries are optional, but they're a flavorful and festive way to dress up this dessert. —Caroline Wamelink, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without strawberries) equals 175 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and lemon peel until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Divide among 12 dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°. Combine cracker crumbs and sugar in a small bowl; add butter and mix well. Press to a 1/4-in. thickness on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  3. Just before serving, crumble graham cracker mixture; sprinkle over mousse. Top with strawberries if desired. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as New York-Style Cheesecake Mousse in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p31

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Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"I can't review as I've not tried. Do you think I could use Cool Whip instead of heavy whipping cream?"

Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"This was a delicious fun loving recipe. I used this on my co-workers and they loved it. I had one person that could'nt get enough of it...."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"These were delicious! They tasted just like cheesecake. I prepared them in bite sized appetizer portions and everyone loved them. I used frozen sliced strawberries in sugar syrup, as strawberries were not in season here, and the juice from the syrup blended beautifully as far as enhancing the taste goes. I would definitely make these again and they were very easy to make."

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