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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

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This sweet lemon cheesecake mousse is a decadent dessert that is so easy to make! Made with fresh lemon curd and resting on a bed of graham crackers, these cheesecake mousse cups are a refreshing treat to enjoy all summer long.

I have such a sweet tooth but I don’t like spending all day in the kitchen, which is why I love this cheesecake mousse recipe so much. Some of my other favorite easy dessert recipes are these simple Cake Mix Cookies, fudgy Homemade Brownies or these incredible Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake.

four cups of lemon cheesecake mousse topped with lemon slices and lemons next to the cups on the counter

Best Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

I have to say, I am totally in love with lemon desserts. If it has lemon flavor in it, then sign me up! Lemon is so perfect for spring, and I love the bright and fresh flavor.

This lemon cheesecake mousse is the perfect way to showcase that lovely lemon flavor. It’s rich and decadent, but also silky smooth and light. Paired with the buttery and crumbly graham cracker crust, it’s a delicious dessert that’s sure to impress!

I used homemade lemon curd for my mousse, but store bought will work as well. If you haven’t made your own before, it’s so much easier than you think! The lemon curd gives the mousse a ton of flavor, and a beautiful bright yellow color. If your lemons aren’t particularly yellow, you can add a drop or two of yellow food coloring to bump up the color a little bit, but it’s totally optional. You could definitely serve these mousse cups with a little extra whipped cream on top, but they are pretty delicious as is!

What’s The Difference Between Mousse And Pudding

Mousse is a lighter and airier dessert than pudding is, which is much more dense and creamier. While they are both made with similar ingredients mousse is thickened using heavy cream or egg whites while pudding uses cornstarch to thicken. With pudding, many love to add toppings such as nuts or fruit on top while mousse is typically enjoyed all by itself. Though there are key differences to each, they both taste incredible!

looking down on a cup filled with lemon cheese cake mousse on a graham cracker crust bed with a lemon wedge on on top

How To Make Cheesecake Mousse

  • Beat It – In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until it’s stiff and then set it aside
  • Combine – In a separate bowl, combine the lemon curd and cream cheese and then best it until it’s smooth
  • Add Remaining Ingredients – Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and food coloring with the lemon curd and cream cheese mixture and then mix them all together until it’s smooth
  • Fold – Using a spatula, fold in the whipping cream until everything is blended together
  • The Crust – To make the crust to put in the bottom of the mousse cups, mix crushed graham crackers, butter and sugar into a mixing bowl
  • Put It All Together – Then place the mixture at the bottom of the serving cups and pour the mousse on top
  • Serve – Place the mousse cups in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them

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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

four cups of lemon cheesecake mousse topped with lemon slices and lemons next to the cups on the counter
4.34 from 15 votes

Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

This sweet lemon cheesecake mousse is a decadent dessert that is so easy to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, dessert, lemon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal


For the mousse:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring optional

For the crust:

  • 4 graham crackers crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted


For the mousse

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff. 

  2. Remove to a different bowl, and set aside.

  3. In the mixer bowl, beat the lemon curd and cream cheese together until smooth. 

  4. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and food coloring, and mix until smooth.

  5. Gently fold in the whipped cream using a spatula, until blended.

For the crust

  1. To make the crust, mix the graham crackers, sugar, and butter. 

  2. Scoop the crust mixture into six small serving dishes, then top with the mousse. 

  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


a cup of lemon cheesecake mousse made with this easy recipe on a white plate with a spoon next to it with 3 additional cheesecake mouse cups in the background with lemons next to them on the counter


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