These single serving shots of cheesecake topped with raspberries are a simple and fun Canada Day dessert. You begin with a base of graham cracker crumbs and butter. A simple mixture of whipped cream and sweet, slightly citrus cream cheese is folded together to top the crust.
Finish them with fresh berries and a chill in the refrigerator and you’ve got yourself the perfect, light mini dessert for Canada Day!
This is a great make-ahead dessert option if you’re worried about being pressed for time on the day-of. It can be prepared up to a few days in advance or in the morning. This can take a load of stress off and allow you to be prepared for the big day.
Another nice thing about this recipe is there is no baking required! It just needs a quick chill in the refrigerator. It firms up nicely if you leave it in the fridge overnight. The longer they sit in the fridge, the more firm they will be, so keep that in mind.
You can top the cheesecake with whatever fresh, red berries you like, but I prefer raspberries for something a little different - plus they grow all summer long in my backyard, so why not?
You can get creative with what to serve the cheesecakes in. We used small jars, but there are so many options for mini dessert cups out there or you can even go beyond that and think outside the box.
If you got creative with your dessert cups, let me know what you used in the comments. I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!
Canada Day Raspberry Cheesecake Shots
- 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
- 8 ounces cream cheese - at room temp.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Fresh raspberries (or strawberries if you prefer) - for topping
- To make the crust, add the melted butter to the graham cracker crumbs and mix together until moistened.
- To make the filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest together with an electric mixer until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whip heavy cream with the mixer until peaks form. Avoid over-whipping.
- Slowly add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture by folding it in with a spatula.
- Press the graham crumbs into the bottom of your shot glasses. Add the cream cheese mixture and top with fresh raspberries, plus a bit more crumbs.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.