Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

This is my favorite dessert for summer. It’s light and fresh, and the grapefruit adds a lovely splash of color.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 245 / Protein 6g / Carbohydr. 14g / Fat 18g

Ingredients (16 servings)

6 sheetsgelatin
150 mlwater
150 gbutter cookies
100 gbutter
1 tbsppoppy seeds
2grapefruits (pink)
75 gsugar
525 gcream cheese
300 gyogurt


saucepan, small pan, 2 large bowls, plates for serving, small baking forms with removable bottoms (Ø 6 cm), whisk, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife, small bowl, freezer bag, rolling pin

Wine Tip

Scheurebe Auslese, 2012
Scheurebe Auslese, a lightly aromatic dessert wine, goes well here. One of its main aromas is grapefruit, making it an excellent match for light refreshing desserts like this one.

Step 1

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Add gelatin sheets to a bowl with some water. Leave to soak for approx. 5 – 7 min.

small bowl

6 sheets gelatin / 150 ml water

Step 2

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Place cookies into a freezer bag. Tightly seal and crush cookies with a rolling pin.

freezer bag, rolling pin

150 g butter cookies

Step 3

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Melt butter in a small pan over medium-low heat. Transfer cookie crumbs to a bowl, add poppy seeds, pour in melted butter, and stir to combine.

small pan, bowl

100 g butter / 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Step 4

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Spoon cookie mixture into bottom of baking forms and firmly press down to form crust.

small baking forms with removable bottoms

Step 5

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Use a sharp knife to peel and fillet grapefruits.

cutting board, knife

2 grapefruits

Step 6

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Add soaked gelatin along with water and sugar to a saucepan. Slowly heat mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to overheat. Once the gelatin and sugar have completely dissolved, remove from heat and set aside.

saucepan, cooking spoon

75 g sugar

Step 7

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and yogurt. Stir well to combine. Pour gelatin mixture into the cream cheese mixture and whisk to combine.

large bowl, whisk

525 g cream cheese / 300 g yogurt

Step 8

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

To assemble, layer grapefruit slices in baking forms on top of cookie crust. Cover with the cream cheese mixture.

Step 9

Mini cheesecakes with grapefruit

Then arrange several grapefruit slices on top. Transfer baking forms to refrigerator and allow to set for approx. 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and run a knife around the edges. To serve, press on bottoms of baking forms to separate from edges. Then remove bottoms of baking forms and transfer to plates to serve. Enjoy as a fresh treat!

plates for serving, knife