Cheesecake Lemon Drops

All of my chocolate-loving girlfriends have one thing in common, when they are tired of chocolate desserts, they reach for lemon flavored confections instead.  Lemon is bright, refreshing, and just the thing to chase away the winter blues.


My cheesecake lemon drops made with Athens Mini Fillo Shells, are not only the perfect treat to brighten up your holiday repertoire, they are very simple to make.  Other than a quick toasting of the shells in the oven, this is basically a no-bake dessert.   I know that’s going to come as a welcome change to those of you that have been baking non-stop all month long!

In this recipe, the Mini Fillo Shells get lightly brushed in butter and then dusted with some spiced graham cracker crumbs.  They are toasted in the oven for ten minutes and cooled before the filling goes in.

I used ground coriander to spice up the crumb coating.  A lot of people think of coriander as a savory herb, but it has citrus notes and a very subtle spicy flavor that really enhances baked goods and sweets of all kinds.

The decadent filling contains a whole three ingredients that are combined quickly in your food processor or blender.  It’s placed into a simple freezer bag and piped directly into the Mini Fillo Shells.  Some lemon zest and graham cracker crumbs finish off these gorgeous treats.


Lemon curd is what gives the drops their vibrant citrus flavor.  You can buy lemon curd in a jar at any grocery store these days.

Cheesecake doesn’t have to be served ice cold.  In fact, the flavors are enhanced when it’s eaten closer to room temperature.  That means, you can make these a little bit ahead of time and let them sit out without worry.

As always, the hand-held convenience of Athens Mini Fillo Shells makes them a real party necessity.  I find that people love to have a bite sized dessert on hand because they don’t have to commit to a huge,  side-splitting piece of cake or pie, but can still enjoy a sweet treat along with everyone else.


Of course, another plus is that the Fillo Shells add some elegance to your table and make you look like a pastry chef, when all you did was take them out of the box.  If there were more quality foods on the market that did that for us, none of us would think twice about throwing a holiday party this year!

I’ve attached the recipe below, but it’s so easy, you almost don’t need it.

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Cheesecake Lemon Drops


  • 2 packages (15 each) Athens Mini Fillo Shells
  • 1/2 stick salted butter, melted
  • 1 sleeve cinnamon sugar graham crackers
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 12 ounce tub whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup lemon curd
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • the zest of one lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the crackers into a food processor or blender along with the coriander and process into small crumbs.
  3. Transfer the crumb mixture to a bowl and wipe out the food processor bowl with a damp paper towel.
  4. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the shells in butter, and roll them into the graham cracker mixture.
  5. Place the shells on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven for ten minutes.
  6. Meanwhile add the cream cheese, lemon curd, and sugar to the food processor and pulse until combined.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a freezer bag and cut the tip with scissors to make a 1/2 inch opening.
  8. Remove the shells from the oven and let cool for five or ten minutes.
  9. Pipe a tablespoon or so of the cream cheese mixture into each shell.
  10. Place the shells onto a platter and grate some lemon zest over the tops.
  11. Sprinkle on some of the leftover graham cracker crumbs and serve.



  1. How did I miss this one? Lemon, one of the most refreshing bites that really does run equal to chocolate. This looks so decadent and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • I will have to make these for you Rosann. I didn’t know you were a fan of lemon. I haven’t posted this one yet because I was waiting for Athens to post it on their site and then I will share it, so don’t feel bad for missing it at all :)

  2. Oh Shauna, these look scrumptious! And you are sooo right. Lemon is the way to go!

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