Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake Bites

This recipe saves calories by substituting equal parts cooking oil with Mott's applesauce.


  • ½ cup Mott’s® No Sugar Added Applesauce Apple
  • 1 8-oz. block cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 4-oz. log goat cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (approximately ½ lemon)

Cookie Crust

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
Mott's No Sugar Added Applesauce Apple

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  • Crust
  • Preheat oven to 350˚. Place 12 standard-size silicone muffin cups on a baking sheet or line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • With a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour(s), sugars, butter, vanilla, and lemon together on medium-low speed until a cohesive dough forms.
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place in the muffin cups. With the back of a spoon, press the balls into the bottom of each cup to form a disk.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the crust is matte (no longer shiny and raw-looking) on top – it will still be puffy and soft.
  • Remove from the oven and cool while you make the filling.
  • Filling
  • With an electric hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, goat cheese, sugar, flour, egg, applesauce, and lemon zest and juice together on medium-low speed.
  • Spoon the filling on top of the crust in each cup, dividing it evenly and filling each cup to the brim.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the filling is set and slightly browned.
  • Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely before serving.
  • Cheesecake bites can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • For a gluten-free version of this recipe, replace 1 cup all-purpose flour with ½ cup coconut flour, ¼ cup gluten-free oat flour, and ¼ cup almond flour in the crust. For the filling, replace 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour with 1 tablespoon coconut flour or oat flour.

Makes: 12 servings.