Lemon Cheesecake Phyllo Cups

by Lauren

This post today is part of the Electrolux Top 9 Tea Party Takeover. For each tea party recipe submission by a Featured Publisher, Foodbuzz is donating $50 to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for Ovarian Cancer. Check out the Kelly Confidential website for more information or to donate today!


We had a tea party this weekend and as any good neighbor would be expected to do, we invited our neighbor, Pearl, over for said tea party. Pearl had this great idea to make Lemon Cheesecake Phyllo Cups. Shwing! 

While her first attempt to make these may have gone slightly awry, the three of us put our heads together and successfully created the perfect tea party recipe. We had quite the assembly line going. It went something like this: separate, spray, sprinkle, repeat.


We imagined having this event in our tiny garden outside on a sun shiny day but the 70 mile per hour winds and intense rainstorm that hit us this weekend really put a damper on those plans. Way to ring in the Spring season San Diego…not! We appropriately reverted to sitting on the floor around our newly acquired coffee table for an indoor tea party, which was just as fabulous.

Does anyone recall this scene from toy story?

The movie "Toy Story", directed by John Lasseter.  Seen here, Buzz Lightyear (addressed as Mrs. Nesbit) during a tea party in Hannah's room.  Initial theatrical release November 22, 1995.  Screen capture. © MCMXCV The Walt Disney Company. Credit: © 1995 Disney/Pixar / Flickr / Courtesy Pikturz. 
Image intended only for use to help promote the film, in an editorial, non-commercial context.

Well Chris slightly resembled Buzz on Sunday at our tea party. I felt like we had forced a bonnet on his head and made him to come to our Barbie tea party full of mini things that his giant hands looked ridiculous holding onto. It was quite a site. Unfortunately he may never speak to me again if I post the picture of it. Come to think of it, he might never speak to me again for mentioning this…

Little Yellow Note: Clarification, no, I did not actually force him to wear a bonnet.


The tea party menu consisted of more than just these cute little guys though. Here’s the complete menu:

Little Yellow Kitchen Tea Party Menu

  • Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Stuffed Cucumbers
  • Artichoke, Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese Pastries
  • Funfetti Chocolate Cake Balls
  • Mozzerella, Tomato and Arugula Sandwiches with Sundried Tomato Pesto

No worries, we will be sharing all these great recipes at a later date! Winking smile

Here’s a tea party menu teaser recipe to wet your palates:

Phyllo Cups

makes 24 cups


8 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

4 teaspoons sugar

Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat mini muffin cup tin with non-stick spray.

Separate and lay out 1 sheet of phyllo dough while keeping the other sheets covered with a damp towel so they do not dry out. Lightly coat phyllo with cooking spray and sprinkle with sugar. Lay another sheet of phyllo on top, spray and sprinkle with sugar. Repeat until you have four layers of dough.

Do this same process with the other remaining four sheets of phyllo. You should have two stacks of four sheets each.

Cut each of the stacks into 12 rectangles and press into your mini muffin tin. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until crisp.

Lemon Cheesecake Filling


8-oz package cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

3 tablespoons of lemon curd


Mix together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the lemon curd. Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture into each of the cooled phyllo cups.

Garnish with mint and berries.

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren, Chrissy and Pearl

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18 Responses to “Lemon Cheesecake Phyllo Cups”

  1. Lemon is so simple and such a refined taste. Great for a tea party! ♥- Katrina

  2. Wow, sounds like a fantastic tea party! Kudos for working with the phyllo. It scares me a little.

  3. That sounds like so much fun and these cheesecake phyllo cups are adorable!

  4. Lauren

    Oh trust me, this was not an easy task! We definitely needed three people in the handling of the phyllo. Practice makes perfect!

  5. Lauren

    Yes it is. So light and refreshing! A lemon peel or lemon zest garnish would also be adorable for these.

  6. These little cups look amazing, girls! Great to know about this donation.

  7. Lauren

    I know aren’t they cute?! You really can’t fail with miniature things.

  8. This is such a great idea for a tea party! I also entered the tea party contest for foodbuzz! Good luck :)

  9. Okay, I admit it. I love tea parties. Just love ’em. And those cheesecake cups look like a perfect little snack for high tea! YUM!!

  10. Seems so simple!! Next potluck I’m totally making these! I love lemony desserts!

  11. Lauren

    Good luck to you too! Your cakes look delish and I love your personal connection to it all :)

  12. Lauren

    I know, right?! They are strangely girly but it was a lot of fun.

  13. Lauren

    They would be great for a potluck! Good idea.

  14. wow–this looks like so much fun! i also like the tribute to charity.
    the stuffed cucumber item seems interesting–are y’all going to post that recipe?

  15. Chrissy

    We love doing our part to help others out and this was an easy and plausible way to do so! Yes, we will be posting the smoked salmon & cucumber recipe soon! Hope you stick around =)

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