Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème are a cool, creamy, lemon-y dessert that’s perfect for sultry summer evenings!

Smooth as velvet, this timeless make-ahead recipe from mom’s collection is another crowd pleaser. Mom took a basic cheesecake recipe, added layers of lemon flavor (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then froze it in a graham cracker crust. The result is a deliciously cool and creamy dessert, perfect for a warm summer night. For a different, more elegant presentation, I like to put it in my pots de crème. If you don’t have pots, use 4 to 6-ounce ramekins! Then finish it off with some plump, juicy blueberries. Yum!

Note that the completed dish needs to be frozen overnight.

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Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Crème

Frozen Lemon Velvet Pots de Creme is an easy, make ahead dessert, that’s basically cheesecake with added layers of lemon (zest and juice) and whipped evaporated milk, then frozen in a graham cracker crust. Can also be prepared a single pan.

  • Yield: 8 to 10 pots de crème (or ramekins) 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



(See gluten-free adaptations in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.)

  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh blueberries (optional)


  1. Butter 8 to 10 pots or ramekins. (I use 4 to 6-ounce size ramekins.)
  2. Place evaporated milk in a metal bowl and freeze about 1 hour.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter. Set aside 3 tablespoons; lightly press remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pots. Don’t press it down too hard as then it freezes too firm.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice with an electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Remove evaporated milk from freezer and beat about 5 minutes with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold into cheese mixture and then spoon on top of graham crackers, dividing evenly between pots. Sprinkle tops with remaining 3 tablespoons of graham cracker mixture. Freeze overnight.
  6. Serve with blueberries, if desired.


Gluten free: Use Pamela’s Gluten Free Golden Graham Crackers; process in a food processor until crumbs. Reduce butter to 1/3 cup.

Make ahead: Can be made up to 1 month ahead and kept frozen.

Variation in a single pan: Butter a 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture; press remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared dish. Pour evaporated milk-cream cheese mixture into crust. Sprinkle top with remaining 3 tablespoons of graham cracker mixture. Freeze overnight. Cut into squares and serve with blueberries, if desired. (You can get 12 servings out of this recipe with this method of preparation.)

  • Author: Variation of a recipe in “Fresh Tastes” by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Dessert, make ahead

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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