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Lemon Cheesecake


Lemon Cheesecake

This lemon cheesecake is a tart and tantalizing recipe that combines the zing of lemon with the sweetness of cheesecake baked in a buttery cookie crust.  This luscious lemony cheesecake is topped with a sweet lemon glaze that makes this cake irresistible.

A light and lemon cheesecake is the perfect creamy dessert for any occasion.  This cheesecake is the perfectly scrumptious combination of lemon and cream.  It’s no wonder why lemon cheesecake is in demand and a popular choice of cheesecake.

If you are anything like me and keep a few lemons on hand, this recipe is for you.  I love incorporating lemon flavors in baked goods.  Lemon desserts are in popular demand around here.  I cannot seem to get enough of them lately and that is perfectly okay with me!

Creating a lasting impression with a smooth, creamy cheesecake has never been easier.  This is the real deal— everything you imagine a cheesecake to be.  Creamy, rich, buttery cookie crust, delicious and full of lemon flavor!  Whether you’re looking for something classic or a creative variation, this creamy and dreamy cheesecake recipe is sure to fit the bill.

The Cheesecake

Easy Lemon Cheesecake

When it comes to classic dessert choices, you really cannot go wrong with cheesecake.  This beautiful cheesecake comes with a luscious layer of lemon glaze.  Treat yourself to this cake with National Cheesecake Day being July 30th!

Luxurious, sweet, creamy and seriously amazing.  Baking can be very rewarding.  That is especially true when it turns out to be healthy and delicious.  And a garnish of fresh berries on top of this cake can be very rewarding!

This lemon cheesecake has everything you could want.  Make your cheesecake extra special with a buttery cookie crust, creamy filling and tasty topping.

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Lemon Cheesecake

A creamy lemon cheesecake with a delightful lemon glaze and buttery cookie crust.
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Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 -12


  • Crust
  • 5 ounces animal crackers
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (, melted and kept warm)
  • Filling
  • 1 1/4 cups (8 3/4 oz.) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated zest and 1/4 cup juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 1 1/2 pounds (3 8-oz. packages) cream cheese, cut into 1 inch chunks, at room temperature
  • 4 large eggs (, at room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Topping
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 6 tablespoons butter (, melted)


  • Place the oven rack in the lower half of the oven and preheat to 325°F.
  • To make Crust - Using a food processor, pulse animal crackers until they are fine crumbs. Add in the sugar and pulse again. Add the butter in a steady stream and continue to pulse until the mixture starts to come together, about 10 1-second pulses. If you don't have a food processor or blender, simply crush crackers to fine crumbs and add sugar. Mix butter with hands until it comes together.
  • Transfer the crumb mixture to a 9-inch springform pan and press evenly into the bottom. Bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool, wrap the pan with 2 18-inch pieces of foil. Set in a roasting pan and set aside.
  • To make Filling - place 1/4 cup of the sugar and the lemon zest in a food processor and process until the sugar turns yellow and fragrant. Add in the remaining sugar and pulse a few times to combine.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer on low, beat cream cheese and add in the lemon sugar in a steady stream, then switch to medium and beat until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the eggs, 2 at a time, scraping down the bowl in between additions. Add in the lemon juice, vanilla and salt and mix to combine. Pour in the cream and beat to combine, another 5 seconds. Scrape the bowl again to make sure everything has been incorporated and pour into the springform pan.
  • Place the pan in the oven and carefully add enough water to the roasting pan to make it halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake until the center is slightly giggly and the sides start to puff and the surface is no longer shiny, about 55 to 60 minutes. Turn off the oven and prop the oven door open with a towel or wooden spoon. Allow the cake to cool in the oven for 1 hour. Then cover and chill in the refrigerator before adding glaze.
  • Remove from the roasting pan and transfer to a wire rack. Run a small paring knife around the edges of the cake and let it sit at room temperature for 2 hours.
  • Lemon Glaze - In a small saucepan on low-medium heat, whisk together the eggs, lemon juice, sugar and lemon peel until blended. Add butter, whisking constantly until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a metal spoon. If desired, add food coloring. Transfer to a bowl and allow glaze to cool for 10 minutes. Place in refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool. Spread over cooled cheesecake and refrigerate for 24 before serving.


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    Roxy | Roxy's Kitchen
    08/07/2014 at 9:51 pm

    This lemon cheesecake looks mouthwatering, Jessica! Awesome pictures! I love the lemon glaze you made, I’m sure it adds so much more lemony flavor to the cheesecake! Pinned!

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    08/14/2014 at 1:33 pm

    5 stars
    Mouthwatering!!! Two of my favorites, lemon and cheesecake!!! Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Fancy This Fridays on Truly Lovely! We hope you’ll stop by tomorrow to see your cheesecake featured on our site! 😉

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      Jessica Knott
      08/14/2014 at 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m honored to be featured at such a great party!

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    04/04/2015 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve been making cheesecakes for years, from the very simple to the most elaborate! I Have the cheesecake made and at the step of cooling in oven with oven off.

    I read the next step… And ZAP! The recipe says to cover and chill in frig AND sit on counter for 2 hours???

    Please read through recipes before posting, as it is mix ups as this that scare the less experienced from broadening their baking/cooking skills. 🙂

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