Lemon Cheesecake

Creamy, delicious Lemon Cheesecake has the perfect consistency and is topped with a homemade Lemon curd!

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Lemon Cheesecake: creamy Lemon Cheesecake with a cookie crust and homemade lemon curd!

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Some people celebrate Christmas, Elvis’ birthday, anniversaries. But I also enjoy celebrating food holidays. And today, being National Cheesecake Day, is one of my favorites!

As you may recall, I’ve been working with PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese this year to create some delicious recipes using their product. When they asked if I could create a dessert for National Cheesecake Day, well, it only seemed fitting I go with a lemon flavored treat.

Several years ago we had a house sitter who would leave us cheesecakes in the refrigerator when we would return home from vacations. I mean seriously, do you know how exciting it was to return home to a freshly baked cheesecake? He made some great flavors. When he moved, he gave me his basic recipes for some of these cheesecakes. Today, I tweaked one of his base recipes and added some homemade lemon curd on top. I also used a chocolate cookie crust instead of a graham cracker crust, just to add a little extra decadence. It is a holiday after all!

Lemon Cheesecake: creamy Lemon Cheesecake with a cookie crust and homemade lemon curd!

I know many people get afraid when it’s time to make a cheesecake. They think it’s going to be hard. Just like I’m afraid to make macarons. I know, silly right?

How to make Cheesecake:

  • Line the bottom and sides of your springform pan with foil. This is VERY important. Because we are going to bake our cheesecakes in a water bath, you don’t want that water seeping into your cheesecake. Cut a big piece of foil and wrap the bottom of your pan (ON THE OUTSIDE). If I’m feeling paranoid, I’ll double layer the foil.
  • Use PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese for your filling. Seriously people, you want the creamiest cheesecake? Using a product that is made from fresh local milk (from farm to fridge in just 6 days) and real wholesome cream creates the best cheesecake. It’s a no brainer.
  • Once you make your cheesecake crust and add your filling, place your pan into a water bath. I use my broiler pan. I place my cheesecake into the pan, then add enough water to go up the sides of the springform pan about 1 inch. If you’re scared of this step, just put your broiler pan of water on the lowest rack instead.
  • Bake cheesecake according to directions. When it’s done baking, DON’T open the oven. Just turn the oven off and leave your cheesecake in there for about 45 minutes. This helps cut down on those cracks on top of your cheesecake!
  • Remove cheesecake from oven after 45 minutes and allow to set in refrigerator. I prefer to give it at least 6-8 hours, but I’ve eaten it as quickly as 4 hours. Add your lemon curd and slice and serve. (for nice clean slices, run knife in hot water and wipe with paper towel after each slice).
  • If your cheesecake cracked…don’t worry! You’ll be topping it with lemon curd. You can also try this VANILLA Cheesecake recipe topped with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Lemon Cheesecake: creamy Lemon Cheesecake with a cookie crust and homemade lemon curd!

So there you have it.

A few of my favorite tricks for Cheesecake Baking. Today’s recipe uses one fresh lemon, zested into the cheesecake filling and some homemade Lemon Curd on top. It adds a touch of sweetness from the citrus curd. You can make your own using this recipe, or buy a jar at the store. And don’t forget to stock up on some PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

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Lemon Cheesecake recipe:

Lemon Cheesecake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time:7 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time:60 minutes

Creamy, delicious Lemon Cheesecake has the perfect consistency and is topped with a homemade Lemon curd!

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 16 Chocolate wafer cookies
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 2 packages (8oz each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

For the topping:

Directions:

  1. Prepare 9inch springform pan by wrapping entire bottom, and partially up the sides with foil (the OUTSIDE of the pan, no inside). Set aside.
  2. To make crust, blend cookies in food processor until fine Incorporate melted butter until even. Press crust into bottom of a 9inch springform pan. Freeze while you make the filling.
  3. In a saucepan with inch of boiling water, place a double boiler, metal bowl or glass bowl to heat heavy cream. Once warm, add white chocolate chips and remove from heat. Whisk until chocolate is smooth. Set aside to cool (about 15 minutes).
  4. For the filling, beat cream cheese, lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch, sour cream and vanilla.
  5. Slowly add cooled white chocolate mixtures. Finally, add eggs, one at a time until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared crust and place cheesecake pan into a large baking dish (I use a roasting pan). Fill dish with hot water to about 1-2 inches up sides of cheesecake pan.
  6. Bake 60 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Turn off oven and let sit undisturbed for about 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool in refrigerator about 6-8 hours (or overnight).
  7. Top with prepared lemon curd, slice and enjoy!

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Today’s recipe for Lemon Cheesecake was originally published on Shugary Sweets on July 30, 2014 and has been republished in August 2018

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134 comments on “Lemon Cheesecake”

  1. What a gorgeous looking cheesecake!!! Love that extra layer of lemon on top! Definitely refreshing and perfect for summer time!!!

  2. Many thanks! That was great so easy to cook.

  3. What a fabulous cheesecake!! I love your cheesecake tips – I’ve definitely followed them to a T before for a perfect cheesecake!

  4. That is a gorgeous cheesecake, love lemon in the summer!!

  5. I absolutely love your lemony cheesecake creation! And your tips are so useful. I do get a little freaked out about making a cheesecake (even though I make macarons all the time, wtheck??), but I’ll feel a lot less nervous after reading this 😉

  6. Aimee, this cheesecake is perfection! and hello. . I always use Philadelphia cream cheese. . is there really any other brand?!

  7. I love that you made a chocolate crust. I do love the traditional graham cracker, but I like the color contrast!!! And duh, chocolate…

  8. This looks so incredibly delicious!

  9. This looks amazing, Aimee! I am a sucker for lemon desserts and love the sound of this lemon cheesecake! Can’t wait to give it a try – pinning 🙂

  10. Yum! Lemon and cheesecake were just meant to be together, weren’t they? 🙂

  11. Ooh, if only I’d seen this before I used up my lemon curd! Still, one can never have enough curd around the house. I always love a light balance to the intensity of cheesecake–this recipe has me so excited. Thanks for sharing it, Aimee! Awesome to celebrate with you!

  12. I love the lemon combo on the cheesecake! It looks so great!

  13. I’m loving this Aimee! Lemon is the best. And thanks for the tips on the water bath–I make cheesecake all the time but I just accept the cracks and make peace with it, haha. Because water baths are scary. But maybe I’ll try it next time!

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  17. Absolutely heavenly Aimee! I’m pulling up a chair with a fork in hand. Serve me up!

  18. This cheesecake looks completely divine! I could live on lemon desserts!

  19. If you ever come to Sacramento, I MUST take you to Rick’s Dessert Diner. It’s a 50’s style diner in downtown Sac that has the most amazing cakes, cheesecakes, pies, tortes and other treats that are so delish. One of my favorites is their lemon torte which is baked on a chocolate cookie crust — and looks striking similar to this beauty! Eating my favorite cheesecake tart at home could be really dangerous … or really AWESOME! Pinned 😀

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