Cool Lime Cheesecake Recipe
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Cool Lime Cheesecake Recipe

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I started baking this treat several years ago, and it immediately won raves. The mixture of tart lime and sweet creamy cheesecake is absolutely scrumptious. At any get-together, it's a show-stopping dessert that's always enjoyed.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 36 squares)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 20 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring, optional
  • Whipped cream and lime slices

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 374 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 118 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the side of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack to cool. Reduce heat to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add sour cream and flour; beat well. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in the lime juice, vanilla and food coloring if desired just until mixed. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with whipped cream and lime. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Cool Lime Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p25

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Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"I loved this light tart cheesecake. I added a sour cream topping with a little sugar, vanilla, and lime juice and zest. It didn't really need it but I thought it was pretty. Delightful cheesecake."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This is the best lime cheesecake recipe I ever found.This is the best and simple to make at home.Perfect ingredient and perfect method of making..I love it.. Thanks for sharing this.."

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"I wanted to make a cheesecake dessert for our monthly office luncheon, which was featuring a Mexican theme, and lime was the first thing that came to mind. This is the first cheesecake recipe I've come across that had sour cream in it and I thought the silky texture and the tartness of the lime really complimented each other. It received a number of compliments and there were no left-overs. I thought the recipe was quite easy. My advice to anyone whose batter is lumpy and sticks to the bowl, you need to soften the cream cheese a lot more. My cream cheese was super soft and I had no trouble."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"This actually took alot longer to bake- at least in my oven. I love Key Lime Pie and I love Cheesecake- I think the two are better off not meeting in the same pie!"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"WOW is all i can say with a mouthfull"

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