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Golden-Glazed Lemon Cheesecake

 Golden-Glazed Lemon Cheesecake
One slice is never enough of this dreamy cheesecake. The rich filling and golden glaze tempt your taste buds with a delicate hint of lemon.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • Fresh raspberries

Directions

  • Combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom
  • and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a
  • baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set. Place
  • pan on a wire rack (leave oven on).
  • For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until

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Golden-Glazed Lemon Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed until combined. Stir in the
  • lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla just until blended. Pour into
  • crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire
  • rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to
  • loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • For glaze, in a small heavy saucepan, whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon
  • juice and peel until blended. Add butter; cook, whisking constantly,
  • until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a metal spoon. Add
  • food coloring if desired. Transfer to a small bowl; cool for 10
  • minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  • Spread glaze over cheesecake; garnish with raspberries if desired.
  • Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 357 calories, 20 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 114 mg cholesterol, 262 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.