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Lemon Dream Cheesecake Recipe

Lemon Dream Cheesecake Recipe

Light and lemony, this creamy dessert is just the thing for a spring or summer’s day. —Bonnie Jost, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring, optional
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten


  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto bottom and 2 in. up sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream, lemon juice, flour, lemon peel, extracts and food coloring if desired. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 396 calories, 29g fat (18g saturated fat), 150mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

Reviews for Lemon Dream Cheesecake

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suecreations User ID: 8876623 249300
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"I made it and what a awesome hit! Would love to show a few pictures of the process and final results :) Beautiful and will please. Not overly sweet just right. I added homemade Lemon Meringue glaze. I followed a lady's baking time and cooling tips. Came out beautiful and creamy not over lemon powered."

Dianebarndt User ID: 8599192 246106
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"I made this cheesecake for Easter and it was absolutely delicious and very creamy! I did not make any changes to the recipe. I will make this again!"

vrgnhur1 User ID: 6977674 244419
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2016

"My wonderful-smelling cheesecake is still cooling from the oven, but if the smell and the nice looks are any indicator of flavor, we're going to really enjoy it. I did use vanilla wafers for the crust, as I didn't want to return to the store for what I didn't have. Can't wait to taste it and give half to my daughter's family."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 238493
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"My family was nervous about a lemon cheese cake but this was fantastic. Texture was really light and the lemon was subtle but brought something to the table."

IWish User ID: 8380920 226567
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"This is delicious! It was my first time making a baked cheesecake (I was nervous, too.) I omitted the lemon extract and food coloring. I baked using water bath - initially using the water bath brought the oven temp down to around 300 degrees, so using an oven thermometer, I increased temp until I was back up to 325 degrees. Baked for 1 hr. (performed the jiggle test - outside perimeter of filling = firm/no jiggle with center filling = slight jiggle) then turned off the oven - opened door for 1 minute then closed and let the cheesecake sit it the oven for 1 hr. Removed outer springform ring then cooled on counter for 1 hr then put in fridge for 6 hrs. No cracks - looks like a pro made it with beautiful color on top. I made a lemon dessert sauce to drizzle on each serving - the little bit extra sweet/tartness made this cheesecake PERFECTION."

hokenson User ID: 2582900 223069
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015

"Very good! Would use lemon curd for a topping next time."

LCarr4 User ID: 8061517 222154
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"Having never made a cheesecake before, I was nervous...but it was AMAZING. I could not believe how incredibly easy it was to make and how good it came out. I even realized at the last minute that I only had 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it came out fine. I think you would have to really work hard to mess this cheesecake up! Which is lucky for me!"

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 221865
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"This was really yummy. Very light and not too sweet. The only thing I added was a dollop of lemon pie filling on the top when served."

p6g4m8 User ID: 3114721 221754
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Can you use light cream cheese instead of full-calorie??"

bvorthmann User ID: 6083688 221518
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Oh my ,this was so good. I plan on making it for my friend's birthday party later this month. My grand kids loved it and one even helped make it. I used real lemon juice and added more and omitted the lemon extract."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 216771
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Turned out wonderful. Nice, classic cheesecake recipe. No adjustments needed."

ChocolateMudCake User ID: 162783 133359
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014 Edited Dec. 27, 2015

"I made this for a family gathering and it was a hit. My dad loves anything with lemon in it and he thought it was delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe!"

xmeomen2000 User ID: 7210611 112054
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"Love this! Delicious! I didn't use the food coloring!"

KarlynnR User ID: 1200401 184928
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"I just made this to take to work and it turned out beautifully !!! Everyone gave it rave reviews and asked for the recipe. I will be making this again. Absolutely delicious !!!!"

mscarolyn User ID: 5178078 150494
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"I have made this four times, and it has turned out perfect every time! Once, I made it gluten-free using GF graham crackers and substituting corn starch for the flour. It tasted great, but this was the only time the cheesecake cracked. I omit the food coloring, I add an extra tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice in place of the lemon extract. The next time I think I'll try lime juice as suggested by other reviewers. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It is always a hit!"

watermelonmuffin User ID: 6735434 195379
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This stuff is SOOOO good!! If you're looking for a dessert recipe to impress your company, this is the one! Instead of lemon juice, I used lime juice and instead of lemon extract I used orange extract oh my! it was so delicious! :)"

watermelonmuffin User ID: 6735434 117880
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"This stuff is SOOOO good!! If you're looking for a dessert recipe to serve your company, this is the one! Instead of lemon, I used lime juice and instead of lemon extract I used orange extract oh my! it was so delicious! :)"

kopfk6947 User ID: 6373411 117879
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"Best cheesecake I have ever made!"

Aeirianna User ID: 4985722 193761
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"Absolutely love this cheesecake!!"

celest26 User ID: 6164324 212610
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This is the first cheesecake that I have ever made and it turned out great! I made this for a cookout after church. It sat inside of a cooler bag for 4 hours and was still perfect for the cookout. I followed the directions exactly and it turned out so good I almost didn't get a piece!!"

turtledaisy User ID: 3675355 212609
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"Very good cheesecake. I don't use the food coloring and I spread lemon curd on top after it has cooled and decorate with whipped cream. Delicious!"

amb4366 User ID: 3282193 133139
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This dessert was amazing! My husband loves cheesecake, so I made this lemony twist for his Graduation Celebration last month. I followed the directions, exactly, and it was perfect. (We served it with canned cherry pie filling on the side.)"

thudspeth User ID: 5767684 212608
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Delicious! I used fresh squeezed lemon juice and low fat cream cheese. I would definitely make this again!"

1luckylady User ID: 6003679 193736
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"I made this last week for work.  Must tell you it was a huge hit."

sewfungramma User ID: 5461016 117878
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"A great cheesecake! Next one will be made with lime, as I also love lime."

coachtom User ID: 5710373 195183
Reviewed May. 4, 2011 Edited Dec. 4, 2015

"You definately need to bake in a waterbath. I made 1 without water and it was really heavy. The waterbath 1 turned out AWESOME. Anytime a cheesecake is ordered, this is the preferred cheesecake of choice. Thanks for sharing such a GREAT recipe."

gloromsaas User ID: 2769094 192340
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"So light and refreshing with wonderful cheesecake taste. Only thing I changed was using low-fat cream cheese. We loved it."

Mariv User ID: 1333824 124008
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"Best cheesecake I've ever made. Smooth texture was like the "Cheesecake Factory's" cheese cakes."

mapanasuk User ID: 4947671 133355
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"This cheesecake was fantastic! I loved the smooth, creamy texture. The eggs add a touch of creamy yellow, so food coloring isn't needed."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 133353
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Made this for our Easter dessert and loved it. Didn't use the food coloring (didn't need it for coloring). I don't believe in adding dyes to foods if they are not needed."

Heidi15 User ID: 5014801 193735
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"This was absolutely delicious! The only changes I made were using low fat cream cheese and not adding the yellow food coloring. All of my guests asked for the recipe!"

jangan User ID: 5494241 124007
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"This is a wonderful Cheesecake. Very creamy and rich without being too rich!"

debihunt User ID: 842661 124003
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"absolutely delicious, didn't change a thing, nice & refreshing for spring & summer!"

Bergie_the_Swede User ID: 4069863 196793
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"WOW! This is a great summer-time dessert!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.