Lemon Dream Cheesecake Recipe
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Lemon Dream Cheesecake Recipe

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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
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 396 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 150 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Lemon Dream Cheesecake in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p91

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 396 calories, 29 g fat (18 g saturated fat), 150 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

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

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Reviewed May. 27, 2014

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

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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 !!!!

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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!

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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! :)

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