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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Squares Recipe

My family loves this dessert. The ricotta cheese layer sinks down in the cheesecake, creating a luscious, dense cake that's just bursting with lemon flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • CAKE:
  • 1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, sugar and lemon peel; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil, lemon juice and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Carefully spoon ricotta mixture on top of cake batter.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Dust with confectioners' sugar; cut into squares. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 221 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Squares

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 226711
Reviewed May. 21, 2015

"These are very moist and lemony. The ricotta filling is excellent. The cake base was OK, but retained that cake mix taste. I would make these again, however, probably using a homemade cake batter, rather than a mix. Nice recipe!"

CrazyHomemaker User ID: 2353178 39507
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"I love the fresh taste of this recipe. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors. The ricotta is so light and is surprising to eat as a sweet dessert. I'll be making this one again and again. Very easy to make."

SherryHughes User ID: 4200936 16128
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2010

"This was quite good. Maybe one needs to like ricotta ...I love it. Thanks."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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