Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
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Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

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Although it takes some time to prepare this eye-catching cheesecake, the combination of tangy lemon and rich white chocolate is hard to beat. It's always a hit! —Marlene Schollenberger, Bloomington, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 65 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 10 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • White baking chocolate curls and lemon peel strips, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 637 calories, 45g fat (28g saturated fat), 182mg cholesterol, 327mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place a 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, confectioners' sugar and peel; cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in white chocolate, flour, cream, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  4. Place pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake 65-85 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
  5. Remove pan from water bath. 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. Garnish with white chocolate and lemon peel if desired.
    Freeze option: Wrap individual portions of cheesecake in plastic wrap and place in a resealable plastic freezer bag. Seal bag and freeze for future use. To use, thaw completely in the refrigerator.
    Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Lemony White Chocolate Cheesecake in Taste of Home April/May 2008, p41

Sweet White Wine

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

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Joy User ID: 8974888 257255
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2016

"I'm a food critique and an event bigger critique of my own cooking. Actually I don't think it is so much I am a critique as I have a refined palate. And let me tell you, my palate enjoyed this recipe so much I almost smacked my own mouth! Taking the first bite I stared at what was left before me grinning like a kid on Christmas morning anxiously awaiting the next bite. I impressed myself. My husband, a man of few words, said it was the best cheesecake he has ever eaten. So, thank you for sharing this recipe. It is added to my recipe box that I will hand down to my daughters one day.

Tips: I did add the icing that grandma ikik recommended and it definitely added to the flavor. After refrigerating over night and before serving the next morning I added grated white chocolate to the cake. Now, I'm not bragging, well maybe I am, maybe I'm just proud, but I have been consistently making cheesecakes that do NOT crack. Take your time with a cheesecake, enjoy being in the kitchen, have your ingredients at room temperature before starting and most importantly find your patience- believe me, a cheesecake that is perfect without cracks is deeply gratifying."

miw User ID: 7181521 246933
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"I made this for company, it's delicious! Highly recommend even if it's a little more work.. It's more of a hint of lemon so if you like a lot just add more zest and lemon juice."

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 246209
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"My daughters made this for my birthday just yesterday and oh was absolutely delicious and a perfect cheesecake. And it was their first time making one!"

HWhaley User ID: 8816170 245980
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"This cheesecake is the bomb. Made this for a Christmas dinner party. So light and simply delicious with the lemon and white chocolate. My guests raved and went on and on. One of my guests has daughters who regularly make fabulous cheesecakes. However, she claimed this cheesecake was the best by far she had ever tasted. Trust me, this is the ONLY cheesecake recipe you will ever need. It was just manners listening to all of the praise about how good it was!! Prepare yourself for the compliments. They will come!!!"

Laurelsinthekitchen User ID: 8250122 244976
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Made this for family from Norway. It was delicious; I would make it again."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 244304
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"Made this cheesecake for Christmas Day dinner with our future daughter-in-law who hates chocolate. She loved it as did everyone else! Even our family member who usually doesn't indulge in dessert couldn't resist it. Plan to make it for Easter this year too. Didn't change a thing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

jplindsay53 User ID: 8599747 236153
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Absolutely the best cheesecake I've made! Great plain but also good with a light fresh raspberry sauce, made with crushed fresh raspberries and a little sugar or stevia."

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 234140
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"excellent taste and texture! Would make this time and time again to impress my guests! Gail Borczyk, Field Editor"

DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 230909
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"This is the best cheesecake I've ever tasted, and even for those who don't like lemon, the lemon is not overpowering. The crust tastes a little like shortbread, and the combination is so good. A graham cracker crust wouldn't do it the cake justice."

msqard2304 User ID: 8476777 230889
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"I think I understand what the pan of hot water does because my cake came out w/o cracks. This was my 1st attempt to bake a cheesecake at home (previous was made in a dutch oven on a camping trip). The texture and cake were PERFECT!

QUESTION: Is there a secret to pressing the crust into bottom and sides of the pan w/o the mixture sticking to the back of the spoon?"

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