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Tangy Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

Tangy Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

This dessert gets added spark from a gingersnap crust and a luscious lemon sauce. The mix of sweet and tart is unexpected and delightful. I came up with the recipe based on several others I encountered on a trip to California with my husband for our 15th anniversary.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 55 cookies)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel


  • 1. Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into crust.
  • 3. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  • 4. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the butter, lemon juice and peel. Refrigerate cheesecake and sauce overnight. Serve sauce over cheesecake. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 349 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Tangy Lemon Cheesecake

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shortbreadlover 24350
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"i love anything with lemon and who does't love cheesecake. this recipe is a true winner for both. i plan to serve at the next pot luck at work. i know that i will be asked for the recipe."

sjmehre 23104
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011 Edited Jan. 19, 2016

"My son convinced me to make it for a family gathering. I thought it sounded good. It was delicious and a big hit!"

santinawestbrook 19107
Reviewed May. 7, 2010

"Love this recipe! We make it every year for family gatherings."

RistaMutton 25156
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009 Edited Jan. 19, 2016

"My mouth is watering now. This

cheesecake sounds absolutley delicious. It is a must try.
Sue in Chilliwack, BC"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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