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Citrus Cheesecake

Here's the perfect cheesecake for spring. The rich cookielike crust and creamy filling make the zesty citrus taste a wonderful surprise. —Marcy Cella, L'Anse, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 65 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine flour and lemon zest; gradually add to creamed mixture. Mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Remove sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Grease bottom. Between waxed paper, roll half the dough to fit bottom of pan. Peel off top paper; invert dough onto bottom of pan. Remove paper; trim dough to fit pan.
  • Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Attach sides of the pan and grease sides. Pat remaining dough 1-1/2 in. up sides of pan, pressing dough to bottom crust to seal.
  • For filling, in another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon and orange zest and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs and yolks; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in cream just until combined. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°; bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Combine topping ingredients; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 442 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 165mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.
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  • stcyrbl53
    Apr 1, 2017

    Totally to die for! This was the first cheesecake my husband ever made. So good! He thought there was too much filling, so he did two ramicans on the side with some of the filling so that there would be no overflow. I adore this cheesecake! It's the dense kind that I like.

  • jeribitney
    May 8, 2016

    This is the best cheesecake I've ever had. It is slightly more complex than some, but so very, very worth it. Light, creamy, wonderful crust, smooth texture, and the flavor which makes once close their eyes and smile with the first bite and most of those thereafter. Few calories, too (if you eat only one tablespoon).

  • Psalm127-3
    Apr 1, 2016

    I really hate to be grading this only 1star but I am so disappointed. maybe some folks as I have read really enjoy the light fluffy texture of this cheesecake I guess it's safe to say I don't care for it at all. I made it this morning. my husband adores lemon adores cheesecake adores things like lemon curd anything lemon he's crazy over so this with the variety of citrus I thought would be a good thing for him. it's a very offputting texture in my mouth and I have a feeling that once he has a forkful, he'll make that dreaded face. we prefer a much denser feel to the bite as is the case at Jr's in Brooklyn. I'm not saying they have the best cheesecake ever at all but mentioned them as a comparison.This has gotten great reviews and by all means do attempt this if it's the kind of cheesecake you're looking for.

  • wintermom9597
    Feb 5, 2016

    This was a good cheesecake as far as consistency, etc. but it sorely lacked the citrus tangy-ness I was hoping for. Will try adding fresh squeezed orange, lemon and lime juice with the peel if I make it again. I did enjoy the cookie crust though!

  • silversorrow
    Mar 28, 2015

    I have never made a cheesecake before and I freaked out when the cheesecake popped over the top of the pan... I nearly tossed it out and I wanted to make a run for the nearest bakery but as it cooled, it pulled itself together and then the sour cream topping covered over the cracks. In the end, it looked really good. Tasted great. I suggest using the 10inch springform pan just because it looked like it was about to spill over.

  • katzee59
    Mar 17, 2015

    Except for the topping, this is the famous "Lindy's of New York" cheesecake recipe that I have been making for decades. Best New York style cheesecake recipe I have ever found!

  • JeanMagee
    Apr 22, 2014

    Excellent, light, and refreshing! Huge hit with all ages. Easy to make.

  • shortbreadlover
    Mar 31, 2014

    love anything with lemon. wouold add a bit more lemon peel to it. well worth the time to make.

  • stevenbee
    Feb 15, 2014

    I haven't tried this yet - trying it this weekend. I do have some modifications for those that are either diabetic, gluten-free or just wanting to lose weight. I have made other changes because I don't have lemon peel right now. If you don't have oat fiber, you could use all almond meal or some coconut flour. The on-plan sugar is THM words and you can use either xylitol, swerve or something like that. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/3 cup on-plan sugar 1 egg yolk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cups almond flour 1/4 c. oat fiber 2 teaspoon lemon juice FILLING: 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1-3/4 cups on-plan sugar 3 tablespoons oat fiber flour 3 teaspoons lemon juice 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 eggs, lightly beaten 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream TOPPING: 1-1/2 cups (about 12 ounces) sour cream 3 tablespoons on-plan sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • hchambers
    Jun 9, 2013

    This was a fantastic cheesecake. I made it for a family dinner and everyone absolutely loved it and I have had friends request that I make it. There is really no need to change a thing but I did add a bit more of the orange and lemon zest than called for to brighten the flavor even more. This is one recipe worth keeping.