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Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake

This fresh and creamy cheesecake has won awards over the years. It's that good! – Kristin Arnett, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup poppy seeds

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs, cream, lemon juice, zest and poppy seeds. Beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into prepared crust.
  • Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 55-60 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. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers.
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