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Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Recipe

This melt-in-your mouth delight is doubly delicious, with two creamy strawberry, one vanilla. To avoid cracking, run the knife just through the very top when swirling the strawberry puree.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 1-1/4 hours + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pureed fresh strawberries, divided
  • 8 to 10 drops red food coloring, optional


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and lemon peel; cut in butter until crumbly. Pat dough onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth. Beat in cream. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour 2-1/2 cups batter into a bowl; set aside.
  • 3. Stir 3/4 cup pureed strawberries and food coloring if desired into remaining batter. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • 4. Carefully pour reserved batter over bottom layer. Spoon remaining pureed berries over batter in three concentric circles. Carefully cut through top layer only with a knife to swirl.
  • 5. Bake 40-50 minutes longer or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 316 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 115mg cholesterol, 156mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 144258
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"This is one of my favorite cheesecakes! The recipe is easy to prepare, stunning to look at and tastes great. I've already substituted blueberries or strained raspberries for the strawberries, and added lemon peel to the top layer to change it up a bit. Everyone who tries it, raves about it! This cheesecake is definitely one of my "go to" recipes and as a volunteer Field Editor for Taste of Home, I highly recommend it!"

niksters1717 User ID: 7678476 120804
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"Best strawberry cheesecake I've had."

kengrants User ID: 4608201 72592
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"So easy to make and sooo yummy! I sometimes use mixed berries (whatever is in season and fresh at the time) and it turns out beautiful."

ncooper41 User ID: 5721820 150652
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"I have made several cheesecakes, but this was one of the best recipes. I made a graham cracker crust instead. Everyone loved it. It has a beautiful presentation with the strawberry puree swirl on top. Will definitely be making again."

lostgrl85 User ID: 5667346 144257
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I made this cheesecake for a birthday party and it was a huge hit. I will definitely be making this cheesecake again in the future."

jmodene User ID: 816945 89346
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"This recipe was very easy to make. I strained the strawberry puree even though the recipe didn't call for it. I also made the marbling like the hearts in the photo by placing small drops in 3 concentric circles and then carefully runnin a knife through the middle of them. Then I placed one heart in the center of the cheesecake. This won me best of show in my county fair for their special pie and cheesecake day! I think it presents itself very well if you want to make a statement with your dessert."

hellobernadette User ID: 1444744 145218
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"i have made this cheesecake many times always a hit most want the reciepe"

Aveena User ID: 4562269 150649
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"This was my very first cheesecake and this recipe was so easy that it came out great!! I ended up using lemon extract in the crust instead of lemon peel which turned out good. We couldn't wait for the cheesecake to cool overnight so we cut into it when it was still warm just to have a taste! I'll be making this cheesecake again just to get the nice strawberry flavor."

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