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Tangy Lemon Cheesecake

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
  • Makes
    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 large 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 zest


  • Combine cookie crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 zest. Refrigerate cheesecake and sauce overnight. Serve sauce over cheesecake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 349 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • shortbreadlover
    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.

  • randyporter1
    Oct 28, 2011

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  • sjmehre
    Apr 22, 2011

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

  • 2boyz4sarah
    Dec 13, 2010

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  • santinawestbrook
    May 7, 2010

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

  • Kathleen M. Jones
    Oct 14, 2009

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  • RistaMutton
    Sep 15, 2009

    My mouth is watering now. Thischeesecake sounds absolutley delicious. It is a must try.Sue in Chilliwack, BC

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    Oct 21, 2008

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