Best Lemon Cheesecake Ever (Sour Cream Cheesecake)

"I really love cheesecake and this one is very good."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Using your hands or the back of a spoon, mix all crust ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  • Press into bottom of an 11 to 12-inch spring form pan.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool; refrigerate until needed.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese at high speed until completely smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.
  • Beat at medium speed as you gradually add the sugar, then flour, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla, mixing until well blended.
  • Stir in lemon zest.
  • Pour into crust; bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
  • Blend sour cream with remaining teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons sugar; set mixture in warm place.
  • Remove cake from oven, and gently spread sour cream mixture on top.
  • Return to oven and bake for another 12 minutes.
  • Cool on rack for 30 minutes.
  • Refrigerate until topping is cool, but not completely chilled.
  • Combine all glaze ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened (3 minutes).
  • Chill until cool, but not set.
  • Spread on top of cheesecake.
  • Chill overnight.

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  1. This was my first cheesecake ever, and it turned out beautifully! I entered it in a cheesecake bake-off at work (at which over 20 cakes were entered), and it won three different ribbons, including creamiest. Wonderful!
  2. this cheesecake is perfect. you'll need to start early if you want to do it all in one evening- Sometimes time requires that I bake and cool/chill the cake in the evening then glaze in the morning and it works out fine. I always add the zest of a very yellow lemon to the glaze to give it a more appetizing color. Very reliable recipe.
  3. Best cheesecake ever! I didn't have a spring form pan, so I used a 9x12 pan. I also didn't think it cooked thru after the time recommended, so I cooked it an additional 15 minutes, then I worried I had over cooked it, but it turned out perfect. Thank you so much!
  4. I made this for a friend at work and it was a big hit with everyone. Will make again and again.
  5. This is the best lemon cheesecake I have ever had and it's so easy to make. I make all the baked goods and desserts in a coffee shop and this cheesecake is one of the best sellers! Thanks for posting it!


  1. add zest of a very yellow lemon to the glaze for tang and better color.



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