Lemon Cheesecake With Shortbread Cookie Crust

"Sweet, tart and rich cheesecake that is perfect for all seasons. Pure creamy dreamy heaven. Chill 6 hrs or overnight."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins




  • Make crust:

  • Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add flour and ground cookies to the mixture and blend for 3-4 seconds until fully incorporated.
  • Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Bake the crust at 350° F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow the crust to cool completely.
  • Make cheesecake:

  • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and smooth.
  • Add the mascarpone cheese and sugar and continue to beat on medium speed.
  • Add the eggs one at a time.
  • Blend in the lemon zest and juice.
  • Pour mixture into the cooled crust.
  • Set the cheesecake pan into a roasting pan, and add enough water to the roasting pan to reach halfway up sides of the cheesecake pan.
  • Place in a 350° F oven for approximately one hour or until the cake is set and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove the cake from the roasting pan and place on a wire rack.
  • Allow cake to cool slightly, then place the cake in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.

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  1. Slatts
    This was a really great cheesecake! I did however have a few mishaps while making this dessert (completely my fault, nothing to do with the recipe). I mixed the crust together and let it bake (the crust is fabulous) and I got out the ingredients for the filling. While the crust was cooling I mixed all the filling ingredients together and then poured them into the crust only to find afterwards that I had one block of cream cheese still sitting on my counter! So 3 blocks of cream cheese ended up in my cake (still tasted great). Finally when I went to put the cheesecake in the oven to bake I realized my pizza stone (I store it in the bottom of my oven when I am not using it) was covered with oil. Well, it turns out my cheesecake pan is getting to so old it has decided to start leaking and butter from the crust cooking had been dripping out. I opted to not give the cake a water bath at that point. Even with all these issues it still tasted wonderful and I get to go buy a new cheeseake pan! Will be making this again soon with all 4 blocks of cheese and the proper water bath. Made for PRMR.
  2. Chef shapeweaver
    This was made for the " For Your Consideration Game 2014 ". Except for using Pecan Shortbread cookies for the crust,the exact ingredients were used. The instructions were very clear & easy to follow. I didn't do the water bath, but I did it this way. I placed water in a 9 x 13 inch. pan ,( which the pan had been previously placed in the oven) on the lower rack. Then placed the cheesecake directly over the pan. Baked for 1 hour @ 350 degrees,then shut off the heat and let sit in the oven for an extra hour. I've never had a lemon cheesecake before, and this was so good. But I do believe if I make this again, I'm going to up the lemon zest to 3 teaspoons and the lemon juice to 2 1/2 Tablespoons. Thanks for posting and, " Keep Smiling :) "
  3. Sydney Mike
    Absolutely wonderful cheesecake! I had some homemade shortbread on hand & used that in the crust, then pretty much followed the recipe on down, although I did increase the lemon zest to 3 generous teaspoons ~ Love the taste of lemon, we do! Thanks for sharing this great cheesecake recipe ~ It certainly is a keeper! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]
  4. diner524
    Wow and double WOW!!! This is one fantastic cheesecake!!! I made this exactly as written and it was spot on for baking time. It still seemed not too set, but once cooled it set-up perfectly!! This was so creamy and delicious with just a slight lemon flavor!! My DD's boyfriend said it was the best cheesecake he has ever had and I have to agree, it deserves 10 stars!!! We had this as our dessert for our July 4th cookout!!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe Annacia, it will definitely be made again!!! Made for PRMR.



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