This EASY Creamy Lemon Cheesecake is the best lemon cheesecake ever! It’s full of lemon flavor and so easy to make with just six ingredients! You’ll think you’re in lemon heaven! It’s the perfect dessert for any meal, any time of the year.
I was once was afraid to make cheesecake. I thought people who made beautiful and delicious cheesecakes were performed nothing short of miracles.
One day, I decided to follow a simple Kraft recipe that turned out delicious and I’ve been making cheesecakes ever since and have become a cheesecake connoisseur.
As a matter of fact, my Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes with Strawberry Sauce has been featured on Philadelphia brand cream cheese website. I’m sure you’ll like that recipe too if you like strawberries.
What’s more, you can make this lemon cheesecake (or nearly any other cheesecake) the day before you want to serve it or even the same day! I’ll tell you how below.
But, first I have to tell you how wonderful this recipe is and how easy it is to make! You may never buy one at the grocery store again.
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Lemon Cheesecake Baked
I admit, I prefer a baked cheesecake over no- bake every day of the week! That doesn’t mean I won’t eat no bake cheesecake. Let’s not be silly. But, I prefer the taste of baked cheesecake.
I’ve used regular cream cheese, Neuchatel, light cream cheese, store brand, and a combination of all of them trying to reduce calories and fat.
But, what I’ve found is that the best tasting cheesecake is going to be full fat cream cheese.
Philadelphia brand is the best and not just because I’m from the Philly area. It tastes the best!
Easy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake
Use a zester to get the yellow part of the lemon peel off. It has a lot of citrus lemon flavor in it and is a wonderful fresh seasoning for cakes, marinades and any time you want fresh lemon flavor.
If you don’t have a zester, I highly recommend getting one. As I mentioned above, there is a lot of flavor in citrus peels (i.e. lemon, lime, orange and citron.) The zester can be used for coconut, whole nutmeg, garlic, etc.
When I don’t have time to make a cookie crust for a cheesecake, I’ll use the Keebler pie crust. As long as it has a long expiration date, it should be somewhat fresh.
Always check the dates. An old cookie pie crust will taste stale and impair the cheesecake’s flavor. Although you can buy cookie crumbs, it still adds extra steps and more dirty dishes.
But, it will taste a bit more fresh so, it just depends how much time you have.
If you have a little extra time, consider making this delicious Creamy Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake. It is twice as big as the Easy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake but, has the extra tart of the cranberries.
How to Make Easy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake
- First, preheat oven to 350F.
- Then, use a Keebler Graham Pie Crust or Shortbread Pie Crust and bake for about 40 min on 350F or 180C.
- Let it cool completely before refrigerating.
After you bake this Easy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake, let it cool until it is only slightly warm on the bottom. Then, put it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
If you need it faster, put it in the freezer for two hours and then move it to the refrigerator. If you are making a larger cheesecake, you’ll need up to 8 hours or preferably over night.
You can tell how creamy this Easy Lemon Cheesecake is by the picture below. Look at the consistency. YUM!
Double this Recipe!
This Easy Creamy Lemon Cheesecake recipe can be doubled!
You can just double the ingredients but, you’ll have to make a cookie pie crust which, can be made by adding mixing 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs, 5 tablespoons of melted butter and 1/3 cup of sugar.
Press it into a large springform pan and bake for about an hour. You’ll need a springform pan to make the doubled recipe.
It’s good to have a 3 piece spring form pan set so you can make various size cheesecakes.
Add this lemon cheesecake recipe to your list of lemon cheesecake recipes from scratch!
Can I Make This Lemon Cheesecake the Day Before?
Yes! Certainly you can make it the day before serving. You can even make it two days before which makes it a convenient dessert to serve for Mother’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, or any occasion.
When you find a delicious dessert that’s this easy to make, you save the recipe! So be sure to pin it!
Easy Creamy Lemon cheesecake is perfect for pot luck parties. With only 10 min of prep time, you’ll amaze people. You can tell them you actually made it- a from scratch cheesecake! Move over Cheesecake Factory! They’ll think you performed a baking miracle!
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NOTE: This post was updated on March 18, 2023.
I took this recipe to Weekend Potluck.
Creamy Lemon Cheesecake
- 2 8 oz. pkgs of Philadelphia brand cream cheese softened
- ½ cup of white granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 Graham cracker Pie crust
- Remove cream cheese from refrigerator for about 30 minutes to soften or in microwave on defrost setting.
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Put the softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for two minutes.
- Use a zester to remove lemon zest from peel. You only need 1 tsp.
- Add sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice to the cream cheese until mixed.
- Add eggs, one at a time and continue to mix. Pour cream cheese mixture into the pie crust.
- Bake on 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
- Let cool for one hour and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving or in freezer for two hours.
Cooling and Storage:After the cheesecake has cooled for about an hour, refrigerate it for 4 hours before serving. Need it faster? Put it in the freezer for two hours and then refrigerate until ready to serve.