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Rich Luscious Lemon Cheesecake

"I'm always greeted with oohs and aahs when I bring out this exquisite dessert," relates Kaaren Jurack of Manassas, Virginia. "It has a wonderful lemony flavor, silky texture and rich sour cream topping. The addition of nuts to a traditional graham cracker crust makes it especially delectable."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    14 servings

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 squares)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the crumbs, nuts and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 10-in. springform pan; set aside. in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, beating on low speed just until combined. Stir in the lemon juice, zest and vanilla; beat just until blended. Pour into crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Combine topping ingredients; spread over filling. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 352 calories, 21g fat (11g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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