Citrus Cheesecake

Citrus Cheesecake

Citrus Cheesecake

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Here’s the perfect cheesecake for spring or for a special gathering anytime of year!  The rich, cookie-like crust and creamy filling make the zesty, citrus taste a wonderful surprise.  This dessert takes time to prepare, but one bite will tell you it’s worth it!

Marcy Cella                                                                        L’Anse, Michigan


Citrus Cheesecake Recipe

Citrus Cheesecake

½ cup butter, softened

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

½ tsp. vanilla

1 ¼ cups flour

Filling:   5 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1 ¾ sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 ½ tsp. grated lemon peel

1 ½ tsp. grated orange peel

¼ tsp. vanilla

5 eggs, lightly beaten

2 egg yolks. Lightly beaten

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

TOPPING:   1 ½ cups (about 12 oz.) sour cream

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.  Combine flour and lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture.  Mix until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Divide dough in half; cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

Remove sides of a 9 inch springform pan.  Grease bottom.  Between waxed paper, roll half the dough to fit bottom of pan.  Peel off top paper; invert dough onto bottom of pan.  Remove paper; trim dough to fit pan.

Place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 400 F. for 6-8 minutes or until light browned.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Attach sides of the pan and grease sides.  Pat remaining dough 1 ½ inch up sides of pan, pressing dough to bottom crust to seal.

For filling, in another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, flour, peels and vanilla until smooth.  Add eggs and yolks; beat on low speed just until combined.  Stir in cream just until combined.  Pour into crust.  Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake at 400 F. for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat to 325 F.; bake 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.  Combine topping ingredients; spread over cheesecake.  Refrigerate overnight.          12-14 servings


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