My husband loves cheesecake, and everyone here loves lemon! This cheesecake is a little different because you separate the egg whites and add them after whipping. We top with lemon curd, which is optional but delicious! I also think the crust can be an exciting part of the cheesecake. Although, if the crust is soggy or without taste, the cheesecake is blah. This crust is made with cookies – lemon Oreo cookies to be exact! With the lemon curd, and lemon crust, this creamy cheesecake was a hit. Here’s our version of perfect cheesecake with lemon cookie crust.
Perfect Cheesecake with Lemon Cookie Crust
You will need to chill the cheesecake for several hours, so I suggest making the cookie crust and lemon curd the day before to save time!
The first thing I would tackle for the cheesecake is the lemon cookie crust. You need to have it something to pour your mix into. Making this crust is FAR superior to buying a graham cracker crust, in fact, using cookies is more tasty than using graham crackers for any crust. Lemon cookies were perfect for this cheesecake – and no need to scrape out the filling! While I wasn’t sure about the lemon flavored Oreos, and don’t personally care for them as a cookie – they made a tasty crust! I found some interesting flavor ranks about Oreos – if you ever have time to be curious!
Make the lemon filling! This is one of our favorite lemon recipes. It can be tricky if you hard boil it because the eggs will get scrambled looking. This lemon curd is the base for the filling in our Lemon Roulade Jelly Roll.
Make the cheesecake filling. I think it’s perfect. See notes about overbaking!
separate eggs for lighter cheesecake!
Beaten up light and fluffy!
Perfect Cheesecake Recipe with Lemon Cookie Crust
Delicious and light – the secret is separating eggs. The lemon curd is our side for this delicious dessert.
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 5 hours
- Yield: One 9" cheesecake
- 3 – 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 1/2 c. sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp. of vanilla
- 1 1/2 c. crushed Lemon Oreo Cookies
- 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
- 1 TBSP lemon zest
Preheat oven to 300.
To make the crust, blend the cookies, butter and sugar. Press into a 9″ pie plate or springform pan.
Separate the eggs.
Mix the egg yolks into the above ingredients.
Blend the eggs whites until they are light and fluffy. Fold into the mix.
Spread into your pan, and bake for 1 hour or until set. If it’s not quite done in an hour, you can turn off the oven and leave it with the door shut for a while longer. Let sit for 20 minutes until cooled down and spread the lemon curd on top. Chill for several hours or overnight.
Lemon Curd – Can be made the day before.
Whip eggs lightly together and add sugar, lemon and zest. Whisk and heat until a low boil, lower heat quickly and cook for a minute or two more. Chill until ready to use.
Over baking will split the top slightly – while it doesn’t ruin a bit of the flavor, turning off the oven and watching it for a little while longer is better than continuing to bake it and risk it being cracked.