Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

Lately my daughter has developed an interest in baking and wanted to create her own recipes. Earlier this month, she came up with a recipe for Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake which we made again last week for dessert on Easter.

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

Recipe Inspiration for Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

My daughter knew that she wanted a cheesecake to be her first creation but wasn’t sure what flavor she wanted to make. We decided to roam the grocery store and let ourselves be inspired. First, she decided that she wanted a fruit swirl in the cheesecake. She was originally planning a graham cracker crust, but I was lobbying for a chocolate crust. When my daughter spotted the Lemon Sandwich Cookies, we had a winner!

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Crust

For our fruit swirl, we were debating between strawberry or raspberry. Since strawberries are more reasonably priced at this time of year, we decided to go with them.


Slicing Strawberries for Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

Recipe Basis for Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake

Since we were purchasing Philadelphia Cream Cheese, we started with their recipe for Philadelphia Classic Cheesecake. The biggest modification that we made was in the crust. Since lemon sandwich cookies are sweeter than graham crackers, we omitted sugar in the crust. Also, we decreased the amount of butter since the cookie cream aids in the binding.

Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

Strawberry-Lemon Cheesecake
Serves 16
A lemon cheesecake with a strawberry swirl throughout
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
6 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
6 hr
  1. 14 Lemon Sandwich Cookies
  2. 2 T Unsalted Butter, Melted
Strawberry Filling
  1. 14 Strawberries, hulls removed
  2. 1/4 c Sugar
  3. 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  4. 1 T Corn Starch
Cream Cheese Mixture
  1. 32 oz Cream Cheese (4-8 oz packages)
  2. 1 c Sugar
  3. 1 tsp Vanilla
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1 T Lemon Juice
  1. Whipped Cream
  2. Strawberries
  3. Lemon Sandwich cookies
For the Crust
  1. Crush Lemon Sandwich Cookies in Food Processor or in a bag using a rolling pin.
  2. Mix crushed cookies with melted butter and press into bottom of a springform pan.
For the Strawberry Filling
  1. Puree Strawberries
  2. Add puree to a small saucepan and mix with 1/4 c sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice.
  3. Heat to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Mix corn starch with 2T water and pour into the boiling mixture. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
For Cheesecake Mixture
  1. Preheat Oven to 325F.
  2. Beat Cream Cheese, 1 C sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time mixing after each addition until incorporated.
  4. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture into the pan. Place dollops of strawberry puree on top (using half of the puree). Use a knife to swirl into the cheesecake.
  5. Repeat with the remaining cheesecake and strawberry puree.
  6. Bake for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Loosen cake from rim of pan and cool. Remove ring and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  7. Garnish with Whipped Cream, Strawberries, and crumbled Lemon Sandwich Cookies
  1. The recipe can also be made in a standard pie plate. Decrease the cream cheese mixture to 24 oz Cream Cheese, 3/4 c Sugar, 3/4 tsp Vanilla, 3 eggs, and 1T lemon juice.
Adapted from Based on Philadelphia Classic Cheesecake
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New Tools

Of course, after I made the recipe the first time, I discovered that we needed a few new cooking tools. My Kitchen Aid Mixer was great for the job of mixing the cheesecake. However, crushing the cookies was a definite hassle. After we made the cheesecake, my daughter decided that I needed a food processor. We also had to get a new springform pan. I remember owning one years ago, but it evidently didn’t make the move to our current house.

Also, one more tip – be sure to bake the cheesecake with the springform pan on a cookie sheet. Ours leaked a bit and has created a smoky oven on subsequent uses. I’m currently running the clean cycle.

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The image below works great to share the recipe on Pinterest!

This Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake features a crust from crushed lemon sandwich cookies, lemon cheesecake, and a strawberry swirl.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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