Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is thick, creamy and flavored with tangy lemon and blueberries throughout. It sits in a graham cracker crust and is topped with a homemade blueberry sauce.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake recipe

I am a big fan of lemon. Despite the hubs not being a fan, I continue to make lemon dessert after lemon dessert much to his dismay. I mean, how can you resist delicious things like this Lemon Cake. You can’t. It wouldn’t be right. And fortunately for me, my mom is a big lemon fan so I share these desserts with her.

Cheesecake is also a favorite of mine and with berries in season and so tasty lately, I decided to combine all these tasty things into one great cheesecake. There’s just enough tart and sweet lemon flavor, fresh pops of blueberry in the cheesecake and then it’s all topped with homemade blueberry sauce. Pure heaven!

So how would you make a Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake?

To start, you’ll make the crust. I went with a classic graham cracker crust this time around and loved it. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, some sugar for sweetness and little butter to hold it all together, then press it into the pan. It bakes for about 8 minutes and then it’s ready to go.

Next up is the filling. The lemon base of this Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is easily my new favorite lemon cheesecake base. If you’ve ever made my lemon curd, you’ll recall that it’s made with egg yolks, no egg whites. I find that this gives a better lemon flavor, so I used that idea in this cheesecake and swapped out one of the whole eggs for egg yolks. It really accentuated the lemon flavor, making this lemon base the best!

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So to actually make the filling, you’ll start by combining the cream cheese, sugar and flour. The flour adds a little texture to the cheesecake that I love. Next up is the sour cream, lemon juice and zest. All add great flavor to the cheesecake. You’ll then add the eggs, which we’ve discussed, and finally the blueberries.

The cheesecake is baked in a water bath, which I’m a firm believer in. Without it, you often get a browned cheesecake that sinks in the middle and has cracks. To be fair, this cheesecake can end up with a few small cracks, because of the blueberries that float to the top and create little cracks, but they are small and not noticeable.

The whole cheesecake is covered with fresh homemade blueberry sauce. It’s the perfect compliment to the thick and creamy cheesecake and adds just enough additional blueberry flavor to offset the wonderful tang of the lemon cheesecake.

With the addition of a little whipped cream and some lemon slices, this cheesecake is ready to go! It’s a classic flavor combination and a cheesecake that really isn’t hard to make, though it takes a little time. The hardest part is waiting for everything to cool so you can dig in!

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Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake

  • Author: Life Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is thick, creamy and flavored with tangy lemon and blueberries throughout. It sits in a graham cracker crust and is topped with a homemade blueberry sauce.


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Ingredients

CRUST

  • 2 1/4 cups (302g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 10 tbsp (140g) salted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar

LEMON BLUEBERRY FILLING

  • 24 ounces (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (173g) sour cream
  • 6 tbsp (90ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries

BLUEBERRY TOPPING

  • 1/4 cup (52g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 2 cups (277g) blueberries

WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup (58g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Lemon slices, for decorating, optional

Instructions

CRUST

1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Line a 9-inch (23cm) springform pan with parchment paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
2. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.
3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.
4. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil so that water from the water bath cannot get in (see how I prepare my pan for a water bath). Set prepared pan aside.

CHEESECAKE

5. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
6. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low speed until well completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
7. Add the sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix on low speed until well combined.
8. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine after each addition, then add the egg yolks and mix until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
9. Gently stir the blueberries into the batter.
10. Pour the cheesecake batter evenly into the crust.
11. Place the springform pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
12. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. The center should be set, but still jiggly.
13. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed for 30 minutes. The cheesecake will continue to cook, but slowly begin to cool as well.
14. Crack the door of the oven for 30 minutes to allow the cheesecake to continue to cool slowly. This process helps prevent cracking.
15. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath wrapping and place the cheesecake in the refrigerator to cool completely.

TOPPING

16. While the cheesecake cools, make the topping. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Heat until the mixture is wet and the sugar begins to melt.
17. Add the blueberries and stir to coat with the sugar mixture.
18. Continue to cook until the blueberries start to soften and let out juice.
19. Remove from heat when blueberries are a bit juicy and the juice has begun to thicken. Pour the mixture into another bowl and refrigerate until cool.
20. When you’re ready to serve the cheesecake, make the whipped cream. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
21. Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and remove the sides of the springform pan. Set the cheesecake on a serving plate.
22. Pipe swirls of whipped cream around the edge of the cheesecake, then top with the blueberry topping and slices of lemon.
23. Refrigerate cheesecake until ready to serve. Cheesecake is best when stored well covered and best eaten within 3-4 days.

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  1. Becky

    Hello! I tried to read carefully to see if you commented on this already, but please forgive me if I missed it somewhere. Can I use frozen blueberries in the cheesecake itself? Will that change the cook time significantly at all? I’m thinking of just dropping them on top of the batter before I bake it, and pushing them down into the batter so that they don’t discolor the rest of the batter during mixing. What do you think? Thanks! I’m excited to try it!

    1. Lindsay

      So the thing to keep in mind with frozen blueberries is that they contain a good bit of extra water moisture. When they thaw out as the cheesecake is baking, it adds water to your cheesecake filling. It’s possible that the blueberries would sink to the bottom of the cheesecake and it would certainly increase the baking time. If you want to use frozen blueberries, I would recommend thawing and patting them dry first.

  2. Jennifer

    I just have a question I want to make this cheesecake but am a bit confused. When you were explaining how to make the filling you said you would substitute egg whites with egg yolks so I’m not sure if I’m going to put 3 whole eggs and 2 yolks in the cheesecake or 1 whole egg and 2 Eggs yolks. Thank you!

  3. Natalie

    This is a really good recipe! Can you do a lemon raspberry swirl cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. That’s what I want to make next, and I’m having trouble with it.

  4. Angela Renfroe

    I made this recipe TWICE in one week! It is amazingly delicious. The 6″ cake is super tiny and cute but didn’t a day with my friends and family. Do yourself a favor and double it because you’ll wish you had after the first bite. It’s so light and creamy with the right amount of lemony tang. The homemade blueberry sauce is a great mixture of sweet & sour goodness.

  5. Gayle

    Hi Linsey! I was wondering if you could make a strawberry version? Would I just substitute the blueberries in the cheesecake for diced strawberries? For a strawberry topping could I cover the strawberries with a ready made puree… like Boiron?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t tried it with strawberries, but I imagine it’d be ok. The strawberries might just be a little more mushy than the blueberries. I’m not sure what boiron is, but you could try the strawberry sauce on this strawberry cheesecake. It’s a little thinner than the blueberry one.

  6. Madeline A

    Hi Lindsay!
    This is my absolute favorite cheesecake recipe out there. Don’t get me wrong….I’m new to the cheesecake game so I haven’t done a lot, but this is hands down my favorite one quite possibly in existence. If I wanted to attempt to make these “mini” would I have to adjust anything outside of the equipment and time? I have never made mini’s before so this is a stretch from the start, my plan was just to sub in your cooking methods for your mini cheesecakes and apply it to this lemon beauty. Please let me know! Thank you very much!

  7. Sydney L

    I am fairly new to baking and most of my attempts so far have been fails, but this recipe was absolutely amazing and my first success! The recipe was detailed and easy to follow, even for someone like me who doesn’t really know what they are doing. My whole family loved the cheesecake and fought over the last piece. I will definitely be making it again, thank you for the great recipe! 

  8. stephanie

    Hi! I have made this cheesecake in the past and it was delicious, I am trying to make one for my mothers b-day gluten free. Could I leave out the flour?

  9. Katelynn Skow

    If I wanted to make a lemon oreo crust how many Oreos would I use and how many tbsp of butter?

  10. Britney

    I made this for my 9 year olds birthday dessert. He saw this and immediately knew this was what he wanted. He is not a cake kid so we try to get creative each year with his desserts. This came out beautiful and tasted even better than it looked! We will definitely make this again! Thank you!!

  11. Cam

    Not sure what I did wrong. It came out of the oven looking great. I chilled it for 5 hours in the refrigerator, but when I tried to move it off the bottom of the pan, it nearly fell apart and split in several places. The crust was very soggy and looked like it had been mixed with water. I did use the slow cooker bag and foil.

    Still very tasty and had an excellent flavor. I will try this again and hope to get better results.

    Thanks for the recipe

    1. Lindsay

      It sounds like the cheesecake may have been under baked. There can be variation between ovens, so you want to make sure the cheesecake is set around the edges and the inner few inches are a little jiggly prior to turning off the oven.

  12. Fince

    I tried yr recipe & the outcome is delicious. My whole family love it. Will try other recipes. Thanks

  13. Jo

    Hi Lindsay! This looks so good!

    My husband is not a big fan of lemon though and was wondering if I can simply omit the lemon juice. What adjustments would you recommend if I do? Thank you!

  14. Olivia

    Hi, I would like to bake this tmr.
    Can I check the height of the springform mould? I would like to change to a sqaure mould. May I know what can I substitute with sourcream?

    1. Lindsay

      I believe mine is a 3 inch heigh pan. I would highly recommend the sour cream, but you could try heavy cream or greek yogurt instead.

  15. Robin Gates

    This Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake is outstanding! So rich and lemony…my guests raved that it was the best cheesecake they have ever had! The only sad thing was we didn’t have any leftovers because it was devoured. Definitely a show stopper and crowd pleaser!

  16. Juliana

    Turned out beautifully and the crust is absolutely wonderful, I think next time I will try reducing the sugar by half because it is pretty sweet haha but all around a darn good cheesecake. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Taylor

    Made this recipe and it came out AMAZING! it was a big hit with everyone I will definitely be making it again! 

  18. Christine

    A-ma-zing!  I made this for a birthday celebration and it received rave reviews.  Bakery quality!’ ‘Where did you buy this?’ ‘So lemony!’ ‘Can you make this for my birthday too?’

    Thanks for this winner of a recipe and the detailed instructions!!

  19. Katie

    Fantastic recipe! This was my first cheesecake to bake and it was a huge hit with our guestS and my husband, who doesn’t even like cheesecake! Thank you for this!

  20. Ashely

    I don’t think this question has been asked, but would it be ok to sub Neufachetel cheese for cream cheese and greek yogurt for the sour cream? I’m making this on Saturday for a special Mother’s Day treat to myself!

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t ever made a cheesecake with Neufachetel cheese. I supposed it’d be fine. And yes, greek yogurt is fine in place of sour cream.

  21. Geneen

    Hi! Quick question- before your water bath you had wrapped the springform pan in plastic (?) Won’t that melt onto your pan?? 😱😱😱 

    1. Charlotte

      This looks amazing! Would this recipe work if I substitute some of the cream cheese with Greek yogurt or would you not recommend it?

      1. Lindsay

        I wouldn’t replace cream cheese with yogurt. You could replace some of the sour cream with yogurt though.

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