Lemon Cheesecake with Whipped Cream

Budget-friendly easy lemon cheesecake recipe that uses whipped cream and only 8 oz of cream cheese. Very easy to make and not very expensive! Other cheesecake recipes can require up to 4 boxes of cream cheese, which can add up quickly on your grocery bill. Adding whipped cream is a budget-friendly option to cut down on the price. This easy cheesecake recipe makes about 8-10 servings and is 303 kcal per serving. I let mine set overnight, but about 4 hours is all you need to ensure the cream cheese is set! This lemon dessert recipe includes the graham cracker crust, but feel free to use a store bought crust if you want!

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lemon cheesecake

Favorite ingredient brands to use for this lemon flavored cheesecake recipe:

*graham crackers-HoneyMaid
*cream cheese-Philadelphia
*brown sugar-C&H Cane Sugar
*vanilla, food coloring, and lemon extract-McCormick
*lemon juice-ReaLemon
*whipped cream-Cool Whip, if you need a homemade whipped cream recipe, click here.

Overview of steps to make homemade cheesecake:

  • make graham cracker crust or unwrap store bought crust
  • whip up cheesecake mixture
  • scoop cheesecake mixture into the crust. Freeze for 4 hours.

lemon cheesecake in a pan

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How to store this easy lemon dessert:

  • fridge-store your cheesecake in the pan with a plastic lid in the refrigerator for up to one week. The plastic is to prevent the fridge odor from seeping in and causing it to taste like the fridge.
  • freezer-this recipe can be kept in the freezer until ready to eat. Thaw out before eating for about 15 minutes so that it is easy to cut.
lemon cheesecake in a pan

Lemon Cheesecake with Whipped Cream

Budget-friendly easy lemon cheesecake recipe that uses whipped cream and only 8 oz of cream cheese. Very easy to make and not very expensive! Easy lemon dessert anyone will love! Recipe for graham cracker crust is included, can use a store bought crust as well.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
cool time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 23 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 303 kcal

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  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring


  • In a large sized bowl, stir together crushed graham crackers and butter. Pat down into a large, greased pie baking pan. Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees or until edges are golden. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • In same bowl, mix together cream cheese, vanilla, brown sugar, lemon extract, and lemon juice. Fold in whipped cream and yellow food coloring.
  • When the graham cracker crust is cool, scoop in cream cheese mixture. Smooth out any bumps. Refrigerate for about 4 hours before serving. Cut and serve your easy lemon cheesecake!


Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 16.84gProtein: 3.26gFat: 25.27gSodium: 150mgFiber: 0.26gSugar: 10g

All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutritional facts listed are a rough estimate and should only be followed as a general idea.

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  1. 5 stars
    I am such a cheesecake fan! Never tried it with crushed graham crackers! So I will definitely try your recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    This is similar to what my mother used to make, so thanks for posting this recipe. It’s such a refreshing cheesecake to eat in the hot weather.

  3. 5 stars
    I literally can’t believe this only 300-ish calorie per slice, amazing! I often have a craving specifically for cheesecake, lemon is one my favourites as well because the zestiness cuts through the thick creamy texture.

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