Lemon Cherry Cheesecake Tart

Lisa Myrick


I made this today for my dad's birthday. It was a big hit with everyone. Even after a heavy meal, several people asked for a second slice. The prep time I've listed of 1 hour and 10 minutes includes 20 minutes freezer time for the crust, and 30 minutes cool time before adding the sour cream topping. Actual prep time of putting together the crust and filling is only about 20 to 25 minutes.

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1 Hr 10 Min
45 Min



1-1/4 c
graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp
5 Tbsp
butter, melted


16 oz
cream cheese, softened
3/4 c
extra large egg
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
juice of one small lemon
zest of one small lemon
1/2 c
sour cream


1 c
sour cream
1/4 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
21 oz
canned cherry pie filling (blueberry or raspberry works well too)


1Chill cherry pie filling while preparing tart. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2Combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 Tbs. sugar, and melted butter until all crumbs are moist.
3Press into a 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Freeze for at least 20 minutes.
4In large bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 3/4 cup sugar until well mixed and creamy. Add egg and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and mix just until combined. Mix in 1/2 cup sour cream on low speed only until evenly mixed. Stir in lemon juice and zest by hand with a rubber spatula (I do this last part by hand to help keep from incorporating too much air into the batter because that can cause the tart to crack).
5Place prepared crust on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon filling into the crust and smooth top. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, just until set. It took 35 minutes in my oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.
6While tart is cooling, combine 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. After tart has cooled 30 minutes, gently spoon sour cream topping on top, leaving about a 1/4 inch border from edge.
7Bake an additional 10 minutes on the baking sheet at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and the baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before removing tart from the pan to a serving platter or cake plate.
8Cut into 8 equal slices and serve with chilled pie filling.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Pies, Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American