Pie Making Series Part III: Cream Cheese Pie

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions,Food

This is a family favorite, particularly at Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, I don’t think we ever had it any other time. Without further ado, here is the best cheese pie (not exactly cheesecake) recipe ever.

cream cheese pie recipe

Cream Cheese Pie


13-14 crushed graham crackers (in the blender works best)
1/4 c. melted butter


12 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. grated lemon rind
3/4 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla


1 c. sour cream
4 T. sugar
1 t. vanilla

Prepare crust.
Combing filling ingredients and whip until light and frothy.
Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes.
Whip topping together and pour over pie.
Bake 10 minutes longer.
Refrigerate 5 hours before serving.

frozen lemon zest

This pie is really easy and sooo good. For the grated lemon rind, I like to peel the whole lemon and dice all of it, use what I need, and freeze the rest in 1 teaspoon increments. Doing it this way will save you lots of time and you won’t have to buy a whole lemon every time you need a little bit of zest.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!


1 Baba November 27, 2008 at 10:30 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

2 Michele December 11, 2008 at 2:09 am

Another fabulously yummy looking dessert!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!!!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Butterfly Whispers

3 Jessica January 7, 2009 at 10:02 am

thanks for this. i got it when you posted and i’ve made it twice already.

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