Annie’s Lemon-Raspberry Cheesecake with Macadamia Nut Crust

My friend Annie is an excellent cook and baker. Her sugar cookie decorating is flawless (I’ve actually invited her over for a lesson) and after more than one meal I have requested recipes because of being blown away by her flavor combinations. It just so happens that she also creates perfect cheesecakes. Thankfully for me she is also completely generous with her time, ingredient lists, and instructions!

As organic as possible:

For the Crust:

1-8 oz pkg of macadamia nuts, crushed

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup of sugar

3/4 cup flour

Mix all 4 ingredients and press into 9″ cheesecake (spring form) pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.


2 lbs of cream cheese, softened

1 1/4 cups of sugar

1 Tbsp flour

3 whole eggs

2 egg yolks

2 Tbsp fresly grated lemon zest

1 tsp of vanilla

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Using a stand up mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar and flour. Then add eggs and yolks one at a time. Add the zest and vanilla and mix until combined. Lastly, add the heavy cream and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the batter into the macadamia crust-lined pan and bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then 200 for 30 minutes. Turn it off and let the cheesecake sit in oven for 2 hours. When cooled completely apply topping as follows if desired:
The topping is from Ina Garten online (1 cup of raspberry jelly melted over low heat, then mixed with 2 pints of fresh raspberries until all the raspberries were coated)

Featured Image courtesy of Ryan French


  1. I had the pleasure of a slice of this cake, wow! Cheese cake is my favorite dessert and ordering it out is a little disappointing. Annie’s is the best ever, in my opinion it is all that one hopes for in a cheese cake. It just spoiled me for any other!!

  2. I have been lucky enough to eat Annie’s L-R Cheesecake W/M Crust…whoa….it is so delicious and the perfect texture! Thank you for the recipe😊

  3. Yum!! I’ve had the pleasure of eating this over the holiday and it was delicious, as always! 😋

  4. I too get the pleasure of eating many of Annie’s desserts, and everyone one of them are delicious! When we have a family night, Annie is elected for our dessert! The cheese cake was to die for, as they say!!

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