September 28, 2022


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Lindy’s New York Cheesecake Recipe

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Lindy's New York Cheesecake Recipe


Lindy’s New York Cheesecake has a dense, creamy filling with just a touch of citrus. The pastry crust really sets this cheesecake above the rest. It’s perfect for special occasions and a holiday dessert.

copycat Lindy's New York Cheesecake on a platter and a slice in front of it.

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What Makes a Lindy’s Cheesecake So Good? 

First off, it is cheesecake, and who doesn’t love a good cheesecake? Second, it is New York Style Cheesecake, arguably the best version of cheesecake. But Lindy’s Cheesecake is so good because its unique crust doesn’t contain a single graham cracker.

How To Make Cheesecake Crust Without Graham Crackers

Although most recipes for New York-style cheesecakes today call for a graham cracker crust or other cookie crumb crust, they were originally made with a shortcrust. Shortcrust is just four ingredients: a four-to-one ratio of flour to fat, a pinch of salt, and just enough cold water to bring everything together. 

This version of shortcrust is similar to a classic Pate Sablee since it contains egg yolk and sugar. 

Ingredients For Lindy’s Famous New York Cheesecake 

To make the crust egg yolk crust, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Egg yolk
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Vanilla extract

For a homemade New York cheesecake, you’ll need:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Lemon zest
  • Orange zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Heavy cream
Lindy's New York Cheesecake ingredients.

How to Make New York Cheesecake

How To Make a Classic New York Cheesecake 

To prepare the dough for the crust:

  1. Combine the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, cut the fat into the flour using a pastry blender or the tines of a fork directly in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pulse until the flour mixture reaches the consistency of wet sand.
  3. Transfer the flour mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Stir together the egg yolk, vanilla extract, sugar, and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  5. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the flour mixture.
  6. Use your hands to squeeze the dough together, but don’t work the dough too much.
  7. Form the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for about an hour. Allowing the pastry to rest in the fridge helps to relax the gluten and produces a more tender crust.
cheesecake crust pastry dough in a mixing bowl.

To prebake the bottom crust:

  1. While the dough is resting, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut off a third. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic and set it aside.
  3. Roll the dough into a 9-inch circle. You can remove the sides of a springform pan and use the base as a template. 
  4. Place the dough circle on the base of a springform pan and bake without the sides until the crust is golden brown–about 8 minutes. 
cheesecake pastry crust dough in a pan.

To finish the crust:

  1. While the bottom of the crust is baking, divide the remaining dough into three equal pieces. 
  2. Roll each piece into a two-inch-wide strip that is about 10 inches long. 
  3. Remove the crust from the oven and let it cool on the base.
  4. When the base is cool, reattach the sides of the springform pan and lay the strips of dough on the inside of the walls of the springform pan, so they slightly overlap the base and form a complete circle.
  5. Trim the side crust to three-quarters of an inch and remove any excessive overlap. 
  6. Place the springform pan into the fridge.
baked cheesecake crust in a pan.

To make the cheesecake filling:

  1. Add the cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon zest, orange zest, and vanilla extract to a stand mixer bowl. 
Lindy's cheesecake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  1. Beat the cheese mixture on HIGH speed with a flat beater until the ingredients are fully incorporated. 
  2. Lower the electric mixer speed to medium, and add the eggs and yolks one at a time.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream. Mix until just combined. 

To finish the cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. Take the springform pan out of the fridge and pour in the filling.
  3. Jiggle the pan slightly to level the filling and break up any bubbles. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  5. Reduce the heat to 250°F.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes more.
  7. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool 
  8. Once cool, remove the sides of the springform pan.
  9. Cover the top of the cheesecake with plastic wrap. Chill it in the fridge for at least three hours (overnight is better) before serving. 
a slice of copycat Lindy's New York cheesecake on a plate.

How To Serve a Homemade Baked New York Cheesecake 

Always keep the cheesecake covered in a pie box or lightly wrapped in plastic to prevent it from drying. 

To cut the cheesecake:

  1. Run a sharp knife under hot water and wipe dry.
  2. Place the tip of the blade at the center of the cheesecake and slice down in a single smooth motion towards the edge.
  3. Rinse the knife off under hot water and wipe dry.
  4. Rotate the cheesecake to finish slicing it in half.
  5. Repeat the steps to cut the cake into quarters.
  6. Slice each quarter in half to end up with eight even wedges.

Use a pie server to lift each slice from the bottom and serve.

What To Serve With a New York Cheesecake 

Fresh or macerated strawberries or blueberries are high on the list, but there are other options. Whipped cream and chocolate chips? Sure. Lemon curd or Nutella? Why not? Really, anything goes great with the mild sweetness and slight tang of this recipe. 

How Long Does a New York Cheesecake Last? 

A properly wrapped and uncut cheesecake will last about a week in the fridge, but once you cut it, it will start to get crusty in about three to four days. 

Can You Freeze Cheesecake With Pastry Crust? 

Yes, you can freeze this classic New York cheesecake. The best method is to put the cheesecake onto a baking tray and put it uncovered in the freezer until it freezes solid.

Then you can wrap the cheesecake in aluminum foil without worrying about damaging it. Put the wrapped cheesecake in a plastic bag, and it will last up to a month in the freezer.

Thaw the cheesecake in the fridge overnight before serving.

overhead view of copycat Lindy's New York cheesecake.

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copycat Lindy's New York Cheesecake on a platter and a slice in front of it.

Lindy’s New York Cheesecake

Lindy’s New York Cheesecake has a dense, creamy filling and pastry crust.

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Cheesecake Recipe, New York Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Servings: 16

Calories: 442kcal


Crust Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup butter softened

Cheesecake Filling ingredients

  • 40 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. make a well in the center and add egg yolk and butter. Mix until dough pulls away, and cleans, sides of the bowl. Remove from bowl, form into a ball, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Remove side from pan and set aside. Roll 1/3 of the dough to fit the bottom of the springform pan, place in the oven and bake until golden, about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. 

  • Divide the remaining dough into 3 parts and roll into strips 2 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Put springform back together, leaving baked crust in pan. Fit dough strips to side of the pan, joining ends to line pan completely. Trim dough so it comes only 3/4 inches up the side of the pan. Refrigerate while making the filling. 

  • FILLING In a large mixer bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon zest, orange zest, and vanilla. Beat, at high speed, until just blended. Reduce to medium speed and add eggs, and yolks, one at a time. Add cream, beating until just combined. 
  • Transfer mixture into springform pan. Bake 10 minutes, at 400 degrees, reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake 1/2 hour longer. Remove and let cheesecake cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours to overnight (better) before serving.


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg


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