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Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake

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Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake is a superb, “no-bake” dessert made with two flavors, lemon, and raspberry and set over a ginger-flavored cookie crust.  This fabulous new recipe is adapted from our classic panna cotta dessert, only it’s in a pie version and it’s made in three easy steps!


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It’s a combination of our 2 favorite desserts!  Combining both cheesecake and panna cotta!  

The top layer is the bonus and the star of this dessert!  Adapted from our classic panna cotta recipe, only it’s a lemon flavor bottom topped with a delicious flavor of raspberry – makes a perfect combination in this pie version! 

The layer of the panna cotta is blended with raspberries, giving it a pretty pink-ish color while it adds a lovely sweet-tart flavor.   

After one bite – you’ll be hooked for life! 

Everyone will notice there are three distinctive flavors in this fabulous dessert: lemon, raspberry, and ginger.  All of which is surprisingly subtle in this pie version, but they all work very well together.


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Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake is a sensational crowd-pleasing dessert! 

Best of all,  this dessert is so amazingly light and airy, its unique velvety texture is pure heaven.  So don’t be surprised when your guests ask you for a second serving.  🙂

This Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake turned out to be an exquisite dessert! 

No-fuss and it can be made up to 2 days ahead.

It’s perfect to serve for festive occasions and gatherings.  Everyone will rave about it! 

It’s a definite winner! 



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Ingredients needed for Panna Cotta Cheesecake (your shopping list):

For the Crust and Filling:


Three Easy Steps To Make This Panna Cotta Cheesecake!

1.  First, make the crust, set the crumbs mixture into a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan, and this time place it into your freezer for 10 minutes or more to set the crust.  No Need to bake the crust.  

2.  Second, make the cheesecake filling.  Easily blending the ingredients in a blender and chill for at least one hour before adding the raspberry layer on top. 

3.  The last step, make the raspberry panna cotta, following the directions in our recipe card, and pour it over the cheesecake, and chill for a few hours or overnight before serving. 


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My Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake is not only a beautiful dessert, but it also conveys a sense of your occasion. 

But everyone knows – you don’t need an occasion to make a dessert like this one, right?




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Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake

Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake

Lemon Raspberry Panna Cotta Cheesecake ~ is a no-bake, luscious dessert made with a lemony custard-like cheesecake, topped with a creamy layer of raspberry over a gingersnap crust. Lemon and raspberry flavors work well in this exquisite dessert making it incredibly delicious! It can be made up to 2 days ahead.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Crust :

  • ½ cup salted butter (one stick) melted
  • 1 cup Ginger Snap crumbs (about 20 small cookies)
  • 1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

Filling :

  • 1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
  • 1 small envelope (1-ounce) unflavored gelatin (by Knox)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 + ¼ cups sour cream
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • zest of 1 lemon

Raspberry Panna Cotta Layer:

  • 1 + 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 -ounce unflavored gelatin (used half of the envelope)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Garnish on top:

  • fresh blueberries and fresh strawberries


    To make the Crust:

    1. First, make room in your freezer to fit your springform pan.
    2. In a bowl combine both crumbs, sugar, and butter. Transfer to a 9-inch or 10-inch springform pan. Using a small cup to press the mixture into the pan and up the sides.
    3. Transfer to your freezer for 10 minutes or more, while you prepare the fillings.

    Panna Cotta Cheesecake Filling:

    1. In a small pot, pour 1/2 cup of heavy cream and sprinkle gelatin on top and let stand for 2 minutes. Turn on heat to low, and heat cream for about 2 minutes, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Add vanilla, sugar, and remaining heavy cream. Simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring until sugar completely dissolves and cream is well heated through, but not boiling. Turn off the heat.
    2. In the meantime, into an electric blender or food processor, add cream cheese, sour cream, lemon zest, and lemon juice and blend for 1 minute.
    3. Pop open the small lid on top of the blender and slowly pour the hot cream mixture (panna cotta) to combine with the cold ingredients. Blend on the lowest speed first, then gradually on to the highest speed for at least 5 minutes.
    4. Remove the pan from your freezer. Slowly pour the creamy mixture into the crust and refrigerate uncovered for 1 hour.

    For Raspberry Layer:

    1. Using the same small saucepot, heat 1 cup of heavy cream with gelatin, vanilla, and sugar. Heat on medium heat until sugar and gelatin are completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
    2. Toss raspberries into a blender, remove the small lid on top, and SLOWLY pour the hot cream into the blender with the frozen raspberries and blend on low speed for about 1 minute, then blend at highest speed for 2 minutes more.
    3. Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and gently pour the raspberry panna cotta on top and cover the entire surface, use the back of a spoon to help.
    4. Place the dessert back into the refrigerator and chill until the top layer cools completely, about 1/2 hour.
    5. Then cover it with foil or clear wrap, and continue to chill for an additional 2 hours, or more. Or chill overnight is best.

    When Ready to Serve:

    1. Garnish and decorate on top with fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries.
    2. Take a clean knife and gently slide the knife around the outer rim of the dessert. Open the clip and remove the springform pan. Place the entire dessert (do not remove the bottom of the pan) onto a large serving platter and slice into individual servings as needed.
    3. Yields: 8 to 10 servings


    A Cook's Notes:
    I used frozen raspberries but you can certainly use fresh ones.
    It's best to decorate the top with fresh berries the day you plan to serve this dessert. This will ensure the berries will always look fresh and not wilt on top. Fresh berries should be dried (not wet) before placing them on top. Decorating with berries on top is fun! So go for it and be creative!

    Also, the time to make this dessert does not include the time to chill the first half of the cheesecake.




     This is our favorite 10-inch Spring Form Pan we prefer to use for this dessert.

    Wilton Excelle Elite 10 Inch Springform Pan

    If you make our delicious lemon raspberry panna cotta cheesecake, please let us know and leave a comment and a 5-star rating below.  We’d love to hear from you!

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           xo Anna and Liz


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  1. Reply
    December 6, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I’ve made it twice now. The second time with a blueberry top layer. I use all graham crackers for the crust. My guests always love it and it is a celebration or presentation dessert. Eyes light up when it appears and is eaten.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      December 6, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Thousel! Welcome to our recipe blog, it’s so nice to meet you! And a blueberry top layer sounds wonderful!! I bet it was a huge it! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! Hope you will try the other desserts we have posted!

  2. Reply
    handmade by amalia
    June 20, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      June 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks so much Amalia!! Have a great week!

  3. Reply
    June 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Looks so silky smooth and delicious! I love that it can be made in advance too. So important during busy summers 🙂

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      June 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      I am with you Susan!! Thanks so much and have a great week!

  4. Reply
    by Anna and Liz
    June 17, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Sandra, you always say the nicest things! Thanks so much.

  5. Reply
    Sandra Favre-Byles
    June 17, 2018 at 7:25 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and full of wonderful ingredients! Thank you!

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