Refreshing Citrus Pistachio Cheesecake

Experience a burst of citrusy freshness combined with the rich, nutty flavor of pistachios in this elegant and refreshing Citrus Pistachio Cheesecake. This dessert is perfect for any occasion, offering a delightful balance of creamy cheesecake, tangy citrus, and crunchy pistachios. With a buttery pistachio crust, a smooth citrus-infused filling, and a topping of zesty citrus and chopped pistachios, this cheesecake is sure to impress.

The foundation of this cheesecake is a unique pistachio-graham cracker crust. Shelled, unsalted pistachios are finely ground and combined with crushed graham crackers and a touch of sugar to create a base that’s both buttery and slightly crunchy. Melted butter binds these ingredients together, ensuring the crust holds its shape while providing a rich, nutty backdrop to the vibrant filling. Pre-baked to a golden perfection, the crust forms a sturdy, flavorful base that perfectly complements the creamy layers above.

The Experience

Every bite of the Refreshing Citrus Pistachio Cheesecake is an adventure in flavor and texture. The initial crunch of the pistachio crust gives way to the creamy, tangy filling, which is perfectly balanced by the light, sweet whipped cream topping. The citrus zest adds a refreshing zing, while the pistachios provide a satisfying crunch. This cheesecake is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a visual delight, with its vibrant colors and elegant presentation making it a perfect centerpiece for any gathering.

Whether you’re serving it at a summer party, a festive holiday dinner, or simply enjoying a slice with a cup of tea, the Refreshing Citrus Pistachio Cheesecake is sure to impress. Its harmonious blend of flavors and textures creates a dessert




  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherries
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  • Whole cherries and chopped pistachios, for garnish


Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease a 9-inch springform pan.

Prepare Crust:

In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter.
Press mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.
Make Cheesecake Filling:

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
Add 1 cup sugar and vanilla extract; beat until well combined.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in lemon juice, lime juice, lemon zest, and lime zest until incorporated.
Fold in chopped pistachios and cherries gently.

Pour the cheesecake batter over the prepared crust.
Smooth the top with a spatula.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly.
Cool and Chill:

Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door slightly open for about 1 hour.
Remove from oven and let it cool completely at room temperature.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until fully chilled and set.

When ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the pan.
Top with whipped cream.
Garnish with whole cherries and chopped pistachios.
Enjoy: Slice and serve this luscious citrus and pistachio cheesecake, delighting in the vibrant flavors and textures!

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