In a small bowl combine Oreos and melted butter.

Make Crust

Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Bake for 5-8 minutes just until set and lightly golden brown

Add Crust

Step 2

Beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium speed. There  should be no lumps.

Beat the Cream Cheese

Step 3

Rub the lemon zest into the sugar, this will take a few minutes. This is helping release the oils from the zest infuse into each sugar granule to create a stronger, deeper lemon flavor.

Make Lemon Sugar

Step 4

Add sugar-lemon mixture to cream cheese. Then add heavy cream, sour cream, lemon juice, and lemon extract- mixing until fully combined

Add More Ingredients

Step 5

Add in eggs one at a time, it is important to mix the cheesecake on low at this point, you do not want to incorporate any air into the batter, this will cause cracks.

Add the eggs 

Step 6

Pour into the prepared pan. Prepare a water bath. Bake until the middle of the cheesecake, should jiggle just a little bit

Bake the cheesecake

Step 8

Turn oven off and let cool in the oven for 1 hour then wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in  the fridge overnight. Then decorate.

Chill the Cheesecake

Step 9