Marja-Leena's Finnish Cheesecake


My best friend's mom was from Finland, and she shared this cheesecake recipe with my family. It is a lower calorie cheesecake and delicious! Serve with fruit sauce and whipped cream.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake



  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder


  • 1 cup cottage cheese

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • cup melted butter

  • cup ground almonds

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • lemon, juiced

  • 1 lemon, zested, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch pie plate.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup butter and 3 tablespoons sugar in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1 egg until well blended. Beat in flour and baking powder. Chill crust mixture for 30 minutes.

  3. Spread crust mixture into the greased pie plate.

  4. Combine cottage cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, almonds, sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour over crust in the pie plate.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 40 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute yogurt for the sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

402 Calories
27g Fat
33g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 6mg 30%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 137mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.