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Amaretto Cheesecake Recipe

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Sometimes the best-loved recipes are the most basic. Just ask my family who raves over this classic cheesecake. It's rich, creamy and versatile to boot! —Barbara Caine, Sussex, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (8 ounces each) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 632 calories, 43 g fat (27 g saturated fat), 199 mg cholesterol, 423 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the Amaretto, extracts and salt. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is almost set. Let stand for 5 minutes. Combine the sour cream, sugar and almond extract; spread over top of cheesecake. Bake 5 minutes longer.
  4. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Amaretto Cheesecake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p142

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2014

"I would like to make this ahead and freeze it. Does it freeze well and if so, how long?"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"beautiful and mellow tasting. Looks goregous when done."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"A table full of very good deserts and this one was the best. Easy recipe and rave reviews for my guest. It is very rich and creamy a little slice will do."

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