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Luscious Almond Cheesecake Recipe

Luscious Almond Cheesecake Recipe

I received this recipe along with a set of springform pans from a cousin at my wedding shower 11 years ago. It makes a heavenly cheesecake. My son Tommy has already told me he wants it again for his birthday cake this year. -Brenda Clifford, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:14-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 40 wafers)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup toasted sliced almonds


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds and sugar; stir in the butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of a greased 10-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in extracts. Pour into crust. Place on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 minutes (leave oven on). Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spoon around edge of cheesecake; carefully spread over filling. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • 4. Just before serving, sprinkle with almonds and remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 329 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 100 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Luscious Almond Cheesecake

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Since I found this recipe a few years ago, it has been the only cheesecake I will ever make. This is the best ever. No matter where I take it, everyone always requests for me to make it again, and again, and again."

Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"The base of this recipe I have used for years. I have made this with a coconut crust (chocolate biscotti, chocolate gram cracker or just plan ones) add minced coconut. Then add coconut instead of almond flavor. Add more coconut on top of the sour cream top when still warm and before you chill."

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"I made this because Ann Kaiser (the retired editor of Taste of Home) said it was one of her all time favorite TOH desserts. I see why.... it's delicious - nice & light.. very special dessert."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"Just wonderful, my go to cheesecake recipe. The sour cream topping is delicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"I always get a request for this at Easter time."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"Wow. I am always on the lookout for a great cheesecake recipe because I LOVE cheesecake. I have never made one with almond extract before so I gave this one a try for Christmas dinner. Oh wow it was off the chart amazing! I did lower the oven temp and cook it a tad longer and let it cool in the oven with the door open to avoid cracks because I used cake decorating markers to do a christmas theme top and it turned out great! Super creamy and rich. Officially my favorite thus far!"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Very creamy! The trick is to under bake it a little. I use a cinnamon graham cracker crust. DELICIOUS!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"A great recipe-- very creamy and smooth with a light almond flavoring!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I have made this Cheesecake so many times and it is a family favorite. One of the best I've had!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"The first time I tried making a cheesecake I made this one. It was easy & very delicious!!! I have made 3 of them since."

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was awesome! This was my first cheesecake. The crust was so crunchy and had a wonderful buttery/almond taste."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"To me is sweet but is not too sweet and is so dense and rich my family love it so I am going to make it again!"

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"My first cheesecake ever and it turned out fantastic. My husband was very pleased and is limiting who he shares it with."

Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"This is the best cheesecake that I have ever made. I took it to a pot luck at work & was told that it was the best thing on the table of about 50 items."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"My wife is the cheesecake maker in our family and I asked her to make this one for me during the holidays. We served it at a family get-together and it was a big hit."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I make a cheesecake every year to take to my husband's family Thanksgiving dinner.  I made this this year and it was very well received."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I always bring a cheesecake to my husband's family Thanksgiving Dinner. I made this one this year and it was very well received."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I made this for an office contest. I was the hands-down winner. This is outstanding."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"Ate this over the weekend. VERY creamy!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"By unanimous decision among my family of "cheesecake judges", this was voted the best cheesecake EVER!! I offer cherry pie filling for anyone who likes fruit topping on their cheesecake, but it is great just plain, too! I have also prepared it with finely chopped hazelnuts in the crust and all vanilla for the extracts. I topped servings with apple pie filling. This is a great and versatile recipe!! THANKS!!!! Gommy of 4"

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