Traditional Cheesecake Recipe
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Traditional Cheesecake Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen shares this recipe for a basic cheesecake that tastes great alone or with any number of garnishes. Try serving it with Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 424 calories, 31g fat (19g saturated fat), 144mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Grease the sides only of a 9-in. springform pan; press crumb mixture onto bottom of pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour filling onto crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  4. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Traditional Cheesecake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2005, p99

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kate28 User ID: 8389978 250306
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016 Edited Jul. 28, 2016

"First cheesecake I ever made! Turned out perfect!"

RinnerMakesDinner User ID: 8829558 246854
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2016

"Lovely Recipe. Mine Came Out Cracked (As Cheesecakes Tend To) But Still Delicious. I Will Say, Though, That You Must Be Careful About Not Over Whipping The Batter And To Make Sure The Cream Cheese Is Softened. This Will Keep The Finished Product As Cheesecake-y As Possible And Make It Smooth And Lump Free."

des432 User ID: 2109392 140294
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"I supervised my 10 year old granddaughter while she made it. It was top of the line. Looked beautiful & tasted even better. This is now the new favorite recipe. I won't need to supervise next time b/c it's that simple. Thanks for sharing!"

intelligen User ID: 6988856 125277
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"This recipe is a disaster! Don't trust any of the temperatures given, and don't beat your eggs ahead of time--add them 1 by 1 instead. The crust was charcoal and my house was flooded with smoke when I checked on it after 9 minutes. I tried again and it was already smoldering after 4-1/2 minutes. I decided to cut my losses and make the cheesecake without the crust. Even in a water bath (which this recipe fails to mention anywhere), the cheesecake started burning. I should have known better than to trust a recipe that recommends beating the eggs beforehand and cooking the cheesecake at 350 for 55 minutes. In the end, I tried to salvage my ingredients by scraping the burnt black parts off the top and reducing the oven temperature to 225 and winging it the rest of the way."

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 60471
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Very good cheesecake and simple to make! Mine turned out just like the picture! Yummy!"

StampinTrisha User ID: 6636844 91199
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"A very good basic cheesecake recipe. Silky smooth texture. Adaptable to flavors other than plain vanilla (I tried almond & also banana). Who says you can't have your cheesecake & eat it too?!"

jlbjeanie User ID: 2196501 56673
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"For a sturdier crust I added half again of every ingredient for the crust to have more to work with."

puppypal81 User ID: 3831579 62006
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Sorry, I forgot to rate this... I give it 5 stars!"

puppypal81 User ID: 3831579 125274
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Oh, Yeah! This was a great recipe. My husband only asks for cheesecake for his birthday & I tried this recipe. It was definitely the best one yet! It really makes me feel great when he brags to his friends about my cheesecake."

alexismd User ID: 4533558 56669
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"Absolutely excellent and one of the easiest cheesecakes to make."

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