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Traditional Cheesecake Recipe

Traditional Cheesecake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice (calculated without raspberry sauce and sour cream topping) equals 424 calories, 31 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 144 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 8 g protein.

Reviews for Traditional Cheesecake

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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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

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

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?!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

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

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

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

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."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

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

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"The best. I have made this twice and people are asking me to make it for them for the holidays. Love it."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"My husband is at times very hard to receive a complement from. When I made this, his eyes widened and said, "This is the best cheesecake I've ever had!" All I can say is Wow."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"my family loved this cheesecake! It was a bit rich and it did not need any topping. IT was my first time making a cheesecake and i was a bit worried that it was not going to come out right but it easy and tasted great"

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