Best Ever Cheesecake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling


8 servings

Updated: Dec. 01, 2023
I've passed this recipe on to dozens of folks. My daughter was so fond of it that she served it for her wedding instead of traditional cake. —Howard Koch, Lima, Ohio
Best Ever Cheesecake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Whipped cream, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Pat into the bottom and 1 in. up the side of an 8-in. springform pan. Chill.
  2. For filling, beat cream cheese and eggs in a bowl on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and salt. Continue beating until well blended, about 1 minute. Pour into crust.
  3. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. For topping, combine the sour cream and remaining sugar and vanilla in a small bowl; spread over cheesecake. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. If desired, serve with whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 504 calories, 36g fat (20g saturated fat), 131mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.