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Best-Ever Cheesecake Recipe

I've passed this recipe on to dozens of folks. My daughter was so fond of it that she wanted to served for her wedding instead of traditional cake.—Howard Koch, Lima, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 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, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Pat onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate. 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. Bake at 350° 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 for 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 388 calories, 25g fat (15g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 289mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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chihuahualove User ID: 8927568 253717
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I made this cheesecake because my Mother-in Law requested. Our Niece and new Hubby came by and Mother-in-Law they all loved it and wanted the recipe. I use Taste of Home recipes quite a bit and have never had a failure. A wonderful place to find and get recipes."

karenderna User ID: 8463022 231059
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"Made this cheesecake and took into work everybody loved it. I used dark chocolate digestive biscuits (UK) for the Base and when I cooked it I put a loaf tin of boiling water on the oven shelf under the cheesecake. I will make again and vary the flavours. I agree it's a little flat but still lovely"

HamiltonK User ID: 8320290 224680
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2015

"To Meaghon89 ---- Yes just Double the filling Ingred and bake for the regular Time then check it. Some thing most beginners don't know about Cheesecakes is they don't set up fully until it chills. When I make a Cheesecake I always test it by wiggling the pan a little. In the middle of cake it should not be set all the way about the size of a walnut then check with a thin knife outside of the center of cake. If it comes out clean and you have the middle not fully set its done. Don't keep baking thinking it's under cooked because its not. Hope this helps those who are making this for the first time..."

meaghon89 User ID: 8253711 220158
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"I made this cheesecake last night and had it for breakfast lol. It was very good. But it was a little to thin/flat would i just double the recipe and cook a little longer for a thicker cheesecake?"

MrsValen User ID: 7697264 6850
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Delicious! Truly simple and simply the best!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 6776
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I love the simplicity of this cheesecake....only four ingredients in the filling! This is what I think of when I imagine cheesecake, as it reminds me of what my mom used to make. I think I'd like it even better without the crust.....I know I've seen recipes for crust-less cheesecake, but don't know if that would work in this recipe. The crust is a little too sweet for me, and I actually just eat the filling and topping. I also like the fact that this doesn't make a great big cake, and only requires a nine inch pie pan."

Gikken User ID: 7305685 8247
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"We loved this!"

stormavery User ID: 5643370 8772
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"The best cheesecake, by far!"

MaryJo50 User ID: 2721841 6139
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2009

"This really is the Best Ever! The Best. easy to prepare and top notch taste. Love love love it."

mendakids User ID: 3499487 7500
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"a lot of people go crazy and adventurous with cheesecakes, but this sounds like a great but simple cheesecake"

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