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Cheesecake Pie

"A FRIEND gave me this recipe, and I love it so much! The secret is in the baking—I just let it barely show little bubbles on the surface before I take it out of the oven. You don't want cheesecake to bake too long."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional lemon zest, optional
  • Mint leaves, optional


  • In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Firmly press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla and lemon zest just until blended. Pour into prepared crust.
  • Bake at 325° for 20-25 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; spread carefully over pie. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with mint and lemon zest if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.
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    • Donna
      Jun 15, 2018

      This is my families favorite, it is the same recipe I started making out of the Betty Crocker cookbook that I got around 1980.

    • 2124arizona
      Feb 18, 2018

      We love the fresh lemony taste. They turned out perfect!!

    • lvarner
      Feb 1, 2016

      I like making this recipe when I want cheesecake for a smaller number of people. It tastes just like my regular cheesecake recipe made in a springform pan with larger quantities of ingredients, and I don't have to worry about leftovers to tempt me! I like drizzling each slice with caramel and chocolate sauces. It looks and tastes great!

    • NanZim
      Jan 21, 2016

      This is almost as good as a regular cheesecake, but so much easier to make.

    • sarahjc78
      Apr 6, 2015

      This taste exactly like a famous restaurants cheesecake pie! My husband and I loved it. I will be making this again. It did need the extra 10 minutes of baking time before the sour cream layer, though.

    • ruffrey
      Dec 21, 2014

      I have made several cheesecakes. This was the easiest. It did not crack and was very creamy. There were a few adjustments that I made and it turned out great:Instead of sugar I used 1/2 container sweetened condensed milk and 1 tbsp agave syrup.Used the juice and zest of 2 Meyer lemons for a tangy kick.I ran out of time and used a prepaid graham cracker crust which was the perfect size.It took an extra 10 minutes at 325 F.Omitted the topping.

    • corrie36
      Mar 30, 2014

      Excellent taste. Like the other commenter, I did need to bake it about 10 minutes longer before adding the topping. I made it without the crust to keep it gluten-free and it worked out nicely.

      Nov 19, 2013

      Creamy with excellent flavor! In my oven I had to bake a little longer before adding the sour cream topping. Also used double strength vanilla. Family loved it!

    • Isolda
      Jan 30, 2010

      No comment left

    • suwest
      Jan 28, 2010

      I made this for Christmas for at my mother-in-laws request. She raved about it, said it was the best cheesecake she ever ate. The rest of my family agreed.