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Classic Cheesecake Recipe

Classic Cheesecake Recipe

MY husband and I love desserts and this is one of our favorites. It is delicious and there are no leftovers...extra calories, you know! Sometimes I top each piece with fresh seasonal berries.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:2 servings


  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 4-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in lemon juice and peel.
  • 3. Pour over crust. Return pan to baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 5 minutes (leave oven on).
  • 4. Combine topping ingredients; carefully spread over filling. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan just before serving. Yield: 2 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe may be prepared in a 2-cup baking dish. Prepare as directed. Increase topping amounts to the following: 3/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 488 calories, 32g fat (19g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 323mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 17, 2017

"One of the best cheesecakes I have ever had. So moist and delicious. I meant to just take one bite and ended up eating half of one before I could stop myself. Even my daughter who does not like most cheesecakes found it very good."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"This is really worth a try. I made it with the recipe I got from Gourmandia and it's really love by everyone. I would definitely be doing this again for my family."

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