Family-Favorite Cheesecake Recipe

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Family-Favorite Cheesecake Recipe
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Family-Favorite Cheesecake Recipe

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This fluffy, delicate cheesecake has been a family favorite for almost 20 years. I've shared the recipe at many gatherings over the years and have even started baking it for our friends instead of Christmas cookies. —Esther Wappner, Mansfield, Ohio
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 1 hour + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 40 squares)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg yolks; beat on low just until combined.
In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.
Bake for 1 hour 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. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; fold in whipped cream. Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 414 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 132mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • 2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 40 squares)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add egg yolks; beat on low just until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.
  4. Bake for 1 hour 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. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
  5. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; fold in whipped cream. Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Family-Favorite Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p29

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teris9 User ID: 6610935 279417
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2017

"I've been making this cheesecake for years and it's been beloved by all who've tried it!

However, one part of the recipe needs to be adjusted. Over time, the size of store-bought graham crackers have shrunk (by about 13% according to my math), so you'll need approximately 45.5 squares (or 22.75 full, rectangular crackers) to make the required 2.5 cups of graham cracker crumbs. This measurement is accurate for the regular 14.4-ounce packages of graham crackers.
After the crumbs are made, you'll be left with 4.25 crackers to snack on while you (and any tiny humans) bake."

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Georgia User ID: 8970377 278391
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2017

"This was my first time making a cheesecake & I made this for my husbands' birthday!! He loved it!! I will make this again..thank for a wonderful recipe"

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cookingWithLove9 User ID: 7539633 278145
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2017

"I cannot rate his recipe yet. I don’t know how much sugar to put in the filling. It says 1-1/2 cups of sugar. I don’t know what that means. Does it mean one to a half cup ? Or does it mean one and a half cups ? I blended my cream cheese with one and a half cups of sugar. I tasted it. It is overly sweet. I am going to have to throw three packages of cream cheese away now. Can someone please tell me the proper amount of sugar to go in the filling? My guess is that should be One cup.

I added an extra package of cream cheese to balance the sweetness. The cake is done and it is not cracked. We will see how it tastes. I have never ever put
1 1/2 cups of sugar in a cheesecake recipe in my entire life. I also didn’t need that money gram cracker crumbs. I think they should omit at least a half a cup. I’m using the remaining graham cracker crumbs to make cookie bars."

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bworosello User ID: 1926709 277849
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2017

"this is by far the best cheese cake recipe."

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[email protected] User ID: 2217619 277114
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2017

"This is by far the best tasting basic cheesecake recipe I've ever tasted. To me it's the texture that really sets it apart-- lighter, not so dense. So simple to make that you think it will be bland but the flavor is perfect! I would imagine that it would be very easy to customize with different add-ins as well. Even my no cheesecake people loved it! :)"

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ayya User ID: 7902474 270306
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2017

"My cheese cake has cracked too much. Plz can smone tell me how to prevent this. TIA"

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rena 55 User ID: 1935799 261723
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Great basic cheesecake recipe. You can add chocolate chips, brownie pieces or fruit to this recipe to bump it up to the next level. Of course, add some fruit and whipped cream to the top to make an elegant dessert!"

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Marla User ID: 8966178 256654
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016

"To answer Jenette1 question - I would say- To set the crust. It will hold together much better if you do this."

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Jenette1 User ID: 8703131 255570
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2016

"Why does it say to bake for 5 minutes?"

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Babsy_Boop User ID: 6209926 253742
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"I have been making this recipe for at least 15 years, and have given away many many copies of it. It's our go-to favorite cheesecake"

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