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Luscious Almond Cheesecake Recipe

Luscious Almond Cheesecake Recipe

I received this recipe along with a set of springform pans from a cousin at my wedding shower 11 years ago. It makes a heavenly cheesecake. My son Tommy has already told me he wants it again for his birthday cake this year. -Brenda Clifford, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling YIELD:14-16 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 40 wafers)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup toasted sliced almonds


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, almonds and sugar; stir in the butter and mix well. Press into the bottom of a greased 10-in. springform pan; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in extracts. Pour into crust. Place on a baking sheet.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 50-55 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. Spoon around edge of cheesecake; 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.
  • 4. Just before serving, sprinkle with almonds and remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 329 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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witchy57 User ID: 7113637 255349
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"I am always nervous making a new cheesecake. I had many, many compliments on this one and I am going to make it again this weekend! It is yummy!"

cherylleblanc User ID: 7041368 239553
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Since I found this recipe a few years ago, it has been the only cheesecake I will ever make. This is the best ever. No matter where I take it, everyone always requests for me to make it again, and again, and again."

Myfamilyspersonalchef User ID: 7815070 2354
Reviewed May. 22, 2014

"The base of this recipe I have used for years. I have made this with a coconut crust (chocolate biscotti, chocolate gram cracker or just plan ones) add minced coconut. Then add coconut instead of almond flavor. Add more coconut on top of the sour cream top when still warm and before you chill."

coconutqueen User ID: 7775598 2984
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2014

"I made this because Ann Kaiser (the retired editor of Taste of Home) said it was one of her all time favorite TOH desserts. I see why.... it's delicious - nice & light.. very special dessert."

aunttlk User ID: 1429500 2976
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"Just wonderful, my go to cheesecake recipe. The sour cream topping is delicious!"

kimmerak User ID: 64737 1533
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2013

"I always get a request for this at Easter time."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 4643
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"Wow. I am always on the lookout for a great cheesecake recipe because I LOVE cheesecake. I have never made one with almond extract before so I gave this one a try for Christmas dinner. Oh wow it was off the chart amazing! I did lower the oven temp and cook it a tad longer and let it cool in the oven with the door open to avoid cracks because I used cake decorating markers to do a Christmas theme top and it turned out great! Super creamy and rich. Officially my favorite thus far!"

dgonzo User ID: 4843972 3076
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2012

"Very creamy! The trick is to under bake it a little. I use a cinnamon graham cracker crust. DELICIOUS!"

pasweet User ID: 5158838 198975
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"A great recipe-- very creamy and smooth with a light almond flavoring!"

Jo Atkinson User ID: 1109746 4136
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2012

"I have made this Cheesecake so many times and it is a family favorite. One of the best I've had!"

oneperfectpup User ID: 5866612 2093
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"The first time I tried making a cheesecake I made this one. It was easy & very delicious!!! I have made 3 of them since."

Morinstoltz User ID: 5928360 5583
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was awesome! This was my first cheesecake. The crust was so crunchy and had a wonderful buttery/almond taste."

mamamyrtle User ID: 5858580 1529
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"To me is sweet but is not too sweet and is so dense and rich my family love it so I am going to make it again!"

AStum User ID: 5259332 1282
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"My first cheesecake ever and it turned out fantastic. My husband was very pleased and is limiting who he shares it with."

gbpmom User ID: 4850806 1528
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"This is the best cheesecake that I have ever made. I took it to a pot luck at work & was told that it was the best thing on the table of about 50 items."

vamanchef User ID: 4352397 2064
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"My wife is the cheesecake maker in our family and I asked her to make this one for me during the holidays. We served it at a family get-together and it was a big hit."

NanZim User ID: 3929200 2487
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I make a cheesecake every year to take to my husband's family Thanksgiving dinner.  I made this this year and it was very well received."

NanZim User ID: 3929200 2975
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"I always bring a cheesecake to my husband's family Thanksgiving dinner. I made this one this year and it was very well received."

huttly User ID: 3087671 5576
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I made this for an office contest. I was the hands-down winner. This is outstanding."

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 1280
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"Ate this over the weekend. VERY creamy!"

Toni Anderson User ID: 3311959 4135
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2009

"By unanimous decision among my family of "cheesecake judges", this was voted the best cheesecake EVER!! I offer cherry pie filling for anyone who likes fruit topping on their cheesecake, but it is great just plain, too! I have also prepared it with finely chopped hazelnuts in the crust and all vanilla for the extracts. I topped servings with apple pie filling. This is a great and versatile recipe!! THANKS!!!! Gommy of 4"

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