Mom’s Cheese Pie

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
"My mother brought this Old World recipe with her from the Ukraine," says Anne Kulick of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. A sprinkling of cinnamon enhances the pie’s subtly sweet flavor.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Separate 1 egg. In a small bowl, lightly beat egg white. In another small bowl, combine egg and egg yolk.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry; cut in half. Roll out one half of pastry into an 8-in. circle. Transfer to a 7-in. pie plate; trim pastry even with edge. Brush with egg white; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, salt and egg mixture. Pour into prepared pastry.
  4. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Brush egg white over pastry; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 350° until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 561 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 191mg cholesterol, 745mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 20g protein.