After baking, this creamy vanilla cheesecake on a vanilla wafer crust gets a second layer of cream cheese with whipped topping and more vanilla for an elegant, special occasion dessert.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
5 hrs 55 mins
total:
6 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

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  • Mix wafer crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

  • Beat 3 pkg. cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. vanilla with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

  • Bake 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool completely in pan.

  • Beat remaining cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer in large bowl until well blended. Whisk in COOL WHIP; spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate 4 hours. Remove rim of pan before serving cheesecake.

Size-Wise:

Need a sweet treat to serve a crowd? Try this rich, creamy dessert! Since it serves 16 people, it easily fits the bill.

Vanilla Bean Mousse Cheesecake:

Prepare recipe as directed, using a vanilla bean and reducing vanilla extract to 2 tsp. Use sharp knife to gently split 1 vanilla bean pod lengthwise in half, then scrape seeds into cheesecake batter. Add 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the batter and use remaining extract to flavor cheesecake topping as directed.

Special Extra:

Garnish with fresh berries just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 26.3g 9% DV; fat 23.6g 36% DV; cholesterol 105.5mg 35% DV; sodium 292.7mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Huge hit! I did change one thing - I whipped my own whipping cream instead of using Cool Whip. I just couldn't bring myself to use Cool Whip when it's so easy to make the real thing. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/25/2010
I did not care for this version of cheesecake at all. It's not the rich thick dense style of NewYork Cheesecake that's for sure. Read More
(9)
129 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 108
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Huge hit! I did change one thing - I whipped my own whipping cream instead of using Cool Whip. I just couldn't bring myself to use Cool Whip when it's so easy to make the real thing. Read More
(72)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
Absolutely fabulous! I didnt even have a springform pan, I made it in a pie plate and it worked out fine. I would make this again. The blueberrys are so contrasting. Did I mention that this recipe ROCKS? Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2010
What an amazingly yummy cheesecake!! The only change to the recipe that i applied was to double the crust ingredients and added some super fine chopped walnuts to the crust as well. That nutty crust was awesome with the super vanilla flavor of the cheesecake. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
My husband requested this for his birthday. This was only the second time that I have made a homemade cheesecake and it turned out heavenly. My hubby took the leftovers into work the next day and one of his co-workers said it was so good that it was better than the "Cheesecake Factory" cheesecake. What a compliment!!! Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2010
Very good! This was my first time making an actual cheesecake. I used Keebler Vanilla Wafers since they were on sale 1/3 less fat Philly a little more vanilla than it calls for and only 2 eggs because I accidentally looked at the other recipe I was mixing at the same time! I actually LOVED the consistency that it gave it though so I may just stick to doing that from now on! The only thing I wasnt crazy about was the second layer on top. There was just too much! I think if you halved that amount it would be soo much better. Overall though it was a hit with our friends! Making this tomorrow (minus the top layer all together since I just realized I forgot Cool Whip!) and putting out a DIY topping bar. Crumbled Oreos/hot fudge and apple pie filling/caramel...Cant wait! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2010
WOW! Incredible! I don't know what else to say-this is just superb!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
This was one of the easiest creamiest delicious cheesecakes I have ever made. My family & I LOVED it! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2010
Oh My Goodness! This was sooooo good. I love the top layer. I did add a little extra vanilla because I am a big fan. I will be making this again for sure! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
Very Good!!!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/25/2010
I did not care for this version of cheesecake at all. It's not the rich thick dense style of NewYork Cheesecake that's for sure. Read More
(9)
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