Rating: 4.5 stars
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This is my favorite recipe for New York-style cheesecake, and includes a great technique for letting the citrus-kissed cake finish in the oven, so that no crack forms when the cake cools.

Recipe Summary

1 hr
3 hrs
4 hrs 15 mins
15 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

  • Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl until evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture into the bottom and about 1/2-inch up the sides of the springform pan.

  • Whisk flour, sour cream, and vanilla extract in bowl. Set aside.

  • Stir cream cheese and sugar with a wooden spoon in a large bowl until evenly incorporated, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Pour milk into cream cheese mixture and whisk until just combined.

  • Whisk in eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.

  • Stir in lemon zest, orange zest, and sour cream mixture; whisk until just incorporated.

  • Pour mixture into prepared springform pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges have nicely puffed and the surface of the cheesecake is firm except for a small spot in the center that will jiggle when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour.

  • When the cheesecake is done, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven for 3 to 4 hours. This prevents any cracks from forming on the top of the cheesecake.

Editor's Note:

Chef John serves this with his Fresh Strawberry Sauce.

Nutrition Facts

556 calories; protein 10.5g; carbohydrates 46.9g; fat 37g; cholesterol 161.3mg; sodium 407.7mg. Full Nutrition