Classic Cheesecake


This classic cheesecake has a sour cream topping and a homemade graham cracker crust. Enjoy with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake


  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (such as Philadelphia®), softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 (16 ounce) carton sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl. Mix until evenly moistened; press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and place in the refrigerator.

  3. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add 1 cup sugar and beat until combined. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Pour cream cheese mixture into the chilled cracker crust and spread to evenly cover crust.

  4. Pour enough water into a rimmed baking sheet to cover the bottom, and place the springform pan on top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).

  6. Just before cheesecake finishes baking, combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl for the topping. Spread evenly on top of the cheesecake.

  7. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack, and allow the cheesecake to cool at room temperature, about 1 hour. Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 4 hours, before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

533 Calories
39g Fat
39g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 533
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 24g 118%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 342mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 183mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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