Grandma's Take on Classic Cheesecake

My grandma used to make this, and then my mom. Just keeping the tradition alive with a delicious and slightly different take on the classic cheesecake.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs
1 9-inch cheesecake



  • 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted


  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1 pint sour cream

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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

  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter for crust in a bowl until well mixed. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-inch round pan.

  3. Combine cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract for filling in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into crust.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until nearly set and only slightly jiggly in the center, about 18 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C) and keep cheesecake in for 2 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Leave the oven on.

  5. Combine sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl and mix with a spoon. Pour carefully over the cooled filling.

  6. Bake in the oven until topping is set, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand at room temperature for 5 to 6 hours. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

460 Calories
32g Fat
36g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 460
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 42%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 157mg 3%

* 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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