My mom found this recipe in her local newspaper several years ago. Its a favorite around the holidays. Tip: When you go to place your cheesecake in the oven, put a cooling rack in a shallow pan (such as a cookie sheet). Put the cheesecake on the rack and pour 2 cups of water in the shallow pan. Make sure the water doesnt touch the bottom of your springform pan. Adding this water will help prevent the cheesecake top from cracking.