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I love cheesecake and make many different varieties, but this is my basic go to recipe. There are many variations around but this is the one I like best.


  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 5 (8ounce) packages cream cheese, softened must be Philadelphia if you can
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs


  • Bring all ingredients to room temperature (this helps to prevent cracking).
  • MIX crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter;.
  • press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (using a hamburger press handle works great for this!).
  • Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes.
  • MIX cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  • Blend in sour cream. mix well
  • Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition, just until blended. Do not over mix!
  • Pour over crust.
  • Run a knife through to remove any air bubbles.
  • BAKE 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is almost set. 325 °F for a silver springform pan 300 °F if using a dark nonstick pan
  • Crack oven door open slightly and allow cheesecake to temper for about 30 minutes.
  • Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake;.
  • Remove rim of pan.
  • Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. (This is a must!).
  • Top with cherry pie filling and garnish, if desired.
  • Variation, 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam can be dropped in spoonfuls over the batter and cut through the batter several times for marble effect before baking.
  • Variation #2 Cook above recipe and add 10 minutes before bake time ends. Mix 1 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla together and carefully spread over cheesecake and bake 10 minutes longer. When serving, top with mixed berries!
  • Variation #3 Before serving, melt caramels in the microwave until smooth, stir in chopped pecans in desired and spoon on top of each slice.
  • Variation #4 Before serving, Crush us peanut butter cups press lightly into top of cheescake and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  • Variation #5 Before serving, Cut cheesecake into cubes if desired, and drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate for chocolate to harden

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