Our Best Cheesecake

318  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 5 hr 25 min total
  • Makes 16 servings, one slice each.

Better than all the rest. What else can we say? How about this: It's a rich, creamy, cherry-topped showstopper that's so easy, even beginners can pull it off.

Our Best Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling

Instructions

  • Preheat  oven to 350°F if using a silver 8- or 9-inch springform pan (or to 325°F if using a dark nonstick 8- or 9-inch springform pan). Mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Press firmly onto bottom and 2-1/2 inches up side of pan; set aside.
  • Beat  cream cheese and the remaining 1 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour into crust.
  • Bake  1 hour to 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Turn oven off. Open oven door slightly. Let cheesecake set in oven 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool completely. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Loosen cheesecake from rim of pan; remove rim. Top cheesecake with pie filling just before serving. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips

SubstitutePrepare as directed, using Neufchatel cheese.

How to Easily Cut Creamy DessertsWhen cutting creamy-textured desserts, such as cheesecake, carefully wipe off the knife blade between cuts with a clean damp towel. This prevents the creamy filling from building up on the blade, ensuring nice clean cuts that leave the filling intact.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings, one slice each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 370 
  • Total fat 23 g
  • Saturated fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 105 mg
  • Sodium 300 mg
  • Carbohydrate 36 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 28 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Vitamin A 20 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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