New York Cheesecake Tutorial

I made this cheesecake on New Year’s Eve in honor of my sister that lives in New York….where you can get the best cheesecake ever! I love this recipe! It is seriously one of those recipes that make your eyes roll back when you take a bite. (I’m now making myself hungry as I write about it!Must.have.cheesecake.mmm…)

1-1/2 cups  (1/2 box) graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix for crust, press in spring form pan.
(You may want to double this depending on if you want your crust to go up the sides of the pan.)
Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Beat together and pour into crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
When your cheese cake is almost done, make the topping.
1 pint sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pour on topping and bake at 475 degrees for 10 minutes.
Chill overnight.
A few notes:
  • Don’t worry about the browning on the cheesecake since it will be covered by the topping.
  • Crust recipe can be doubled if you want your crust to go up the sides. I didn’t have enough graham cracker crumbs to do this….plus we love the filling so much…who needs crust?
  • You can top it with whatever you like, but really I think it’s perfect without it! I have a friend who had a cherry sauce topping she would pour over it, but I don’t have her recipe for it.
  • I made this for Mr. Happy Brown House when we were dating….he proposed soon after 🙂


  1. I love anything cheesecake. Ever. My goodness! Yum!

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