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Homemade Cheesecake Recipe

This Homemade Cheesecake Recipe results in the silkiest and the tastiest cheesecake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Cooling Time6 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake, cheesecake recipe, homemade cheesecake
Servings: 12 slices

Equipment

  • 9" Springform Pan
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 9 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 .32 oz package vanilla sugar or 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Cheesecake:

  • 5 8 oz blocks of cream cheese
  • 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • cup sour cream
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).
  • Mix the crushed Graham cracker crumbs and vanilla sugar in a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
  • Add the melted and cooled butter and mix until evenly combined with the Graham cracker crumbs.
  • Scoop the mixture into a 9-inch springform pan and firmly press it down.
  • Bake at 325°F (163°C) for 7minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Cheesecake

  • Set a large pot of water to boil for the water bath.
  • In the large mixing bowl using a mixer, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar on low-medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract and mix. Lastly, add each egg one at a time, making sure not to over-mix.
  • Wrap the springform pan with the baked Graham cracker crust in aluminum foil to prevent water from seeping through.
  • Pour the cheesecake filling into the springform pan and smooth out the top
  • Tap the pan on the counter a couple of times to bring any air bubbles to the top.
  • Add the boiling water to a large baking pan until it is about 3/4-inch to 1-inch deep. Carefully place the wrapped springform pan into the baking pan with hot water.
  • Transfer the pan with the cheesecake to the oven and bake at 325°F (163°C) for 65-70 minutes. You’ll know when the cheesecake is ready when edges of the cheesecake are set and the center is still slightly jiggly.
  • Turn the oven off, open the oven door slightly, and allow the cheesecake to cool in the warm oven for about 1/2 hour.
  • After the cheesecake has cooled in the oven, remove it from the oven and let it cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. One chilled, remove remove from springform pan, slice, and enjoy chilled with your favorite toppings

Notes

  1. Do not over-beat the eggs. To help with this, slightly mix each egg in a small bowl before adding it into the cheesecake mixture.
  2. Use blocks of cream cheese, not ones meant to be spread.
  3. Do not place cheesecake in cold temperature while it is still hot, gradually cool cheesecake after baking at room temperature. 

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