Total Time
1hr
Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins

This recipe works wonderfully either as a full size cheesecake or as cupcakes to serve a crowd. It is almost impossible to overcook. I owe thanks to my Mom for creating this family favorite.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, plus
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 -12 vanilla wafer cookies (1-2 per cupcake depending on cupcake size or 3/4 box crushed wafers for full size pie crust)
  • canned cherries in syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Place 1-2 vanilla wafers in bottom of each cupcake baking cup, if making one large cheesecake crush wafers with spoon and fill bottom of pie plate.
  2. Mix cream cheese with sugar.
  3. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Pour into cupcake cups or pie plate.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes or 25 minutes for pie plate.
  6. Cover cupcakes or full size cake with canned cherries.