Classic American Cheesecake

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 mins

This recipe was adopted from a former member ( Mean Chef) who no longer frequents Zaar. Its a delicious recipe that I am delighted to have inherited.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Brush a 9-inch springform pan generously with melted butter.
  3. For crust: Melt butter, stir in cookie crumbs and sugar.
  4. press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake until lightly toasted- about 13-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. For the cheesecake: In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on low speed until soft and smooth.
  8. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and creamy- 3-4 minutes.
  9. Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth and scraping down the sides after each addition.
  10. Stir in zest.
  11. Pour batter into springform pan and bake until done (center will be slightly jiggly)- 1-1 1/2 hours.
  12. Turn oven off and leave door slightly open for 1 hour.
  13. Transfer to refrigerator and chill overnight.
  14. Remove sides of springform and cake on pan base.
Most Helpful

5 5

This was a great cheescake. I used my leftover sugar cookies from Christmas for the crust and added a teaspoon of cinnimon. This was my first ever cheesecake and I found it easy to put together and very tastey. I served it with a puree of strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. Yummy. Danzy

5 5

Wonderful, easy, delicious, perfect! I could go on and on. My DH said if I make cheesecake another way he will kill me. He's joking....I think! Great recipe, and thank you so much for sharing.

5 5

Very easy cheesecake, My family wiped it out in one night. I also make some strawberry and blueberry topping.