Deluxe Double Layer Cheesecake

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

Great Grandma Rush's Cheesecake recipe. This recipe includes making the graham cracker crust, and the two layer cheesecake. I use 1-gallon ziplock and my rolling pin to crush the graham crackers. I also use real lemon for the lemon juice. This recipe was designed for a springform pan, if using glass pie plates this usually can be made into two cakes. Servings vary based on how large you cut the slices.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Graham Cracker Crust - Mix crushed graham crackers and 1/2 C sugar. Add melted butter and mix. Press graham cracker mix into springform pan (or glass pie plate). Bake for 9 min @ 350 deg.
  2. First Layer - Blend cream cheese, 1 C sugar, eggs, and lemon juice until smooth (about 2-3 min). Pour over baked crust. Bake 25-29 min @ 350 deg.
  3. Second Layer - Stir sour cream, 4-5 tbls sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour over cake. Bake 5 min @ 350 deg.
  4. Finish - Let cake set overnight in refrigerator.
Most Helpful

My cheesecake turned out GREAT! I had lost my regular recipe and had to use this one in a pinch. It set up great and was very firm, and the lemon really added something! I will be using this recipe exclusively in the future.

clmmanson November 30, 2012

I made this cake for my sons birthday and everyone loved it!! I do however have a few changes I'd like to share...I used cinnamon flavored graham crackers for the crust and it was awesome! The only thing I would change is the amount of butter used. I think it was too much and it was hard to lift the cheesecake out of the pan after it sat all night in the fridge. I also let the cake set for about 5-8 minutes before putting the sour cream layer on and made that layer and let it set to room temperature before adding to the cake. Just a precaution on my side since the review before said it had melted. Turned out great and I will definitely make again...maybe with raw sugar instead of processed!

jndkuhn January 07, 2015

This recipe turned out positively awful. I made it twice and it never sets... The top layer turns to liquid when baked and melts into the filling... would not ever try this again. Zero stars!

tammyeo December 24, 2011