Prep 40 mins
Cook 6 hrs
This big cheesecake is so easy to make and it tastes so good...you won't believe that you baked it...I dare you...try it...you'll like it...
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (or favourite cookie crumbs)
- 6 tablespoons butter or 6 tablespoons margarine, melted
- 2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling, divided
- 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (at room temperature)
- 1 1⁄3 cups white sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs (plus)
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place rack in lower third of oven.
- Grease a 9" springform pan.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter.
- Mix well.
- Press all the crumb mixture onto bottom of springform pan and half way up the sides of the pan-- evenly-- Bake in 350 oven for 8- 10 minutes.
- Remove crust from oven and allow to cool.
- Drain 1 can of cheeries and set aside.
- Increase heat to 500 degrees.
- Beat cream cheese on medium speed for 5 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
- Reduce speed and gradually add sugar.
- Next add flour and vanilla mix well.
- Reduce speed again for eggs and egg yolks, beating in one at a time until well combined.
- Add sour cream, then beat batter for 1 minute more.
- Spread drained cheeries over bottom of graham cracker crust.
- Pour cake batter over the cherries.
- Bake cake for 10- 15 minutes.
- Lower heat to 200 degrees and bake cake for 1 1/2 hours longer, or until cake sets and center jiggles slightly when shaken.
- (If cake is browning too quickly for your liking cover loosely with foil).
- Turn off the oven, leave cake in oven for 20 minutes longer-- do not open oven door-- Cool cheesecake on rack for 30 minutes.
- Run knife around edge of cake to loosen.
- Refrigerate, at least 4 hours or better yet overnight.
- Remove side from pan, and put cake on platter, serve with the remaining can of cheeries pour over top of cake and enjoy.
Cooked it for a dinner party and it was a hit to the point a couple guests wanted the recipe. Being health conscious, I substituted lite cream cheese and sour cream and it worked a treat.
Wonderful cheesecake! I made this for a birthday and will definitely make again! The texture of this cheesecake was perfect and I love the use of extra cherries!! I made one change which was to use a whole egg instead of the two yolks (mostly because I didn't want to figure out what to do with the extra whites). Excellent recipe, thanks for posting!
This was the first cheesecake I have ever made and it turned out great. I made my own strawberry glaze instead of the cherry pie filling. The pie filling was over $3.50/can! I would highly recommend this recipe.