Cream Cheese Cheesecake

This is a cream cheese and sour cream cheesecake. I don't bake it in a water bath, since I prefer a crisp crust.

Ready In:
1hr 30mins
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ingredients

  • Cookie crust

  • 12 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 12 cups fine cookie crumbs (use graham crackers, vanilla or chocolate wafers, gingersnaps or shortbread cookies)
  • Cheesecake filling

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12 cups sour cream, at room temperature

directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Lightly brush the inside of a 9-inch pie or cake pan and the outside of a smaller pan with some of the melted butter.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, combine the crumbs and remaining butter.
  • Pat the mixture evenly into the pan and press it down with the bottom of the smaller pan.
  • Bake until firm and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.
  • In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar for 2 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently.
  • Beat in the lemon zest, vanilla and salt.
  • Fold in the sour cream by hand.
  • Scrape the filling into the crust and smooth the top.
  • Bake until the cake is barely set, about 45 minutes.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack, then cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
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  1. Candace28
    I am a big lover of cheesecake but have never really tried to bake one b4. this recipe is easy and tastes great. I give it an additional two Thumbs up!
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  2. Kirstin in the Couv
    I had never made cheesecake before and decided to try this one for Vday for BF as it is his favorite -- great recipe and very easy to make!!!! He was a happy happy camper!!!!
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  3. Ri3603
    I made this cake many times and it is THE best and really creamy.
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  4. zzz9778
    This is a cream cheese and sour cream cheesecake. I don't bake it in a water bath, since I prefer a crisp crust.
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