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Classic New York Cheesecake

Classic New York Cheesecake

  • Author: Brianna
  • Total Time: Approximately 10 hours (including chilling)
  • Yield: serves 12


Indulge in the ultimate Classic New York Cheesecake, a heavenly dessert with a rich, velvety cream cheese filling and a buttery graham cracker crust. Perfect for any occasion, this cheesecake recipe is a delightful treat that’s sure to impress with its smooth texture and exquisite taste.


  • Crumbled Graham Crackers: The base of your crust, offering a sweet and crunchy foundation.
  • Melted Unsalted Butter: Binds the crumbs for a solid, rich base.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the crust and balances the tang of the filling.
  • Pinch of Salt: Enhances the overall flavor profile.
  • Full-Fat Cream Cheese: The key to that classic creamy filling.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Gives structure to the cheesecake.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Adds a warm, aromatic flavor.
  • Fresh Lemon Zest and Juice: Provides a bright, citrusy note.
  • Large Eggs: Essential for binding and texture.
  • Sour Cream: Adds tanginess and creaminess.


  1. Preheat your oven and prepare the springform pan with foil and nonstick spray.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar, and salt for the crust and press into the pan. Bake briefly.
  3. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and flour for the filling until smooth.
  4. Mix in vanilla, lemon zest, and juice. Add eggs one at a time, then fold in sour cream.
  5. Pour the filling over the crust and prepare a water bath for baking.
  6. Bake until set but slightly wobbly, then cool gradually and chill overnight.
  7. Remove from the pan, slice with a hot knife, and serve.


Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature for a smoother filling.

Wrap the pan thoroughly to prevent water from seeping in during the water bath.

Allow the cheesecake to cool gradually to prevent cracks.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 450
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Fat: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 150mg

Keywords: Classic New York Cheesecake, Creamy Cheesecake Recipe, Graham Cracker Crust Cheesecake