This authentic New York Cheesecake with cherries is a deliciously creamy decadent dessert with all the ultra-rich taste you would want in your cheesecake. It’s smooth & dense with a flavor that complements a topping of your favorite fruit.
This cheesecake recipe has been in my family for years (I could say decades but I don’t want to think about how old that makes me – lol). My Mom loved to make this cheesecake and would make it for just about any special occasion. In fact, friends would actually beg her to make it if she was the one bringing dessert, which she usually was. That should tell you something about how super delicious this cheesecake recipe is. I can still remember coming home from college and, knowing my mom, she was baking one of my favorite desserts to welcome me. When I walked in the house I could smell the wonderful aroma coming out of the kitchen and I’d just know it was her creamy, decadent New York cheesecake.
I guess, growing up in northern New Jersey as a close neighbor to New York, we all grew up loving this denser style of cheesecake. I’ve tried others but just the rich, smooth creaminess of this cheesecake makes it my number one favorite. I’ve baked this particular recipe with chocolate chips in it, marbelized it with chocolate, created a dark chocolate Kahlua version as well as a margarita- flavored version and, left as is, topped it with either cherries or blueberries. It will work with just about any fruit topping so go wild with your favorite.
Now the good news – it’s really easy to make! I’m not crazy, it really is! First mix up the standard graham crust & press into a springform pan. Next, with only 5 basic ingredients, you’ll whip up the most delicious cheesecake batter you’ve ever eaten. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Don’t skimp on this step as beating the cream cheese gives the cake the creaminess we all love. Keep beating while adding in the sugar and eggs. Fold in the sour cream and vanilla then pour over the crust. Bake for 40 minutes.
OK, now I’m going to give you my mom’s secret on how to make this awesome dessert come out perfect every time. Turn off the oven when it is done baking and leave the cheesecake in the oven for an hour. This will prevent the top from cracking and give you the perfect cheesecake every time. Believe me, this really works!
Look how absolutely delicious that cheesecake looks! In fact, if I had any left, I’d go get another piece right now! Now, take a bite and you’ll be in cheesecake heaven.
This is an any season favorite from a treat for Mom on Mother’s day, to summer BBQs to a festive Christmas dessert! Hope you enjoy!
This authentic New York Cheesecake with cherries is a deliciously creamy decadent dessert with all the ultra-rich taste you would want in your cheesecake. It's smooth & dense with a flavor that complements a topping of your favorite fruit.
- 1-7/8 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4-1/2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 16 oz. cream cheese (2 8-oz pkgs)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Cherries in syrup, strawberries & blueberries can also be used
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare graham cracker crust by mixing all 3 crust ingredients together.
- Lightly butter sides of Norpro Nonstick Springform Pan (love this set of 3) then press crumbs into bottom of pan and 1/2 way up the sides.
- Beat cream cheese until light & fluffy.
- Gradually beat in sugar then add eggs one at a time. Mix well.
- Fold in sour cream and vanilla.
- Pour mixture into prepared springform pan and place in oven.
- Bake 40 minutes then turn oven off and leave in oven for an additional hour.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
- Place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve topped with cherries, strawberries or blueberries.
Total time does not include the 1 hour that the cheesecake rests in the oven.