Creamy New York Style Cheesecake with Cherries

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.  

New York Cheesecake with cherries | 2 Cookin Mamas 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 compliments a topping of your favorite fruit. #cheesecake #dessert #creamy #NewYorkcheesecake #recipe


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

New York Cheesecake with cherries bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

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!

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

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.

Servings: 12 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Graham Cracker Crust
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Prepare graham cracker crust by mixing all 3 crust ingredients together.
  3. 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.
  4. Beat cream cheese until light & fluffy.
  5. Gradually beat in sugar then add eggs one at a time. Mix well.
  6. Fold in sour cream and vanilla.
  7. Pour mixture into prepared springform pan and place in oven.
  8. Bake 40 minutes then turn oven off and leave in oven for an additional hour.
  9. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
  10. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve topped with cherries, strawberries or blueberries.
Recipe Notes

Total time does not include the 1 hour that the cheesecake rests in the oven.




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  • Reply
    Marisa Franca
    03/31/2018 at 3:47 pm

    The New York style cheesecake is usually the one I make. I don’t like the fluffy whipped cream one — to me, that’s not a cheesecake. I started cooking at a young age and the book I got my recipe from was from a McCall’s cookbook printed in 1963. I still have that cookbook. Your recipe is very similar and I can attest it makes a great cheesecake.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/31/2018 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks so much Marisa! I love this type of cheesecake best myself, dense, creamy and delicious! Wow! That is a cool cookbook to have on hand!

  • Reply
    Nellie Tracy
    03/31/2018 at 3:30 pm

    This Cheesecake is my favorite! I can’t wait to make it again!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/31/2018 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Nellie! Always glad to hear from someone who has tried it and liked it.

  • Reply
    03/31/2018 at 2:03 pm

    This looks so decadent and rich! I love the step by step photos. This will help a ton when I make this!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/31/2018 at 9:30 pm

      I hope you get a chance to make it. It really is quite easy and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help. Enjoy!

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    Rachel Kathyg
    05/08/2014 at 12:31 pm

    Love this cheesecake recipe too girls (also pinned). Love your site. going to follow along:) Have a wonderful weekend. !

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      Linda Warren
      05/08/2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks and have a Happy Mother’s Day too!

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