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Creamy Cheesecake Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
A creamy and delicious easy CREAMY CHEESECAKE RECIPE that comes from Princess Cruise's Chef's Table Cookbook. A sour cream topped cheesecake recipe that is impossible to resist!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 47 mins
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Cheesecake Filling

  • 2 pounds cream cheese softened
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch salt

Sour Cream Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups thick sour cream full fat versions work best
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Optional Toppings

  • berries, pie filling, chocolate or caramel sauce are all great toppings if desired

Instructions

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Combine the crust ingredients and press into a 9" round springform pan using your hands to form an even layer across the bottom and sides of the pan. Chill the crust for at least one hour before filling.

Cheesecake Filling

  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees F.
    To prepare the filling, mix the cream cheese and eggs together until smooth using a mixer or by hand with a large spoon. Add remaining ingredients and continue to blend until well combined. This may take some time, especially if cream cheese was not fully softened, but just keep mixing. Mixture should be smooth, but not full of air.
  • Pour the mixture into the chilled crust and bake for approximately 20 minutes. The cheesecake will be slightly soft in the middle but should be hot all the way through. If the cake splits in the center, it is over baked. Remove cake from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Sour Cream Topping

  • Once cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the sour cream, sugar and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Spread the topping on the cooled cheesecake and smooth. Put the cake back into the oven for 6 to 8 minutes to just set the sour cream topping. Topping should not turn brown and will not set completely. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature again before placing in the refrigerator to chill.
  • If desired garnish and serve with fresh fruit, pie filling, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce or other topping of choice. Store remaining cheesecake in refrigerator.

Notes

Creamy Cheesecake Recipe from Courses: A Culinary Journey, by Princess Cruises. 

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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