Cheese Cake Recipe

Cheese Cake Recipe, New York Style. Old Fashioned Cheesecake baked in a graham cracker crust. Included is a Cherry Cheese Cake topped with cherry pie filling. Can use strawberry or blueberry pie.

The first recipe came from a caterer who made this cake for my birthday party at work, over twenty years ago. It was a hit with everyone. Upon request, the caterer sent me the recipe.

New York Style Cheese Cake

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 lbs. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 450 F. Mix together graham crackers, butter, and 2 tablespoon sugar until crackers are evenly covered.

Press onto bottom and sides of 9" or 10" spring form pan. Chill in refrigerator while preparing filling.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and light. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch just until blended. Stir in sour cream.

Pour mixture into prepared crust and bake for 8 minutes at 450F. Reduce oven temperature to 200 F. and bake 40 minutes more. Turn oven off and allow to cool in oven for three hours. Remove side from pan and chill before serving.


This cake gets creamier as it ages. Cover the cooled cake with plastic wrap and chill overnight or longer.

If the top center splits, slightly, it is normal.

Cherry Cheese Cake


  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened

Mix together and press into a 10" cheesecake pan on bottom and sides. Set aside.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanila extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon flavoring
  • cinnamon or nutmeg

Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Add the cream cheese and flavorings. Beat until smooth.

Pour into crusts. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F. for 30-35 minutes. Top will not brown and will appear slightly undercooked.

Remove from oven and cool 1 hour.

Add sour cream topping below and bake 15 minutes in a 400 F. oven.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Cool thoroughly then spread on topping.

Cherry Topping

1 (21 oz.) can prepared cherry pie filling.

Spread on top of pie. Chill a couple of hours before serving.

  • Strawberry Cheese Cake                                       Cake top with strawberry pie filling.
  •  Blueberry Cheese Cake                                         Cake spread with blueberry Pie filling

This Cherry Cheese Cake Recipe, was given to me by a hotel restaurant manager. It was the hotel's most requested dessert.

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