Classic New York Cheesecake

This classic New York cheesecake recipe is so delicious that it will become your new favorite way to make it. It’s creamy and delicious, especially when you dollop a delicious sauce on top.

A small plate with the cheesecake covered with cherries and a fork with a bite laying on the plate

Creamy, dreamy and so very delicious! This is the second cheesecake recipe that I’ve published on this blog.

I still prefer my mom’s cheesecake recipe, but this is a close second.

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What’s the difference between the two cheesecakes? My mom’s base ingredient is ricotta cheese. This cheesecake’s base ingredient is cream cheese. This one is firmer and less soft and creamy than Mom’s, but this recipe is what I think of when I think of a classic cheesecake!

It’s still creamy, just not as creamy.  Got it?

I don’t particularly like super sweet ingredient-packed cheesecake. If I go for a cheesecake in a restaurant, I go for plain with some delicious sauce dribbled on it. What about you?

Let me know in the comment section as I love to learn about other people’s preferences!

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How to make the classic New York cheesecake

Pre-pre step

Take the cream cheese and eggs out an hour before you start the recipe.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Get a 9 inch springform pan and grease it. Also take out a stand mixer and a food processor.

Step one

Gather the ingredients, room temperature cream cheese, eggs, graham crackers and butter.

Cream cheese, graham crackers, butter and eggs on a wooden table

Step two

Place 13 graham crackers in the processor and pulse until it yields 1 1/2 cups of the cracker crumbs. Place them in a mixing bowl.

Step three

Place half of a stick of butter in a small saucepan and heat on medium/low. After it melts, pour it in with the graham crackers and take a spatula to mix them all together.

Step four

Transfer the moistened crumbs into the springform pan and press them down.

Also take the time to wrap the bottom of the pan with foil.

Blend it up

Step five

Add the blocks of cream cheese into the stand mixer along with 1 cup of sugar. Turn on the mixer and mix them until it’s creamy.

It takes about 1 minute, since the cream cheese is nice and soft.

Step six

Crack in 2 eggs and turn the mixer on, only mixing until everything is just incorporated.

Repeat with the other 2 eggs.

Step seven

Get the flour, sour cream, milk and vanilla.

Flour, vanilla, sour cream and milk on the table

Step eight

With the rubber spatula, fold in the flour, sour cream, milk and vanilla.

Mix the cheesecake batter until it is just incorporated as you don’t want to over mix it.

Cheesecake batter poured into the springform pan

Step nine

Bake for 1 hour.

Step ten

Once the timer dings, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Let the cheesecake rest in the oven for at least 3 hours, 5 is better.

Warning:  the cheesecake will either crack or it won’t. In fact, I never know, it’s always a surprise.

Open the spring form pan to reveal the beautiful cheesecake. I gather my delicious cherry sauce  and a plate.

A cake pedestal with a cheesecake on it

Let’s cut a piece.

A piece of cheesecake on a plate with cherry sauce in a bowl and the cake on the pedestal

Let’s drape cherry sauce on that piece.

Cherry sauce poured on the cheesecake with the pedestal and bowl of sauce in the background

And now for a bite.

A hand holding a fork with a bite of cheesecake on it. It is held over the plate

I hope you enjoyed this classic New York cheesecake recipe!

It is so good.

Other cream cheese recipes

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Classic New York Cheesecake

This is a delicious cheesecake recipe!  Creamy and delicious!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: cheesecake, classic cheesecake, classic New York cheesecake
Prep Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 434kcal



  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 13, processed)
  • 1/2 stick butter melted


  • 4 packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour I used spelt


  • An hour before starting the recipe, take out the eggs and cream cheese
  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease 8 – 9 inch springform pan, line the outside of pan with foil
  • Place graham cracker crumbs in the processor and pulse until they are crumbs
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan on medium/low heat
  • Add the graham crackers to a mixing bowl and add the melted butter. Mix with a spatula until incorporated
  • Press graham cracker crumbs into springform pan
  • Place cream cheese and sugar in a stand mixer and mix until creamy (1 – 2 minutes)
  • Crack 2 eggs in mixer and mix until just incorporated.  Repeat with the other 2 eggs.
  • Stir in the sour cream, milk, vanilla and flour until just incorporated
  • Pour into springform pan and bake for 1 hour
  • Turn off oven and leave the door of the oven closed and let the New York cheese cake rest inside for 3 – 5 hours
  • Get your favorite sauce or you can eat it plain
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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I let the cream cheese and eggs sit on the counter for 1 hour before I start making the cheese cake. I’m not going to add that time to the recipe, but I will add 3 hours for the resting time.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 379mg | Potassium: 142mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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  1. This looks amazing. It had me totally craving a slice of cheesecake before 10am! 😉 I love a good cheesecake, and I’m like you: keep it simple with just a little something drizzled on top. Mmmmmm.

  2. This brings back fond memories of my trip to NYC when I was 12. Soooo delicious and this looks just like it.

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