Grammy's Creamy Cheesecake

Traditions are a pretty cool thing. Traditions are something special that unites a group of people and gives them a special memory to share. For example, as I type this, I'm watching the Duke v. OSU basketball game. While this specific game has no special significance (except that I want to be able to brag to all my Buckeye friends that we beat them!), watching Duke basketball has been something that I grew up doing and love sharing with fellow Dukies. My dad, who stands at 6 foot 7 inches and was a pretty awesome basketball player himself, taught me all I know about basketball and Duke sports. As a treat growing up, he would take me to some of the Duke women's basketball games. I thought I was the coolest kid going to Cameron Indoor Stadium, staying out late on a school night, and cheering for the Blue Devils with my dad. Memories and traditions, they are a great thing.


Just like the amazing memories associated with Duke basketball, there are many great memories associated with this dessert. This cheesecake recipe was originally made my by grandmother and has been a favorite in our family for years. Unlike most cheesecakes that I (and I assume most people) have had, this cheesecake does not call for any flour. Translation: this is one of the creamiest cheesecakes you will ever eat. While it's size and height might not be as impressive as those found at the Cheesecake Factory, the taste trumps anything I've ever had at a restaurant.


And not only is this cheesecake extra creamy and decadent, it is also light and not overly rich. This is a mighty hard balance to achieve, but this recipe somehow does it, and does it perfectly. While this dessert requires plenty of refrigeration time after it's baked, the prep couldn't be easier: make the crust (or buy one pre-made...I won't tell anyone), add the filling ingredients to a food processor and blend until it's smooth, bake, pour the sour cream topping over top, bake a little longer, and that's it! I promise the hardest part about this recipe is waiting for it to cool before you can eat it.


Eat a slice of this heavenly cake unadorned (my favorite way) or top it with your favorite fruits. Either way, this easy and delicious recipe will surely become a family favorite and tradition in your household!

Grammy's Creamy Cheesecake
(8-12 servings)

Graham cracker crust:
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4-1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Cream cheese filling:
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sour cream topping:
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar and 1/4 cup melted butter. Add more melted butter as needed until crumbs begin to stick together. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese in a mixer or food processor until smooth. Mix in the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Cream until mixture is completely smooth and no lumps remain.

Pour filling into graham cracker crust and bake for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make sour cream topping by mixing sour cream, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and vanilla together. After cheesecake has baked for 20 minutes, remove it from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Next, carefully spread the sour cream over top of cheesecake. Return cake to hot oven and bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Put in refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours.

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Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 327.3
Total Fat: 22.9 g
Cholesterol: 91.2 mg
Sodium: 197.6 mg
Total Carbs: 26.6 g
Fiber: 0.3 g
Sugars: 19.9 g
Protein: 5.3 g

Pros:
-Delicious and creamy without being overly rich or heavy
-Very easy to make
-Simple list of ingredients (could even use pre-made crust)
-Prep and bake time less than an hour
-Crowd pleaser
-Versatile-use different cookie crumbs for crust, add various fresh fruit or fruit toppings to baked cheesecake

Cons:
-Must plan in advance to chill the cheesecake
-High in fat (could use low fat cream cheese and sour cream to reduce this)

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31 comments:

  1. Man, I used to think your blog was fabulous...I was was raised on Tarheel Basket ball Hehe.

    Just kidding of course, and your cheesecake looks fantastic

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    1. Haha uh oh! Big rivals! That's one of the great things about ACC basketball-the Duke/UNC rivalry-so I'm used to the animosity. :)

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  2. Wow-this looks amazing! I LOVE cheesecake and this looks great! I want some now :)

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    1. It's my favorite cheesecake recipe! Hands down!

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  3. This looks really good. I love how it is in honor of your grandmother's cooking.

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    1. Thanks Karen :) I feel like it makes the recipe extra special to my family and me.

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  4. Hi Elaine, I'm your new follower. You have a lovelly blog and I'm looking forward to reading your recipes. I love cheesecake and this looks delicious. I will participate in this blog hop.

    You can visit my blog at http://cake-cookie-pie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following! I look forward to checking out your blog as well. :)

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  5. i really enjoyed reading this post Elaine, the story behind the cheesecake, everything. So sweet! cheesecake is my ultimate weakness. the creamier, the better in my opinion! Loving the photos, too girl!

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    1. Thanks Sally! This recipe is pretty special to my family, so it only felt right to share that story on here. I'm working on the pictures! These were taken pretty quickly while I was home for Thanksgiving, so they aren't the best. Good thing cheesecake is hard to make look ugly. :)

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  6. I just want to eat anything called "Grammy's..."
    I always make cheesecakes with the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and cannot tell a difference but like knowing I'm saving a few fat grams. Cheesecake is my husband and one of my son's favorite desserts.

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    1. Every recipe from grandmothers always seem to taste better, don't they? I love using lower fat options, especially when you can't tell the difference. That way I justify eating an extra slice. :)

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  7. This looks awesome! My husband's fave dessert is cheesecake, and I just love how creamy this version looks.

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    1. Yes! This is by far the creamiest cheesecake I've ever had. And you can't beat how easy it is to make!

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  8. I love cheesecake plain and with fruit. This one sounds delightful.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! Cheesecake is a great blank slate for adding different ingredients and toppings to, but I love this cheesecake by itself. It's that good!

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing!

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    1. Hi Julia! Thank you. :) I hope you give it a try!

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  10. I love cheesecake! This sounds awesome, and look how creamy! YUM

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  11. Oh, one of most favorite things!! Copying recipe!

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    1. Great, Shirley! You're going to love it!

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  12. Elaine,

    The cheesecake looks delicious. I haven't made cheesecake for a while but I'll give your Grammy's recipe a try. Also, I'm a new follower on Twitter.

    I've submitted a post to the blog hop for Shoofly Pie this week. Hope you get a chance to stop by. http://bakewelljunction.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/12-weeks-of-christmas-treats-week-10-shoofly-pie/

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    1. Hi Annamaria! Thanks for following me on twitter! I'm going to stop by and check out your Shoofly Pie right this second. :)

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  13. I love cheesecake I havent had any in a while! I will be making this for Christmas dessert! Thanks Elaine for sharing!

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    1. This will be a great addition to your Christmas meal! So easy and delicious. :)

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  14. The cheesecake looks yummy! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I'll be sure to vote tomorrow.

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  15. I love cheesecake! THis looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you give it a try!

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  16. This is wonderful cheesecake, recipe is very good!

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