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Classic New York Style Cheesecake Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cool: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 836kcal
Learn to make a classic dessert with this incredible New York Cheesecake recipe. It’s fluffy, flavorful, decadent, and as delicious as you’d expect it to be.
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For the Crust

  • cups crushed graham crackers 213 grams, about 14 cracker sheets
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar 50 grams
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 42 grams, melted

For the Filling

  • 32 ounces cream cheese 908 grams, room temperature (4 packages)
  • cups granulated sugar 300 grams
  • ¾ cup milk 170 grams, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs 200 grams, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream 227 grams, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 12 grams
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested (about 2 tablespoons juice and 1 tablespoon zest)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 23 grams
  • 10 ounces cherry pie filling 284 grams, optional (½ can)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a roasting pan with 2 inches of water on a rack set on the bottom shelf to heat while the oven preheats. Grease a 9-inch springform pan, then wrap the outside of the pan in two layers of aluminum foil; set aside.
    how to make new york style cheesecake
  • In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared springform pan.
    1½ cups crushed graham crackers, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
    how to make new york style cheesecake
  • In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until just smooth. Add the milk, then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in the sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice and zest, and flour until smooth. Pour filling into the prepared crust.
    32 ounces cream cheese, 1½ cups granulated sugar, ¾ cup milk, 4 large eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, 1 lemon, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    how to make new york style cheesecake
  • Bake for 1 hour on a rack in the middle of the oven. Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool inside with the door closed for at least 2-3 hours to prevent cracking. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve, topping with cherry filling if desired.
    10 ounces cherry pie filling
    how to make new york style cheesecake


  • Be sure to chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.
  • You can top it with the cherry filling after letting it chill.
  • Easily prepare graham cracker crumbs by adding graham crackers to a food processor.
  • The cherry filling is optional. If you don’t like cherries, you can use a different filling, such as strawberry or blueberry.
Storage: Store cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 836kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 524mg | Potassium: 344mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 2065IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 2mg