New York Cheesecake

New York cheesecake is renowned for its dense, creamy texture and rich, tangy flavor. This iconic dessert has captured the hearts and taste buds of cheesecake enthusiasts around the world. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through how to create a classic New York cheesecake that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.


For the Crust:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 graham crackers)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

For the Topping (Optional):

  • Fresh berries, fruit compote, or chocolate ganache (for garnish)


New York Cheesecake

  • 9-inch springform pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Food processor or rolling pin (for crushing graham crackers)
  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer
  • Spatula


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and position the oven rack in the center.

2. Prepare the Crust:

  • In a food processor or by placing the graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag and using a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted unsalted butter. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated with the butter.
  • Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, creating an even crust. Use the bottom of a glass or a measuring cup to help pack the crumbs.

3. Bake the Crust:

  • Place the springform pan with the crust in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes to set the crust. Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool while you prepare the cheesecake filling.

4. Lower the Oven Temperature:

  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C) to prepare for baking the cheesecake.

5. Prepare the Cheesecake Filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the granulated sugar and pure vanilla extract to the cream cheese and beat until well combined.
  • One at a time, add the eggs to the mixture, beating just until each egg is incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Gently mix in the sour cream and heavy cream until the filling is smooth and uniform. Be careful not to overmix, as overmixing can lead to cracks in the cheesecake.

6. Pour the Filling into the Crust:

New York Cheesecake

  • Pour the cheesecake filling over the baked and cooled crust in the springform pan.

7. Bake the Cheesecake:

  • To prevent water from seeping into the cheesecake, wrap the outside of the springform pan with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Make sure the foil extends up the sides of the pan.
  • Place the foil-wrapped springform pan in a larger roasting pan or baking dish.
  • Carefully pour hot water into the roasting pan to create a water bath. The water should come about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Place the water bath and cheesecake in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the edges are set, and the center is slightly jiggly.

8. Cool the Cheesecake:

  • Turn off the oven and crack the oven door open. Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven for about an hour.
  • Afterward, remove the cheesecake from the water bath and carefully remove the aluminum foil. Place the cheesecake on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

9. Chill the Cheesecake:

  • Once the cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or, ideally, overnight. This chilling period allows the cheesecake to set and develop its full flavor.

10. Serve the New York Cheesecake:

  • When ready to serve, carefully remove the cheesecake from the springform pan. Use a sharp knife dipped in hot water to help with clean slices.
  • If desired, garnish the slices with fresh berries, a fruit compote, or a drizzle of chocolate ganache.

11. Enjoy Your Homemade Masterpiece:

  • Savor each creamy, decadent bite of your classic New York cheesecake, reveling in its velvety texture and rich, tangy flavor.

12. Store Any Leftovers:

  • If you have any leftover cheesecake, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making a classic New York cheesecake, you can enjoy this beloved dessert with friends and family on any occasion. With its smooth, creamy filling and buttery graham cracker crust, it’s sure to be a hit every time you serve it. Enjoy!

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