New York-Style Cheesecake

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With this recipe, a creamy, gorgeous, crack-free New York-style cheesecake is totally doable, even for beginners!

New York-style cheesecake is my husband Michael’s favorite dessert. In fact, the first time I met my future mother-in-law almost 20 years ago, she told me that the way to Michael’s heart was through his stomach, and that whenever she wanted him to do anything as a child, she bribed him with a slice of cheesecake. A traditional lady she may be, but I got the message loud and clear: learn to make a good cheesecake!

I’ve shared several cheesecake recipes with you — an Italian-style ricotta cheesecake, a pumpkin cheesecakecheesecake bars, and even Baileys cheesecake marbled brownies – but never an authentic New York-style cheesecake.

Truth be told, New York’s take on cheesecake can be a little intimidating to make. Though the ingredients are simple, you have to worry about the water bath leaking into the cake, the surface cracking, and over or under-cooking. But after baking umpteen cheesecakes over the years (for birthdays and such, not bribery!), I’ve found that with the right recipe and a few pointers, a creamy, crack-free New York-style cheesecake is totally doable, even for beginners.

What you’ll need to make new york-style cheesecake

how to make new york style cheesecake

Before we get to the recipe, you’ll need a nine or ten-inch springform pan and 18-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil. The springform pan features sides that can be removed from the base, so you can release the cheesecake easily without having to flip the whole pan over (this would be a disaster with a cheesecake!).

Springform pans, however, are notorious for leaking. Since a cheesecake bakes in a water bath, the foil prevents the water from seeping in during baking. Please do not attempt to use standard 12-inch aluminum foil —  you can’t have any foil seams on the bottom or sides of the pan. I can tell you from experience that no matter how well (or how many times) you wrap the pan, if there are seams exposed to the water, the water will find a way in.

If you’d like to try another technique that doesn’t require wrapping the pan in foil, get more guidance here.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

How to make new york-style cheesecake

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Next wrap the springform pan with one large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, covering the underside of the pan and extending all the way to the top. Repeat with another sheet of foil for insurance. Spray the inside of the pan with nonstick cooking spray.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt.

how to make new york style cheesecake

Stir until well combined.

how to make new york style cheesecake

Press the crumbs into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, until set. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Make the batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and flour. Flour might seem like an odd addition, but a little starch prevents the cheesecake from cracking as it cools.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Beat on medium speed until just smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure the mixture is evenly combined.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt; beat on low speed until just combined.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bowl as necessary.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Mix in the sour cream.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Make sure the batter is uniform but do not over-mix.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Pour the batter on top of the crust.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Set the unbaked cheesecake in a large roasting pan. Pour boiling water into the roasting pan until it comes about one inch up the side of the cake pan. The water bath (also called a bain marie) regulates the temperature and keeps the cheesecake baking at an even, low heat. The steam created by the water bath also protects the cheesecake from drying out and cracking.

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Bake until the cake is just set, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes (the cake should not look liquidy at all but will wobble just a bit when the pan is nudged; it will continue to cook as it cools).

how to make new york-style cheesecake

Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack. Cool the cheesecake in the water bath until the water is just warm, about 45 minutes. Remove the springform pan from the water bath, discard the foil, and transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator to cool for at least 8 hours or overnight.

how to make new york style cheesecake

Remove the sides of the springform pan. You can serve the cheesecake right from the base of the springform pan. Or, if you dare to transfer it to a serving platter, run a long, thin spatula between the crust and the pan bottom, and then use two large spatulas to transfer the cheesecake to a serving dish. Slice with a sharp knife, wiping the knife clean between slices. Serve with berry sauce, if you like.

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New York-Style Cheesecake

With this recipe, a creamy, gorgeous, crack-free New York-style cheesecake is totally doable, even for beginners!

Servings: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Total Time: 2 Hours 25 Minutes, plus at least 8 hours to cool

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, from 12 whole crackers
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Filling

  • 32 oz (four 8-oz blocks) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon packed lemon zest, from 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Special equipment: 9- or 10-inch springform pan; 18-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Berry sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions

For the Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the lower middle position. Wrap a 9- or 10-inch springform pan with one large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, covering the underside and extending all the way to the top so there are no seams on the bottom or sides of the pan. Repeat with another sheet of foil for insurance. Spray the inside of the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into an even layer on the the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, until set. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F. Set a kettle of water to boil.
  4. Make the batter: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and flour together on medium speed until just smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to be sure the mixture is evenly combined. Add the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt; beat on low speed until just combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed until incorporated, scraping the bowl as necessary. Mix in the sour cream. Make sure the batter is uniform but do not over-mix.
  5. Check to make sure your oven has cooled to 325°F, then set the cheesecake pan in a large roasting pan. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Pour the boiling water into the large roasting pan to come about 1 inch up the side of the cake pan. Bake until the cake is just set, 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes (the cake should not look liquidy at all but will wobble just a bit when the pan is nudged; it will continue to cook as it cools). Carefully remove the roasting pan from the oven and set it on a wire rack. Cool the cheesecake in the water bath until the water is just warm, about 45 minutes. Remove the springform pan from the water bath and discard the foil. If necessary, run a thin-bladed knife around the edge of the cake to make sure it's not sticking to the sides (which can cause cracks as it cools), then cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to cool for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  6. For serving: Remove the sides of the springform pan. Serve the cheesecake right from the base of the pan; or, to transfer it to a serving platter, run a long, thin spatula between the crust and the pan bottom, and then use two large spatulas to carefully transfer the cheesecake to a serving dish. Slice with a sharp knife, wiping the knife clean between slices. Serve with berry sauce, if you like.
  7. Make Ahead: The cheesecake can be made and stored in the springform pan in the fridge, tightly covered with plastic wrap, up to two days ahead of time.
  8. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cheesecake can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place the cake in the freezer briefly, unwrapped, to firm it up. Then double-wrap it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw in the refrigerator the night before you plan to eat it.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 659
  • Fat: 43 g
  • Saturated fat: 24 g
  • Carbohydrates: 59 g
  • Sugar: 49 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Sodium: 464 mg
  • Cholesterol: 233 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I had been using a different cheesecake recipe, but I lost it, and boy am I glad I did. This recipe is much better than what I had been using! Delicious, easy, rich, creamy — a perfect cheesecake.

    • — Angie on September 27, 2021
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  • I love this recipe, it came out perfect. Can you recommend me a mini New York cheesecake recipe? Thanks!

    • — Kathy on September 26, 2021
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    • Glad you liked it! What are the dimensions of your mini pan?

      • — Jenn on September 27, 2021
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  • What would happen if I hypothetically…. left out the sour cream? Haha…

    • — Anna on September 25, 2021
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    • Hi Anna, I wouldn’t just omit the sour cream, but you could replace it with Greek yogurt. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2021
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  • I asked a question about the amount of sugar in the recipe several days ago and unfortunately did not get a response. I said that a friend highly recommended your recipe and that it has a cup more sugar than a recipe I had used that didn’t seem to need additional sugar. I said that the recipes were otherwise very similar, the other uses a quarter cup of creme fraiche and a quarter cup of heavy cream instead of the sour cream but states that sour cream is good if creme fraiche isn’t available. They use corn starch, you use flour, similar. The main difference is your two cups of sugar to their one cup and you use an extra egg (they use four eggs and one egg yolk).

    I’d asked if the sugar was for structure and consistency or for added sweetness and if you thought I could use 1 and 1/2 cup or if the two cups were important.

    It never posted though. I had to make the cheesecake today and I opted for 1 and 1/2 cup with some creme fraiche and sour cream.

    • — Janice on September 24, 2021
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    • Hi Janice, So sorry I didn’t see your original question. We were having some technical issues on the site last week, so it may have been lost. I apologize! I do think the sugar could be reduced by 1/2 cup, if necessary.

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2021
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  • One of my all time favorite recipes! Every time I make this cheesecake and someone new tries it, they tell me I should open a bakery and sell it, it’s that good. It’s become so popular amongst friends and family, that I now make it several times a year for birthdays and holidays. I’ve played around with the amounts of lemon juice and zest and I’ve found that I prefer about half the lemon juice and lemon zest (when I used all of it, it did have a noticeable lemon flavor). However, it’s still amazing with all of it or none of it!

    • — Erika on September 22, 2021
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  • can i avoid lemon zest and lemon juice

    • — Mona Budhraja on September 20, 2021
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    • Yes, you can omit them if you’d like. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2021
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  • I love this recipe! The instructions are clear, easy to follow, and very helpful for a beginner like me. 🙂 I found that you can buy an aluminum casserole dish at the dollar store and kind of scrunch it around the pan.

    • — Ana on September 18, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn! I’m so excited to make this tomorrow for my birthday on Saturday. In the past family members have chided me for making my own celebratory cake, but I’m the only one who makes cheesecake and it’s my favorite so scold me all you want! I’m confident that it is going to exceed my expectations as all of your recipes do 🙂 Also, I just received your new cookbook and am excited to try so many of the recipes. This weekend it’s going to be the dijon and panko crusted rack of lamb. Do you have a suggestion of what side pair with it? Thanks in advance!

    • — Candice on September 16, 2021
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    • Hi Candice,
      Thanks for your note and nice words about the recipes – so glad you like them! Happy early birthday — I hope you have a great day and enjoy the cheesecake! Thanks for your support with the cookbook; Hopefully it gets a lot of use in your kitchen. With the rack of lamb, if you want to stick with recipes from the cookbook, you could go with either roasted broccoli or roasted brussels sprouts (both on page 172 of the book) and the rice pilaf (on page 171). Hope that helps and that you have a great birthday weekend! 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 17, 2021
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    • Thank you for the reply and birthday wishes! We love Brussels sprouts. Sounds like a winner! 😋

      • — Candice Hill on September 18, 2021
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  • Greatest recipe ever.

    My 2 cents :

    * Making it with lactose-free dairy ingredients give it a very nice singed surface.
    * 10 inches is the perfect size for the pan, but you have to make more crust, something like 1.5x ish

    My only questions are :
    * How could I tweak it to make it in a pan?
    * The linked sauce, while tasty, wayyyy overpowers the cake itself. How would I fix that? Drizzle only a tiny volume? Thin it?

    • — GDF on September 14, 2021
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    • Glad you enjoyed this! Regarding your questions, I’m not sure what pan you’re referring to. Can you clarify? And for the sauce, you could just drizzle it or thin it with a bit of water.

      • — Jenn on September 16, 2021
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  • Can we have the berry sauce in metric please

    • — Patricia on September 11, 2021
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    • I just added them. 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 14, 2021
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  • I made this for my mom’s birthday. It came out better than any cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. I did leave out the lemon and added some vanilla bean. It had no cracks and was just so perfect….I have tried many recipes and this was by far the easiest and most delicious ever.

    • — Laura H, CT on September 10, 2021
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  • I really love a cheesecake that has a crust up the sides. Could I double the recipe and press the crust up the sides and hope for the same results?

    • — Joan on September 8, 2021
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 9, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Will this also work on a 8 inch springform pan?

    Joyce

    • — Joyce on September 8, 2021
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    • Hi Joyce, Unfortunately, I think an 8-inch pan will be too small. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on September 11, 2021
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  • Recommendations for making this crustless? For a gluten-free family member who doesn’t particularly like the taste of gluten-free graham crackers? Thanks!

    By the way, I’ve made this before and it was AMAAAAAAAZING!

    • — Jamie Ward on September 4, 2021
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    • Hi Jamie, unfortunately, I don’t think it would work to make this crustless but you could use the crust from this recipe if you’re able to find gluten-free ginger snaps or you could make an Oreo crust using gluten-free Oreos. (And glad you like it!)

      • — Jenn on September 7, 2021
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      • Hi. You can make a crust with Almond Flour. Find a Keto friendly recipe! 🙂

        • — Michele Pothier on September 10, 2021
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  • How far in advance can I make this? We have a celebration on Saturday and today is Wednesday. Can it sit in the fridge that long or should I wait until Friday night to make?

    • — Sherry Levesque on September 1, 2021
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    • Hi Sherry, I’d wait until Friday to make it for the best results. (It will last nicely in the fridge for about 2 days.)

      • — Jenn on September 1, 2021
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  • This cheesecake was AMAZING!!!!!
    It was a very simple recipe to follow and the best thing was it didn’t CRACK. I will keep this recipe and TREASURE it. Can’t wait to test out the pumpkin cheesecake for the holidays.

    • — Luisa on August 31, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe several times and everyone loves it!
    I have adjusted the recipe slightly to using 4 xl eggs + 2 yolks and 1/4 cup sour cream + 1/4 heavy cream which seems to make the filling just a touch denser but super creamy. Either way it’s great!

    • — Levi Rollins on August 31, 2021
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  • The best ny cheesecake ever made.
    The sour cream is perfect!
    I didn’t follow your cooking instructions, since my oven becomes a mess and I also make a mess using the water. I did half the ingredients (a small cake), cooked for the first 10 minutes at 250 Celsius and after at 90 Celsius for 1 hour and 20 minutes. It did crack a little bit, but it was delicious, and covering it with a glass bowl during the cooling helped to reduce the cracking. Thank you from Italy !!!!!

    • — Elisabetta on August 30, 2021
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  • I have made this cheesecake twice. The second time it was for my husband’s birthday. Both times it has been cheesecake perfection! The second time my husband asked me to apply a thin sweetened sour cream layer to the top of the cheesecake. Either way it is delicious. Every recipe I have tried on Jen’s site has exceeded expectations. It means so much to be able to go to a site that you can trust, knowing what you make will be delicious. Thank you.

    • — Cynthia E. on August 26, 2021
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    • ❤️

      • — Jenn on August 27, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn! What size springform pan did you use in the pictures, above?

    • — Linda on August 24, 2021
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    • Hi Linda, My pan is about 9-1/2 inches.

      • — Jenn on August 26, 2021
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  • Could I please have the berry recipe for this cheesecake? Thank you!

    • — Melissa A. Hart on August 20, 2021
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    • Here you go. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 20, 2021
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      • I was so glad to read reviews where the recipe was actually made. Because of that, I felt confident enough to try it for a birthday…..and it was perfect.

        • — Lisa on September 12, 2021
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  • This cheesecake is delicious, and it is the first cheesecake I have ever made that didn’t crack. Thank you!

    • — Amanda G. on August 18, 2021
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  • Hey I have a 7 inch pan. Will the measurements be the same?

    • — Mallika Rao on August 17, 2021
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    • Hi Mallika, I’d actually cut the recipe in half for a 7-inch pan. You’ll need to cut the bake time by about a third (but keep an eye on it as that’s an estimate). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 17, 2021
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  • Excellent recipe. Can’t go wrong with this one. Super easy and turned out really well. Better than most big bakery ones. The family loved it and will one for the family recipe book.
    Thanks so much for the recipe and very accurate instructions. Loved it!

    • — Sue Sara on August 12, 2021
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  • Just want to ask if the heat is top & bottom, top & bottom with fan?

    • — A on August 7, 2021
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    • Hi A, most ovens have heating coming from both the top and bottom and would use the conventional/non-fan setting. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 9, 2021
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  • Thank you for the recipe. I made it with my 10” pan , followed the recipe and baked it at 160C with my SMEG oven. However, it’s start browning around the rim at the minute of 45 and I pop it out of the oven at 1.30 hr, it turned out very brown on top, it doesn’t came off like in the photo. I can’t wait to test it tomorrow. For the next batch, I think about reducing the time and temperature. Would you have any suggestions to prevent the top from turning brown?

    • — Patty R on August 6, 2021
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    • Hi Patty, It is normal for the top to brown. Next time, you can cover it loosely with foil if it starts to get too dark.

      • — Jenn on August 6, 2021
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  • I made this cheesecake for a friend’s birthday celebration. I followed it and made no changes. I baked the cheesecake in a 9” springform pan for 1 hour and 30 mins. I took it out and left it in the water bath for 45 mins and then put plastic wrap on it and put it in the fridge for about 24 hours. It was perfection! The creaminess of the cheesecake and the taste was amazing. Everyone raved. This will be my “go to” cheesecake recipe from now on. Loved it! Thank you!

    • — Cathy K on August 4, 2021
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  • I absolutely love this recipe. It is perfect.

    Tammy McAlister, SC

    • — Tammy McAlister on August 4, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,

    After my cheesecake was finished in the oven, I noticed that most of the water had evaporated. Did I do something wrong? It was initially about an inch up the sides of the pan and it cooked for an hour and a half. I’m waiting for it to cool overnight and will do a taste test :-/ do you think the cake is ruined?

    Thank you!

    • — Taylor on August 2, 2021
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    • Hi Taylor, the water bath is to prevent cracks on top of the cheesecake. If you don’t see a lot of cracks it should be fine. (It will still be delicious if it does have cracks and you can cover them up with the berry sauce mentioned in the recipe. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 3, 2021
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      • Thank you SO much for your quick reply! I let the cheesecake cool overnight in the refrigerator and still no cracks! Can’t wait to try it tonight with the berry sauce we made last evening. Thank you for ALL of your recipes. Always our go-to and always so delicious and easy to follow <3

        • — Taylor on August 3, 2021
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        • Glad it came out well — hope you enjoy! 🙂

          • — Jenn on August 4, 2021
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      • This cheesecake was delicious. I even got a comment that is was the best cheesecake that they ever had. I am not a baker but I followed the recipe and was shocked that it turned out and that it was so good. I’m making another one just to confirm how good it is! I hope this one is just as good as the first! Thank you for this recipe it is a keeper!

        • — Cindy on August 20, 2021
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  • The texture of this cheesecake is amazing. I used room temp ingredients and took care not to overbeat the batter. Baked it 80 minutes at 325 and it was perfect. It is a little sweet for me, but I will be serving with a tart cherry sauce so it might be okay. I will cut sugar by 1/2 cup next time. Great recipe!

    • — Julie P on August 1, 2021
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  • SO good. Best cheesecake I’ve had. It’s super fluffy and the lemon zest and juice really make it.

    • — Kat on August 1, 2021
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  • Hi.. this is a great recipe as everyone has been saying! I was wondering if I could scale the recipe to make an 8″, what would you recommend?

    • — Tonya on July 15, 2021
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    • Glad you liked it! Yes, I’d cut the recipe in half for an 8-inch pan, You’ll need to cut the bake time by about a third (but keep an eye on it as that’s a guesstimate).

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2021
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    • Would I be able to put in cherries (halved, pitted) between the layers of batter? Or chocolate chunks/chips? I’m excited to try out this recipe, the reviews look great!

      • — Tessa Rae on July 16, 2021
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      • Hi Tessa, I wouldn’t recommend adding cherries or chocolate to the batter as cheesecake is very finicky. You could certainly add cherries or chocolate shavings to the top of the cake though. Hope you enjoy if you make it!

        • — Jenn on July 16, 2021
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        • You’re awesome! Thank you so much for the reply! Greatly appreciated

          • — Tessa on July 16, 2021
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        • Hi Jenn! I want to use a 9 inch pan should I 3/4th’s the recipe? I don’t want it to be too eggy. Thanks!

          • — Yasmine on July 29, 2021
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          • Hi Yasmine, a 9-inch pan here is fine with no modifications. Enjoy!

            • — Jenn on July 30, 2021
  • Hi there,
    Apologies if this question was already answered; I read through a good amount of comments and didn’t see it. I don’t have a springform pan. What would be your thoughts on the next best option?
    Best,
    Katie

    • — Katherine Patterson on July 15, 2021
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    • Hi Katherine, you could use the same sized round cake pan if you don’t have a springform. It will be a bit more challenging to get pieces out of the pan to serve, but it is doable. Hope you enjoy if you make it!

      • — Jenn on July 15, 2021
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  • Delicious and exactly the taste and texture we were hoping for! Thank you. (I didn’t use the water bath because I didn’t have the aluminum and got cracks and sinking but covered it up with fruit topping and it was perfect!)

    • — Kathleen on July 13, 2021
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  • Love it! Tastes exactly like Secret Recipe’s NY Cheesecake! Thank you for the recipe!

    • — Addy on July 5, 2021
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  • I have made a few cheesecakes in my day but this is by far the best! I give them as gifts to say “thank you” or “feel better,” Two of my friends said I should sell them! That’s not for me, but I thought you might enjoy the compliment. I’m getting ready to try a 6 inch version so I don’t eat too much. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!
    Valerie

    • — Valerie Smith on July 1, 2021
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  • This is an AMAZING cheesecake. It’s very easy, and absolutely delicious. It is creamy, rich, and decadent. It isn’t too sweet, with a nice tanginess. I doubt there is a better cheesecake recipe out there. Everyone who has tried it raves about it! I’ll definitely be making this again. I just have one quick question. I wanted to make a coffee cheesecake, so I wanted to put around 2 tbsp of coffee in the cake. I was wondering if I could just add that to this recipe, or if I would need to make any changes. I could always find a different recipe, but I didn’t think it would be as good as yours, so I wanted to see if I could just add coffee to yours. If not that’s fine too 🙂
    Thanks for the amazing cheesecake!

    • — Jack on June 27, 2021
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    • So glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, I don’t think adding 2 tablespoons of coffee would be enough to give it a coffee flavor and I wouldn’t add anymore than that as cheesecake can be pretty finicky. As you mentioned, I’d look specifically for a coffee-flavored cheesecake. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2021
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    • You could try using an instant espresso powder like this:
      https://www.amazon.com/Medaglia-Coffee-Inst-Expresso-Pack/dp/B00H5UOTAK/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=instant+espresso+powder&qid=1629165335&sr=8-8
      Or even instant coffee powder. Maybe a teaspoon mixed with 2 tablespoons of hot water stirred into the batter and omit the lemon. I use espresso powder all the time when baking. It’s more concentrated than brewed coffee so it will give it the flavor you are looking for. Hope this helps!

      • — Adeola on August 16, 2021
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      • Oops, I meant 1 teaspoon instant coffee/espresso (2g) with 2 TEASPOONS (10g)
        of hot water, NOT tablespoons :)!

        • — Adeola on August 16, 2021
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  • What would be the recipe for a 12″ pan?

    • — Bijal on June 27, 2021
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    • I’d make 1.5 times the recipe. The bake time may be a bit different so I’d keep a close eye on it. Please LMK how it turns out if you make it!

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2021
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      • Should the eggs be room temperature as well? Thanks!

        • — Sarah on September 22, 2021
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        • No, Sarah, it’s not necessary. Hope you enjoy the cheesecake!

          • — Jenn on September 22, 2021
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  • Although I bake a lot, I’d never actually made a cheesecake before, but I will never try another recipe, because this one 100% knocked it out of the park! I made it for my boyfriend’s mother’s birthday (she requested cheesecake), and his family couldn’t stop raving about it. Because both by BF and his siblings are gluten free, I used GF graham crackers (one whole package of Pamela’s brand) and GF one-to-one flour when called for. The only other thing I changed was to use a touch more lemon zest, since the lemon I zested resulted in more than a teaspoon. The finished cheesecake was perfect. Thank you!

    • — Anne on June 22, 2021
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  • Hi Jen! I’m thinking of making two versions, the original and an Oreo one. Would it be okay if I were to make some tweaks from this recipe by adding chopped Oreos in to the batter and change into an Oreo crust to make it into an Oreo cheesecake?

    • — sheila on June 22, 2021
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    • Hi Sheila, It’s fine to use Oreos in the crust. Regarding the filling, cheesecake can be pretty finicky. I haven’t tried mixing anything like cookies into the batter, so it’s hard to say for sure how it will impact the recipe. You could sprinkle chopped Oreos on top to be safe. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on June 22, 2021
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  • Hey Jen! Is it normal for the cheesecake to become brown on top? It tasted delicious, and I followed all the directions.

    • — Julia on June 21, 2021
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    • Hi Julia, the top can get a bit golden. If you found that it was too dark for your liking, next time you make it, keep a close eye on it and loosely lay a piece of foil on top of the pan when it starts to change color. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on June 21, 2021
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  • Absolutely WOW! I had never made a cheesecake before this and I was extremely nervous. Everyone LOVED it! This recipe is flawless. Thank you so much!

    • — Rebekah on June 19, 2021
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  • I’ve made this recipe so many times. Every time a hit. This is my go-to for cheesecake. I substituted the sour cream with Greek yoghurt and the Graham crackers with digestive biscuits (because of availability). Still divine. My husband loves the cheesecake. In fact, I have one cooling in the fridge right now for him for Father’s day😁. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    • — Ngozi on June 19, 2021
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  • Someone made me this cake for my birthday and it was amazing!! Trying it myself now, If I make these in large muffin tins instead of a spring form, how long would you recommend baking them?
    Thank you!
    Kate

    • — Kate on June 19, 2021
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    • Glad you enjoyed it! Muffin versions of this will work, but they will be a bit challenging to remove from the muffin tin. Assuming you’re referring to a standard-size muffin tin, you’ll need to reduce the baking time by a lot; I’d start checking around 25 minutes. I’d love to know how they turn out!

      • — Jenn on June 21, 2021
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