Creamy New York Style Cheese Cake


  • 20 (2 and 1/2 inch) square graham crackers, about 2 cups
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup, plus 3 tbs sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • Grated rind of 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

What could be better than a creamy New York style cheese cake. If desired you may serve this cheesecake with sweetened fresh strawberries or other fruit of your choice.  This recipe makes one cake.

  • Crush the gram crackers into coarse crumbs. Mix the crumbs with melted butter and cinnamon.
  • Press evenly into the bottom a a 9 inch spring form pan.
  • In a blender or food processor place the cream cheese, eggs, 1 cup of sugar, lemon juice, lemon rind,  and orange rind. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour mixture over crumbs in the pan.
  • Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for approximately 1/2 hour or until just firm and beginning to brown slightly.
  • Remove from the oven and increase the heat to 500 degrees.
  • Mix sour cream with remaining 3 tbs of sugar and vanilla extract and spread over the hot cake. Return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Chill thoroughly before serving.
  • Remove the cake from the spring form pan when the cake is cool. (not cold)
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