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Vanilla Cheesecake

To me, there is nothing better than a simple, elegant cheesecake where the vanilla takes center stage. And when I'm feeling decadent, I'll add the rich chocolate ganache topping. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each ) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Mix cracker crumbs, butter and sugar; press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled.
  • To Make Ahead: Cheesecake may be stored in the refrigerator 4-6 days before serving. Wrap securely before chilling; top just before serving.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 551 calories, 37g fat (21g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 424mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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    • peazzy
      Jul 26, 2019

      I made this for a gathering with some friends. I had to make two more the next week. It's that good and simple to make.