The World's Best Cheesecake



2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
1/4 cup crushed walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ingredients and press evenly across bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.



3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice


Combine cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each one. Beat in the lemon juice. Pour filling over crust, and bake for 45 minutes without opening the oven door. Remove cheesecake and reduce heat to 300 degrees F.



1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix ingredients and spread over cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes longer. Cool on rack for several hours, then refrigerate overnight. Serve plain or topped with fresh fruit.

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10 to 12 servings

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My husband made this

My husband made this cheesecake back in 1989 and it is absolutely the World's BEST cheesecake! Lost the OFA and found this site today. If you ever taste this, you'll never try another cheesecake recipe again. This is a WINNER!!! Thrilled to have found it again.

I have a copy of this recipe

I have a copy of this recipe I made from the 1989 OFA, which I've used many times over the years. I substitute extra crumbs for the walnuts as a matter of taste, and usually use low-fat cream cheese and sour cream. The results are still good enough to have gotten me two marriage proposals ;-).

This looks like a terrific

This looks like a terrific and easy recipe. I will definitely give it a try!

I am a good cook always

I am a good cook always looking for new and old recipes. Cheesecake is one of my favorites.