Sour Cream Cheesecake

Sour Cream Cheesecake


  • 1-1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers (or, if you’re in Germany, a whole package of Vollkorn Leibniz Kekse)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 8-ounce cartons sour cream
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (optional)
  • 1 recipe Blueberry Topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For crust, in a bowl combine crushed graham crackers, pecans, the 1 tablespoon sugar, and, if desired, the cinnamon. Stir in melted butter. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan; set aside. (*Note:  If you have a food processor, I processed the crackers and nuts to get them finely ground, then added the sugar and butter and processed again briefly to speed up the crust making process.)
  2. For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, the 1 cup sugar, the flour, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in sour cream until smooth. Stir in eggs and, if desired, lemon peel.
  3. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place the pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes for the 8-inch pan, 40 to 45 minutes for the 9-inch pan, or until a 2-1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently shaken.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen the crust from sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. If desired, serve with Blueberry Topping.  I spoon it on each individual piece.

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One response to “Sour Cream Cheesecake”

  1. Pam says :

    I wonder if using splenda instead of sugar would work. I used splenda in peanut butter cookies but it changed the texture so that they were much dryer. I’d love to have a diabetic coffee cake.

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