Donna’s Famous Cheesecake

This cheesecake is my husband’s favorite and he requests it often. It is a very rich and creamy New York-style cheesecake that is not too sweet. I top it with fresh berries, but you could use any fruit topping that you like.


  • 1. For the crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a bowl and mix until well blended. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • 2. For the filling: In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, condensed milk, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  • 3. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until set. Allow to cool completely before serving.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).

2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and the butter or margarine with your hands. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

3. In a large bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Beat in sweetened condensed milk and mix until combined well. Add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract, and continue to beat until very smooth. Pour mixture into the springform pan over the crust layer. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs over the top of batter evenly.

4. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until set in center when lightly shaken back and forth slightly side to side like Jell-O gelatin dessert would do if jiggled too much before it sets up completely after being refrigerated long enough.. Allow cheesecake cool completely at room temperature on wire rack before serving or storing covered in refrigerator overnight is better so flavors can meld together.. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 slice (1/12 of recipe)
  • Calories: 400
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Saturated fat: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg
  • Sodium: 350 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Protein: 7 g
Donna's Famous Cheesecake

What is the most popular cheesecake?

The most popular cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory is the original New York-style cheesecake. This rich and creamy classic is made with fresh, natural ingredients like cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract. It has a smooth texture and a delicate flavor that’s loved by millions of people around the world.

While there are many other delicious flavors of cheesecake on the menu, including strawberry, pumpkin*, NY Original, Gourmet Sampler (original, strawberry, chocolate, caramel-pecan), Fruit Sampler (strawberry, cherry, pineapple blueberry), Chocolate Sampler (chocolate chip German chocolate marble triple chocolate), Triple Chocolate Turtle – the original New York style cheesecake remains the number one choice for guests at The Cheesecake Factory.

What are 3 styles of cheesecake?

There are a variety of cheesecake styles that differ in both ingredients and preparation. Three common styles are New York-style, “regular” cheesecake, and no-bake cheesecake.

New York-style cheesecake is typified by its dense, rich texture and cream cheese base. The eggs and sour cream in the batter contribute to its characteristic density. This style of cheesecake is baked in a springform pan at a low temperature to prevent it from cracking. New York-style cheesecakes are often served with fruit toppings or sauces.

“Regular” cheesecakes are similar to New York-style in terms of ingredients, but they are typically lighter and less dense. The amount of cream cheese may be reduced and replaced with other dairy products like ricotta or mascarpone. These cakes can also be made using gelatin for a firmer texture. They may be baked in a variety of pans, including springform, pie dish, or loaf pan.

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No bake cheesecakes do not require any baking time; instead, they set up in the fridge as they cool. The base for this type of cake is usually graham crackers mixed with butter followed by a layer of softened cream cheese mixed with sugar and flavorings like vanilla extract. Additional mix-ins like chopped nuts or chocolate chips can be added to the filling before it sets up completely. Once firm, these cakes can be garnished with whipped topping and fruits before serving chilled from the fridge.

What is special about New York style cheesecake?

What makes a New York style cheesecake so special is its dense, creamy texture. This type of cheesecake is not as light and fluffy as other cakes made with cream cheese; instead, it has a heavier, more substantial feel to it. Some people compare the texture to that of a brick or slab of cream cheese on crust.

The density of New York style cheesecake also means that you can’t eat too much without feeling regret later – it’s just too rich and heavy! This is part of what makes this cake style so unique and beloved by many. If you’re looking for an indulgent treat, then a slice (or two) of New York style cheesecake is definitely the way to go.

What makes a cheesecake a cheesecake?

A cheesecake is a type of cake that is made with cheese as the main ingredient. The most common types of cheese used in cheesecakes are cream cheese and ricotta cheese. Cheesecakes can be made in many different flavors, but the most popular flavors are vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.

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So what makes a cheesecake a cheesecake? It’s all about the cheese! Without cheese, it just wouldn’t be a true cheesecake.

What is Elvis cheesecake?

Elvis cheesecake is a peanut butter cheesecake with a cinnamon graham crust and cinnamon-sugar coated banana slices on top. This delicious dessert was created as a twist on traditional Southern flavors associated with the King.

The creamy peanut butter filling paired with the rich, cinnamon-y crust makes for a truly unique and irresistible flavor combination. The addition of sweet banana slices takes this already amazing dessert over the top!

Whether you’re a fan of Elvis Presley or not, you’re sure to love this tasty treat.

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