Classic cheesecake with vanilla crust

Classic Cheesecake Recipe

Nothing beats the smooth, creamy taste of cheesecake. Hallmark's Classic Cheesecake recipe delivers on taste and texture. Chances are, this will become your go-to recipe for Classic Cheesecake. The sweetened sour cream topping and crust made from vanilla wafers crumbs complete the fantastic cheesecake experience.

Yield: 12 servings

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For the Crust and Filling

1½ cup vanilla wafer crumbs
¼ cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar, divided into ⅓ and ⅔ portions
16 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
Dash kosher salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ tsp. vanilla

For Sour Cream Topping

1 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix together vanilla wafer crumbs, butter and ⅓ cup sugar.
  3. Press into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until set, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack while making filling.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, ⅔ cup sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla until completely smooth, about 5 minutes.
  6. . Pour over vanilla wafer crust and bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and allow cheesecake to cool in oven to prevent cracking on surface, about 1 hour.
  7. After cheesecake has cooled, remove from oven, cover in foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. . Carefully remove chilled cheesecake from springform pan. Use a small, offset spatula around the edges to help sides from sticking.
  9. In a small bowl, make sour cream topping. Mix together sour cream, sugar and vanilla, spread over top of cheesecake, and serve.

Makes 12 servings