Saturday, December 3, 2011

7 Days of Thanksgiving Recipes - The Best NY Cheesecake

This was by far the best dessert I've ever personally made.  I partly believe that's because I love cheesecake, and so I make it well, but the other part I give sole credit to my Father-in-Law's recipe.

(The Best) New York Cheesecake


Graham Crackers
Butter (softened)
Brown Sugar

3 Eight ounce packages of softened cream cheese or neufachatel cheese
1 C Sugar
1 TSP Vanilla
4 Egg Whites (beaten stiff)

1 Pint Sour Cream
2 TBSP Sugar
1/2 TSP Vanilla


Make the graham crust with a combination of ground graham crackers, butter, and brown sugar.  Press into the bottom of a spring pan and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and well blended.  Fold in beaten egg whites.  Place over cooled graham crust and bake for 5 minutes at 475.

While baking, mix together sour cream, sugar, and vanilla.  Remove cheese cake from oven and top with sour cream topping.  Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.  Serve topped with choice of fruit (I used cranberry topping) or sliced almonds.

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