New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake is creamy smooth, lightly sweet, with a touch of lemon.  Suffice it to say, my search for the perfect cheesecake recipe ends here. #cheesecake #newyork

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is Friends. They stayed on the air for ten years and I never get tire of it.
Remember episode where Rachel and Chandler stop and eat all the stolen from their neighbor’s mail-order cheesecakes ?
This is exactly as I always imagined those would taste, something which makes us want to stop everything, help ourselves to another generously portioned slice, and just moan in bliss. I served it with a blackberry sauce, but honestly, this needs no accompaniment and I think it is even better plain. The texture is absolutely perfect – creamy, thick, smooth and it slices beautifully. And more as you may have noticed there is No CRACKS….Yeah!
Suffice it to say, my search for the perfect cheesecake recipe ends here.

New York Style Cheesecake is creamy smooth, lightly sweet, with a touch of lemon.  Suffice it to say, my search for the perfect cheesecake recipe ends here. #cheesecake #newyork

For no cracks on top, this cheesecake can thank to special “water bath” bake, and this is one of the secrets to a truly creamy cheesecake. Because using the water bath method provides a more even,  slower heat source than the direct heat of an oven and this is important for baking foods like cheesecakes, which tend to crack from the heat of the oven. To bake using a water bath, you will need a baking pan that is large enough to hold a springform pan (or other baking dish wrapped in foil to avoid any water from seeping into the pan which would make the cheesecake crust too wet), and is also large enough to allow for water to surround to mid of the springform pan.

Note : This post contains recipe and preparation method on second page

Need I say more? Turn on the page 2 and let’s prepare some New York Style Cheesecake….

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40 thoughts on “New York Style Cheesecake

      1. Hi!

        I have made this recipe about five times. It’s great, and everyone loves it, the only issue is; my top always comes out brown :( suggestions?

  1. I would like to make some mini cheesecakes from this recipe. How long and at what temperature should I bake them at?

    1. Hi Heena,
      Honestly, I’ve never tried that.
      I assume that they will not be baked in a some sort of “water bath”, in such a case you could try baking them at 325 F for 20 to 25 minutes until center is almost set.
      Hope it helps!

    2. Try baking the cheesecake in a rectangular pan. Once the cake is baked and cooled, use a cookie cutter or a knife to cut mini cakes out of the big one. I used a large heart shaped cutter to cut out mini cakes a couple years ago for Valentine’s Day and it worked great!

  2. Hola soy costarricense me podrían escribir a mi correo esta deliciosa receta. Muchas gracias bendiciones.

    1. Hello. I did this cheesecake exactly how the recipe but the top cracked in several pc in the end of the baking . Why is that ?

      1. DId you crack the oven and let it sit for an hour? I always do that then leave it over night and do not typically have a crack. Cheesecakes take patience and lots of LOVE! lol

  3. Dear Sarah, I humbly appologize. I was wrong. I tasted it before it chilled. It is by far the best cheesecake I have ever eaten. Rach and Chandler would be proud.

    1. Hi Valerie,
      ABSOLUTELY!!! Greek yogurt is about as thick as sour cream and has a similar tangy flavor.
      Hope y’all enjoy it!! Please come back and let me know!

  4. Can you give the Ingredients in gram please.
    I cant understand what the some of butter, sour cream and cheese cream.
    Thank you

  5. hi
    Can you give the weight of the cake ingredients in grams?

    8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter,room temperature
    2 cups sour cream,room temperature
    4 8-ounce packages cream cheese,room temperature

    thank you

    1. Hi Yoel,

      8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter,room temperature (115grams)
      2 cups sour cream,room temperature (480grams)
      4 8-ounce packages cream cheese,room temperature (907grams)
      Hope these will be helpful

  6. I just wanted to thank you for an amazing recipe. I made it yesterday and today it turned out the most beautiful looking and tasting cheesecake I’ve had in years.

  7. When you leave the cheesecake in the refrigerator overnight or the 6 hrs., is there a need to cover it with saran wrap, or aluminum foil? ( I usually cover everything I put into the fridge.)

      1. Mine was close to chocolate brown by the second hour in the oven. I took it out and peeled the top layer off. Any suggestions for avoiding this next time?

  8. I’m a Brit and we are knocked flat by ‘sticks’ and ‘cups’ Butter comes in 8oz blocks and cups ? what size of cup ? Help please !!

  9. Hi, I make cheesecake all the time and had a couple of tips some might find useful. I rarely use a water bath. Instead I place a pan of boiling water on a rack beneath my cheesecake to add steam to the oven. They come out great and no chance of a soggy crust. They do not however have that lovely brown top, it stays cream colored. For those who like the traditional water bath you can use baking bags made for turkeys or roasts to put your pan into before wrapping it in foil to prevent water leaking into your springform pan. If your cheesecake is a bit over done use a spatula or knife to loosen it from the pan while it is cooling other wise cracks form as it slightly shrinks. Love the recipe and I will be making it soon. Thank you for posting it!

  10. I made this exactly as writtem, and it cooked over and cracked a ton. Haven’t eaten yet, but very disappointed. How full of batter was the pan supposed to be?

  11. Hi Sarah, I still haven’t tried doing this recipe, but I have one question: Can I just put the cheesecake into the oven without using the water bath? Thanks for the recipe, it looks great!

  12. Hi, thank you for this wonderful recipe, I have made it twice now and each time has come out beautiful, no cracks and sooo delicious my friend now beg me to make it again. So thank you again.

  13. I made this for Easter and it turned out amazing! I didn’t change anything either..
    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  14. I made this cheesecake for a friend. Used all Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. Used 7 eggs, because they were small eggs from my own chickens:) Baked it in my rice cooker instead of the oven. I had to hit the “cake” setting on my rice cooker about 3 times and after I hit it the third time, I just kept opening and checking with a toothpick for doneness. I can’t remember exactly (wasn’t paying attention) but think it took about 2 1/2 hours. Removed pan from cooker and let cook slightly, then placed in refrigerator on a wire rack overnight. Next morning inverted pan over plate and let sit. It was beautiful and delicious! The person I gifted this cake too loved it. Can’t wait to make one for myself:) Thank you. Oh, the person I made this for was diabetic and we used half Splenda and half sugar. I always just use sugar, but she said it worked great.

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