Cherry Cheesecake

There are so many cheesecake recipes out there. They’ve been simplified and reduced to a package of cream cheese, some pudding and cool whip plopped into a premade crust. But that’s just not really a cheesecake is it? There’s nothing like a cheesecake baked from scratch.

I have this most fantabulous cookbook: The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, but mine’s the 1980 version. It’s been redone a couple of times and I had purchased the revised copy with high hopes. I wasn’t as pleased with the newer versions as it just didn’t have the totally cool photo index that mine does. In fact, I had a different copy of this cookbook that my dad handed down to me and it had an unfortunate accident with an electric stove top, charring many of its pages. Eeek. I was devasted, especially since it burned the hand written inscription from my dad, how stupid are we at 25?? Ugh. Anyway, I bought the new version, returned it and found the exact one I had before. Bliss :)

This recipe is on page 158. I was a little surprised that they instructed me to add lemon rind and juice to the cherry topping, but it was fabulous. The only variation I made was to remove the walnuts, I just adjusted by adding graham cracker crumbs until the texture was right. I have a friend that is allergic to nuts and wanted her to have some :)

Cherry Cheesecake

1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped California walnuts
1/3 cup butter, melted (I cooled it to room temp)
1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
3 8-oz pkgs cream cheese
6 eggs
2 cups sour cream
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract

Cherry Topping

21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1 tbsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all three ingredients together and set aside.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In medium bowl with a fork, mix first three ingredients and 1/4 cup sugar. Press mixture firmly on bottom and around side of 9″ x 3″ springform pan to within 1 1/2″ of the top.

In a large bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth; slowly beat in 1 1/2 cups sugar. With mixer at low speed, beat in eggs (one at a time) and remaining ingredients, except cherry topping. At medium speed, beat three minutes.

Pour mixture into pan; bake 1 hour or until lightly browned. Turn off oven; leave in oven 30 minutes. (see my notes at the end) Remove; cool in pan on rack. Cover; chill.

To serve: remove side of pan. With large spatula; loosen cake from pan bottom, slide onto plate. Spoon cherry topping evenly over cheesecake.

MY NOTES: I thought I had made the perfect cheesecake. I removed it from the oven after 30 minutes and it was gorgeous as you can see! I turned my back for ten minutes and it had a huge crack, about 3″ long, in the middle! Arrgghh! Luckily the cherry topping covered it, but I think the cake should have just stayed in the cooling oven for much longer, maybe another hour. I read in a cheesecake cookbook somewhere that the cracks come from extreme differences in temperature. Therefore removing it from the oven and into the room temperature air caused the crack.

This is a delicious recipe and I will definitely make it again. :) Do you have a favorite cheesecake recipe?

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24 Responses to Cherry Cheesecake

  1. 1
    Ann says:

    hmm,Amanda,it looks really superb !! And about the crack,i had one last week..ha ha
    It happens very often with baking ..
    You are tempting me with pictures really
    I will try to get one copy of this book
    btw,the loss you had,i feel sorry.
    we are more than stupid at those jovial times

  2. 2
    Tami says:

    Cracks or no cracks, this cheesecake looks fabulous. YUM!

  3. 3
    Amanda says:

    Thanks Tami, it was really good :) Notice I said WAS. LOL it’s GONE. hee hee

  4. 4
    n.o.e says:

    Hi Amanda, welcome to TWD! We have lots of fun. This cheesecake looks fab.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Amandascookin always sends me amazing recipes

  6. 6
    Amanda says:

    Thank you Anonymous! :)

  7. 7
    Grumpy and HoneyB says:

    looks amazing Amanda!

  8. 8
    Amanda says:

    Thank you Shelby, an oldie but a goodie!

  9. 9
    Megan says:

    I hate when it's beautiful right from the oven only to find it's misbehaved while my back is turned. It's happened to me more times then I care to admit! The cheeesecake looks so rich and creamy. Love it!

  10. 10
    Amanda says:

    I know, but isn't it great you can drown it in topping? LOL

  11. 11
    Cookin' Canuck says:

    I like the idea of the walnuts in the crust and the cheesecake looks so smooth and creamy.

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  14. 14
    Rene says:

    How much sugar do you use? It isn’t listed on the recipe

  15. 15
    Crafty Tami says:

    This looks awesome!!!!! The best cheesecake I ever had was made by a woman named Helen Bianchi who was a friend of my mother and grandmother. It was so delicious and had a texture like no other. This one looks a lot like it and I hope it’s close as Helen moved away a long time ago and I haven’t had a bite of her masterpiece in years. The texture was a bit more crumbly/dry/airy (but still dense) than most cheesecakes. So many cheesecakes that you find today are way too creamy. The texture, flavor and density are similar to canned frosting … only a bit more firm perhaps. Those are NOT cheesecake! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Rainelle says:

    Hi, I just made the cheese cake and i will be eating later today but the cheese cake has risen probably an inch and a half past the spring pan that I have. Is it because I over whipped the batter maybe? But it still looks super good.

  17. 17
    Karleen says:

    Don’t you have to bake it with a pan of water under it

  18. 18
    Karleen says:

    Thought this tasted like a diet cheese cake. I had a great recipe for one. But it called for 5 pk. Of cream cheese. I wanted to cut down on it. I should have known better. I’ll go back to my old recipe.

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