Friday, September 4, 2009

Creamy Baked Cheesecake

Woo Hoo - it's Friday!! Usually it's Chocolate Friday here, but the first Friday of each month I have Dessert Friday so the chocolate and non-chocolate desserts can party together! And you get dessert recipes just in time for Labor Day weekend!

Hubby and I love cheesecake. One of our favorites is from a restaurant called Tahoe Joe's. It's a creamy cheesecake, not a New York style and it's really tall with a sour cream topping and mounds of whipped cream. I found a recipe in a cookbook a few years ago and thought it would be similar. Turns out that it is fairly close and hubby loves it! He requested it for his birthday dessert.

I found this yummy recipe in an Eagle Brand $1 cookbook from Target!

Creamy Baked Cheesecake

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup (2/3 stick) butter, melted
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14-oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (not evaporated milk!)
3 eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 (8-oz) container sour cream, at room temp

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter; press firmly on bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan.
2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.
3. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add eggs and lemon juice; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
4. Bake 50-55 minutes or until set.
5. Remove from oven; top with sour cream. Bake 5 minutes longer. Cool. Chill. Store covered in refrigerator.
To make it taller and more impressive, here are the changes I make:

* I double the crust recipe.
* I make 1.5 times the batter recipe.
* I prepare 1.5 times the sour cream and sweeten it to taste with sugar.
* Serve it with a large mound of homemade sweetened whipped cream!


Yum - wish I had a piece right now! If you like creamier cheesecakes, you should give this one a try.

Now where are you hiding that dessert? Please do bring some over here to share! You can tell us about your favorite dessert in the comments. The more dessert, the merrier!

More cheesecake recipes, just for you:

 ~ Caramel-Brownie Cheesecake
 ~ Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
 ~ Mini Nutella Cheesecakes
 ~ No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
 ~ White Chocolate-Lemon Cheesecake

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I'm linking this up to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - stop over there for lots of linked up recipes!

Have a fabulous Friday and don't forget dessert! :)


  1. I admit I'm not a big cheesecake fan but that actually sounds really really good. Will you make it for me and bring it to our Christmas party? I'm giving you a lot of advance notice so you can make that happen okay? LOL
    I just posted a dessert yesterday so lucky me got to link it up today.

    Big I need to get the Wii fit challenge going again so we can actually eat all this dessert size hugs to you.

  2. Yummy! Why do I have to like desserts so much?!?!

  3. Looks yummy! No chocolate here today. It was a busy week!

  4. I LOVE that we both love cheesecake. I am convinced more every day that you are my secret twin sister. :)

  5. That cheesecake looks amazing-thick gobs of sweet & creamy joy (I'm a little hungry!).

  6. That sounds like something my husband would like...he's a big cheesecake lover! :)

  7. You know I love me some cheesecake:-0

  8. It looks so good...Cheesecake is my grandsons favorite...Just blog hopping tonight and enjoyed your blog.
    Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog. There is a great giveaway this week.

  9. I love cheese cake will have to try this one.

  10. Thanks for sharing this great looking dessert. I would love for you to join me at for Crock Pot Wednesday. It's easy, fun and economical! Come on over and check it out.

  11. Don't forget to add caramel to the graham cracker crust, that is what gives the crust such an awesome flavor!!!


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