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Mary's Cheesecake Recipe
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Mary's Cheesecake

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"This recipe was passed down from my husband's grandmother. You will love this New York-style cheesecake. The longer it's refrigerated, the better. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch springform Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    2 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and margarine until well blended . Press mixture into a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine cream, flour, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat together, and then pour into cream cheese mixture. Mix well. Pour filling into prepared graham cracker crust.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 65 minutes. Turn off oven, and cool cake in oven for 30 minutes. Prop door open and cool in oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Refrigerate for as long as possible before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 25, 2006

I absolutely loved it and so did everyone else (10 people to be exact!) Okay so I fixed it up a little. I did not use the lemon juice instead I put in more vanilla extract, I used 4 eggs instead of 7 and cinnamon grahams instead of plain. Served with fresh strawberries on top. This recipe was the best. I was totally in! I have never tasted such a great cheesecake in my life! It is fluffy and light and tastes unbelievable. Need I say more. Don't look any farther this is the recipe for you. p.s. you should divide the recipe into 2 cakes as it is too large for one pan.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 28, 2013

Nice flavor. Way too much batter. I think I could have probably made 2 cheesecakes from the amount. I made 1 overflowing cheesecake and 18 minicheesecakes. The top totally cracked around all of the edges because I put too much batter in the pan.


49 Ratings

Nov 24, 2005

I'm giving this recipe four stars, because it's good. The directions were off a lot. First, there is way, way, way too much for a 9 inch pan. I used a 11 inch pan, and it filled it perfectly. The baking time was much too low, and it took a good 4 hours until the middle stopped wobbling, and it was the right temperature inside. I used a waterbath, but that shouldnt affect cooking time THAT much since I had the water hot before I put it into the bath. Overall, it had a good flavor. I added some lemon zest as I wanted it to have a strong lemon flavor, and blended the ingredients together until they were smooth. The cheesecake turned out very nicely after I cooled overnight. Invented a topping for this that came out very nicely. 1 cup sour cream, 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 cup of sugar, blended together until smooth. Added to cheesecake after it was completely cooled off, and then let sit in fridge for another 8 hours. Was a great compliment to the cheesecake.

Sep 08, 2008

I decided to try something new from the usual recipe I use. I found this recipe and gave it a try and have to say that it is the BEST CHEESECAKE EVER!! I took other users advice and used a 10 inch pan and it was perfect for the amount. I also cooked it at 325 for about 1 hour and 15 min. It will still be wobbly when you take it out but it firms up with sitting and refridgeration. It came out perfect with no cracks and a really creamy texture. All my ingredients were room temp including the heavy cream and eggs which I think is really important. This is the recipe I will use from now on. It's the best!!

Jun 28, 2003

This was, by far the BEST CHEESECAKE I have ever had, nevermind that I have made. Even with the heavy-sounding ingredients, it was so light and fluffy. I used a 10 inch springform and it was coming over the top, (puffed up, didnt spill out) so I think a 9 inch would be way too small. I took it to a clients house for dinner and she had SECONDS. I put braised apricots on top (Cut them in 1/2 and put unsalted butter and brown sugar on top -under the broiler for 5 minutes) and I was the hit of the night!! This will be the recipe I will use FOREVER! I think New Yokr style is a bad adjective though, NY style is much drier, this is quite moist.

Aug 29, 2002

I used this recipe the first time I ever made a cheesecake and it was wonderful. I will use it again and again.

Sep 23, 2009

This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever eaten. It takes a little bit of work, but it is worth it. I ended up with enough mix to make 2 pies, which was great because we got to keep one for ourselves! How greedy!

Sep 03, 2009

Made this at Christmas and it was so hectic I didn't get around to reviewing it until now! Terrific cheesecake recipe! My first "real" cheesecake and it came out delicious! I followed directions and it still cracked though. Some people said to try the "pan of water on the oven shelf just under the cheesecake" technique. Doesn't work. Next time I will try the actual "water bath" technique. Wasn't sure then how to do that- everyone assumes you know. For those who don't: Make your cheesecake in a springform pan. Wrap the outside of it in foil(to keep the water out). Get a larger cake pan or shallow casserole dish (don't grease it). Put your wrapped springform pan into it. Carefully pour very warm water into the space between the two pans (a little over halfway). The idea is to have the middle and the outside of the cheesecake the same temp. If the outside is hotter, it will bake faster and shrink. This causes the cracks. I'll let you know if this works in practice as well as it's supposed to!


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  • Calories
  • 525 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 184 mg
  • 61%
  • Fat
  • 39.7 g
  • 61%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 353 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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