Style Cheesecake – New York – Recipe

The texture of this sour cream cheesecake is like velvet on the tongue.

This is my favorite recipe for New York-style cheesecake, and includes a great technique for letting the citrus-kissed cake finish in the oven, so that no crack forms when the cake cools.

This cheesecake makes a fantastic Thanksgiving Day dessert.



  • 1 1/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter the sides of an 8-inch springform pan.
  2. Put a shallow pan of hot water on one of the lower racks of your oven (not on the center rack). The water will create steam that will help to prevent your cake from cracking.
  3. For Crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the melted butter and mix well. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides of the springform pan.
  4. Bake on the center oven rack for 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a cooling rack.



  • 16 ounces cream cheese (not lowfat or whipped), softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract or 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest


  1. Put the cream cheese into a bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed while gradually adding the sugar, until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each until just blended. Add the sour cream and extracts and beat until evenly mixed. Pour the filling into the crust.
  2. Put the pan on the center oven rack and immediately lower the heat to 325°F. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the cake rises slightly on the sides. If you nudge the pan, the cake should wobble and not be runny in the center. Turn off the heat and open the oven door slightly. Leave the cake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a cooling rack.