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Abby's Cheesecake (10.5" Recipe)

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 20


  • 10.5" Springform Pan
  • 2 Large Bowls
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Hand Mixer



  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 10 ½ tbsp butter melted
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  • 4 pkg cream cheese, softened (8 oz pkgs)
  • 1⅓ cups sugar (my MIL always uses less ~ 1 cup)
  • 1⅓ tsp vanilla
  • 1⅓ pint dairy sour cream (at room temp)
  • cans prepared cherry, blueberry, or strawberry pie filling (can also use fresh fruit)


  • Heat oven to 350°
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, & melted butter. Press loosely into bottom of 10.5" springform pan. If you pack it in too firmly, it will be very difficult to cut into when you serve.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Pour mixture over prepared crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 60 minutes (until center is set). Place a cookie sheet half full of hot water on the lower rack of oven during baking. It helps minimize cracking, but if it does crack the sour cream + topping will cover it up.
  • Remove from oven and spread sour cream on top of cheesecake. Return to oven and bake an additional 5 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and spread desired topping.