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Cheesecake with Sour Cream (Family Recipe)

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This cheesecake with sour cream recipe is a creamy & decadent dessert, which is so simple to make! A sweet and delicious filling on a graham cracker crust, topped with your favorite fruit or berries.  

This holiday favorite is great to bring to a potluck, a holiday party, or a backyard BBQ. Impress your guests with a homemade cheesecake that couldn’t be easier!

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This recipe was given to me by my dad, who made it this year for our Thanksgiving dinner!  Let me tell you, what a treat it was. I watched him prep it in the kitchen and took fastidious notes during the process.

This cheesecake is extra creamy by using both cream cheese and sour cream in the filling. It’s also great because you can top it with any seasonal fruit you have on hand. We used blueberries (a classic), but if you have fresh strawberries in the summer, or figs in the fall,  this would be a great recipe to use them in!

This Cheesecake with Sour Cream Recipe Is

  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Sweet
  • Tangy
  • Creamy
  • Simple to Make
  • Can be Made Ahead
  • Great for a Potluck or Holiday!
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Comfort Food Dessert Recipes for the WIN!

This sour cream cheesecake is the tastiest, coziest dessert recipe. It’s perfect for a hearty treat for the family, and also great to make for company if you are having guests for dinner.

It makes a great holiday dessert as well. The oven does most of the work, so you can enjoy hands-off time while it cooks!  Browse all our dessert recipes here.

What’s In This Homemade Cheesecake Recipe?

Be sure to visit the recipe card below for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions!

  • Sour Cream – this sour cream gives the cheesecake a silky and creamy texture.
  • Cream Cheese – I use a regular cream cheese, not whipped.
  • Granulated Sugar: I like organic sugar for my recipes, I recommend it for cooking and baking.
  • Eggs – We try to get cage free / free range eggs when we can. There isn’t any nutritional difference, but I always try to support animal welfare when I can!
  • Real Vanilla Extract: it’s super important to use real pure vanilla extract, and not artificial baking vanilla flavor. This real all natural vanilla is a fantastic ingredient to give this recipe an #extra boost.
  • Lemon, zested
  • Pie Crusts – no shame in the game if you use store-bought!  I use graham cracker pie crust, and have also used delicious Oreo pie crusts too – both were excellent!
  • Toppings: Berries, Nuts, or Fruit to Top – whatever is in season and sounds good!
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How Do I Make Cheesecake with Sour Cream?

  1. Remove cream cheese from refrigerator so it comes to room temperature.
  2. When softened, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), add the cheesecake ingredients: sour cream, softened cream cheese,  sugar, eggs, vanilla, and the lemon zest. Whisk until well combined, and there are no lumps in the filling. Add the filling to a 9-inch pie crust.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cheesecake, and allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare the topping: mix the sour cream, sugar, vanilla together in a bowl. Pour it on top of the cheesecake and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cheesecake from oven, and add any toppings like berries, fruit, or nuts. Serve and enjoy!
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A Great Make Ahead Cheesecake for Entertaining

This cheesecake with sour cream recipe is fantastic to make ahead of time for a party, potluck, or gathering. Making this recipe in advance allows you to skip any cooking or prep on the day-of. This is a great recipe to entertain with, or bring to an event.

A crowd-pleaser that everyone is sure to love! Check out my other make ahead meals too!

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Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

This cheesecake with sour cream recipe is a creamy & decadent dessert, which is so simple to make! A sweet and delicious filling on a graham cracker crust, topped with your favorite fruit or berries.  
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 298 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

For The Cheesecake

  • 1.5 cups sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 9- inch graham cracker pie crust

For the Topping

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Berries Nuts, or Fruit to Top

Instructions
 

  • Remove cream cheese from refrigerator so it comes to room temperature.
  • When softened, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl (or stand mixer), add the cheesecake ingredients: sour cream, softened cream cheese,  sugar, eggs, vanilla, and the lemon zest. Whisk until well combined, and there are no lumps in the filling. Add the filling to a 9-inch pie crust.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the cheesecake, and allow to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Prepare the topping: mix the sour cream, sugar, vanilla together in a bowl. Pour it on top of the cheesecake and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove cheesecake from oven, and add any toppings like berries, fruit, or nuts. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 135mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 799IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 0.4mg
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