Festive New York-Style Cheesecake Recipe

My mother-in-law got this recipe from an Italian friend many years ago. I added the chocolate-nut crust. It is our very favorite dessert.

Photo by Laura B.
Adapted from tasteofhome.com

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

65

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

65

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Adapted from tasteofhome.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4

    cups crushed chocolate wafers

  • 1/2

    cup walnuts, chopped

  • 1/3

    cup sugar

  • 1/2

    cup butter, melted

  • FILLING:

  • 2

    (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 3

    tablespoons sour cream

  • 1/3

    cup sugar

  • 2

    eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/2

    cup evaporated milk

  • 1

    teaspoon lemon juice

  • TOPPING:

  • 2

    cups (16-ounces each) sour cream

  • 5

    tablespoons sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Assorted candies and chocolate syrup

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, walnuts and sugar; stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and halfway up the sides of an ungreased 10-inches springform pan. Freeze for 15 minutes. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Combine milk and lemon juice; add to cream cheese mixture just until blended. Pour into crust. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla; carefully spread over cheesecake. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with candies and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Refrigerate leftovers.

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