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New York Cheesecake

October 20, 2018

This classic New York cheesecake recipe yields a rich, creamy and dense cake, and doesn’t require a water bath like in many other recipes so it’s also easy to make. It’s one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had – it tastes amazing! To learn how to make it perfect, read all my tips in the post below.

New York Cheesecake

If you’ve been searching for the most rich and creamy cheesecake, this New York style cheesecake might just be it! It completely took me by surprise at first bite. The texture is dreamy creamy, and the flavor is crazy good.

New York Cheesecake

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This cake is very similar to my classic cheesecake recipe I posted a while back, but this one uses extra egg yolk and cornstarch and is baked without a water bath (I’ve now added this option in the instructions to my other recipe as well).

New York Cheesecake

What is New York cheesecake

New York cheesecake is known for its creamy, satiny texture. It’s rich, dense and tall with a flat top – exactly how I like my cheesecake. It’s made with cream cheese, eggs, egg yolks and heavy cream or sour cream, to add richness and a smooth consistency. Sometimes it’s flavored with lemon to add freshness.

The cheesecake is not baked in a water bath, but instead, it’s baked at a high temperature for several minutes, and then at a low temperature to ensure it stays creamy inside.

Some say that you can’t eat more than a small slice of this cheesecake because it’s quite heavy, but not me. I’ll take 2 large ones, please!

New York Cheesecake

How to make homemade New York cheesecake

Crust

The crust is easily made with a mixture of cookies, sugar, and melted butter. It’s baked for a few minutes before adding the filling so it’s crisp and not mushy.

Use graham crackers if they’re available, or vanilla wafers or digestive biscuits which are more common in Europe. Even if you use sweet biscuits, don’t leave out the sugar because it acts as a glue and gives the crust a firm texture and holds its shape.

Filling

The filling is made of cream cheese, sugar, eggs and egg yolk, cornstarch, lemon zest (which I recommend not to leave out), and heavy cream. If you like cheesecakes with sour cream, you can use sour cream instead of the heavy cream. I’ll choose heavy cream over it every single time because of the texture it gives to the cheesecake.

You don’t have to use brick-style cream cheese. Cream cheese spread that contains about 30% fat (or a little less) is ok to use. The cheese should have a thick consistency. Low fat cheese is more thin, and if you use it, the cheesecake won’t be as rich or dense.

The ingredients are mixed in a mixer in a low-medium speed. The goal is to mix the ingredients well without incorporating too much air into the batter.

New York Cheesecake

Baking 

The cake is baked at 425°F/220°C for 10 minutes, then for 60 minutes at 225°F/110°C. The center should be slightly wobbly. Don’t open the oven door while baking because it encourages cracks. Then turn off the oven and open the oven door slightly, and leave the cake to cool inside without touching it for about an hour. This will also prevent the cake from cracking. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Place in the fridge for at least 12 hours until set. It tastes best after 24 hours. It keeps well in the fridge for several days.

New York Cheesecake

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New York Cheesecake
New York Cheesecake
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 50 mins
YIELD: 12 servings
 

Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (150 g) graham cracker, digestive biscuits, or vanilla wafer crumbs (pulse in a food processor until finely ground)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 tablespoons (65 g) unsalted butter, melted
Filling
  • 32 ounces (900 g) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/8 cups (225 g/8 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Grated lemon zest from 1 small lemon (1 teaspoon)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan (bottom and sides) with a large piece of foil.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs, sugar, and melted butter and mix until combined and moistened. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared pan to form an even layer of crumbs. Bake for 8-9 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 425°F/220°C.

  4. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-low speed until smooth and lump-free, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until blended. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add cornstarch and mix until blended. Add the eggs and beat until fully combined. Add cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and beat just until combined and smooth. Pour batter over cooled crust and spread evenly.

  5. Bake cake for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 225°F/110°C and continue to bake for 60 minutes until golden brown around the edges, the sides are set but the center is still slightly wobbly. Turn off oven, open the oven door slightly or halfway to let in cold air, and leave the cake in the oven for 60 minutes. This will help prevent the cake from cracking and the cake will remain creamy. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and allow it to cool to room temperature. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours.

  6. Cheesecake will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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64 Comments

  • Reply
    JJ
    November 10, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Why do some cheesecake recipes have cornstarch? What does this do? Is it necessary?

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      Shiran
      November 11, 2018 at 8:35 am

      It’s not necessary but it gives a better texture to the cheesecake and reduces the chance of cracking.

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    Abby
    November 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    This is a great recipe , my cheesecake came out nice and smooth and sweet. I would recommend this recipe … it was a right move to add the cornstarch … thank you

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    Nicole Cook
    November 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Can I replace lemon juice for lemon zest?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      November 21, 2018 at 9:38 am

      It’s possible but a small amount of lemon juice won’t give you enough lemon flavor. The lemon zest brings the refreshing flavor.

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    Chad
    November 20, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Is 60 minutes enough cooking time?

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      Cheri
      January 20, 2019 at 11:56 pm

      Yes, because you also leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door cracked for another hour. It is still cooking at a decresing temperature which helps it set . Hope this helps 😊

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    Carolyn
    November 21, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Do you leave the foil on while cooking the filling?

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      Shiran
      November 21, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Yes, to keep the springform pan from leaking when baking the cheesecake.

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    Piper
    November 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I cooked my cheesecake an extra 15 minutes because the edges weren’t at all browned, after the 15 mins they still weren’t but I turned the oven off and cracked the door for fear of over cooking it. Should i have kept cooking till they were or should it be okay?

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      Shiran
      November 21, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Piper, if you followed the instructions and baked it for 70 minutes it should be ok, don’t worry. After a long chilling time it will set.

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    Andrea Compton
    November 22, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Thank you Shiran! My husband’s Grandma loves cheesecake and she asked me to make it this year, so I’m following your recipe! I’m hoping they love it, thank you so very much!

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    Karima
    December 11, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Hi i’m from the Netherlands! I would love to try these recipe out, but i only have a springform pan of 9.45 inch (24cm). Is that okay?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 11, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Hi Karima. Yes, it’s ok, the cake will be slightly shorter.

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        Karima
        December 12, 2018 at 3:57 am

        Thankyou! And what about the baking time?

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          Karima
          December 12, 2018 at 4:11 am

          I found a springform of 8.66 inch (22 cm). How long do i have to bake it? I would rather have my cheesecake a little longer thann shorter. I want to combine it with a brownie beneath the cheesecake and topp it off with salted caramel. Sorry for my bad english. Thankyou for your response.

          • Shiran
            December 15, 2018 at 6:00 am

            The baking time will be the same for this pan size, but if you use a brownie base, that changes the recipe. Without testing it, I don’t know exactly the baking time in this case.

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    Shelia Bussey
    December 12, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you for this recipe..I did this for Thanksgiving..it was definitely a hit..the best tasting cheesecake that I have tried so far

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    Karima
    December 18, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Hii its me Karima againn! I’ve tried this recipee and it’s soooo gooodd!! Butt now i want to add white chocolate to the mixture and let the lemonzest out. To make it more taste like a white chocolate cheesecake insteadd off a lemon new york cheesecake. I think i used a little to much lemonzest. But is was gooodd! If i add 300gram melted white chocolate to the creamcheese, do i need to bake itt longer or should i add less creamcheese instead??? I apreciate you response! Thankyou

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    Cameron
    December 21, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Okay I know this is random but are you supposed to leave the tin foil on the whole time or take it off after you bake the crust for 8 to 9 minutes?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Cameron. You need to bake the cheesecake with the foil the whole time.

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    Valerie Puckett
    December 21, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I tried this recipe for the first time and it is fantastic! Everyone who tried it fell on love with it. Superb texture and very good instructions. 🙂 I made a triple berry sauce to drizzle on top and it compliments the cheesecake perfectly!

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    Trish
    December 22, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi,
    This recipe looks delicious. I would like to put a fresh berry topping on this. When I have done this with other recipes I have put a very thin layer of a sour cream and sugar spread on top of the cheesecake the last 10 mins of cook time. This way the berries will adhere when placed after baking.
    Will this work with this recipe?

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      Shiran
      December 22, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Yes, you can gently add the sour cream topping and bake for a few minutes.

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        Mary
        December 23, 2018 at 10:20 pm

        I don’t bake the sour cream on it just melts and looks bad I add powdered sugar to a 16 oz tub of sour cream mix it well then rerefrigerate while the cheesecake bakes when the cheesecake is good and cold go ahead and frost it with the sour cream then back in fridge for another hour slice and enjoy with extra sour cream it’s delicious 😋I have tried both ways baked for the last 5 and chilled the chilled is more attractive and is great for saving an overbaked chcake too

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    Kristen
    December 23, 2018 at 9:05 am

    does this need to go in a water bath?

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      Chris Fitzpatrick
      January 1, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      No, it’s the first thing she says in the recipe

  • Reply
    pat
    December 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    when should i remove the cake from the spring form? before refrigerating? or after?
    is it ok for plastic wrap to touch the cake?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 25, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Refrigerate the cake first, then remove it from the pan.

  • Reply
    Bob
    December 24, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Really nice recipe very easy to follow
    I have made this a few times now and personally leave out the jest and the extra yoke and it is a hit everytime
    Thanks for posting

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    Emily
    December 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I forgot the foil 🙁 it’s already in the oven… I saw the recipe didn’t require water bath and I completely missed the foil part.

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    anne shealy
    December 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Some time during the baking, the oven got shut off so when i checked it had started to get firm but the edges were far from brown…i turned the oven back on and it got to the right firmness, but never got brown…should it be ok to eat? thanks!

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    Candace
    December 25, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I tried this and everyone loved it! I love desserts so I tried very hard not to have three pieces right away. I made this in an old German kitchen. I had to go to the basement to turn on the oven. With that being said, I’m not convinced that the temperatures were on point. However I did have trust and followed the exact instructions. It did not brown on the edge, but I read that it is ok. And it was softer (creamier) in the middle than I would have liked. I only had vanilla pods so I used the beans instead of extract. I also sprinkled dark bitter chocolate on the edges and had an optional raspberry glaze on the side. Guyssss the flavor was amazing. Thanks 🙂

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    Annette Lewis
    December 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

    OH NO! I just realized that I didn’t add the heavy cream and my cheese cake has been in the oven for 20 minutes now. It’s Christmas and I don’t know of this will turn out to be edible.

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    Latoya
    December 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Hi this recipe looks really great however I already have the pre-made graham cracker pie foil pan. Can I still use this recipe I’m sure it does change the time is there any tips that I should use. thanks for this last-minute help.

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      Shiran
      March 5, 2019 at 4:51 am

      Yes, you can use it instead of making your own crust.

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    Lori in Minnesota
    December 28, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I made this for Christmas night at my daughters home after a few years of making pumpkin cheesecake (that I have to say is delicious), and needed to impress her and 8 grandchildren! I had never made a New York version and had never zest ed a lemon. This was so simple and it was soooooooo good. Might have been best I ever had!! Thank you for a great recipe!!!

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    Maria
    December 29, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Hi Cameron, do I have to take out the crust from the spring form to cool down on a wired rack and then put it back in the spring form for the filling ?
    Thank you for your advice!

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    Robin Olson
    December 29, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe. The only difference I make is putting the sugar in my grinder just long enough to make it silky before adding it to the mixture. I’ve also used fruit jams mixed in after the filling is poured in the pan I drop spoonfuls then lightly swirl them in it will make the top crack but in the pattern of the swirl

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    Lacie
    December 31, 2018 at 1:16 am

    What would happen if I didn’t use foil? I am all out and forgot to buy some at the store. 🙁

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    Asher
    January 4, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    So this is the first cheesecake ive made and it is so easy! It takes awhile to make but thats the same with all cheesecakes i understand. Since i didnt feel like going out and buying a spring form (All i have is pie pans a bundt and a few cake rounds) i just put it in a normal pie pan and it worked great! I did have a lot of filling left so i decided to make mini cakes in cupcake molds. i just put a graham cracker on the bottom of the mold and baked it at 290 F for half an hour and just let it cool normally and then outside (More room than in the fridge, plus its about the same temp) they were great for testing toppings (Homemade raspberry jelly is my personal favorite) Thanks! This is really good, but i might just add a touch of zest instead of a tsp. next time

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    Cheri
    January 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Yes, because you also leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door cracked for another hour. It is still cooking at a decresing temperature which helps it set . Hope this helps 😊

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    Anna
    January 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Shiran, thanks for the great recipe, I am planning to try it with a half portion for a 6 inch spring form, could you please let me know how to adjust the baking time and/or temperature? Thanks!

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      Shiran
      February 6, 2019 at 6:41 am

      The temperature will be the same. I’m not sure about the baking time as I haven’t tried it.

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    Mark Church
    January 23, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    First off, this is probably the best cheesecake I have tried!!! I did have a problem though…The entire top of my cheesecake burn, it was a very thin layer, and easy to take off, it didn’t affect the taste at all. even though I followed the temps and times exactly. Have you ever had this problem? Any ideas as to why?

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      Shiran
      February 6, 2019 at 6:08 am

      It shouldn’t happen but it depends on the oven. Next time, when it starts to brown, just cover the cake loosely with aluminium foil.

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    Jasmine
    February 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Do you need all the crumbs or just the graham crackers?

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      Shiran
      February 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

      Just one of the ones mentioned, so only the graham crackers.

  • Reply
    Terri
    February 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I made your recipe and it was great! Can I use the same recipe for a chocolate cheesecake? Thank you!!

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    Marian Mizell
    February 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    My springform pan is 10.5 how will this effect baking time or temp?

  • Reply
    M.C.
    February 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Hi!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe.
    I’m planning to make one just for me and my husband but the portion seems big. Can I make a smaller cheese cake and how do I adjust the ingredients please?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      February 21, 2019 at 6:27 am

      I’m glad yo like it! You can use this guide to make smaller cake.

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    Sarah
    February 10, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Can I use lime zest instead of lemon?

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      Shiran
      February 14, 2019 at 4:29 am

      Yes!

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    Michelle
    February 12, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I love this recipe.. I have made it twice now.. way better the second time.. this is hands down thee best recipe out there.. thank you so much for sharing.. creamy, rich, just perfectly delicious

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    Lauren MacMillan
    February 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Definitely did not set completely in the middle. Looked beautiful but when I cut into it the middle ran out. Followed the recipe perfectly and even left it in the oven for an extra 10 minutes while the oven was still on to ensure that it had baked. I also left it in the fridge for 24 hours before enjoying it. I had my doubts that it would set properly and I was right. The cheesecake is delicious, just not set.

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    joyce
    February 19, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Hi! May I know if oven is set to be in convection or conventional mode?

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      Shiran
      February 20, 2019 at 7:31 am

      You need to set it to conventional mode.

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    Dora
    February 25, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    i followed instructions as directed and my cheesecake came out pretty creamy with very delicious flavor, but i thought it would be firm. Is that how it was supposed to come out? I wish there was a video of this recipe so that i can see the consistency.

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    Sean
    March 4, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    The top surface of my cheesecake turned too brown. Should I start baking it in the oven at a lower temperature?

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 5, 2019 at 3:36 am

      I recommend sticking to the recipe, and if it starts to brown too much, loosely cover the pan with foil.

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    Debra Stravinsky
    March 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I made this. It is the best cheesecake I ever had! Smooth, firm, yet creamy. Oh so good. I need to put a pad lock on my fridge. Thanks for the Gold Standard recipe!

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    Lila
    March 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for this recipe!👏👏👏 I did only half of the filling and decreased the amount of sugar. It still turned out wonderful. So far this is the best cheesecake I made.

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    irida
    March 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    hi, i forgot to bake the crust will it make any difference, now im baking it altogether, i hope this will not ruin the whole cake 😭😭😭

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