This is an amazing cheesecake plain or with your favorite topping!!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes



  • 5 Eggs Separated
  • 2 1/2 Pound Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Lemon Grated
  • 1 Cup Sour cream
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla

Graham cracker crust

  • 1 1/2 Cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 6 TBSP Butter


Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Melt butter. Add graham cracker crumbs, sugar,and butter in a bowl, combine and pat into a 10” springform pan


  1. Separate 5 eggs. Whip the egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside.  In a large bowl combine 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese (5 packages), 5 egg yokes, 1 1/4 cups sugar, the grated lemon rind and vanilla. Beat together until smooth, add  1 cup sour cream blend till smooth,  Fold  egg whites into the batter til smooth. 

Final step

  1. Pour into the prepared springform pan and bake for 1 And 1/2 hours at 325 degrees. You will need to check the cheesecake to ensure it is fully cooked. Much like a cake when it feels firm to the touch (no jiggling). Start checking at 1 hour and 15 minutes. 


  1. Top with your favorite topping

Recipe Notes

I adapted this recipe from one of my mom’s church recipes. So I can’t give credit to the original author. This cheesecake is delicious plain or with a topping of your choice. Enjoy the Journey