How to Make Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This Cheesecake EASY Bake Recipe shows you how to make cheesecake with graham cracker crust. It is a true gourmet recipe without the difficulty. It is hands down, a simple make-and-bake recipe and is significant in taste. This is part of our Desserts Recipes Category. Also, it’s listed in our Holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving sections.

This homemade cheesecake only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Then, you bake and let it set in fridge. Very easy and gourmet taste. See the site article for variations!
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Introduction of How To Make Cheesecake With Graham Cracker Crust

After a sizable number of differences made over the decades, this is absolutely the best way of how to make baked cheesecake. It is unbeatable and full of flavor. Also, this cheesecake easy recipe is comparable to fine servings from the Atlanta Cheesecake Factory (we lived in Atlanta for 20 years).

So, you definitely want to save time and retain flavor by using a Keebler Ready Crust (a Graham Crust). They’ve changed how they’re marked so be careful on the size and type.

The brands are similar among all of them so, variations of what type you’re getting can be way off. For example, some brands also make a low-fat, low-sugar, and other kinds. Regarding the size, some brands will not display the number of inches in diameter any more. So, you’ll have to go by the ounces. In this recipe, the ounces and the inches are mentioned so you’ll be able to know exactly what size to use.

This recipe is listed on our Christmas Dinner Meals Ideas article. Also, you’ll also see other traditional and non-traditional fun recipes for main courses, sides, appetizers, salads, and breads.

Cheesecake with Cherry Topping Serving
Cheesecake with Cherry Topping Serving

Homemade Cheesecake with Cream Cheese

This recipe is how to make cheesecake with cream cheese. In following the ingredients, you’ll find it’s an excellent recipe for cheesecake with Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Also, we typically use the Keebler Graham Cracker Pie Crusts.

You’ll absolutely need to soften the cream cheese prior to blending it with a mixer. This ensures even distribution. If you use a microwave to soften it up, don’t forget to remove it from its metallic wrapping first! It works easier if you put it in a small bowl with a paper towel as a covering.

If you don’t use a microwave, you can set the wrapped cheese cake block in a pan of hot water for about 10 minutes. However, ensure it’s off the burner and not left in it too long.

After baking, how long does cheesecake need to set? After it’s baked, let it cool for about 15-30 minutes. Then, place in the fridge for about 2-3 hours. It can be sliced in about 1-1/2 to 2 hours but it won’t be cold enough for maximum flavor.

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Mixing the Cheesecake Ingredients
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Adding Cherry Topping to Cheesecakes
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Cooling Cheesecakes

Cheesecake TOPPINGS and FLAVORS for How to Make Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

Next we have the slight variations to flavor up your homemade cheesecakes by adding a fruit flavor of your choice. The most popular are cherry, lime, and strawberry.

Recipe for Cherry Cheesecake

The recipe for cherry cheesecake is easy. Just apply 1 can of cherry topping. Add the topping just before it goes into the fridge.

How to Make Lime Cheesecake

For how to make lime cheesecake, just double the amount of lime juice. It’s very easy, as the default recipe has just a hint of lime. If you’re wanting a stronger lime flavor, it’s best not to exceed 3 times the amount of lime. Two times the original recipe quantity of lime juice is typically acceptable to most people.

Topping for Lime Cheesecake

Skip any fruit topping. Instead, you can optionally decorate the top with an outer ring of 8 evenly spaced, thinly sliced lime circles. This coincidentally defines the slice sizes to make so that each serving will have a centered lime circle as a more personalized décor.

Lime Cheesecake does do real well with a small squirt of whipped cream topping per serving. It helps soften the tartness by adding a creamy melding of flavor.

And, if you’re serving larger slices, just use 6 lime circles. It’s just a light-hearted example of applying the food management principle of where “less is more”.

Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe Easy

You have 3 various options (or a combination of them) to make your strawberry cheesecake recipe easy. Here they are:

  1. After making the above cheesecake recipe, the only topping you have can be freshly sliced strawberries (no sugar added). You can then drizzle just a slight bit of chocolate syrup over the strawberries topper.
  2. You can mash up about 8 fresh strawberries (top stem caps removed) and add them into the cheesecake recipe along with the cream cheese. Then, the only topping can be freshly slice strawberries.
  3. You can make your topping be the canned strawberry topping. Then, apply a good squirt of whipped cream atop each served slice.

There is an ultimate major variation you can make for a change to the strawberry cheesecake recipe. And that is to use an Oreo pie crust instead of graham cracker. They’re readily available. Just ensure you use the correct size of 9-inch = 6 ounces.

Nutritional Values of This Cheesecake

This cheesecake has about 368 calories and 29 carbs per serving. More detailed nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option. Fruit topping, if any, is additional.

Conclusion of How To Make Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

In conclusion, this is the easiest way of how to make cheesecake with Graham Cracker crust. It’s a delicious dessert that can be made easily at home with just a few ingredients. There are many different variations of cheesecake, so you can actually choose your favorite toppings or have it plain. Whether you prefer fruit or chocolate, there is a cheesecake for you.

Another comparable easy dessert that tastes gourmet, is our Pecan Pie recipe, which uses no corn syrup! Finally, this dessert is great on a holiday as shown in our Thanksgiving Dinner Meals Ideas and Holiday Dinner Suggestions articles.

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Recipe for Cheesecake with Philadelphia Cream Cheese

This homemade cheesecake only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Then, you bake and let it set in fridge. Very easy and gourmet taste. See the site article for variations!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Refrigeration Cooling: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 368kcal

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  • 16 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese softened (1 brick = 8 ozs.)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract or double amt vanilla flavoring
  • 2 large eggs
  • Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 each Keebler ready made graham cracker crumb crust 6-oz = 9-inch size


  • Heat oven to 325°F.
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  • Using a mixer, beat softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and lime juice until nicely blended. Then, add eggs and beat until just blended. Pour into 6-ounce (9-inch) graham pie crust.
    Mixing the Cheesecake Ingredients
  • Transfer into preheated 325°F oven (middle shelf) and bake 35-40 minutes or until the center is just about set.
    Baking Cheesecakes in Oven
  • After baked, let it sit for about 15-30 minutes. Then, refrigerate 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Topping is optional. My favorite is sliced fresh strawberries or canned cherry pie filling.
    Adding Cherry Topping to Cheesecakes


Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 831IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
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