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National Cheesecake Day! {July 30th}

How many of you ever look up all the random “holidays” that our country has decided to celebrate throughout the year? Well, in anticipation for my next post I looked up some and came to find that July 30th is National Cheesecake Day! Umm, YES please!

Have you ever gone through Sam’s or Costco and seen the mini cheesecake bites?  And subsequently, really wanted to buy them but felt they were too expensive or too much of a guilty pleasure? I definitely have! Growing up my mom would always make cheesecake for special occasions and in my opinion its one of the best out there! (Maybe I’m biased!)

My mom is now retired but while she was working she was a director of transportation for a school district. She had about 25 drivers that reported to her. Every year my mom would give them gifts at Christmas and one year she decided we would make TWENTY FIVE, yes 25, of these cheesecakes! We would bake a few each night and then hand deliver them to each driver’s house individually! I’m not sure her driver’s understood the dedication and care she put into her job! All this to say I still really enjoy this cheesecake recipe. I have had many friends and new family members fall in love with it too!

Now a couple months ago my husband and I wanted to buy those cheesecake bites at Sam’s. However, we decided we could use my mom’s recipe and freeze them ourselves! So instead of using a springform pan we used a 15″ x 10″ glass baking dish. After they had cooled I cut them into little squares. We then put a small piece of parchment paper between each piece, and put them in an air-tight container. And so we wouldn’t eat them all at once, we then put them into the freezer.

So here’s the recipe!

What silly “holiday” is your favorite to celebrate? Let me know I’d love to hear about some more!

New York Cheesecake
Serves 8
A moist cheesecake with a tangy sweet sour cream topping.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
628 calories
57 g
224 g
41 g
10 g
22 g
211 g
351 g
49 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
211g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 628
Calories from Fat 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
63%
Saturated Fat 22g
112%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 224mg
75%
Sodium 351mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 57g
19%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 49g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A
29%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
15%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Crust
  1. 1 1/2 Cups Cinnamon Graham Crackers (1pkg)
  2. 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  3. 1/4 Cup Butter
  4. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Filling
  1. 1 pound Cream Cheese
  2. 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  3. 5 eggs
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp Almond extract
Topping
  1. 2 Cups Sour Cream
  2. 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  3. 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  4. 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Either break up graham crackers into grainy sand like consistency or use a food processor. Mix together graham crackers, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Then in your pan of choice (spring form or 15" x 10" glass baking dish) press crust into the bottom of the pan to form a solid crust. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  2. While the crust is baking, in the food processor mix together the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond. Slowly pour the mix on top of the crust and put in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center is not giggly.
  3. While the filling is baking mix together the sour cream, sugar, vanilla and almond. Once the filling is done baking remove the cheesecake and turn the oven up to 500°. Slowly pour the topping on top and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes or until not giggly. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Do not cut until it is cooled.
Notes
  1. Our family likes it best once it has been chilled in the refrigerator. You can also top with your favorite topping (i.e.-cherries, strawberries, drizzled chocolate, or your favorite candy bar pieces)
Adapted from Secret Harbor
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calories
628
fat
41g
protein
10g
carbs
57g
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Adapted from Secret Harbor
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