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The World's Best Cheesecake

The World’s Best Cheesecake
34 votes, 3.88 avg. rating (77% score)
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Yield: 10 to 12 servings

With its smooth, creamy center, buttery graham cracker crust, and a touch of tangy lemon, this truly is the World’s Best Cheesecake recipe.

Your grandmother will have to forgive us, but this truly is the world’s best cheesecake recipe. It’s wonderful with toppings like chocolate or fresh fruit, but will stand out just on its own. With a smooth, creamy center that doesn’t crack, a buttery walnut and graham cracker crust, and a touch of tangy lemon, this recipe is fit for the blue ribbon at any event. So whether it’s the big Fourth of July cookout or just family night at home, you can brag that your recipe is the World’s Best cheesecake.

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World's Best Cheesecake



  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ingredients and press evenly across bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.



  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


Combine cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each one. Beat in the lemon juice. Pour filling over crust, and bake for 45 minutes without opening the oven door. Remove cheesecake and reduce heat to 300 degrees F.



  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Mix ingredients and spread over cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes longer. Cool on rack for several hours, then refrigerate overnight. Serve plain or topped with fresh fruit.
Updated Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

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9 Responses to The World’s Best Cheesecake

  1. Anonymous October 22, 2003 at 1:15 am #

    This is a wonderful cheesecake, and have been making it for years. It’s got a creamy texture to it. I believe I first saw it in the Almanac back in the 80’s as Mrs. Trebilcocks Cheesecake. I use this as a base recipe, and use many different ingredients; you can do anything you want with this. Wonderful!My favorite is one I make for Christmas with chocolate swirl and raspberry liquor, and chocolate wafer crumb crust.

  2. Anonymous November 14, 2004 at 11:54 pm #

    This is a great cheesecake, and yes, the recipe was in an OFA from the 80s. Virginia Trebilcock’s recipe with a wonderful history of cheesecake, including my favorite line to the effect that “one slice equals the annual caloric eqivalent of a small country”!! But worth it! It’s a favorite with my friends and family–something my children will remember me by! NOTE–I add an extra tablespoon of lemon juice over what the recipe calls for.

  3. Anonymous October 29, 2005 at 4:56 pm #

    This cheesecake is the favorite of my family and I’ve been making it since I received the edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac it was printed in. I live in Norway and have tried the recipe on my Norwegian friends and finally had to give them the recipe, too! It’s really good and easy to make!

  4. Susan Bot January 6, 2006 at 10:41 am #

    This was the best tasting cheesecake I ever made. It didn’t crack like most do! The lemon juice gave it a nice, fresh flavor. Also loved the walnuts in the crust. My family raved about this recipe.

  5. Angela Palomo September 14, 2007 at 5:59 pm #

    My grandmother has made this recipe since she saw it in the magazine. She still has the original clipping. It is a staple at every family gathering, any time of year. A winner that will be passed down! (She says to make sure you follow the directions and beat each egg separately!)

  6. Laura Siegelman December 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm #

    I searched specifically THE BEST CHEESECAKES on the web, and i found it! EVERYONE that’s tasted it just wants more! I did end up using about 5 to 6 tablespoons of lemon juice for a tad of tangyness and it is most delicious even without fruit. The ONLY reason I call on fruit is for presentation – taste is great!!!!

  7. adam montgomery February 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I finally bought a springform pan last week just so I could make my own cheesecakes. This was the first recipe I tried and the flavor was fantastic, so was the texture at least where it cooked fully … I’ll need to cook mine a bit longer than 45 minutes next time as it was still quite runny in the center after setting in the fridge all night. I’ll be using this recipe again without a doubt.

  8. Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Ever since I found this cheesecake recipe in a Farmer’s Almanac years ago, I have been making several every Christmas and for my daughter’s birthday (her choice of cake). No other compares. It remains a family favorite.

  9. Lp February 14, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    This Cheesecake is easy but the best Cheesecake ever!i mixed everything together I guess I missed putting in sour cream ingredients separate.Came out phenomenal anyway!topped it with a pecans heavy cream and light brown sugar and rum syrup !Yum devoured it for Christmas!

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