Melinda’s Cheesecake

Melinda’s Cheesecake

My sister makes the absolute best cheesecakes in the world. Creamy, sweet but not too sweet, and beautiful. She adds all sorts of good stuff to her cheesecakes (she has a Caramel Apple version and a Reese’s version), but this is the basic recipe. Amazing.


  • 24 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


Preheat oven to 350.

Make pie crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter. Pat into bottom of a springform pan.

Make cheesecake: Combine first four ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Pour cream cheese into crust. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, then remove from oven.

Make topping: Mix the 1/4 cup sugar, sour cream, and 2 teaspoons vanilla together until blended. Gently spread the sour cream mixture over the cheesecake after it has baked for 18 to 20 minutes, then return it to the oven for 5 minutes or until cake only slightly jiggles in the center.

Let cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Ricarda Rutter

*Ricarda Rutter is a Ten News reporter. She’s an award-winning and Walkley nominated journalist. She has worked at the SBS, ABC, and Triple R.Rutter is a mother and a wife.