CHERRY CHEESECAKE – what Santa really wants to find by the tree

Hi there,

Remember I told you about all the different food presents Dom has received through the years in thanks for his medical care. I mentioned one of my favorites was a cheesecake.

The cheesecake arrived at our house one cold winter night in December. It was probably flu season because Dom hadn’t arrived home even by the time Johnny Carson was starting. I remember I was tired and irritable waiting for him to come home. I knew that the following morning would be coming fast and three little boys would wake up well rested and ready to go, go, go. Dom came into the house with a big smile bearing this delicious cheesecake. After one bite, good humor was restored and I listened with a smile on my face about how his patient made it special for him.

So here is that wonderful cheesecake recipe and I hope you eat it with a smile too.

Cheesecake will always taste like love. – Shonda Rhimes



For the Crust:

  • 1/4 pound of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

For the Cheesecake:

  • 1 pound of cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 pint of sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon


  • preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • prepare a springform pan for baking
  • combine all the ingredients for the crust
  • pat the crust dough along the sides and bottom of the springform pan
  • beat the cream cheese and eggs until smooth
  • add the remaining ingredients and beat until incorporated
  • carefully pour into the springform pan
  • put the pan on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour
  • when cool carefully unfold the springform pan

Special Note: The crust to this cheesecake is essentially a sugar cookie and in a pinch I have used prepared sugar cookie dough for the crust. I serve this plain or with cherries as pictured. When I want cherry cheesecake, I use prepared cherry pie filling. I have gifted this cheesecake at Christmas and it looks stunning when I wrapped the crust in a wide ribbon.

36 responses to “CHERRY CHEESECAKE – what Santa really wants to find by the tree”

  1. This looks fantastic! One question; what cherries do you use? I find the canned cherry filling too tin-ny for my taste. Would making some type pf cherry topping with frozen cherries be good? Do you have a suggestion?

  2. This looks sooooo delicious and festive! And that sugar cookie crust – wow! I’ve only made cheesecake with crushed up digestive biscuits before – this is one I must try! I’m not sure if I can get cherry pie filling but as you also serve/gift them plain, I could always just do that!

Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. If you like this recipe, please give it to your friends.

%d bloggers like this: