Ultimate Cherry Cheesecake

A silky smooth cheesecake topped sky-high with plump sweet red cherries. This is a classic showstopping dessert!

5 from 4 reviews

This is a silky smooth cheesecake topped sky-high with gorgeous red plump cherries.



Cherry Topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Mix the cracker crumbs and melted butter together in a small bowl. Press onto the bottom of a 9″ springform pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well in between. Blend in the sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Gently pour over crust.
  4. Bake for 1&1/4 – 1&1/2 hour or until the edges is set and 2-3″ of the center is still wobbly.
  5. Remove cheesecake from oven and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating for a minimum of 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Cherry Topping

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the cherries, sugar and 3 tbsp of the water until heated through. Dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1 tbsp of water. Stir in the cornstarch and almond extract until sauce thickens. Let cool completely. Spoon over cheesecake before serving.


This cheesecake is best made a day in advance. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

**Mar 31st/16 – I made some changes to the recipe based upon repeat of this cheesecake for better results.

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