Ingredients

  • Crust Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (1 sleeve)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 16 ounces (2 large bars) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cherry Topping:
  • 2 cups fresh cherries, stems removed and pitted
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Water (if needed)

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  • Yield
    8 servings
  • Prep time
  • Cook time
  • Total time
  • In Category
    Dessert.
  • Level
    Medium

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8x8 glass baking dish with parchment spray and lightly spray with non-stick spray.
  3. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until all crumbs are moist. Lightly press crumb mixture into prepared baking dish.
  4. Use an electric mixer or handheld beaters to beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add in sugar and continue mixing.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, to cream cheese mixture, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract and beat again.
  6. In a saute pan over low heat, cook the cherries, stirring occasionally. Add the sugar after 1-2 minutes and stir. When cherries have started to soften, after about 4-5 minutes, mash the cherries, leaving some chunks. The mixture should be a little saucy, so add water, 1 tbsp at a time, if necessary.
  7. Pour mixture the cream cheese mixture on top of graham cracker crust and smooth with a rubber spatula.
  8. Spoon cherry mixture on top of cream cheese mixture, distributing spoonfuls evenly. Swirl with rubber spatula.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until center no longer wobbles and edges are just starting to turn golden.
  10. Remove from oven and let come to room temperature. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.