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Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake Recipe
Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Dessert
Calories: 710
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.8 (10 reviews)

Menu Description: "Our famous Original cheesecake recipe! Creamy and light, baked in a graham cracker crust. Our most popular cheesecake!"

Oscar and Evelyn Overton's wholesale cheesecake company was successful quickly after it first started selling creamy cheesecakes like this clone to restaurant chains in the early 1970's. When some restaurants balked at the prices the company was charging for high-end desserts, Oscar and Evelyn's son David decided it was time to open his own restaurant, offering a wide variety of quality meal choices in huge portions, and, of course, the famous cheesecakes for dessert. Today the chain has over 87 stores across the country, and consistently ranks number one on the list of highest grossing single stores for a U.S. restaurant chain.

Baking your cheesecakes in a water bath is part of the secret to producing beautiful cheesecakes at home with a texture similar to those sold in the restaurant. The water surrounds your cheesecake to keep it moist as it cooks, and the moisture helps prevent ugly cracking. You'll also start the oven very hot for just a short time, then crank it down to finish. I also suggest lining your cheesecake pan with parchment paper to help get the thing out of the pan when it's done without a hassle.

Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
Submitted on: 05/13/13
This was easy, smooth and creamy. I will make this again! I cut the recipe in half because my I only had a small spring pan, and it still turned out great.
Like The Pro's
Submitted on: 05/01/13
I made this and my wife told me that it tasted like the one from the Princess Cruise Ship
Submitted on: 10/21/11
Amazing and very easy to make.
Heaven in your mouth!!
Christy Curtis  
Submitted on: 09/12/11
It has been a long time since I have made cheesecake. This was sooo good! It didn't last long in my house.
Cody Bowe  
Submitted on: 07/04/11
Great Recipe Thanks Alot!
Submitted on: 10/16/06
Oh my God! This is officially the best cheescake I've ever made! I've tried many recipes however, nothing comes close to this one. I would make it again.
Submitted on: 08/03/06
This cheesecake is great, I have made it several times and have always received rave reviews. I usually top my cheesecake with fresh fruit and I never use the sour cream and sugar mixture on the top.
Submitted on: 07/16/06
This recipe is perfect! I had no problems with cooking time suggestions - it turned out great. It's super-easy to make and it will impress your family and guests. Delicious.
Submitted on: 03/26/06
Don't bake it at 475 for 12 cheesecake was a dark brown color at that time and smelled burnt. I would recommend baking it at 350 for the whole time or until LIGHTLY browned on top.
Submitted on: 12/23/05
This cheesecake is so good! I would make it again and again!