A Spoonful of Spice

Recipes for low-sugar living + treats for special occasions


NY Cheesecake with sour cream top layer

1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

1.5 pounds cream cheese, without gum--room temp. 

4 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

grated zest of one lemon

2 cups sour cream

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix the graham crackers, brown sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill crust for 15-20 min. 
  • Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, and lemon zest until smooth. 
  • Pour the mixture into the chilled crust and bake for 50 min. 
  • Stir together sour cream, sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and spread over cooled cake. Return to oven for 12 minutes until glossy and set. 
  • Cool completely, cover and chill for 8 hours. 

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