Cream Cheese Pie

Cream Cheese Pie is a luscious and creamy dessert that combines the rich, smooth texture of cream cheese with a sweet, crumbly crust, often graham cracker based. This pie starts with a base layer of crust, which is either pre-baked or chilled, depending on the recipe. The crust is typically made from crushed graham crackers mixed with melted butter and a touch of sugar, pressed firmly into the bottom and sides of a pie dish to form a firm, flavorful foundation.

The filling of the pie is the star, featuring cream cheese as the primary ingredient. To prepare it, softened cream cheese is blended with sugar to create a smooth and sweet mixture. Eggs are often added one at a time, ensuring a smooth incorporation. Vanilla extract is a common addition for its warm, aromatic flavor, and some variations include a hint of lemon juice or zest for a subtle tangy contrast.

Once the cream cheese mixture is thoroughly combined and smooth, it’s poured into the crust. The pie is then baked until the filling is set but still slightly wobbly in the center. Cooling it slowly and then chilling it in the refrigerator allows the filling to firm up and develop its rich, creamy texture.

The final touch for a Cream Cheese Pie can vary. Some prefer it plain, enjoying the pure, rich flavor of the cream cheese filling. Others top it with fresh fruit, like strawberries or blueberries, for a refreshing contrast. A popular variation includes a sour cream topping, adding a layer of lightly sweetened sour cream spread over the top of the baked pie, then returned to the oven for a few more minutes. This adds a tangy depth to the creamy filling.

In essence, Cream Cheese Pie is a delightful balance of a buttery, crumbly crust and a smooth, rich filling. It’s a versatile dessert that can be adapted with various toppings and flavorings, making it a favorite for its simplicity and elegance. Whether served as a treat at a family gathering or as an elegant dessert at a dinner party, it’s sure to impress with its combination of textures and flavors.


1 prepared graham cracker crust

16 ounces of softened cream cheese (two 8-ounce packages)

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are set.

For the topping, combine sour cream, sugar, and vanilla.

Spread the topping over the slightly cooled pie.

Bake for an additional 5 minutes at 450°F.

Allow the pie to cool, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Serve this exquisite cream cheese pie at your next gathering and watch as it becomes the centerpiece of the dessert table, with guests eagerly asking for more—and the recipe. Enjoy!”

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