Irresistible Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe

Strawberry cheesecake slice on plate

After the popularity of our previous Brownie Crust Cheesecake Recipe, I am continuing in the same cheesecake category with this new recipe. This Irresistible Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe is great for this time of year and fits in perfectly at Spring/Summer family gatherings. We decided to create this recipe for an Easter family gathering this year, and it was a huge hit. You can’t go wrong with a simple strawberry cheesecake recipe, and adding the homemade strawberry topping takes it to another level!

Ready? Let’s get started…

Strawberry Cheesecake Full Recipe Video

Watching the YouTube video is a great way to see this recipe immediately. It also helps add detail to the instructions below. Plus, you can’t beat the festive plates!

In a hurry and looking for a versatile recipe that can be used year round? Check out our simple honey butter recipe that can be used on toast, biscuits, and potatoes!

Irresistible Strawberry Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping

As always, I wanted to present this recipe in the most straightforward manner possible. The “Ingredients” section and the “Instructions” section will both be divided into three (3) different categories: Crust, Filling, and Topping. I’ve found this helps makes the recipe much more approachable and enjoyable. If you’re now a fan of fruit toppings on cheesecakes, you can leave the strawberry topping section off. I have also created a popular Raspberry Cheesecake that is similar but does not have any topping/sauce.

For this recipe, the strawberry topping is highly recommended but not required. If you are running short on cooking time or energy, the cheesecake will still taste great and have that natural strawberry flavor without it.

This recipe is for a standard 9″ size cheesecake. I always use a springform pan when baking cheesecake, it makes life much easier.

INGREDIENTS

Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients

strawberry cheesecake crust with spatula
  • 1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar

Strawberry Cheesecake Filling Ingredients

pouring strawberry cheesecake filling into crust
  • 24 oz (3 standard packages) of cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Sour Cream (light is fine)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract (recommend our Natural Vanilla Bean Extract)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 ½ cups chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Strawberry Topping Ingredients

  • 2 cups Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 ½ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  3. Firmly press the mixture along the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for at 325°F for 10 minutes. Let it cool while moving on to make the filling.

Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of granulated sugar until smooth.
  2. Add in the sour cream and vanilla bean extract
  3. Add in eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  4. Carefully mix/fold in the chopped strawberries
  5. Pour this filling over the graham cracker crust and level the top with a spatula.

Bake the Cheesecake

cooling strawberry cheesecake in oven
  1. Bake the cheesecake at 325°F for 55-65 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is set but slightly wobbly.
  2. Turn the oven off, slightly leave the door ajar a few inches, and allow the cheesecake to cool for ~ 1 hour.

Create the Strawberry Topping

blending strawberry cheesecake sauce topping
  1. In a saucepan, mix the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until the sauce becomes thicker.
  3. Let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes
  4. Blend the strawberry sauce mixture until smooth.

Last Steps to Prepare the Cheesecake

  1. Once the cheesecake is finished cooling in the oven, cool in the fridge 4+ hours (cooling overnight recommended).
  2. Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and add the strawberry sauce to the top. Extra strawberry sauce can be served on the side.

Enjoy your Strawberry Cheesecake!

Now that you’ve baked this wonderful strawberry cheesecake, you should check out our German Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe. It’s extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in any season!

Strawberry cheesecake slice on plate

Strawberry Cheesecake

This Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe is a perfect dessert for family gatherings or a celebration with friends.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Slices

Equipment

  • 1 Oven
  • 1 Fridge
  • 1 Springform Pan 9"
  • 1 Medium Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Kitchen or Stand Mixer
  • 1 Spatula
  • 1 Mixing Spoon
  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

Graham Cracker Crust

  • cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter melted
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar

Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 oz Cream Cheese room temp
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract
  • 3 large Eggs
  • cups Chopped Strawberries fresh or frozen

Strawberry Topping

  • 2 cups Strawberries fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch
  • ½ cup Water

Instructions
 

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • Firmly press the mixture along the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for at 325°F for 10 minutes. Let it cool.

Strawberry Cheesecake Filling

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Add in the sour cream and vanilla bean extract
  • Add in eggs one at a time, making sure each one is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  • Carefully mix/fold in the chopped strawberries
  • Pour this filling over the graham cracker crust and level the top.

Bake the Cheesecake

  • Bake the cheesecake at 325°F for 55-65 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake is set but slightly wobbly.
  • Turn the oven off, slightly leave the door ajar a few inches, and allow the cheesecake to cool for ~ 1 hour.

Create the Strawberry Topping

  • In a saucepan, mix the strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and water.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until the sauce becomes thicker.
  • Let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Blend the strawberry sauce mixture until smooth

Last Steps to Prepare the Cheesecake

  • Once the cheesecake is finished cooling in the oven, cool in the fridge 4+ hours (cooling overnight recommended).
  • Remove the cheesecake from the fridge and add the strawberry sauce to the top. Extra strawberry sauce can be served on the side.

Video

Keyword Cheesecake, Easter, Spring, Strawberry, Summer

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