Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Sweetheart Cheesecake

Rich, homemade cheesecake sweetened with a decorative ring of hearts.

60 min. prep time
12 servings
151 Rating



1 1/3 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar


4 Land O Lakes® Eggs, separated
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice


1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cherry Mixture

1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
3 tablespoons kirsch or orange juice, if desired


Heat oven to 325°F. 

Combine all crust ingredients in bowl. Press onto bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.

Place egg whites into bowl. Beat at high speed, scraping bowl often, until soft peaks form. Set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup butter, cream cheese and egg yolks into bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add all remaining filling ingredients except egg whites. Continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Gently stir in beaten egg whites.

Spoon filling into crust. Bake 55-65 minutes or until center is set and firm to the touch. (Cheesecake surface will be cracked.) Cool 15 minutes; loosen sides of cheesecake from pan by running knife around inside of pan. Cool completely. (Cheesecake center will dip slightly upon cooling.)

Combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and vanilla in bowl; mix well. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Spoon out 2 to 3 tablespoons cherry sauce from pie filling; drop by teaspoonfuls onto sour cream topping. Carefully pull knife or spatula through cherry sauce to form hearts. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Stir together remaining pie filling and kirsch in bowl; spoon over cheesecake at serving time. Store refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 490

Fat: 29g

Cholesterol: 150mg

Sodium: 310mg

Carbohydrates: 48g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 7g

Recipe #4747©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

This is to die for.
Can substitute any pie filling.
Can substitute any type of cookie, i.e., vanilla wafers, ginger snaps, etc.

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