There are some things you just can't live without knowing. The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake recipe is one of those things. With its graham cracker crust, creamy filling, and sour cream topping, the Original has been making people swoon since The Cheesecake Factory was founded in 1978. The chain restaurant has over 30 different types of cheesecake on its dessert menu, but it was this recipe, created by Evelyn Overton in the 1940's, that started it all.


It's not often that a restaurant reveals their top-secret recipe... Okay, so it may not be THAT secret. There are copycat recipes of the Original all over the Internet, but how can you be sure which one is the most authentic? I may be biased, but I think this recipe is closest to the real thing. This weekend, bring the iconic restaurant dessert home and see if your family can tell the difference. You may even fool yourself!