Photo: Southern Living
Makes 12 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into bottom and up sides of a greased 10-inch springform pan.

Step 2

Bake at 350° for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle coarsely crumbled Pralines over crust.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 1 3/4 cups sugar, flour, and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add eggs and egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in whipping cream and lemon rind. Pour in crust. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 350° on lower oven rack 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325,° and bake 1 hour and 20 minutes or until almost set. Cool on wire rack 1 hour.

Step 5

Stir together sour cream and 1/3 cup sugar; spread over cheesecake.

Step 6

Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Remove sides of pan. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

December 17, 2016
The sour cream mixed with sugar is put on after you bake and then bake another 10 min like a topping. Cheesecake factory cheesecake has sour cream in it.

May 20, 2015
5 packages of cream cheese sounds like a lot when compared to other cheesecake recipes. Did you make any modifications?

MrsMcNaty's Review

November 30, 2013
I slaved for two hours making this masterpiece of pure decadence. You got to put your back into it but you will no doubt relish the results. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was smash across the board with everyone who managed to get a slice of this delicatessen. I am now required by my spouse to deliver this on birthdays and special occasions. I highly recommend you give it a try!

Pumpkinsmommy1's Review

February 12, 2012
I've been making this cheesecake for years. Everyone says that this cheesecake is the best they have ever had. It does take work, but not difficult at all. It is so worth the work.

AuntJulie's Review

November 28, 2011
I agree with Hyacinth - it takes some time, but it's not a difficult recipe. You won't be sorry you put in the time. People tell me this is the best cheesecake they've ever had. And don't cheat - make the pralines. They get crumbled up, so they don't have to be pretty, and they're soooooo good!

hyacinth's Review

August 24, 2010
This recipe was quite a bit of work but well worth it. My family was nearly rolling on the floor like kitties after a hit of catnip.

Best ever!

December 17, 2016
Best cheesecake I've made and won a baking contest. Everyone said it was the best they've had and that I should make often. Make the pralines from scratch first then do the rest.


November 04, 2016
do you put sour cream in the cheesecake?