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Family recipes are a great way to pass traditions from generation to generation. Many of us have special dishes they make, especially around the holidays. Years ago my mother decided to compile all of our family recipes into a cookbook for me. We gathered every piece of paper or notecard with recipes from all of our family and friends. Neither of us realized what a huge undertaking this would be. A true labor of love on my mother’s part. I have used this book constantly over the years, and would love to share some of our favorite ones with you. Here is our “Dad’s Cheesecake” recipe. People beg us to make this, and always fight over it. We made it for Thanksgiving this year. The online shopper in me loves the fact that I can now order all the ingredients I need online and get them delivered to my door. A win for busy women! We hope you enjoy!
2 c. crushed graham crackers
¼ c. sugar
½ c. melted butter
Mix together and press into spring form or 9×13 pan. Chill.
3 8-oz. pkgs. softened cream cheese
1 c. sugar
1½ tsp. vanilla
Mix together: 1 pint sour cream, 4 Tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla.
Beat* cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, while continuing to mix. Add sugar and vanilla and mix together thoroughly. Pour into crust, bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes, just until set. Pour sour cream topping over cake and return to oven at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool, and then chill overnight or at least 5 hours in refrigerator.
*This recipe works best with a stand mixer.
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