Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Oh boy, if its not one thing here, its another! Just as I thought I would get on the roll with posing…everyone gets sick here. So, naturally, I had to take a few days off to take care of my family and then myself.

Now, since the holidays have wound down and everyone is starting to feel better, I have time to write some posts. I know this one is long overdue, I apologize! Here is our dessert from the Christmas dinner. As I mentioned before, it was a big hit! Definitely worth the time put into it!

For Crust:
1 1/2 cups finely crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
6 tbs cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla

For Cheesecake:
2 vanilla beans
1/2 cup whipping cream

4 8-ounce packages of Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 cup sugar
3 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Grease a 9-inch spring form, set aside. Preheat the oven to 325.

2. You can use a stand-up mixer or a hand mixer. I used my brand new stand up mixer that I got for Christmas. So exciting!

3. For crust: Crush the graham crackers in the food processor. Mix in the sugar. Stir in the melted butter and vanilla. Mix very well. Press graham crackers into the pan, evenly, all over the bottom and about half way up the side.

4. In a small sauce pot, heat up heavy cream and vanilla beans on medium heat. Take off the heat once starts to boil.

5. Start beating the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, take out the vanilla pods from the heavy cream. Cut the pods lengthwise and scrape out the beans.

7. Add the vanilla beans and the heavy cream into the cream cheese. Add the eggs, beating after each addition.
8. Add the sour cream, sugar, corn starch and vanilla extract. Make sure that all ingredients are well combined.

9. Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan with crust. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, until lightly golden and slightly jiggly in the center. Your cheesecake will rise, but don’t worry it will settle down once cooled. Once at room temperature, refrigerate for at least 3 hours.


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  1. Yes, this was a special yummy cheesecake!!

  2. omg bookmarked completely!!! I have decided to dump my dreams of making cakes and focus on cheesecakes after my holiday “rum and egg nog cheesecake” turned out heavenly!

  3. This looks yummy! Cheesecake is my Favorite!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  4. Ooooh, GOODNESS! This look soooo yummy.

    Cheesecake is my favorite dessert of all time, and vanilla bean is way up there on the list (although, it gets edged out by “turtle” because nothing can beat chocolate, caramel, and pecans, imho)!

    Will have to make this soon.

    LOVE it!

    Would also love it if you stopped by for a visit!

    P.S. I’m your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (

  5. That looks divine! I pinned it! thank you for sharing!

  6. You got me at vanilla bean! Yum! Love the name of your blog too!

  7. YUM!!! My family would adore this cheesecake – they are big vanilla fans!

  8. This cheesecake looks delicious! I’d love for you to join my linky party, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, sometime!

  9. I love cheesecake and I LOVE vanilla beans. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  10. Oh my word… this looks completely sinful!!! thanks for sharing :)

  11. I love cheesecake and this one sounds delicious!

  12. Yummy, what a lovely recipe.. MUST try it sometime.. :)) THANKS SO MUCH for linking via Pin’Inspirational Thursday today.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxo.. Marilyn…

  13. It looks great, and it looks like a certain little someone loved it too:)

  14. Wow…that cheesecake looks so thick and yummy!

  15. Your little one is adorable! I just love that cheesecake, it looks so delicious. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. The vanilla bean makes all the difference in the world!!! Your recipe looks delish! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  17. This looks amazing.

  18. that looks ridiculously delicious. i loooove cheesecake.

  19. Looks heavenly! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party! Have a sweet week! :)

  20. I absolutely LOVE LOVE vanilla bean cheesecake! Can’t wait to make this ;)

    Stopping by from Sweet Indulgences Sunday

  21. I’ve never had vanilla bean cheesecake, but it definitely sounds good!

    BTW I have a food linkup going on at

  22. I really love this topic and I found that isn’t hard as I thinked to do a cheesecake like this. Really useful tips and tricks I discovered here, many thanks Lyuba. Your effort will be worth in my kitchen. ;)

  23. This looks amazing. I only wish I had a stand mixer so I could make things like this. =/
    Your son is so cute…looks like he has a bruise on his cheek..poor little guy.

    • Oh, Kellie, you don’t need a stand up mixer! I’ve made cheesecakes with a hand mixer plenty of times :)
      Thank you! (I don’t remember how he got it, his little motor always keeps running and sometimes runs into things. Breaks my heart but doesn’t seem to phase him at all :) )


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