Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake that is sweet, creamy, and delicious with the perfect vanilla kick
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake that is sweet, creamy, and delicious with the perfect vanilla kick

It’s National Cheesecake day!!

Before I was a blogger I had no idea that there were such things as National Cheesecake Day or National Margarita Day or National Nutella Day . . . how I functioned without celebrating these monumental days before . . . I’m not really sure.

And I’m not the only one!  About 80 other bloggers have joined forces to celebrate cheesecake day in epic proportions.  80 cheesecake options?  That’s a party I want to be a part of!  Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all the delicious cheesecakiness!

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake that is sweet, creamy, and delicious with the perfect vanilla kick

Can we talk about cheesecakes for a minute?  There are a TON of different ways to make them.  There are those who use sour cream, those who don’t.  Those who add flour, those who don’t.   Those who pop on a crust, those who don’t.  There are differences in how long you cook them, what you do once you are done cooking, and what temperature to cook them at.

And then there is the issue of the water bath.  Guys, I’m a super lazy baker.  I’m just not going to do a water bath.  And if that makes my cheesecake crack . . . . so be it.  I will still eat a big ‘ole slice, crack and all.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake that is sweet, creamy, and delicious with the perfect vanilla kick

I had two cheesecake fails before this one came out just perfectly, and I learned a few things.

  • The cream cheese has to be at room temperature.  And for me that meant a good solid 12 hours out of the fridge.
  • Speaking of cream cheese . . . don’t skimp and don’t go slim.  I have had the best results with Philadelphia Cream Cheese (and they aren’t paying me to say that) and you really can’t use a reduced fat version.
  • Don’t overcook it.  If the top is starting to brown, turn your oven off!
  • Once your cheesecake is done (the middle will still be shaky), turn the oven off, open it a crack, and leave it sit for an hour.
  • Adding your eggs last and mixing them in one at a time until they are just mixed in gives the best results.

But!  You can skip doing all of those things, and still have a delicious cheesecake.  I know, because I’ve totally done it. :)

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake that is sweet, creamy, and delicious with the perfect vanilla kick

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • Oreo Crust
  • 1/2 a package of oreos
  • 1 TBSP melted butter
  • Cheesecake Filling
  • 3 8 oz packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean, insides scraped out
  • 3 eggs
  • Frosting
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 2 TBSP cream (I actually just used half and half)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor crumble the Oreos and then mix in the melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.
  3. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for 3 minutes.
  4. On low beat in the vanilla extract and then the vanilla bean scrapings.
  5. Then add the eggs one at a time, beating just until they are combined. Scrape the bowl one final time, and beat again for another 30 seconds.
  6. Pour over the Oreo cookie crust and bake for 35 minutes. Then turn the oven off and crack the door open and let the cheesecake sit in there for an hour.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.
  8. While waiting for the cheesecake to cool, mix together the butter, cream, vanilla, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Refrigerate and pipe onto the cheesecake just before serving.
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Comments

  1. says

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! And I’m totally with you— I will not be making a bath for my cheesecake, like ever. Any cheesecake you see on Something Swanky will have a gigantic, thick layer of Cool Whip on top covering all the cracks!! :) But I’m glad to know of all these great tips, and they must work, because yours looks flawless!
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  2. says

    That is such a pretty cheesecake!! I love when vanilla is amped up!! It is such a great flavor!! The pretty cherries add a nice touch too!!

  3. says

    I am most definitely with you on that one–I’ll eat any decent cheesecake, crack or not! Your vanilla bean flavors are magnificent though–I’d most definitely love to join you for a slice!

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