Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Cooling Time:
3 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins

This dense and creamy New York cheesecake is bursting with fragrant vanilla in every delicious layer! Rich cream cheese cheesecake filling is speckled throughout with sweet vanilla bean flecks, nestled into a butter-y crisp vanilla wafer crust, and topped with vanilla-infused whipped cream. A perfect make-ahead dessert to share with the ones you love.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake, Cream Cheese, New York, vanilla, vanilla bean
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 591 kcal
For the vanilla wafer crust
For the vanilla bean cheesecake filling
For the vanilla bean whipped cream
To make the vanilla wafer crust:
  1. Mist an 8-inch diameter by 3-inch high round cake pan with PAM Cooking Spray and line with a circle cut from parchment paper.
  2. Place the cookies in the bowl of a food processor and process until fine.
  3. Drizzle in the melted butter and toss together until combined.
  4. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
To make the vanilla bean cheesecake filling:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl and mix on medium-low speed until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula after each addition.
  4. Add the cream, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
  5. Pour the batter over the crust, and rap sharply on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  6. Place the cake pan in a larger baking dish and pour very hot water ¾ of the way up the sides of the pan.
  7. Bake the cheesecake for 15 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 300° F and bake for an additional 70-80 minutes, or until the cheesecake is set around the edges but still slightly jiggly toward the center.
  8. Turn off the oven, leave the door slightly ajar, and allow the cheesecake to cool for one hour.
  9. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool completely at room temperature.
  10. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve, then flip the cheesecake out of the pan and invert onto a serving plate. 

  11. Garnish with whipped cream, slice, & serve.

To make the vanilla bean whipped cream:
  1. Place the heavy cream in a medium mixing bowl and whip on high speed until just beginning to thicken.
  2. Sprinkle in the sugar, gradually, while continuing to whip.
  3. When the whipped cream holds soft peaks, whip in the vanilla bean paste.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a 1A tip.
  5. Pipe whipped cream around the outside edge of the cheesecake.

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Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 591 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 202mg 67%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Potassium 150mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Sugars 32g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 30.1%
Calcium 9.2%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.