Silver Lining: in case you're NOT in Italy today // Original Chilled Cheesecake Recipe

September 9, 2012

in case you're NOT in Italy today // Original Chilled Cheesecake Recipe

New York style baked cheesecakes are amazing (hellooooo, Cheesecake Factory!). But still, there's something so delicious about an old-fashioned Italian-style cheesecake. Back when you creamed cheese and sugar and chilled it in a homemade crust.

My aunt served a chilled cheesecake to me a few weeks ago. Turns out it's my mother's recipe! Talk about a flashback. After she said that, I immediately remembered eating that at home growing up, and I think I even made it in college for a date night once.

It's lighter than a baked cheesecake, and so delicious.

And so, here it is: the recipe (for everyone who asked for it).

Original Chilled Cheesecake Recipe

8-10 graham crackers
6 Tbs butter
3 Tbs sugar (white)

Crush graham crackers and combine with melted butter and sugar. Press into the bottom of a pie pan or springform pan. Bake 350 for about 8 minutes until barely browned. Cool.

½ pint whipping cream whipped and flavored (1 tsp vanilla and 4 Tbs powdered sugar)
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.) room temp
1 can sweetened condensed milk (15 oz)
⅓ cup lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add sweet milk while mixing. Mix thoroughly. Add lemon juice, vanilla and whipped cream. Stir well. Pour into crust. Chill 2-3 hours.

Serve topped with whatever fresh fruit you love. 


  1. I love this type of cheesecake! Can't wait to try it.

  2. Mmm cheesecake! I want to make it!


  3. Wait a minute! What are you doing posting our secret family recipes on the internet? Don't you know these have to be treasured and kept close to the heart?

  4. i dont like cheesecake, but its ryans favorite and i've been looking for a recipe so i could make him one, definitely have to try this.


  5. that cheesecake looks so delicious!
    p.s. i'm your newest follower :)

    xo brie


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