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Classic American Cheesecake




  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Brush a 9-inch spring-form pan generously with melted butter.
  3. For crust:.
  4. Melt butter, stir in cookie crumbs and sugar.
  5. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon.
  6. Bake until lightly toasted- about 13–15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
  8. For the cheesecake:.
  9. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until soft.
  10. Add sugar, vanilla and salt.
  11. Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth and scraping down the sides after each addition.
  12. Stir in zest.
  13. Pour batter into spring-form pan and bake until done.
  14. Turn oven off and leave door slightly open for 1 hour.
  15. Transfer to refrigerator and chill overnight.
  16. Remove sides of spring-form and cake on pan base.