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Easy Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake

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This creamy baked sweetened condensed milk cheesecake only takes a handful of ingredients, but results in a smooth and creamy dessert every time. It’s so good my sister requested it for her wedding cake!

bite of cheesecake on fork with slice covered in blackberry sauce nearby

     This cheesecake is super simple to make and is basically no fail! I’ve never had it crack on me. Plus it has the rich goodness of sweetened condensed milk baked, so you know it has to be good! Follow my simple tips and you’ll be enjoying your own perfect cheesecake as well.

  My aunt Donna loves to spoil the family with cheesecakes. She is known for them and everyone gets excited when she pulls one out.

    She makes original cheesecakes, chocolate cheesecakes, round cheesecakes, square cheesecakes and they are all yummy!

    So of course I had to make her cheesecake recipe very early in this blog’s life.  It absolutely fit the bill of favorite family recipes, which was how this whole site started.

   The best part is the recipe is easy and I never have any problems with it cracking. That’s saying something for cheesecake!

Heart shaped sweetened condensed milk cheesecake with chocolate hearts on top on wedding dessert table.

   So, when my sister requested I make cheesecake (along with a host of other desserts) for her wedding, I immediately knew which recipe I was going to turn to.

    She wanted plain cheesecake with a few toppings.  So I made two cheesecakes, cherry topping, lemon curd, crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate hearts, fresh whipped cream and so on.

    They were all delicious!  But that was all the way back in 2016 and I know this recipe is worth a revisit.

two slices of creamy sweetened condensed milk cheesecake one with lemon curd on top and the other with cherries and whipped cream.

     Luckily it is super simple to whip up, so I made another one for you all.  I shot a quick video while I was at it to show you how easy it really is.

     This time we enjoyed it with some fresh picked giant blackberries from our backyard patch.  I also whipped up a quick and easy blackberry sauce.

     The combination of the creamy cheesecake and the sweet-tart berries is amazing. It was a perfect summer treat!

    So if you need a fail-safe cheesecake recipe, this one is for you.  It makes a great textured cheesecake that is the perfect mix of creamy and just the right density.

  But don’t take my word for it, get to baking!

lifting slice of sweetened condensed milk cheesecake out of whole dessert, ready to serve.

Why this cheesecake recipe is the best

There’s basically no measuring! In fact, this is one of those simple recipes you could commit to memory after making it a couple of times.

The texture is delicious! It’s not too dense, it’s just creamy and delicious.

It’s not too sweet either. It is perfectly balanced to be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of toppings.

It never cracks on me!

two slices of cheesecake with blackberry sauce

Tips for getting that perfect creamy texture

Beat the cream cheese really well before adding anything else. This is your only real chance to get all of the lumps out.

Once you start adding more liquid, it gets harder to beat out chunks of cream cheese.  So make sure it’s softened, beat it well and scrape the sides of the bowl a few 5imes before you move on.

Add the remaining ingredients a bit at a time to make sure they incorporate well. It’s worth taking a couple of minutes to do it right.

Once you start adding the eggs,  keep the mixer on low. You don’t want to incorporate air at this point.

Give the cheesecake a couple of good taps on the counter before you put it in the oven. That helps get any air bubbles out.

slice of cheesecake on plate with remaining cake in background

Tips for avoiding a cracked cheesecake

How do you avoid a crack without a water bath? Bake the cheesecake low and slow and let it cool slowly too.

This allows the cheesecake to bake through evenly. It helps give it that amazing texture as well.

whole cheesecake on cake stand

Cooling it too quickly can also cause a crack. Once it is set, I like to turn off the oven and crack the door open but leave the cheesecake inside.

    After about ten or fifteen minutes, I move the cheesecake to the counter to cool to room temperature. Then it goes in the fridge to chill.

The gradual cooling makes such a difference!

More great sweetened condensed milk cheesecake recipes:

If you love this recipe, try making little sweetened condensed milk cheesecake in jars. It’s a great individual sized dessert that is perfect for serving at parties.

Peanut butter toffee cheesecake is another cheesecake based on this basic recipe. It is really rich but oh so good with sweet and salty goodness of peanut butter

Or make caramel and pecan cheesecake. The gooey caramel and savory pecans are a perfect match to the creamy cheesecake.

Yield: 12 Servings (a 9 inch cheesecake)

Sweetened Condensed Milk Cheesecake

slice of creamy cheesecake with blackberry sauce

This cheesecake is super simple to make and is basically no fail! I've never had it crack on me. Plus it has the rich goodness of sweetened condensed milk baked, so you know it has to be good! Follow my simple tips and you'll be enjoying your own perfect cheesecake as well.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (or almond or flavor of your choice)
  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F
  2. Place the graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan, add the butter. Mix together and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  3. Make sure the cream cheese is really softened to it is smooth. Whip the cream cheese until completely smooth, being sure the scrape the sides of your bowl a couple of times. Beat in the condensed milk and flavorings until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until just combined. You don't want to whip to much air into the mixture at this point.
  5. Pour onto the crust. Thump it on the counter a couple of times to get out any big air bubbles.
  6. Bake until the middle doesn't jiggle, about an hour
  7. Let cool and then chill at least a couple of hours, preferably over night.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 447Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 10g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This cheesecake is super simple to make and is basically no fail! I've never had it crack on me. Plus it has the rich goodness of sweetened condensed milk baked, so you know it has to be good! Follow my simple tips and you'll be enjoying your own perfect cheesecake as well.

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Queen Her

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

So at what point you add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract (or almond or flavor of your choice). ????

Carlee

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Add it with the sweetened condensed milk. Otherwise you can add it at the end, just make sure it's full incorporated.

Kippi O'Hern

Friday 4th of September 2020

Yum, this looks delicious! I left a comment on your video and a thumbs up! Have a sweet weekend, Kippi

Carlee

Monday 7th of September 2020

Thank you so much, Kippi!

Unknown

Monday 24th of August 2020

What size pan did you use?

Carlee

Monday 24th of August 2020

A nine inch springform pan 😊

Karen

Monday 24th of August 2020

Love the video and love that you don't have to use a water bath!!!

Carlee

Saturday 29th of August 2020

It is so easy and so good! Thank you

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 9th of January 2017

My husband Looooves cheesecake, so I'll have to give this one a try!

Carlee

Monday 9th of January 2017

This is an easy version and we always love the results! I hope he does too!