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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 classic 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 whole 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.

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.

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

The combination of the creamy cheesecake and the sweet-tart berries is amazing. It was a perfectly easy summer treat but good enough to be served at special occasions!

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!

Why This Easy 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 Your Cheesecake Filling Perfectly Creamy

Beat the room temperature 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze the whole cake or individual slices of cheesecake. Wrap what you would like to freeze in several layers of plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month. Allow frozen cheesecake to slowly defrost in the refrigerator before enjoying.

Can I use something besides graham crackers for the crust?

Of course! Any kind of cookie crumbs work well and this is a great way to easily change the flavor of this simple cheesecake. Vanilla wafers, chocolate cookies or gingersnaps would all be great options to take this delicious dessert to the next level.

More Great Cheesecake Recipes With Condensed Milk:

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.

Or try making one without the oven, my no bake cheesecake recipe is perfect for when you want to avoid the heat. It uses simple ingredients like condensed milk and sour cream to make a tasty and easy treat.

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.

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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. Set aside to cool.
  3. Make sure the cream cheese is really softened. In a large bowl, 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 mixing until just combined. You don't want to whip 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.

Notes

*You can buy a box of graham cracker crumbs or make you own. This recipe requires 1 sleeve of graham crackers turned into crumbs. I usually use a food processor for this but you can put them in a large resealable plastic bag and go over them with a rolling pin several times until they are fine crumbs.

For the best results, use full-fat cream cheese.

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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.

Thanks for sharing!

Gwendolyn

Thursday 24th of March 2022

I can't wait to make this, I have had the cream cheese for some time now, and then bought the condensed milk, so can't wait, just love cheese cake, but for the flavoring, I am going to use 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, and then grate the skin on top of the cheesecake, to give that extra zest.

Carlee

Thursday 24th of March 2022

That sounds like it is going to be delicious, I hope you love it!

Josephine

Friday 11th of March 2022

Best cheese cake and simple to make

Carlee

Friday 11th of March 2022

I am so glad you liked it!

Arlene

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Hi Carlee, Just discovered your website and saw this cheesecake recipe, had to try. It's in the oven now, I have to say was EASIEST cheesecake recipe I've ever made( and I've been making them for almost 30 years!). I'm sure it will be scrumptious based on its simplicity, thanks for the great recipe, looking forward to trying others on your site!

Carlee

Sunday 16th of January 2022

YAY! I hope you like eating it as much as you liked making it!

June Mullen

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Do you let the cheesecake cool in the springform pan or take it out?

Carlee

Sunday 16th of January 2022

Cool it in the pan. Once it is fully chilled, you can take it out.

Noémie

Saturday 18th of December 2021

I made your recipe with speculoos cookies (Biscoff) and maple condensed milk and this was amazing! A real success with my friends, even the ones who are not big fans of cheesecake! It cracked when I took it out of the oven though, not sure how I could avoid this but I covered it up with crumbles of speculoos and it went unnoticed :) thanks for this recipe, I’ll definitely do it again!

Carlee

Saturday 18th of December 2021

A biscoff crust sounds amazing! I am sorry that it cracked. A few things could have happened, but the most common culprits are usually either too much air in the batter or cooling too quickly. I am glad it was a hit anyway!

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