Cheesecake is a dessert made from fresh cream cheese with a pastry or graham cracker crust. The topping is usually sweetened with sugar and vanilla. You can top cheesecake with fruit, nuts or melted chocolate. Philadelphia cream cheese is a popular Kraft product that can be transformed into a cream cheese cake with the addition of ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen and pantry.

Things You'll Need

Heat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Crush graham crackers inside a sealed plastic bag until you have 1 1/2 cups worth of crumbs.

Combine the crumbs with 3 tbsp. of melted butter to moisten the crumbs. Press the mixture onto the button and sides of a 9-inch cake pan to create the crust.

Combine an 8 oz. package of softened Philadelphia cream cheese with 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Stir the ingredients with an electric mixer until they are blended well.

Add 1 egg at a time and mix the ingredients with the low speed setting on an electric mixer. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust.

Bake the cheesecake for 55 minutes or until the center sets. Loosen the cake from the pan with a spatula and allow it to cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Keep the cake covered with foil or plastic wrap.

Top the cheesecake with fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries before you serve it.