To make a cheesecake, make a filling containing cream cheese, eggs, vanilla and sugar, and then add that to a crust made of butter and cookie crumbs. Toppings, which are optional, often include cherries or flavored syrups. Once you understand basic cheesecake elements, you are free to experiment with ingredients.
The easiest way to make a cheesecake crust is to combine cookie crumbs with butter and sugar and press the resulting mixture into a springform pan. Next, bake the crust at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for nine to 12 minutes, and then allow the crust to cool on a rack.
To make filling, combine cream cheese with a little flour and a pinch of salt. At this point, some people like to add chocolate, dulce de leche, peanut butter, lemon or orange zest. Strawberry or blueberry puree or even seasonal ingredients such as pumpkin puree are also popular. Add eggs and mix well.
Spoon the filling into the cooled crust and make sure the top is smooth. Finally, add a topping and/or garnish, such as ground cloves, mini chocolate chips or a liquer. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly an hour. Once the cake is done baking, place it on a rack to cool completely before covering it and refrigerating it for a minimum of eight hours up to three days.