Mom's California Cheese Pie

cassie thornburg


My mom's birthday is in March, and in her honor, I'd like to share a recipe she gave me years ago. I remember her making this when I was little.

Usually people make a cake when it's someones birthday, but my mom loves Cheesecake. HOWEVER, not the typical cheesecake in the New York style. She likes the California Cheese Pie. It has a graham cracker crust, and a creamy cheese filling, with a layer of sweetened sour cream on top. This recipe has also become a favorite of ours at Christmas so I eat this at least once a year.


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10 Min
30 Min


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  • 1 pkg
    graham crackers (not the box! - just one package from the box)
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp
    melted butter

  • 2
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/3 c
  • 9 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature (do not use fat free!)

  • 1 c
    sour cream
  • 4 Tbsp

How to Make Mom's California Cheese Pie


  1. Put the graham crackers in a food processor with 2 TBL brown sugar. Pulse until completely crumbly. OR put the crackers in a zip top baggie and crush them with a rolling pin. Put the crumbs in a bowl and add the sugar. Then add 6 TBL melted butter to the graham cracker mixture. Press the mixture into a pie tin and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool while you make the filling.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine pie ingredients until very smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared crust. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 or until firm. If it is very jiggly or looks wet in the center, bake for another 5 minutes or so. Let the pie cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Whip the topping ingredients and gently pour over the top of the pie, covering the filling completely. Bake for another 5 minutes.
    Cool completely and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

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About Mom's California Cheese Pie

Course/Dish: Pies, Other Desserts
Hashtags: #cheesecake, #Cream, #cheese

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