Did you know cheesecake was served at the first Thanksgiving?* That’s right, our research of real historical paintings of the First Thanksgiving prove that cheesecake (not pie!) is the original Thanksgiving dessert. So make your Thanksgiving dessert the original with our 1621 First Thanksgiving Cheesecake. It’s sure to disappear faster than pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or apple pie. Now figuring out a dessert to make this Thanksgiving is a piece of (cheese)cake! (*Well, maybe...)
Combine graham crumbs, butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar; press onto bottom of 10-inch cast-iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray.
Beat cream cheese with vanilla and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.
Pour over crust. (Note: Pan will be very full.) Place pan on baking sheet, then place in oven.
Bake 50 to 55 min. or until center of cheesecake is almost set. Cool completely.
Refrigerate 4 hours.
Garnish finished cheesecake with nuts, and regional Thanksgiving fruits, such as cranberries, grapes, figs, blueberries, and/or raspberries
If you are planning to fit in dessert during the day, make sure you substitute water for any sugary drinks. Keep a reusable water bottle with you to always have water on hand.
Blending Cream Cheese for Success
When blending cream cheese in dessert recipes, always use softened cream cheese. Make sure the cream cheese and sugar are completely blended and free of lumps before proceeding. To quickly soften cream cheese, place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 15 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
How to Test Cheesecake Doneness
To avoid overbaking a cheesecake, check for doneness at the minimum baking time by gently shaking the pan. If the cheesecake is done, the edge should be slightly puffed and it will be set except for a small area in the center that will be soft and jiggly. Do not insert a knife into the center as this may cause the cheesecake to crack during cooling.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.