Blackberry Cheesecake

Some close family friends invited us over for Easter dinner.  We had a wonderful time!  Lots of laughter, good conversation, and delicious food!  So much to be thankful for!  For this special occasion I busted out the Pioneer Woman’s Blackberry Cheesecake.  Sister made this about a year ago with blueberries and it was OMG delicious.  I’ve been afraid to learn how to make it for fear of eating a whole cheesecake myself.  So knowing I had wonderful people to share it with, this seemed an appropriate time to make something fancy (and how great is it that you have to make cheesecake ahead of time, it’s the perfect dish to make for a party).

Blackberry Cheesecake

Serves about 14

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman


  • 1 box Vanilla Wafers (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1  1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • 3 (8oz) packages cream cheese (I used 2 reduced fat, 1 regular)
  • 1  1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 2 – 3 cups blackberries (blueberries are also delicious)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or less depending on how sweet your fruit is)
  • 2 Tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place vanilla wafers and pecans in a food processor, pulse until mixture becomes crumbs.  Add melted butter and vanilla and pulse again until combined.  Pour into a 10″ springform pan and press crumbs into the bottom.
For the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.  Add sour cream and beat again.  Pour mixture into crust, smooth the top, and bake for 1 hour, 20 minutes.  Turn off oven and open door and allow to sit in the oven with the door opened for 15 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.
For the topping, add blackberries, sugar, and water to a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 4-5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
Top cooled cake with the blackberry sauce.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but longer is better!

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6 thoughts on “Blackberry Cheesecake

  1. This was the best cheesecake ever! I will try it tomorrow for my board meeting. Might try with blueberries.

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