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Very Vanilla Slow Cooker Cheesecake

In 2015, Camilla at Culinary Adventures of Camilla enlisted her blogging friends to help her celebrate her 15th wedding anniversary by sharing 15 cheesecakes.  The event was a huge hit, and I'm so excited to be a part of it this year for her 18th anniversary!

Even though we both love cheesecake, I don't really make it at home often. When I saw this recipe for cheesecake done in a slow cooker, I immediately printed it out. I'm probably the last person on Earth who hasn't jumped on the pressure cooker train yet, I'm still using my CrockPot. I had planned on doubling the recipe and making 3 individual cheesecakes in 4" springforms, but I couldn't find mine.  My large springform wouldn't fit in my oval slow cooker.  I ended up buying a Wilton 6" springform, and I love it.  I've already got several more recipes chosen to make in it.

The recipe itself is simple, but you want to make sure that you follow the prep instructions for the pan and the foil "rack" closely.  This keeps your pan watertight and allows it to cook perfectly. I made no changes to the recipe itself, and I used the full 3 teaspoons of vanilla.  Make sure to note that after the cooking and cooling times, this also needs to be refrigerated overnight.   That was the hardest part!

I was thrilled to see that the cheesecake top was completely without cracks, something that I struggle with when I make them in the oven, even using a water bath.  It had a beautiful texture, not super dense, and the flavor was amazing.  You can top it any way you like,  with fresh fruit, pie fillings, chopped candy and chocolate sauce.  The sky's the limit. Thank you so much to Krista L for sharing her recipe!

My husband liked his with slightly warmed blueberry pie filling.

I drizzled mine with some Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce.  Heaven! 

Wishing Camilla and her dear husband a very happy anniversary, and many more years of cheesecakes! Be sure to check out the links to the other recipes below :)

Very Vanilla Slow Cooker Cheesecake



  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 16oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, large, lightly beaten


How to cook Very Vanilla Slow Cooker Cheesecake

  1. Pour 1 in. water into a 6-qt. slow cooker. Layer two 24-in. pieces of foil. Starting with a long side, roll up foil to make a 1-in.-wide strip; shape into a circle. Place in bottom of slow cooker to make a rack.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto bottom and about 1 in. up sides of prepared pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  3. Place springform pan on foil circle without touching slow cooker sides. Cover slow cooker with a double layer of white paper towels; place lid securely over towels. Cook, covered, on high 2 hours. Do not remove lid; turn off slow cooker and let cheesecake stand, covered, in slow cooker 1 hour.
  4. Remove springform pan from slow cooker; remove foil around pan. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 1 hour longer. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled Remove ring and pan base, move to serving plate. Top as desired with fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, blueberry or strawberry topping.
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Karen said…
I definitely need to try this! It looks so creamy and perfect! Pinned on my special "must try" board.
Ellen said…
I love that it's made in a slow cooker. I would have never thought to do make cheesecake in a slow cooker.
This post reminded me that I had found an Instant Pot cheesecake recipe that I wanted to try. I've never considered a cheesecake in the crockpot. Thanks for the inspiration.
Camilla M. Mann said…
I am intrigued by the slow cooker process. Wow. Thanks for joining me, Jolene. We feel celebrated.
Amy said…
This looks delicious! I would never have thought to use the slow cooker!
Jolene said…
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Jolene said…
It's definitely made me want to research other non-traditional things that I can make it!
Jolene said…
Looking forward to seeing how your Instant Pot cheesecake turns out! I'm still on the fence about buying one.
Jolene said…
Me either! But now that I have, it could be dangerous :)
Jolene said…
Thank you! This would have never crossed my radar if I hadn't gone searching out recipes to participate in your celebration :)
Laura said…
Oh this is GORGEOUS! I haven't tried the slow cooker cheesecake YET but this may be on my list for the week.
Jolene said…
It was way, way too easy. My husband's already asking when I'm going to make it again!
I've never understood why people use a crockpot instead of an oven...I think I'm going to have to test this one out.
Carlee said…
I absolutely need to make a cheesecake in a slow cooker. This looks soooooo good!
Books n' Cooks said…
Cheesecake in a slow cooker? Genius!
Val said…
I would have never thought about making a cheesecake in a slow cooker. It looks like it came out perfectly!
Caroline said…
Love vanilla cheesecake but have never tried in the slow cooker - came out great!
Jolene said…
I rarely use mine, so it was pretty cool to find this recipe!
Jolene said…
It was so easy, but I have to keep telling the guys that I'm not making cheesecake every week!
Jolene said…
Right? Now I'm totally looking for other creative ways to use it!
Jolene said…
It really had a great texture. No cracks!
Hardlyagoddess said…
I love Camilla's idea for sharing her anniversary in this way, and I am amazed that your recipe is in a slow cooker and looks absolutely delicious! This is so cool!
Jolene said…
I'm so happy she does, because I probably would have never found this recipe otherwise!

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