Measure out 1 cup of dry cake mix; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir together remaining dry cake mix, 1 egg, and oil (mixture will be crumbly). Press crust mixture evenly into bottom and of the way up the sides of a greased 13"x9"x2" pan. (I just put it on the bottom.)
In the same bowl, blend cream cheese and sugar together. Add 3 eggs and reserved cake mix; beat 1 minute at medium speed. At low speed gradually add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour into crumb crust. Bake at 300 degrees F for 45 to 55 minutes, or until center is firm.
Cool to room temperature. Spoon pie filling over cheesecake; cover and chill 1 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator. Baked cheesecake can be frozen with a covering of foil.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this recipe was to prepare. One thing to point out, though, is that the recipe calls for a 13'x9'x2' pan and the picture shows a springform pan. Well, I used a springform pan and the baking time was more like 2 hours rather than the suggested 45-55 min. In the end, it was worth the wait!
Jennifer January 26, 2014 REVIEW:
this was my mom's recipe! I lost it, thanks for putting it online. Now I can remember her a bit better. :)
CN January 14, 2014 REVIEW:
So easy and quick. Everyone loves it. I put fresh strawberries on it.
Member since: Oct 15, 2013
ninaweiss October 24, 2013 REVIEW:
I make this with chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling.
Rock Bottom July 8, 2013 REVIEW:
I was impressed by how good the crust turned out from using a cake mix. I had never seen that before! Simple cheesecake to make and turned out good.
Army Brat June 29, 2013 REVIEW:
I have been making this cheesecake forever but lost the recipe. So glad I found it here!!! THANK YOU!! It's always a hit whenever I make it and it is so easy to make.
JB May 25, 2012 COMMENT: YESSS!! I am so excited that I found this recipe on-line. I was looking for a cheesecake recipe that I only remembered slightly, but I remembered that it was so good and easy to make. Thanks for posting!
MaryLou March 15, 2012 REVIEW:
Used to make this in the 1970's-glad to find recipe again-great to take to "pot luck" of to the office and it makes a big cheesecake at a reasonable price! Thanks
Member since: Feb 24, 2012
sandy42650 March 5, 2012 REVIEW:
Surprisingly, this was quite good. I had company to serve it to and they asked for the recipe. It was easy to prepare. I baked it in a Springform pan but had to bake much longer than it says. It turned out great, easy to serve. I used Comstock Cherry Pie filling. I will definitely make this again.
Jojo November 21, 2011 REVIEW:
I am SOO excited. My home ecomonics teacher used to make this recipe. I lost it a few years ago and now I've found it again! I'm making this for Thanksgiving!
kmo February 13, 2011 REVIEW:
My mother made this years ago......she is gone now but I found the recipe. I make it with a triple chocolate cake mix and a healthy squirt of chocolate syrup....nothing less than raves when I take it to work or parties. have made Raspberry swirl too. This recipe Rocks!!!!
Emily September 26, 2010 COMMENT: I bake this recipe in a cupcake pan, the individual cheesecakes are cute and easy to serve! :)
Member since: Jul 14, 2010
BugaboosCreations July 14, 2010 REVIEW:
We loved this! It was really easy and very yummy!
Diana April 29, 2010 COMMENT: Married in 1973, this is the 1st cheesecake I learned to make for my husband. He loved it and so did our very large family we had in the following years. I lost the recipe until now.I never thought I would see it again, it's fabulous!! Thanks so much for posting it.
Guest Foodie May 5, 2009 REVIEW:
This is the recipe my mother used while we were growing up! It is indeed the best out there! Thanks for having it here, as mom and I have both lost the recipe, until now!
Guest Foodie April 14, 2009 REVIEW:
I brought this cheesecake to an Easter dinner and everyone loved it!!!I didn't have any leftovers to bring home!It is fabulous!
Member since: Oct 21, 2007
tifferg October 21, 2007 REVIEW:
Quite tasty... opted to use spring form pan versus pie plate, used lemon cake versus golden and had to increase baking time to 60 min at 300f and an additional 10min at 325f
tenlittledevils October 4, 2007 REVIEW:
Was I ever glad to have found this reciepe again! this has been a tried and true reciepe favorite of my family and I for several years. was devasted when misplaced! Thanks for saving me!