Hollywood Two Tone Cheesecake

by Annie
(New Mexico)

Hollywood 2-Tone Cheesecake

Hollywood 2-Tone Cheesecake

First found in an old cookbook, sometime in the 1940s or 50s, but i learned it from my neighbor Steve :-)


1 1/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. melted butter

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter and pat firmly into the bottom of a springform pan.


1 lb. Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. eggs (2 lg.)
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Combine cream cheese, eggs, sugar and 3/4 teaspoons vanilla. Beat for 3 or 4 minutes until smooth. Pour on top of crust in springform. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Let stand and cool for 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees.

OPTIONAL ~ if you like cinnamon or cloves or nutmeg, you can generously sprinkle one, or a combo, over this first layer before adding the 2nd layer. Delicious WITHOUT the spices, but some like to add a little extra to theirs.


1 pt. sour cream (lg. container)
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend sour cream with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour onto cooled, baked cake. Spread evenly. Bake in 475F degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit at room temperature for 5 to 6 hours. Store in refrigerator and serve the next day. Cover with waxed paper before putting into the refrigerator, careful not to let the waxed paper touch the topping.

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Nov 25, 2023
Simply The Best NEW
by: Rebekah

My mother made this cheesecake for us in 1960's Mississippi. The very first cheesecake I ever ate and still the one all others are compared to. I made it for my kids Thanksgiving 2023. They couldn't believe this cheesecake. It is simply the best.

Nov 16, 2018
The BEST real cheesecake NEW
by: Anonymous

My paternal grandparents were from Chicago. My grandmother made this to serve to my Maternal grandparents. My maternal grandfather was skeptical, as he was from New York and thought he had eaten the best cheesecakes there were. Once he tried this one, though, he said it was the very best, without a doubt! My paternal grandmother was so proud. Please don't "top" your cake with anything. This is such a sinfully rich dessert - no need to add anything

My grandparents gave the Pope Cooking School cookbook to their daughter-in-law, my mother. Lucky me, I have it!

Sep 02, 2018
Mom could make this in her sleep. NEW
by: Conrad Shull

Mom grew up in Chicago. She had in her cookbook collection my Grandmother's Pope cookbook. She made it in a Revereware frying pan, because that's what she had. It's the best cheesecake recipe ever! BTW, adding anything on top of it is foolish; it's best unadorned!

Mar 30, 2018
Pope Cookbook NEW
by: Judy

This recipe is from the Francois and Antoinette Pope Cookbook. They had a cooking show in Chicago before Julia Child became a household name!

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