Craving Cheesecake Factory? Well, look no further for a cheesecake recipe that you can make in your dorm with fresh, local ingredients sourced from the Northwestern dining halls. With a few tweaks, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your decadent dessert. Bon appétit!


16 packets (1 standard measuring cup) of cream cheese

Some amount of butter As many sugar packets as you desire

Half a Starbucks cup of heavy cream Half a Starbucks cup of sour cream

Two Starbucks cup of Golden Grahams: one for baking, one for snacking



For the crust:

  1. Pour the Golden Grahams into a plastic bag, and crush them up. Frustrated by midterms? This is the perfect time to take out your anger! Grind the Golden Grahams into fine crumbs with nothing but your fists.
  2. Melt the butter. Scoop the Golden Grahams into a bowl and slowly pour butter into the mixture while stirring. Stop adding butter when you feel that you have a crust-like consistency.
  3. Add two to three packets of sugar to the crust and stir.  

For the cheesecake:

  1. Scoop 16 packets of cream cheese into a pot.
  2. So unfortunately, the dining halls don’t have bags of flour for students to bake masterpieces with, so this is where we have to get creative. Our flour substitute? Cheerios! Crush a couple tablespoons of Cheerios into a very fine powder.  
  3. Add a couple scoops of sour cream. We’re not sure why this goes into a cheesecake either, but that’s what the original recipe said. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Pour in some half and half slowly, and stir until the mixture feels like a cheesecake consistency.  
  5. Add in Cheerios, then stir.
  6. Add in packets of sugar to the cheesecake. We recommend at least 30 packets. Feel free to taste along the way!
  7. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of the graham cracker crust.
  8. Bake in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees.
  9. Let the cheesecake cool, then place in the freezer for an hour.
  10. Taste the cheesecake!
  11. Realize you’re too impatient and the cheesecake needs to stay in the freezer overnight.
  12. Taste the cheesecake! Enjoy!