Great Grandma’s Cheese Torte

Great Grandmas Cheese Torte

I’ve been racking my brain ever since I made this cheese torte to write a post worthy of its history and the words just won’t come.  Making it, reminiscing over days of past and having things really stir up old memories has been difficult.  I only wish I could have made this for my Grandpa.

I’ve had this recipe from my great grandmother for the past couple years but for some reason it sat in a box collecting dust.  Ever since the passing of my Grandpa I’ve been racing to preserve what history I have left of him and this is one recipe that holds many memories for my family.  It actually became the subject of a conversation between my Uncle and I {still gonna email it to you Uncle Wayne!}.

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While I was making I was texting my mom asking about the recipe.  It wasn’t something we made while I was growing up but my mom has fond memories of her grandma making it for family barbecues.  Instead of serving it with fruit {which I prefer} she sprinkled it with extra graham cracker crumbs.

It is a family recipe that has resurfaced and will be gracing our Fourth of July table every year.  And, despite the snow outside, I don’t see why it can’t be eaten year round.  So, from my family to yours, my Great Grandma’s Cheese Torte.

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Great Grandma's Cheese Torte
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15-20 servings
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2½ pints cream (I used 1 quart and it was enough)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb cottage cheese, small curd
  • Crust
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Press into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl pour the cold water and sprinkle with the gelatin.
  3. In a medium saucepan mix 2 egg yolks, sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Pour mixture into the large bowl containing the gelatin and stir until mixed. Allow the gelatin mixture to cool slightly until it begins to thicken then add cottage cheese and vanilla.
  4. While the gelatin mixture cools in a large bowl whip the cream until stiff. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl whip the 2 egg whites until stiff. Set aside.
  6. Gently fold the stiff egg whites and whipped cream into the cooled cheese mixture in the large bowl. Pour into the 13 x 9 baking dish.
  7. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight until set. Cut into squares and serve.


You should also try these cheese tortes…

Hidden Berry Cream Cheese Torte | Brown Eyed Baker

Graham Cracker Crusted and Pistachio Flecked Cheese Torte | the kitchn

Originally shared on Budget Gourmet Mom Nov 4, 2013.  Updated May 22, 2016


  1. Holy cow! This looks amazing!

  2. Recipes from Grandma’s are the absolute BEST!!! This looks amazing.

  3. Great story that goes along with a great torte!

  4. I just love the way this looks. I will be trying this for our next cooking club gathering! It is amazing how dishes from relatives evoke such emotions. I have some of the same!

  5. This is lovely!! I love great family recipes 🙂

  6. Your photo is gorgeous!

  7. So sweet. I love old recipes like this 🙂

  8. Grandmothers recipes are always the best, especially since they help us to continue to remember them! So glad you have this recipe to remind you of them! It looks like the perfect holiday dessert!

  9. These look so delish and I love your dessert plates!

  10. I love making family recipes 🙂 this sure does look gorgeous!

  11. Your Great Grandma’s Cheese Torte looks heavenly!!

  12. In the recipe it says “2 1/2 pints of cream (I used 1 quart) what kind of cream?

  13. This recipe looks and sounds wonderful. This would be lovely on my table for Valentine’s Day dinner. I know you must treasure having these old recipes that bring back memories. What great photo work!

  14. Delicious. Nice color contrast.

  15. Jill Greenlaw says:

    If your cheesecake is half as good as the photograph, I am an instant fan. You have a wonderful way of describing the recipe in a way that makes my mouth water. I can’t wait to try this.


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