Friday, June 25, 2021

Flag Cheesecake from @MaddieDayAuthor #giveaway

MADDIE here. Next week is US Independence Day, which sounds to me like a great excuse to make a flag-themed cheesecake! And I just found a stack of ARCs of NO GRATER CRIME I had forgotten about, so I'm giving away three copies.

Flag Cheesecake
Gary Cooper’s Housekeeper’s Cheesecake via Henry Kinsbury via Judy Norsegian)



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13 whole graham crackers (cinnamon or plain), crushed until fine

1/3 cup melted butter

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

12ounces full-fat cream cheese (bricks, not whipped), softened

1¼ c white sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 pint sour cream

1 pint local strawberries

1/2 cup local blueberries

1/2 cup grape (or other fruit) jelly


Mix 3 tablespoons sugar with graham cracker crumbs and cinnamon. Mix in melted butter, and press into a rectangular pan.

Beat cream cheese with 1 cup sugar until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat in eggs, one at a time.

Pour into prepared crust and bake 40-45 minutes until center is almost set. Remove from pan and let cool for 10 minutes. 

Mix ¼ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla into the sour cream. Gently spoon on top of cheesecake until covered and bake 10 more minutes.

Let cool. Chill overnight or at least six hours. 

Slice strawberries in half. Arrange blueberries in a square in the corner and the strawberries cut-side down in horizonal stripes. Melt a half-cup of jelly in microwave for about ten seconds and brush over the fruit.


Readers: What's your favorite summer dessert? I'll send three of you an advance copy of NO GRATER CRIME!

My most recent book is  A Changing Light, our seventh Quaker Midwife Mystery! If you want a signed copy endorsed to you, please order from my local indy bookstore, Jabberwocky Books.

The next book to come out is Country Store Mystery #9. No Grater Crime comes out in August and is up for preorder!

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. What a great idea! I love peach cobbler in the summer. Thanks for the chance!

  2. I like anything with fresh fruit in it. I would love your flag cheesecake. Thank you for this chance!! pgenest57 at aol dot com

  3. My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake. The cheesecake looks very refreshing, great for the 4th.

  4. Fresh Fruit Salad. Can't beat it.

  5. That is the perfect for 4th July dessert. My favorite summer dessert is apple pie.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

  6. My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake. Your recipe looks so good. Will have to try it! Thanks for the chance!!


  7. Welcome today. Congrats on No Grater Crime. Thank you for the recipe. One of my sister in laws used to make a white cake 9x13 that had red and blue swirls inside. than white frosting with a flag like this from fresh fruit. It was always so good. She added something to the cake that she wouldn't tell us about. But we all asked for it every year. LOL My favorite summer dessert is fresh berries and vanilla ice cream. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  8. I love fruit salad.


  9. Totally awesome recipe, Edith! Thank you. Hugs. MJ

  10. Fruit salad - strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and grapes
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  11. I love strawberry shortcake.
    Have a happy summer.

  12. The cheesecake looks so good. My favorite is to mix different berries and maket shortcake biscuits

  13. Watermelon is my favorite summertime desert. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  14. I like key lime pie.

  15. Right now our mango trees are in mega fruit mode. My husband has perfected blending them with the immersion blender and putting them in pop molds to freeze. Just mango, nothing else.
    They are amazing. Somehow pureeing the mango gives it extra flavor.
    They are a big neighborhood favorite!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  16. Go-to summer dessert is anything with local strawberries in June/July - scones, shortcake or mixed with just whipped cream! Eagerly awaiting your next book in August - thanks for a chance to win an ARC!

  17. My favorite summer dessert is Eclair Pie.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  18. My favorite summer dessert is watermelon
    sgiden at verizon dot net

  19. Karen B
    Tropical cheesecake is my favorite.

  20. Dessert is my favorite, but for summer, I love anything with fruit, berries, peaches, lemon bars or lemon cream pie are sure to make me smile.

  21. I love ice cream but it has to be non dairy or fruit popsicles

  22. Love cheesecake, thanks for the recipe!

  23. I love Mocha Almond Fudge ice cream!!

  24. I love the cake, and thank you for sharing the recipe. My favorite Summer dessert is Friendly's Wattamelon Roll. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake, it screams summer to me. Your flag cheesecake would be a lovely addition to any 4th of July celebration. We are currently on our way to visit family for a July holiday, the first time we have all been together in nearly 2 years.

    1. oops...forgot to add,
      little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  26. We have winners! Congratulations to Rita Wray, Karen B, and Robyn K. Please check your emails, ladies.

    Thanks to all for the yummy summer dessert ideas!

  27. I have made flag cakes but never a cheesecake before. Sound delish.
    Thank for the recipe Lois Rotella