Step One: Crush Graham Crackers
Put the graham crackers in a large resealable plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them to fine crumbs.
Step Two: Add Sugar and Butter to Graham Cracker Crumbs
In a medium bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs. Stir in the sugar and then add the melted butter. Combine until fully mixed.
Step Three: Add Graham Cracker Mix to Pan
Press the graham cracker mix into the springform pan. Spread it 1 ½-2 inch up the side. Chill the crust in the freezer for at least ten minutes.
Step Four: Prepare the Filling
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese at medium-high speed until smooth with an electric mixer. Beat in the condensed milk, adding a small amount at a time and scraping the sides with a rubber spatula as needed. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla.
Step Five: Pour Filling into Crust
Pour the cheesecake filling into the crust, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 ½-3 hours. Unclasp sides of cheesecake pan and served chilled.
This rich and creamy cheesecake will turn out beautiful. Be sure to leave it in the fridge long enough to allow it to set up.