Last month we began a contest to find America’s happiest recipes from viewers across the nation, this morning we met one of the winners, Pam Lang, and learned her happy recipe.


For Graham Cracker Crust:
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. melted butter

Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar.  Add melted butter, stir until well blended.  Press onto bottom and up sides of a 10-inch pie pan.

For Filling:
2, 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla

Beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Pour into prepared crust. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes.  Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.  Increase oven temperature to 425°.

For Topping:
1 c. sour cream
2 T. granulated sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. cinnamon for garnish

While pie is cooling, mix topping ingredients, except cinnamon, in a small bowl.  After pie has cooled 15 minutes, gently spoon topping over baked pie, spreading to cover top completely.  Bake at 425° for 10 minutes.  Cool pie completely on wire rack.  Lightly sprinkle the top with cinnamon.  Refrigerate four hours or until thoroughly chilled before serving.  Serves 8.