To-Die-For Cheesecake Recipes
Whether you prefer the rich decadence of chocolate cheesecake or the sweet taste of fresh fruit, we have the perfect cheesecake for you.
Death by cheesecake isn’t likely—but it wouldn’t be the worst way to go, especially if you’re digging into one of our smooth and creamy cheesecake recipes. We’ve got a cheesecake that’s right for every occasion, whether you’re baking for the holidays, a special dinner party, or just to satisfy a weeknight cheesecake craving. Take your pick from more than 20 cheesecake recipes including decadent chocolate, tangy lemon, free-form strawberry, banana pudding, caramel apple-brownie, piña colada, and of course, our very best classic plain cheesecake. We also have plenty of helpful tips from our Test Kitchen to avoid cracked tops, crumbly crusts, and other common cheesecake baking issues.
Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
As pretty as petits fours, these luscious little two-bite gems can be finished with any kind of berry or preserves. Get ahead, and bake the cheesecakes in advance. After baking, they'll freeze up to one month. Thaw and top with preserves and fruit before serving.
Lightened Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake with Mocha Sauce
Chocolate and coffee flavors mingle perfectly in this sinfully delicious cheesecake. The only thing missing is the guilt.
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This sinfully sweet dessert is the perfect blend of fresh bananas, creamy cheesecake, and crunchy vanilla wafers.
Recipe: Ultimate Cheesecake
Looking for a go-to cheesecake recipe? You've found the one! This classic cheesecake is great on its own or with a simple Apricot Glaze.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Recipe: Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a perfect dessert.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
Test Kitchen Professional Pam Lolley combined the flavors of three favorites—pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake—to create this luscious holiday dessert.
Recipe: Chocolate-Fudge Cheesecake
Chocoholics are sure to love this ultra-rich cheesecake, which features traditional cheesecake sandwiched between a chocolate-pecan brownie base and a thick, homemade chocolate glaze.
Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
Recipe: Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
If the title of this dessert recipe doesn't send you running for the kitchen, then you need to read it again. We've packed all your favorite desserts into one must-try indulgence. Cheesecake, brownies, and caramel apples... What more could you want?
White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake
This cake is the perfect ending to a meal—from the deep red cranberry topping to the velvety smooth comforting bites.
Warm Fudge-Filled Cheesecake
Recipe: Warm Fudge-Filled Cheesecake
A warm fudge center makes this cheesecake melt-in-your-mouth delicious. A homemade pistachio crust is worth the extra effort.
Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Recipe: Free-form Strawberry Cheesecake
Twenty minutes and six ingredients are all it takes to make this yummy cheesecake.
Irish Strawberry-and-Cream Cheesecake
Swirled with strawberry preserves and flavored with Irish cream liqueur, this cheesecake will be a hit at any get-together.
Eggnog Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
It only takes 15 minutes to put together this seasonal cheesecake with an easy three-ingredient gingersnap crust.
Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Recipe: Pecan Cheesecake Pie
The nutty topping on this pecan cheesecake pie adds a nice crunch to the characteristic creaminess of this popular dessert.
Brandy Alexander Cheesecake
Recipe: Brandy Alexander Cheesecake
Garnish this rich cheesecake with berries and currants for a party-perfect presentation. The cake can be baked and frozen up to a month ahead.
Festive Piña Colada Cheesecake
Recipe: Festive Piña Colada Cheesecake
Crushed pineapple, coconut, and a little light rum give this easy piña colada cheesecake its Caribbean flair.
Lime-Goat Cheese Cheesecakes
Recipe: Lime-Goat Cheese Cheesecakes
For a twist on classic cheesecake, try adding goat cheese to the mixture. It adds another dimension of flavor, and with a bit of lime juice and honey it may just become your favorite cheesecake recipe.
Lightened Chocolate-Coffee Cheesecake
After winning the Southern Living Cook-Off 2005, registered dietitian Sharon Collison came to us with the original, light version of her $100,000 cheesecake. She did a full-fat version for our contest and won. Ironically, the skinnier version (with half the fat and calories) received the same outstanding rating in our Test Kitchens.
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
Recipe: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart
It may look like a chore, but this cheesecake tart calls for a relatively straightforward preparation: First, press the crust into the tart pan. Next, mix the cream cheese filling, fill the tart shell, and bake. Finally, gild the pie with sautéed tart apples, and paint them with melted apple jelly for a jewelled effect.
Cranberry Cheesecake with Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Cut into this fall cheesecake to find a surprising fruit layer on the bottom. Dress it up by pooling sauce on top and garnishing with fresh mint leaves, citrus curls, and sugared cranberries.
Decadent Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake
Dessert and coffee all in one slice, this over-the-top cheesecake is a surefire crowd-pleaser. To garnish with chocolate shards, melt dark bittersweet chocolate, and spread it in a thin layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let it stand until set, and break into pieces.
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
We use a mix of chocolate and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs here to give the crust a dark color with notes of chocolate and a little spice. You can choose one or the other, so long as you use 1½ cups total. We also like to give the canned pumpkin a whirl in the food processor so it's nice and smooth in the creamy filling.