Rich and Creamy Cheesecakes
Nobody really knows for sure how snickerdoodle cookies got their silly name, there’s nothing silly about this cheesecake recipe. Like some of the other cheesecake ideas in this collection, it’s patterned after a popular childhood treat. But make no mistake—the buttery shortbread crust and the vanilla and cinnamon flavors give the creamy cheesecake a lofty leap into the realm of sophisticated desserts.
Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
With so many cheesecake flavors out there (jelly bean, anyone?), it’s hard to know where to start! But one thing’s for sure: The combo of chocolate and peanut butter will never let you down! When you're feeling especially indulgent, top this cheesecake recipe with chopped peanut butter cups; other times, a sprinkling of chopped peanuts will do just fine.
White Chocolate Cheesecake
A few special touches transform a classic cheesecake recipe into a showstopper. We start by using buttery shortbread cookies for the crust, then we add white chocolate to the creamy cheesecake batter. But we’re not done yet! As a final flourish, we dip fresh fruit into white chocolate for the ultimate cheesecake decoration.
Mocha-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberries
With its triple-whammy of chocolate angles, this is the ultimate chocolate cheesecake! You’ll find chocolate cookies crumbled into the crust, semisweet chocolate melted into the batter, and mini chocolate pieces studded throughout. Want more? The coffee helps deepen and intensify all that chocolaty goodness. Top with bright, juicy strawberries for one of our best cheesecake ideas ever.
Classic New York Style Cheesecake
Everyone should make a New York-style cheesecake recipe at least once just to see what the fuss is all about. How does it differ from other cheesecakes? It’s rich and dense, with sour cream in the batter to make it extra smooth and creamy. Don’t go looking for clever cheesecake flavors here. Stir-ins would be heresy, though you could get by serving a thin slice with cherries or berries, if you must.
Amaretti-Cherry Cheesecake Pie
When you land on a recipe for cheesecake pie, what you’ve really found is an easy cheesecake recipe for cooks who don’t have a springform pan! With amaretti cookies and toasted almonds in the crust and a bright cherry topping, this dessert also ranks as one of our cleverest cheesecake ideas ever. For a great cheesecake decoration, simply sprinkle a few almonds and/or white chocolate curls on top of your masterpiece before serving.
Picture this: A homemade gingersnap crust, melt-in-your-mouth creamy cheesecake, and a gooey layer of caramel. Who's dishing? Equally picture-perfect is that enticing ring of chopped chocolate-covered English toffee for a simple-yet-stunning cheesecake decoration.
Coconut Meringue Cheesecake
Wow’s the word with this creamy chocolate cheesecake! It features pecans and coconut and a fluffy layer of sweet meringue. Make this tall beauty a day in advance next time you’re hosting friends for dinner. No matter what else happens, just imagine how confident you’ll feel knowing that this elegant cheesecake recipe is waiting in the wings to dazzle your guests as a grand finale!
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas
Obviously, this cheesecake recipe was inspired by the off-the-charts popularity of pumpkin-spice lattes. We figured that what tasted great in a milky latte would taste equally divine in a creamy cheesecake—and we were right! Also check out the pretty cheesecake decoration of sugared pepitas—a great match for the flavors of this irresistible dessert.
This simple dessert is everything we love about cheesecake—velvetty, rich, sweet, and so satisfying. Its light, nutty flavor comes from toasted almonds, almond paste, and amaretto.
Maple Cheesecake with Maple-Glazed Pears and Cranberries
Count on brown sugar and maple syrup to deepen and sweeten the cheesecake flavors of this autumn-inspired recipe. Stir together cranberries, apples, butter, cinnamon and maple syrup to make the equally seasonal cheesecake decoration. It all adds up to one of our best cheesecake ideas for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
If unbaked chocolate chip cookie dough is your secret obsession, you’re secret’s safe with us! No need to sneak dough from the bowl—spoonfuls of your favorite treat dot the easy cheesecake recipe. For a simple cheesecake decoration, serve each slice with dollops of sweetened whipped cream
Salted Caramel Truffle Cheesecake Bars
Did you know that most cheesecakes freeze extremely well? With that in mind, simply make this chocolate cheesecake recipe, which yields 32 bars, and you’ll have dessert covered for quite awhile! What a treat for guests, family get-togethers, and just because.
Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookie Cheesecake
Oatmeal and butterscotch cookies taste wonderful with a glass of milk, so it’s no surprise that they translate into incredibly tasty cheesecake flavors. With an oatmeal-pecan crust and butterscotch chips studded throughout, this cheesecake recipe transforms the pleasures of the simple cookie into a lavish dessert. The cheesecake decoration is super-simple—just rim the top with a few more butterscotch chips and some of the crust mixture, then bake.
This coffee-chocolate cheesecake recipe offers layer upon layer of sinful delights: Nestled between the cinnamon-infused chocolate crust and the creamy, liqueur-spiked filling is a thrilling ribbon of chocolate ganache. Of all the great cheesecake ideas in our files, this is the one to beat!
Red Velvet Cheesecake
We’re always coming up with great new cheesecake flavors, so it was only a matter of time before we concocted a luscious red velvet chocolate cheesecake recipe. We love the way it combines the dense and creamy appeal of a classic cheesecake with the striking beauty of a red velvet cake.
Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake
This recipe shows you how to make cheesecake as elegant as can be! The secret is in the nut! Hazelnuts star in many plush European desserts, and here, the classy nut glams up the all-American cheesecake for ultrarefined results. In addition to the nuts, a little hazelnut liquor imbues the cheesecake recipe through and through with this cosmopolitan flavor.
Bittersweet Cheesecake Torte
Layer white and milk chocolate between brownies for a striking impression at the dinner table. Topped with a whipped chocolate ganache, it's every chocolate-lover's dream.
Cherry Cheesecake Kuchen
Kuchen is German for “cake,” and this triple-layer dessert is a luxurious cross between a cheesecake recipe and a cake recipe. Top with a sweet-tart cherry sauce for great flavor contrasts. Then, add a few shavings of white chocolate for an easy cheesecake decoration.
Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake
Mascarpone adds extra creaminess, blueberries add sweetness, and lemon adds a little zing to this cheesecake recipe. You’ll also appreciate the buttery cornmeal crust—it’s a great change of pace when you’re looking for cheesecake ideas that veer off the beaten graham-cracker crust path.
Boston Cream Cheesecake
If you’ve ever had Boston cream pie, you know that it’s not really a pie. Instead, it’s a sumptuous dessert with vanilla pastry cream nestled between two cake layers and a smooth chocolate glaze on top of it all. We found that the general concept lends itself to an equally irresistible cheesecake recipe.
A black-bottom pie is a classic Southern dessert that often starts with a graham cracker crust topped with a layer of chocolate pudding or custard and finished with a smooth and creamy vanilla-flavored layer. If you think that sounds like a great formula for a cheesecake recipe, we couldn’t agree more! Be sure to check out the chocolate garnish— it can be used as a cheesecake decoration for a number of recipes.
Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake
Some of our favorite cheesecake flavors are simply poured from a liquor bottle! That’s the case with this exquisite chocolate cheesecake recipe—it’s flavored with Irish cream liqueur, which lends a subtle whiskey angle that deepens the flavor of the ultracreamy cheesecake. Serve this dessert with cups of espresso or strong coffee to contrast its richness.
Mini Lemon Cheesecakes
Here’s how to make cheesecake minis in just 15 minutes! Simply bake up some purchased phyllo dough shells, whip up a sweet sour cream and cream cheese filling, then top with lemon curd and lemon zest. Done! PS: Why not keep the ingredients on hand? That way, when your grand plans to make a glamorous cheesecake recipe fall through, you’ll have a mighty good no-bake cheesecake recipe to fall back on.
Widely considered a Swedish staple, tangy lingonberries offset the ultracreaminess of this rich cheesecake recipe for a sweet-tart taste in every bite. And talk about easy! The cheesecake decoration is simply syrup strained from heating the berries. Hint: If you can’t find lingonberries, you can substitute cranberries.
Creamy Pomegranate Cheesecake
When we were dreaming up our most striking cheesecake ideas for the holidays, pomegranates came quickly to mind. Not only do we adore the way their bittersweet flavors contrast the creamy dessert, but their sparkling scarlet color adds a beautiful brightness to the cheesecake decoration. Imagine how stunning this cheesecake recipe will look on your dessert table!
Key Lime No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe
A rich cheesecake recipe rarely comes top of mind for summer gatherings. But if you’re looking for a stunning hot-weather finale, take a look at this tart and tingly no-bake cheesecake recipe. As a bonus, the refreshing make-ahead dessert calls for low-fat ingredients, so go ahead and cut everyone a generous slice!
Ginger-Lime Icebox Cheesecake
When on the hunt for an easy cheesecake recipe, you know you have a winner when you spot the word “icebox” in the title—chances are, the recipe will show you how to make a cheesecake without even turning on the oven! Here’s a terrific case in point: With just six ingredients, this no-bake cheesecake recipe takes 20 minutes hands-on prep time, then sets up in your freezer for a tangy and refreshing treat.