28 Cheesecake Recipes That Are Practically Works of Art

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Cheesecake for dessert never fails to please the dinner table. Start with our ever-popular Classic New York-Style Cheesecake recipe, then try your hand with a mouthwatering baked cheesecake flavor, including indulgent chocolate chip cookie dough and fruit-filled cherry. You'll also find some delicious twists on childhood-favorite flavors (think PB & J) in cheesecake form.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip-Cookie Dough Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

If unbaked chocolate chip cookie dough is your secret obsession, you're secret's safe with us! There's no need to sneak dough from the bowl when spoonfuls of your favorite treat dot the easy cheesecake recipe. For a simple cheesecake decoration, serve each slice with dollops of sweetened whipped cream.

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Maple Cheesecake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

Maple Cheesecake with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream
Carson Downing

You only need 30 minutes of prep time to assemble this easy cheesecake recipe. And making it in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan only requires 10 minutes of bake time rather than the usual hour. A sweet-tart pomegranate and citrus compote give this maple-flavor cheesecake a vibrant pop of color.

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Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

With so many cheesecake flavors out there, 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.

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Mocha-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberries

Mocha-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Strawberries
Blaine Moats

With its triple-whammy of chocolate, this is the ultimate chocolate cheesecake recipe. You'll find chocolate cookies crumbled into the crust, semisweet chocolate melted into the batter, and mini chocolate pieces studded throughout. Even better, the coffee helps deepen and intensify all that chocolaty goodness. Top with bright, juicy strawberries for one of our best cheesecake ideas ever.

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Classic New York Style Cheesecake

Classic New York-Style Cheesecake
Kritsada Panichgul

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; it's all about the classic. You could serve with cherries or berries, if you must have a topper.

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Amaretti-Cherry Cheesecake Pie

Amaretti Cherry Cheesecake Pie
Blaine Moats

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 best cheesecake ideas ever. Sprinkle a few almonds and/or white chocolate curls on top of your masterpiece before serving.

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Caramel-Toffee Cheesecake

Caramel-Toffee Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

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.

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Coconut Meringue Cheesecake

Coconut Meringue Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

This creamy chocolate cheesecake features pecans and coconut and a showstopping fluffy layer of sweet meringue. Make this tall beauty a day in advance to really impress the family at dinner. Just imagine how confident you'll feel knowing that this elegant cheesecake is waiting to dazzle as a grand finale!

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Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake with Sugared Pepitas
Scott Little

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, which provides a great crunch to this irresistible pumpkin dessert.

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Chocolaty PB & J Cheesecake

Chocolaty PB and J Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

Enjoy the flavors of your favorite childhood lunch in this decadent PB & J cheesecake. We've started with a chocolate cookie crust before filling it with a super-rich and tasty peanut butter-cream cheese mixture.

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Maple Cheesecake with Maple-Glazed Pears and Cranberries

Maple Cheesecake with Maple-Glazed Pears and Cranberries
Jason Donnelly

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.

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White Chocolate Cheesecake

White Chocolate Cheesecake
Jason Donnelly

A few special touches transform a classic cheesecake recipe into an unforgettable one. We start by using buttery shortbread cookies for the crust, then we add white chocolate to the creamy cheesecake batter. But wait, there's more! As a final flourish, we dip fresh fruit into white chocolate for the ultimate cheesecake decoration.

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Salted Caramel Truffle Cheesecake Bars

Salted Caramel Truffle Cheesecake Bars
Andy Lyons

Did you know that most cheesecakes freeze extremely well? With that in mind, simply make this easy cheesecake recipe, which yields 32 bars, and you'll have dessert covered for quite a while. What a treat for family get-togethers and just because.

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Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookie Cheesecake

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookie Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

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.

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Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

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!

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Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake

Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

This recipe shows you how to make cheesecake as elegant as can be! Hazelnuts star in many fancy European desserts, and here, the classy nut glams up the all-American cheesecake for excellent results. In addition to the nuts, a little hazelnut liquor imbues the cheesecake recipe through and through with this cosmopolitan flavor. Don't forget to store those hazelnuts in the fridge to extend their shelf life.

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Bittersweet Cheesecake Torte

Bittersweet Cheesecake Torte
Kate Carter

We've combined the fudgy and super-rich flourless cake into a homemade cheesecake recipe for a dessert that becomes every chocolate lover's dream. Pipe your whipped chocolate ganache with a star tip for the ultimate finish.

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Cherry Cheesecake Kuchen

Cherry Cheesecake Kuchen
Blaine Moats

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.

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Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake

Blueberry-Topped Lemon Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

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.

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Boston Cream Cheesecake

Boston Cream Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

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.

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Black-Bottom Cheesecake

Black Bottom Cheesecake
Blaine Moats

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. Be sure to bookmark the chocolate garnish recipe since it can be used as a cheesecake decoration for a number of recipes.

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Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate-Irish Cream Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

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 deepens the flavor of the ultra-creamy cheesecake. Serve this dessert with cups of espresso or strong coffee to contrast its richness.

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Black Forest Cheesecake

Black Forest Cheesecake
Andy Lyons

The most well-known cherry-chocolate combination in desserts has to be the classic black forest cake. Here we've combined those classic flavors in a decadent cheesecake recipe. If you've never "baked" cheesecake in a pressure cooker, check out our detailed instructions to quickly cook your cheesecake in just 35 minutes.

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Creamy Pomegranate Cheesecake

Pomegranate Cheesecake
James Carriere

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.

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Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis

Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis
Karla Conrad

Miniature treats are (almost) too cute to eat, but we'll definitely make an exception for this cocktail-inspired dessert. Get the same salty punch you'd find on the rim of your margarita glass in the crunchy pretzel crust of this easy cheesecake recipe.

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Toffee-Apple Cheesecake

Toffee Apple Cheesecake
Scott Little

If biting into a juicy caramel apple sounds like the perfect treat for when fall rolls around, you won't be able to stop eating this creamy cheesecake. We've piled on tons of apple flavor through every part of this recipe, including the filling and beautifully arranged on top. It's going to be hard to wait on this one to chill before digging in.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake
Kritsada Panichgul

The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen is 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.

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Snickerdoodle Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake
Jason Donnelly

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.

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