12 Irresistible Cheesecakes Not in Pie Form
Who doesn't love a bite of rich and creamy cheesecake? These decadent treats show that your favorite dessert doesn't have to come in pie form. Get your cheesecake in jars, bars, and mini-style in these sweet spins on the classic.
Is there a better dessert out there than cheesecake? We aren’t convinced there is, so we put a few new spins on this classic, unbeatable dessert. Whether you’re craving mini cheesecakes, cheesecake bars, or cheesecake in a jar, we’ve got recipes for sweet, creamy treats that will be hard to beat.
1. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Mini cheesecakes are a lot more fun to eat than a plain old slice, and they’re easier to make too! You can use a regular baking pan to make this rich, creamy dessert, so if you don’t have a springform pan but still crave homemade cheesecake, keep this recipe handy. Top off each mini cheesecake with a drizzle of honey and a strawberry slice for a dessert that’s just as pretty as it is tasty.
2. Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
When it’s too hot to justify preheating your oven, turn to this super easy no bake cheesecake recipe. These cream cheese bars are just as luscious and delicious as any regular cheesecake, but they’re much easier to mix up. Use lime gelatin to give these bars their tangy flavor, then top off each slice with a key lime wedge.
3. Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Chances are, no one will even notice these cheesecake squares are different from regular cheesecake! Start off with a chocolate cookie crust, then layer in a decadent cheesecake filling spiked with raspberry liqueur. Once you add fresh raspberries and a drizzle of melted raspberry jam on top, every slice of this cheesecake will look like it came from a fancy bakery.
4. Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars
Can’t decide between crème brulee and cheesecake? Just make both! These two-in-one rich and creamy cheesecake bars feature a caramelized sugar topping, making them seem similar to classic crème brulee. But unlike crème brulee, there’s a mouthwateringly tasty cheesecake filling hidden under the hard topping!
5. Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets
These mini cheesecakes are almost too adorable to eat! Bake up a batch of mini tart crusts, then fill each one with a dreamy no-bake cheesecake filling. Once they’re chilled, top each one off with slices of your favorite fruit, or a drizzle of fruit preserves (you can even mix and match within your batch for a treat similar to a variety cheesecake!).
6. Cheesecake in a Jar
If you want to take dessert on the go, make cheesecake in a jar! There’s no crust required, so you can make this no bake cheesecake treat in hardly any time at all. All you have to do is layer together strawberries, rhubarb, and cheesecake cream, then use your spoon to scrape the jar for every last drop.
7. Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis
Okay, we’ll admit these mini cheesecakes are missing a taste of tequila, but that’s about the only thing separating them from happy hour. But what they do have is a salty pretzel crust, lime zest, and fresh strawberries on top. Of course, all of this just means they’ll be even tastier if you snack on them while you’re sipping a tequila cocktail.
8. Mini Caramel Cheesecakes
If you’re just learning how to make cheesecake and aren’t looking for anything overly complicated, this is the recipe for you. It only takes six ingredients to whip up a batch of these mini cheesecakes, but they’ll taste like you spent all day in the kitchen. Finish off each one with a generous spoonful of caramel to make these bites party-ready.
9. Berry Cheesecake Parfaits
It’s true, you usually make a parfait with yogurt. It’s no surprise, though, that this treat is much tastier when you swap in cheesecake cream instead. You can use your favorite fruit to make these parfaits. Finish them off with a drizzle of honey and toffee-glazed almonds for a little added sweetness.
10. Tangerine Cheesecake Bars
Sure, you could make a classic orange cheesecake. It’s even easier (and just as tasty) to make these tangerine cheesecake squares, however! We used a super-simple butter, brown sugar, and flour crust for this rich and creamy cheesecake recipe because the real star is the filling. Tangerine peel and tangerine juice give the filling its signature color and flavor, while a few curls of candied tangerine peel on top hint at the treat in store.
11. Baby Cheesecakes with Toffee Pears
Forget about pumpkin spice—these single-serving cheesecakes were made for fall! Pears in toffee sauce, walnuts, and crumbles of blue cheese all do their part to make these yummy cheesecakes unique and fall-flavored. Plus, when you bake each one in a muffin cup, everyone gets their own personal dessert (no sharing required).
12. Tiny Peanut Butter Cheesecakes
These mini cheesecakes are hiding a surprise inside: chocolate kisses! They're surrounded by a chocolate wafer crust and a creamy peanut butter filling—you might find it hard to stop after just one. To make this recipe even more special, drizzle each cheesecake with melted chocolate before setting them in the fridge to chill.