A collection of the best cheesecake recipes. Over 35 recipes for delicious cheesecake and step-by-step photos!
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
This Vanilla Bean Cheesecake is irresistible, a little time and effort make this stunning cheesecake one that you will be proud to serve!
New York Cheesecake
New York cheesecake is smooth, creamy, and dense and will satisfy all of your dessert dreams. Step-by-step photos help you learn how to bake this gorgeous cheesecake recipe. No fuss and frills this cheesecake is a simple dessert your whole family will love.
Thick, rich, luscious, and full of chocolate flavor this Chocolate Cheesecake is the only cheesecake recipe you need. Naturally a show stopper this easy recipe can be made up to two days ahead of time! Step-by-step photos help you make this cheesecake recipe.
This incredibly creamy, decadent mascarpone cheesecake is a show-stopper your friends and family are sure to love. The mascarpone gives it a slightly different flavor than a traditional cream cheese-only cheesecake. Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this mascarpone cheesecake.
Follow our simple recipe and you are sure to make an amazing Basque cheesecake. With a creamy, sweet, nutty flavor you are sure to love this cheesecake recipe. Discover the step-by-step guide to making the perfect Basque cheesecake.
Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Salted Caramel Cheesecake is baked on a delicious graham cracker crust then topped with more homemade salted caramel, this Salted Caramel Cheesecake recipe is one of my all-time favorites.
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
This easy recipe for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake will be your new favorite dessert recipe! A graham cracker crust has a luscious cheesecake filling loaded with mini chocolate chips, then topped with fresh whipped cream and more chocolate chips! Heaven in a bite!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Thick, rich, and extra creamy this peanut butter cheesecake is a fantastic dessert. Step-by-step photos and helpful hints help you make this gorgeous cheesecake recipe. Perfect for a birthday party or Sunday night dinner, this recipe can be made a day or two ahead of time!
This gorgeous Baileys Cheesecake recipe will make all your St. Patricks Day dessert dreams come true. Step by step photos teach you how to bake this delicious Irish cream cheesecake!
Oreo Cheesecake Recipe
Creamy Oreo Cheesecake topped with Chocolate Ganache, fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of Oreos you will love this recipe for an Oreo Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache.
Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake
Creamy Cheesecake is made with cocoa powder, peppermint extract and mocha coffee creamer and an Oreo crust. Finished with a drizzle of Candy Cane White Chocolate bars and pipped fresh whipped cream this Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake is a Christmas Dream!
This easy recipe for Guinness Cheesecake is rich and delicious. Baked on top of an Oreo crust and topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings this cheesecake recipe will be a new favorite. Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day or the Guinness lover in your life!
This Nutella Cheesecake is sure to be loved by kids and adults alike! Nutella is baked into a rich cheesecake batter, topped with melted Nutella, toasted hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream, and fresh raspberries. Step-by-step photos teach you how to make this baked Nutella cheesecake recipe.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Luscious, thick and creamy Red Velvet Cheesecake has a beautiful tang and classic red velvet flavor. Perfect for a special party or Valentine's Day! Step-by-step photos help you bake the perfect cheesecake recipe!
This delicious Biscoff Cheesecake Recipe is made with a Biscoff biscuit base, filled with cookie butter cheesecake, & topped with melted Biscoff spread and crushed biscuits! Step by step photos teach you how to make this gorgeous cheesecake!
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake
Luscious Vanilla Cheesecake is swirled with an ooey gooey cinnamon swirl topped with fresh whipped cream! This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake recipe is perfect for your next party or special occasion! Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this cheesecake recipe!
This thick and creamy Gingerbread Cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. Full of warm spices, a speculoos cookie crust and fresh whipped cream this cheesecake will be the start of the meal! Easily made ahead of time so no stress for you!
Baked Coffee Cheesecake Recipe
Coffee is baked right into this Creamy Cheesecake topped with Chocolate Ganache and Fresh Cream. This baked coffee cheesecake recipe will be the next stunner at your dinner table! Step-by-step photos help you bake this cheesecake recipe.
The BEST blueberry cheesecake recipe will be your new favorite cheesecake. A pecan graham cracker crust is filled with a luscious vanilla bean cheesecake and topped with a gorgeous blueberry topping. Step-by-step photos teach you how to make a blueberry cheesecake.
Lemon Curd Cheesecake
Lemon Curd Cheesecake is a delicious, creamy cheesecake made with a crunchy graham cracker crust filled with a luscious cheesecake batter made with lemon juice and lemon zest. Finish this beautiful cheesecake with lemon curd, fresh whipped cream, and grated lemon zest. The perfect springtime treat! Use homemade or store-bought lemon curd!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
This Caramel Apple Cheesecake Recipe will be your favorite autumn treat. Apples are baked into the cheesecake filling and the cheesecake is also topped with caramel apples. Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this gorgeous fall cheesecake recipe.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake
Smooth and creamy white chocolate cheesecake is swirled with an easy cranberry puree. This white chocolate cranberry cheesecake recipe is perfect for Christmas! Step-by-step photos teach you how to make this sweet but tangy cheesecake recipe!
Key Lime Cheesecake
The perfect combination of tangy and sweet this key lime cheesecake is a spin-off of a key lime pie. This cheesecake starts with a gorgeous graham cracker crust, filled with a thick, creamy, tangy key lime cheesecake filling, then finished with fresh whipped cream and key lime zest! This cheesecake will be a new family favorite!
Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake
This Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake is the perfect special occasion dessert. Raspberry Puree is swirled through a luscious lemon cheesecake all on top of a crunch Golden Oreo Crust! Step-by-step photos teach you how to make this Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake.
Pecan Pie Cheesecake
Pecan pie cheesecake is deliciously spiced brown sugar cheesecake baked to perfection, then topped with a glorious caramel pecan topping. Reminiscent of pecan pie this dessert is the perfect autumn treat! Step-by-step photos help you bake this recipe!
The BEST Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Creamy and filled with Pumpkin this Pumpkin Cheesecake has a gorgeous Biscoff Biscuit Crust and topped with fresh whipped cream. A perfect Halloween Dessert or Thanksgiving addition to the dessert table this Pumpkin Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust is the best Fall treat!
No Bake Cheesecake
This easy no-bake cheesecake recipe is extra creamy, smooth, and delicious. Step-by-step photos help you make this simple dessert recipe. Serve it plain or with salted caramel, fresh fruit, or cherry pie filling! Everyone loves this cheesecake recipe!
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
This easy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake recipe is extra creamy, smooth, and delicious. Step-by-step photos help you make this simple fall dessert recipe. Perfect for your Thanksgiving or Halloween party!
No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
This easy No Bake Oreo Cheesecake recipe is easy to make and full of creamy, delicious cookies and cream flavor! Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this egg-free Oreo cheesecake!
Delicious handheld cheesecakes are a well-loved party dessert, move over cupcakes! Mini cheesecake cups are also the perfect treat when you don't want to bake a whole cheesecake. Step-by-step photos help you bake along!
Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Bars
Amazing brownie bottom chocolate cheesecake bars are a chocolate lovers dream! Make homemade brownies or use a boxed mix to make a delicious brownie crust and top it with a luscious chocolate cheesecake batter. Top these brownie chocolate cheesecake bars with fresh whipped cream, chunks of chocolate, raspberries, or sprinkles!
Millionaire's Cheesecake Bars
This millionaire's cheesecake bar recipe is the perfect party dessert. A shortbread cookie base is topped with a caramel cheesecake layer and topped with a chocolate ganache and more caramel. Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake these cheesecake bars.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
These easy pumpkin cheesecake bars are smooth, creamy, and filled with warm autumn flavors. Perfect for your Halloween or Thanksgiving party these cheesecake bars are a crowd favorite. Step-by-step photos show you how to make these delicious dessert bars!!
Turtle Cheesecake Bars
You're going to love these turtle cheesecake bars. Rich caramel cheesecake is filled with chocolate chips baked to perfection then drizzled with chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, and roasted pecans. Learn how to make these turtle cheesecake bars with step by step photos and instructions.
Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
This recipe for chocolate cheesecake bars will be your new favorite chocolate dessert. Thick, rich, and full of chocolate flavor these cheesecake bars always disappear at parties. Step-by-step photos teach you how to bake this cheesecake recipe.
Common Ingredients for cheesecake
Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature, this ensures everything evenly combines together.
- Cream Cheese. You want to use brick-style full-fat cream cheese for the best results. Your cream cheese needs to be completely softened to room temperature so you end up with a smooth cheesecake with no lumps. Whipped cream cheese is not ideal for making cheesecake.
- Granulated Sugar. The sugar will mix into the cream cheese to loosen it up and sweeten it up.
- Heavy Whipping Cream. Adding some whipping cream lightens the cream cheese and provides extra moisture.
- Sour Cream. Sour cream adds a great tang to the batter and I love the texture it helps create once the cheesecake is baked.
- Vanilla Bean Paste. I love to use vanilla bean paste so you get the flecks of vanilla throughout the cheesecake, of course, you can use vanilla extract too.
- Large Eggs. I like to use full eggs and extra egg yolks, which adds extra richness to an ultra-creamy, decedent cheesecake.
Cheesecake topping ideas
Is a water bath necessary
Baking a cheesecake in a water bath, also known as a bain-marie, helps create a soft and moist environment for the cheesecake to bake it. This helps ensure the cheesecake bakes slowly and more controlled which helps prevent cracks and burning. Then when the cheesecake is done baking I prop the hot oven door open and turn the oven off so the cheesecake cools slowly, this helps prevent cracks as well. I always bake on the middle rack in the oven for the best air circulation.
You can cover your springform pan bottom in heavy-duty aluminum foil to prevent any water from seeping on OR my personal preference is to place the springform pan in a larger cake pan and then place that pan inside the roasting pan for the water bath.
Making ahead of time
Due to the long cooling and chilling process cheesecake is a great dessert to make ahead of time. I almost always make a cheesecake a day or two ahead of time before I want to serve it. Once the cheesecake is ready to chill keep it in the refrigerator for a day or two before decorating.
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