Our 25 Favorite Cheesecake Recipes
From New York-style to no-bake styles and seasonal spins, you'll find there's a cheesecake here for everyone.
There's no doubt about it: Cheese is one of the most timeless desserts around. The combination of a sweet, buttery graham cracker crust, the cake's luscious texture, and that sweet cheesy flavor is nothing short of spectacular. The basic cheesecake recipe is made with cream cheese, sour cream, egg yolks, sugar, and a touch of lemon juice. While the ingredients required for making a cheesecake are simple, you need a specialty springform pan for baking and easy release. A classic cheesecake recipe bakes for at least two hours, then chills for a minimum of eight hours until it's cold all the way through. Serve a slice as is, or top your pieces with a handful of fresh berries for a pop of color and tart contrast.
Of course, we have dozens of variations on the classic cheesecake recipe. We have flavored iterations such as key lime or chocolate cheesecake, cheesecake served in the form of a tart, sheet cake, or bars, and even no-bake versions that swap the usual egg yolks for other decadent ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, ricotta cheese, or whipped cream. You could also take a page out of Martha's mother's book and try her recipe for Country Cheesecake, pictured here, which is made with farmer's cheese instead of the usual cream cheese, and a tart dough for the crust made from flour, confectioner's sugar, egg yolks, and sour cream.
Whether you choose to make a classic New York-style bakery cheesecake or enjoy one of our more innovative takes (Pumpkin Cheesecake Crunch Bites, anyone?), these cheesecake recipes result in a delightful dessert anytime of the year.
Classic New York-Style Cheesecake
This is the fan-favorite cheesecake recipe. Inspired by the very best from New York bakeries, this version features a thick graham cracker crust and a rich filling made with cream cheese, sour cream, egg yolks, and two kinds of sugar.
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake
Instant Pot Cheesecake
Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Crunch Bites
Can't decide between serving cheesecake or babka, a sweet braided braid that originated in eastern Europe? Try this recipe that combines two desserts in one amazing recipe. A cream cheese and ricotta cheese mixture—flavored with vanilla and lemon juice—is swirled throughout each layer of the loaf.
Apricot Cheesecake Tart
Who knew that a few dollops of fruit jam—in this case, apricot—could instantly take a basic cheesecake recipe to a sweet next level? We pipe it on top of the cheesecake right before baking.
Pumpkin-Cheesecake Pie with Gingersnap Crust
Bruléed Vanilla-Bean Cheesecake
No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake
Peanut-Butter-and-Jelly Cheesecake Squares
Who doesn't love peanut butter and jelly? Since we know this combination is so widely beloved, we turned the kid-friendly sandwich into crowd-pleasing cheesecake bars.
No-Bake Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Add a hint of spice to this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe by using gingersnaps instead of the usual graham crackers—once you try it, you'll never go back to your old habits.
Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake
This airy cheesecake recipe will instantly transport you to cloud nine. The dessert is comprised of three layers—a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and pumpkin mousse topping.
Carrot Cheesecake with Marzipan Carrots
If you don't feel like mixing cocktails, dole them out by the slice instead. The alcohol bakes out while cooking, so guests of all ages can enjoy this decadent treat.
No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
Fancy a triple dose of chocolate? There are chocolate wafers in the crust, semi-sweet chocolate in the filling, and a rich chocolate ganache smoothed on top of this super cheesecake.
Rhubarb-Raspberry Cheesecake Squares
Topping cheesecake with shimmering fruit is nothing new, but we spun this one in a fresh direction by swapping out the expected cherries for a rhubarb-raspberry gelee that's a spectacular ruby red color.
Intense oven-roasted strawberries are folded into a blend of tangy mascarpone and cream cheese, then covered with a rich vanilla layer—proof that cheesecake can be both unexpected and delicious.
With just 15 minutes of prep and no water bath required, this Italian-style recipe is one of our easiest cheesecake recipes.
Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears
A molasses-gingerbread cookie dough does double duty here; it forms the crust and the cookies that top this charming holiday dessert.
No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake
Innocents are snared easily by a ganache spiderweb spun by a gumdrop spider with licorice-string legs. Try a bite, if you dare.