A neighbor gave me this microwave cheesecake recipe several years ago and jokingly said it serves one. We make it for a snack sometimes, but it’s yummy enough for potlucks.” —Susan Visser, Champaign, Illinois
“My mom made this recipe all the time for family gatherings,” recalls Jennifer Cannon in Round Rock, Texas.
“I was never a cheesecake fan until I tried this one—now I make it for any special occasion or excuse!”
My idea was to make a cheesecake taste like my favorite candy bar, which has chocolate, coconut and almonds. This cheesecake also works in bite size. Use a mini muffin pan with muffin liners, fill 3/4 full and bake 15-17 minutes. Allow to sit and cool completely before topping with chocolate, coconut and almonds. —Keri Brammer, Lawton, Oklahoma
One secret to a lighter, fluffier cheesecake? Use the foaming power of eggs. When you beat egg whites to stiff peaks and gently fold them into the cream cheese mixture, the eggs add more volume and lightness because of trapped air. This light, fluffy cheesecake is a family favorite. —Brittney Segobiano, Geneseo, Illinois
Convenient refrigerated cookie dough is a delightful crust for a creamy peanut butter filling in this yummy dessert from Peg Gerhard. "It's so simple to prepare, and everyone loves it," says the Latrobe, Pennsylvania cook.