“I got this recipe from my sister years ago and like to fix it when times are rushed," says Donna Rear of Red Deer, Alberta. "It’s fancy enough for the most special occasions but so easy to prepare with ingredients I always have on hand. Try varying the juices and fruits.”
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
Cranberries, raspberries and baking cocoa take ordinary cheesecake bars to a new level. The recipe makes a big batch so it's terrific for large gatherings.—Sharon Delaney-Chronis, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This creamy and elegant dessert from Marie Guthmiller of Mobridge, South Dakota turns any meal for two into something special. It's rich and light, with a sweet raspberry sauce and a sprinkling of berries.
No matter how full they are, guests won't be able to pass up this showstopper of a dessert that stars a velvety truffle layer atop raspberry-swirled cheesecake. It's absolutely divine!—Heidi Vawdrey, Riverton, Utah
Toasted sesame seeds add crunch to the graham cracker crust of this luscious dessert. "Years ago, I led a homemaking course on dairy foods, and this pie was adapted from one of the recipes I used in that class. Everyone always wants seconds." —Audrey Armour, Thamesford, Ontario
My son requests this cheesecake for his birthday cake every year, and our school auction committee asks me to make it for their annual auction. It's definitely one of the best cheesecakes I make.—Diane Schumann, Fredonia, Wisconsin
When I take this fruity, flavorful cheesecake to work, the pan is licked clean in no time at all! I never had a recipe for it, so when co-workers asked for it, I had to write down the recipe as I made it the next time.