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15 Golden Girls-Approved Cheesecake Recipes

When it comes to TV and food pairings, it doesn't get much better than the Golden Girls and cheesecake! Check out our favorite cheesecake recipes perfect for sharing with a pal and a confidant.

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Is it even an episode of The Golden Girls without some cheesecake? Over six seasons, these ladies served up slice after slice of cheesecake while they gabbed and gossiped over the kitchen table. So dust off that springform pan, avoid these common cheesecake mistakes and bake up one or two of these dishes for your favorite gal pals.

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Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

In one iconic episode of the Golden Girls, Blanche sits at the table and declares, “Here we are not eating chocolate cake which we obviously adore so we can stay very thin and then drop dead—that’s nuts!” So if you fancy yourself a Blanche (or just a chocolate-lover), indulge in this rich chocolate truffle cheesecake. Blanche Devereaux-approved, we’re sure!

Want a cheesecake refresher? Check out our homemade cheesecake guide for all the tips and tricks you need!

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Banana Cheesecake

In the words of Rose Nylund, “The older you get, the better you get—unless you’re a banana.” Use up your bunch of bananas in this tasty recipe.
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Lovely Lemon Cheesecake

We admire the Golden Girls as a model of perfect friendship. Dorothy talks about how her housemates and mother are the best pals she could ask for over lemon cheesecake in one heartwarming episode. Whip up a similar cake to share with your BFFs.
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No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

“Here we are in the middle of a crisis and there’s no cheesecake!” Blanche bemoaned in an episode of the Golden Girls. If you find yourself in a baking crisis, a simple no-bake cheesecake like this one is a cinch to make.
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Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake

In one episode of the Golden Girls, petite Sophia is concerned that she’s lost a pound. In efforts to put on a little more weight, she whips up an amaretto ricotta cheesecake. Maybe it looked a little like this one.
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Island Crunch Cheesecake

While not an island, Miami gives us some tropical vibes for sure! This island crunch cheesecake is full of coconut, pineapple and other tropical flavors that would be at home on the lanai!
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No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

On a hot Miami day, no Golden Girl wants to turn on the oven to make a sweet treat. That’s where recipes like this no-bake lemon blueberry cheesecake come in!
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Caramel Pecan Cheesecake

Hailing from the South (Twin Oaks in Georgia to be precise), you can bet Blanche indulged in plenty of pecan treats. This cheesecake would certainly be on the top of her list.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Rose Nylund liked to live a bit dangerously. As she proclaimed: “I eat raw cookie dough. And occasionally I run through the sprinklers and don’t wear a bathing cap. And at Christmas, I’ve been known to put away more than one eggnog.” If you identify with Rose, you just might like this cookie dough cheesecake (though this dough is safe to eat!).
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Chocolate-Topped Strawberry Cheesecake

In one episode, Dorothy and Blanche scold Rose for whipping up a batch of sparhearvan crispies. The St. Olaf original recipe smells awful, but once the gals bite into the treat (noses plugged, of course), they proclaim that they “taste like cheesecake, strawberries and ice cream!” This cheesecake combines all those sparhearvan flavors (and it smells amazing, too!).
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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

We love Rose Nylund for her famed St. Olaf stories and Midwestern charm. We think she’d love this recipe for a beautiful swirled cheesecake right from Minnesota!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Dedicated fans of the show surely remember the Turkey Lurkey episode where Dorothy dresses up as an oversized turkey for a school play (if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch!). We think this pumpkin cheesecake is the perfect compliment to this Thanksgiving-inspired episode.
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Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Living in the heart of Miami, you can bet the Golden Girls enjoyed a dulce de leche treat or two. This cheesecake would be right up their alley!
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Lavender Honey Cheesecake

Rose always had some odd recipes from her Scandinavian-influenced town. One of her better recipes, though, was vanskapkaka. Though we never see it on screen, she describes it as being full of milk, sugar, “a whole lot of love and just a drop of sunshine.” This might not be an authentic St. Olaf vanskapakaka, but it’s definitely made with all those iconic ingredients.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.