Our 30 Best Cheesecake Recipes

A decadent dessert for any special occasion, these top-rated cheesecake recipes are filled with favorite flavors for all seasons—chocolate, pumpkin, peanut butter, berries and more.

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Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Cheesecake may look intimidating to make at home, but it’s actually quite simple—especially with tips and trickles from our cheesecake baking guide. This gorgeous cheesecake is a multilayered dream of chocolate and vanilla filling plus a nutty caramel sauce, which can be made with store-bought ice cream topping to keep it simple.

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Best Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

With swirls of fudge in a peanut butter cheesecake filling, plus extra hot fudge on top and peanut butter cups for garnish, every single bite of this cheesecake tastes like everyone’s favorite candy.
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Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake

The crust on this apple cheesecake is like a nutty oatmeal cookie, a perfect base for a subtle apple-scented filling. And with a homemade apple and cinnamon topping, it’s almost like three desserts in one.
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Pumpkin Walnut Cheesecake

One of the best cheesecake recipes for the holidays, canned pumpkin and warm spices add seasonal flavors to this rich and creamy dessert. Don’t skimp on the sweet nutty topping!
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Air-Fryer Cheesecake

Get a luscious dessert in about half the time with this easy cheesecake recipe. Make the cheesecake your own by adding herbs or citrus peel to the crumb crust, swapping in wafer cookie crumbs for graham crackers, or swirling fruit jam on top.
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Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

This incredibly decadent cheesecake has chocolate in every layer—the cookie crumb crust, the filling made with semisweet chocolate chips and the ganache topping. You can really gild the lily and add a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top before serving.
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Luscious Almond Cheesecake

Instead of graham crackers, vanilla wafer cookies and crushed almonds give this cheesecake a lovely flavor boost. For some extra texture and taste, sprinkle toasted almond slivers on top.
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Best Creamy Cranberry Cheesecake

Bejeweled with a citrusy cranberry topping that could easily be a side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, this dreamy cheesecake makes a wonderful end to a holiday meal. Although made with reduced-fat cream cheese, sour cream and egg whites, it certainly doesn’t skimp on flavor.
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Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Part cheesecake and part pie, this heavenly dessert feels very autumnal but can be served any time of year. Use store-bought pastry for the base and jarred ice cream topping for the caramel, and it’s ready in a snap.
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Red Velvet Cheesecake

This festive cheesecake will quickly become a fixture on your Christmas dessert menu. Like a traditional red velvet cake, there’s a bit of cocoa in the filling, which sits on a chocolate cookie-crumb crust. If you get a cracked cheesecake top, don’t fret: The sweet cream cheese frosting will cover it up!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Drop spoonfuls of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough into the creamy cheesecake filling. Once cooled, sprinkle with chocolate chips before serving. The flavor combo can’t be beat!
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Mascarpone Cheesecake

Mascarpone is basically Italian cream cheese, made with cream instead of milk like its American counterpart. Along with a sweet caramel drizzle, it makes a rich and delicious cheesecake that begs for an espresso on the side.
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Key Lime Cheesecake

There is a slight difference in taste between a key lime and lime. When baked into something like this smooth and light cheesecake, though, it’s OK to use regular limes if you can’t find key limes. A little whipped cream and lime zest goes a long way on each slice.
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Frosted Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

The easy way to make chocolate whipped frosting: Melt any milk chocolate candy bar in the microwave, add to whipped cream or topping and stir to combine. You’ll want extra to top this luscious chocolate chip-studded cheesecake.
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Michigan Cherry Japanese-Style Cheesecake

Subtly sweet and more fluffy than dense, Japanese cheesecake is where a souffle and traditional cheesecake meet. The sour cherry topping can be made with fresh or frozen fruit (or even canned filling in a pinch); add a touch of cayenne or ginger for extra zing.
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Double Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Spiked with espresso powder, coffee liqueur and garnished with chocolate-covered coffee beans, you’ll get a good buzz with every bite. This cheesecake recipe is a party pleaser, for sure.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake

With a layer of peanut butter and a thick swirl of fruit preserves, this cheesecake is like a big dessert version of your favorite childhood sandwich. While this recipe calls for raspberry preserves, you can also use other fruits, like strawberry; here are our favorite strawberry jam brands.
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Butter Pecan Cheesecake

One of the easiest ways to dress up a classic cheesecake is by adding nuts, in this case pecans, to the graham cracker crust and as a topping. This is a great cheesecake recipe for any season.
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Lemon Dream Cheesecake

With fresh lemon juice and zest, this creamy cheesecake needs little embellishment. But with a few drops of yellow food coloring, it becomes a sunny and bright springtime dessert.
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Triple Berry No-Bake Cheesecake

When you don’t have time to bake, there are plenty of no-bake cheesecake recipes to choose from. For this classic, simply mix the filling ingredients, place in a graham-cracker crust and chill! Any combo of berries—like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries—and a small amount of sugar makes a colorful, fresh topping.
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Best Banana Cream Cheesecake

For this no-bake cheesecake, a shortcut cream cheese filling gets layered with fresh bananas and topped with banana pudding mixed with whipped cream. Add cinnamon to the graham cracker crust for a little lift.
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Traditional Cheesecake

Let this classic cheesecake recipe spark your creativity! This delicious cheesecake tastes great alone or is highly adaptable with garnishes, extracts, nuts, fruits and more.

Don’s miss this copycat cheesecake recipe from The Cheesecake Factory.

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Yogurt-Ricotta Cheesecake

Vanilla yogurt and ricotta cheese are added to reduced-fat cream cheese, which makes this cheesecake a bit lighter than a classic version. To stay on that lower calorie path, simply dress it up with fresh fruit!
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Contest-Winning Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Make a blueberry sauce to swirl into a classic cheesecake filling for a dessert that’s as beautiful as it is tasty. While fresh blueberries are best, no one will fault you for using frozen.
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Pistachio Cardamom Cheesecake

With a hint of cardamom and a crust made from animal crackers (so smart!) this unique pistachio cheesecake is a total winner. Top with whipped cream, crumbled cookies and pistachios.
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Strawberries and Champagne Cheesecake

Like Valentine’s Day in dessert form, this cheesecake is spiked with champagne syrup—with loads of strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate on top. Using condensed milk instead of sour cream or heavy whipping cream helps sweeten the filling and acts as a binder.
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Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

White chocolate and raspberry are a winning combo in this easy-to-make cheesecake. The crust is more like shortbread, with layers of fresh raspberry sauce throughout the filling as well as swirled on top.
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Double Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

The sour cream topping, added in the last 10 minutes of baking, helps offset the ultra chocolatey cheesecake filling. A toasted almond topping adds nice texture and flavor.
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Brown Sugar & Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Maple syrup and brown sugar give this cheesecake a hit of caramel flavor throughout. Swirl in some melted chocolate before baking, and top each slice with walnuts, syrup and whipped cream.
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Holiday Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Bringing two great holiday desserts together—sweet potato pie and cheesecake—will definitely make the season brighter. You get every layer in each bite: Buttery graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake, sweet potato pie filling and a sour cream topping.

Lesley Balla
As an associate editor at Taste of Home, Lesley helps track food and cooking trends, and writes and updates digital content. When not at her desk, you'll find her whipping up something with finds from the farmers market, discovering new restaurants, or hiking and roadtripping with her husband and pup Pucci.