It’s pretty difficult for me to pick a favorite dessert, but if I must choose one, it’s cheesecake. The soft crumb crust combined with smooth, creamy cheese is always a welcome indulgence. There are endless flavor offerings, too: strawberry, raspberry, key lime, pumpkin, chocolate, toffee, mocha…OK, I’ll stop with the word list and start with the pretty pictures. In case you didn’t know, National Cheesecake Day falls on July 30th. To celebrate this amazingly versatile dessert on its special day, I’ve gathered up 30 delicious cheesecake recipes. Let the cheesecake cravings commence.
1. TURTLE CHEESECAKE
Caramel, fudge and pecans mean one thing: it’s turtle time. A classic cheesecake is finished off with a drizzle of hot fudge and caramel sauce and sprinkled with pecans. Use a springform pan to get the perfect edge on your cheesecake. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
2. CINNAMON ROLL CHEESECAKE
How do you make cinnamon rolls even more amazing? Put them in a cheesecake. The Girl Who Ate Everything first saw this amazing dessert at Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. She added a little more to it with some cream cheese frosting that looks absolutely heavenly. While this recipe is a little time consuming, I’m willing to bet it’s worth it. Get the full recipe here.
3. PB&J NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE
Take a classic, favorite sandwich and put it in cheesecake form. This PB&J no-bake cheesecake is easy and cool – no oven required! Finish it off with some whipped icing and you’ll be loving every bite. Get the full recipe here.
4. MONSTER COOKIE CHEESECAKE
If you’ve never had a monster cookie before, they’re loaded with peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips and M&M’s. This Monster Cookie Cheesecake unites cookie lovers and cheesecake lovers with an M&M cookie crust beneath sweet cheesecake. But wait – it doesn’t stop there. A chocolate ganache topping with monster cookie chunks piled on top gives you a mouthful of sweetness. Tastes of Lizzy T has the recipe, get it here.
5. CHERRY CHEESECAKE
Let’s switch gears to a classic. This simple cheesecake is topped with cherry pie filling. If cherry isn’t your style, grab a different kind of pie filling, like strawberry or raspberry. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
6. CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP CHEESECAKE
This cheesecake looks so rich, so decadent, so sinful that I’m not sure I could handle more than two bites of it. Spicy Southern Kitchen starts off with an chocolate sandwich cookie crust topped with a layer of peanut butter cups and a chocolate cheesecake filling…and she doesn’t stop there. She piped peanut butter frosting around the edges and sprinkled a WHOLE BAG of mini peanut butter cups in the middle. If you think you can handle this chocolate peanut butter bomb, get the full recipe here.
7. NO-BAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE CHEESECAKE
Liven up your strawberry cheesecake recipe with a hint of lemon – try out this no-bake strawberry lemonade cheesecake. It will taste as refreshing as a glass of strawberry lemonade, and keep your house cool since you don’t need the oven. Wilton has the full recipe here.
8. SALTED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE
Need some salty with your sweet? Then you’ve got to try this salted caramel cheesecake. It features a salty pretzel crust and is topped with a drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce. My Baking Addiction has it all covered, get the full recipe here.
9. CHOCOLATE MARBLE CHEESECAKE
The marble effect on this cheesecake is simple, yet stunning. This cheesecake is surrounded by a chocolate cookie crust and topped with fresh raspberries. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
10. Banana Split Cheesecake
You won’t have to worry about this banana split melting! The Domestic Rebel put banana pudding cheesecake into a chocolate cookie crust with strawberry fruit filling. Don’t forget the hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top! Get the full recipe here.
11. CREAMY LIME CHEESECAKE
This creamy lime cheesecake features a layer of ground gingersnap cookies for a little added zing. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
12. TIE DYE CHEESECAKE
This tie dye cheesecake is so fun! Sprinkles for Breakfast swapped out the traditional graham cracker crust with crushed golden sandwich cookies, then swirled together four different colors of cheesecake. Once baked, she topped it off with whipped cream and sprinkles. Get the full recipe and how-to here.
13. COCONUT MANGO CHEESECAKE
Coconut and sweet mango give an extra oomph to rich, smooth cheesecake. This beautiful cheesecake is a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds! Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
14. SUGAR COOKIE CHEESECAKE
Sprinkles are typically a must-have for sugar cookies, so of course you would find them baked inside this sugar cookie cheesecake! Cookies and Cups created this recipe for National Cheesecake Day two years ago, so it looks like the perfect time to bust out this recipe. Get the full recipe here.
15. RED VELVET CHEESECAKE
Red velvet cake is a luscious dessert, and pairing it with cheesecake really ups the ante. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
16. FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
Get all the flavor of hot chocolate in a frozen dessert! This cheesecake isn’t a “pure” cheesecake – it’s a frozen pie that’s more ice-cream like and will need to be kept in the freezer. A package of cream cheese is blended with whipped topping and marshmallow fluff for a light and airy take on cheesecake. Chelsea’s Messy Apron has the full recipe, get it here.
17. LEMON CHEESECAKE WITH FRESH RASPBERRIES
Envelop this cheesecake with a high crust of graham cracker crumbs by baking your crust ahead of time in a springform pan. Fill it with this tart lemon cheesecake recipe and finish it with fresh raspberries. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
18. BROWNIE BOTTOM COOKIE DOUGH CHEESECAKE
I said at the start of this that it’s hard for me to pick a favorite dessert, and this cheesecake combines all of my favorites! I can never turn down a brownie, and this tri-level cheesecake recipe from The Chunky Chef features a brownie as the bottom layer. Classic cheesecake layers the middle, and the very top is a layer of cookie dough. OH. MY. I can feel the pounds pile on as I just look at these pictures! I think every calorie would be worth it. Get the full recipe here.
19. RASPBERRY FUDGE CHEESECAKE
There may be no better dessert flavors paired than chocolate and raspberry. This beautiful cheesecake is topped with a layer of ganache. Wilton has the recipe, get it here.
20. BANANA PUDDING CHEESECAKE
21. S’MORES CHEESECAKE
If it’s s’mores, I’m in love with it. Nothing beats that blend of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow! Get all three in this s’mores cheesecake. While our Limited Edition S’mores Candy Melts are sadly no longer available, you can still make this cheesecake with Dark Cocoa Candy Melts. Get the full recipe here.
22. PEACH CARAMEL BLONDIE CHEESECAKE
Peaches are a summertime staple. Life, Love and Sugar created a peach and cinnamon filled blondie and topped it with a caramel no-bake cheesecake, cinnamon peaches, and caramel sauce. I can almost taste the peach and cinnamon just by looking at the photos. This one is a must-try; get the full recipe here.
23. CAPPUCCINO CHEESECAKE
Need a pick-me-up? Try this coffee-infused cappuccino cheesecake. Just a few steps and you’ll have a creamy, caffeinated dessert. Wilton has the recipe here.
24. PISTACHIO CHEESECAKE
Pistachio seems to be one of those flavors you either love or hate; there is no in-between. I personally LOVE pistachio – it’s always my first choice for gelato, and I’d love to try it in cheesecake form! Lady Behind the Curtain has this one laying atop a ground almond crust. Get the recipe here.
25. CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHEESECAKE
Fresh cherries are baked into this stunning cheesecake that is dripping with ganache. This cheesecake from The First Year looks absolutely delightful, and I’m sure each bite tastes like everything you dream it will be. Get the recipe here.
26. SAMOA CHEESECAKE
Whether you call them Samoas or Caramel DeLites, if they’re you’re fave Girl Scout cookie, you’re going to love this cheesecake. Inspired by the famous cookie, Gimme Some Oven created this topped this vanilla cheesecake with caramel, toasted coconut and drizzled with chocolate. Get the full recipe here.
27. PINK LEMONADE CHEESECAKE
Start with a lemon cookie crust, then use frozen pink lemonade concentrate for this cheesecake. Top it all off with a bright pink glaze, and you’ve got a vibrant and pretty summer cheesecake. Flavorite has the recipe, get it here.
28. PEACH TOPPED BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE
One of the many great things about summer time is all the fresh fruit available, and it’s peak season for peaches and blueberries. Blend them in to a cheesecake for a forkful of fruit flavor in every bite. Pip and Ebby have the recipe here.
29. NO-BAKE MOCHA CHEESECAKE
This gorgeous cheesecake is a work of art. For starters, Cake Whiz has managed to pack 6 TABLESPOONS of espresso into this cheesecake. Wow! She’s covered the entire thing with chocolate ganache and finished it with decorative chocolate pieces and coffee beans sprayed with Gold Color Mist, which totally makes this cheesecake glam. Get the recipe, along with helpful hints, here.
30. MANGO LIME CHEESECAKE
Doesn’t this cheesecake look so refreshing?! It’s as if Glorious Treats captured the feel of summer in a cheesecake. Real mango is used in the glaze, and toasted coconut garnishes the edges. Get the full recipe here.