Our Best Cheesecake Recipes

From classic cheesecake to airy mascarpone-laced slices, there isn't a style this creamy dessert can't pull off. Whether you're looking for a chocolate crust, a light ricotta filling or an extravagant centerpiece topped with berry compote, we've got just the recipe.
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Cheesecake

Food Network Kitchen's classic recipe offers everything you expect from a cheesecake: a dense, velvety cream cheese layer on top of a buttery graham cracker crust. Top each slice with in-season berries for a pretty touch.

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The Ultimate Cheesecake

Tyler Florence's cheesecake combines crushed graham crackers with just a touch of cinnamon for a warm, spicy note. The warm lemon-blueberry topping emphasizes the fresh lemon zest in the creamy cheesecake layer. 

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Classic Cheesecake

This luscious cheesecake isn't finished until you've spread a sweet and tangy sour cream-based mixture across the top of the baked cake.

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Carrot Cheesecake

Most people would agree that the cream cheese frosting is the best part of any carrot cake, so it makes perfect sense to replace it with a thick layer of creamy cheesecake. These two classic cakes make one showstopping mash-up dessert.

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Caramel-Apple Cheesecake

Bobby Flay tops his indulgent New York-style cheesecake with caramelized apples, rich caramel sauce and toasted walnuts.

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Tie-Dye Cheesecake

This outrageous psychedelic cheesecake is an ode to all the tie-dye of the 1960s. Making the vibrant swirls is much easier to do than it looks; all you need is a wooden skewer!

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Sour Cream Cheesecake

When it comes to the classic graham cracker crust, Alton Brown prefers a coarse crumb to a fine one. The best way to achieve this? Crushing the crackers by hand. "Sure, you can do it in the food processor," he says. "But it would be too even. You want to end up with a lot of big pieces integrated with a lot of little crumbs."

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Mascarpone Cheesecake with Almond Crust

Giada de Laurentiis uses a rich duo of cream cheese and mascarpone when preparing the filling for her cheesecake. For an over-the-top finish, drizzle the cake with a warm mixture of chocolate-hazelnut spread and whipped cream.

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Marble Cheesecake

Round out your next wine and cheese party with this sophisticated dessert. For the marbled effect, fill your pie crust with the cheesecake batter before drizzling a chocolatey, cream-based mixture on top. Then, swirl with a knife to create your desired pattern.

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Low-Fat Cheesecake

What's the secret to a low-fat cheesecake that still tastes rich and creamy? The chefs at Food Network Kitchen have it figured out: a combination of Neufchâtel cheese (a French cheese that is naturally low in fat), reduced-fat sour cream and fat-free cream cheese.

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Chocolate Cheesecake

Nigella Lawson's decadent cheesecake is a chocolate overload. The custardy cream cheese layer gets a double dose in the form of cocoa powder and melted bittersweet chocolate. There's even cocoa powder in the graham cracker crust — and don't forget the warm chocolate drizzle, added just before serving.

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Mom's Cheesecake

Sometimes the rules are meant to broken, so take this comforting cheesecake as proof. The trick to pulling it off? Using whipped cream cheese instead of regular, in defiance of the package instructions. In the end, you'll have a light, creamy cheesecake that's a guaranteed hit at any gathering.

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Honey-Ricotta Cheesecake

Crushed biscotti cookies form the buttery crumb crust for Giada's smooth ricotta cheesecake. Use orange blossom honey or clover honey in the cake batter for a hint of floral flavor.

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

You'll save a lot of time by using a store-bought graham cracker crust for this creamy dessert. Finish your creation with chocolate whipped cream, plus a sprinkle of peanut butter chips and chocolate sprinkles.

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Greek Yogurt Cheesecake

Cinnamon-y pita chips take the place of the usual graham crackers for the crust in this satisfying cheesecake (with only 12 grams of fat per slice!). It's so creamy and tangy you may never feel the need to make full-fat cheesecake again.

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German Chocolate Cheesecake

This over-the-top dessert mash-up combines two of the richest cakes around. It starts with a standard graham cracker crust, followed by a velvety layer of cocoa-laced cream cheese, and then a sprinkling of the classic German chocolate cake topping, which consists of shredded coconut and pecans. Repeat the cream cheese layer and coconut topping. One tiny sliver will put you in your chocolate happy place. 

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Joe's "Say Cheese" Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Brighten up a slice of traditional cheesecake with a spoonful of Trisha Yearwood's fresh strawberry sauce. It's quick, easy and "best served cold from the refrigerator," Trisha advises.

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White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake

This festive cheesecake gets an extra dose of sweetness from white chocolate in the filling. Up the ante by reserving some of the white chocolate shavings to decorate the top.

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Deepest Darkest Chocolate Cheesecake

Watch out, chocolate addicts — this indulgent cheesecake is a triple threat, with rich chocolate incorporated into the crust, filling and glaze. Think you can handle the overload? 

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is made with Greek yogurt and topped with pureed mango and tart passion fruit for a light, exotic touch.

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Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

The chefs at Food Network Kitchen replaced most of the cream cheese in a traditional cheesecake with 1 percent cottage cheese, then added cocoa powder and just a touch of melted chocolate. The end result: a silky and rich, deeply chocolatey dessert.

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Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Anne Burrell bakes a tangy goat cheese filling in a gingersnap cookie crust (you can also use graham cracker crumbs), then tops the finished cake with vanilla-pineapple compote.

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Mint Chocolate Cheesecake

For this indulgent dessert, Food Network Kitchen married the richness of cheesecake with the refreshing minty chocolate of grasshopper pie. Divide the cake into full-sized portions, or cut into minis for an elegant finish to a special meal.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Galette

Try this alternative to classic cheesecake made with flaky pastry dough, sweet cream cheese and bursting blueberries for a summer dessert that can be sliced and served to a crowd.

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Cheesecake Tart with Berries

This is just the recipe for those who like a more substantial crust on their cheesecake. Simply fill a firm pecan tart shell with smooth cheesecake filling, and top it off with loads of fresh berries for a showstopping dessert.

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Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake

What do you get when you combine cheesecake with strawberry ice cream? An irresistibly sweet filling for a graham cracker crust. Top the frozen cake with some of Tyler's quick strawberry topping for a picture-worthy presentation.

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Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Spiced Wafer Crust

Anne flavors the vanilla wafer crust with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, then fills it with a tart and smooth combination of goat cheese and cream cheese.

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Pear-Gingersnap Cheesecake

This pleasantly spiced cheesecake encapsulates all the comforting flavors of fall and winter. The caramelized pears and molasses-syrup drizzle make it a worthy challenger to a holiday pie, but no one will complain if it makes an appearance on any given weekend.

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Maple-Walnut Cheesecake

The combination of maple syrup and buttery walnuts deserves more credit. Make Food Network Magazine’s maple cheesecake with a walnut graham cracker crust and you'll agree.

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Ricotta Cheesecake with Almonds

This Italian-style cheesecake features a crisp crust made with crushed biscotti and toasted almonds. Include some almond extract and amaretto liqueur in the filling for an extra dose of nutty flavor.

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Pecan-Pie Cheesecake

Inspired by a traditional holiday pie, this cheesecake and its gooey pecan topping can be made in advance. Bake the cheesecake, wrap it and refrigerate it for up to two days. Do the same with the caramel sauce and reheat. When it comes to topping the cake, gravity knows best: Mound the sauce in the center, and let it naturally ooze to the edge.

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Black and Blue Cheesecake Tart

The berry mixture on top of this silken cheesecake packs some pretty wonderful nutritional benefits. Blackberries and blueberries get their stunning color from anthocyanins, one of the most-powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants around. 

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Ultra-Creamy Black and White Cheesecake

Smooth, vanilla-scented cheesecake batter gets poured into a chocolate wafer crust. If you're looking for a classic cheesecake recipe with just a touch of chocolate, this black and white number hits the mark.

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Fresh Cream Cheesecake with Summer Berries

Inspired by the classic French dessert coeur a la creme, this crustless dessert has all of cheesecake's richness without the fuss of baking. It's perfect with a swath of juicy berries.

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Cheesecake with Meyer Lemon-Ginger Curd

The butter cookie crust on this light and springy cheesecake goes perfectly with the sweet and tangy Meyer lemon filling. You could stop here, but topping the cake with ginger-lemon curd adds an extra-special touch.

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Blueberry Mascarpone Cheesecake

Cat Cora prepares this cheesecake filling with the addition of tangy mascarpone cheese, which pairs beautifully with sweet blueberries.

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Almost-Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake

The folks at Food Network Magazine couldn't get the secret recipe for The Cheesecake Factory's famous slice, so they made their own creamy, decadent version. You won't be able to tell the difference!

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Orange Ricotta Cheesecake

Since there is no crust to contend with, this rustic Italian-style orange-scented cheesecake is incredibly simple to whip together. More delicate in texture than its iconic diner-display-case relative, it has a fine dusting of pistachios and confectioners' sugar that gives it a pretty finish.

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Light, Lemony Berry Cheesecake

This cheesecake recipe comes from Katie Lee's mom, a health-conscious cook (sometimes to a fault — or so Katie says). Light cottage cheese and light cream cheese keep the cake from veering into extremely high-calorie territory, but the fresh fruit, lemon juice and whole-wheat graham cracker crust make it a standout in the taste department. Guests will assume they're indulging in a full-fat cheesecake.

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Creamy Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

This cheesecake is one you can easily make ahead of time. Prepare the cranberry compote the night before and let it chill along with the cheesecake. The tartness of the cranberries is the perfect complement to the creamy richness of the cake.

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Vegan Classic Cheesecake

This dairy- and egg-free classic is creamy and satisfying, thanks to the combo of silken tofu and vegan cream cheese. Silken tofu is softer and more fragile than regular tofu — perfect for desserts like this.

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Raspberry Cheesecake

After her light and fluffy cheesecake is baked and cooled, Ina Garten mixes fresh raspberries with warm currant jelly and piles it all on top. "Easy and dramatic is my idea of the perfect party dessert — my friends went crazy when I brought it to the table!" she says.

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Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

This super-rich cheesecake will taste just like the classic wintertime drink when you use your leftover hot chocolate or cocoa mix in both the crust and the filling.

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S'mores Sweet Potato Cheesecake

This dessert mash-up combines a sweet potato cheesecake and a gooey, melted s'more. All the flavors and textures are there, from the crispy chocolate graham cracker crust to the toasted marshmallows and rich chocolate sauce that gets drizzled over every slice.

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Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake

With a buttery graham cracker-almond crust, a gooey center of chocolate-laced cream cheese and a crispy topping of sliced almonds and brown sugar, Giada's party-perfect cheesecake boasts layer upon layer of decadent flavor.

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Nutmeg Cheesecake

You'll find a dash of vanilla in the ingredients column of most cheesecake recipes, but here the additions of nutmeg and almond extract create a finished cake that's especially nutty and aromatic.

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