While there's no shame in ordering a single slice of cheesecake via Doordash on a Friday night when the craving for a creamy, silky smooth dessert strikes, there's nothing like whipping up your own to keep on hand at all times. Once you're ready to learn how to master the art of making homemade cheesecake, these recipes are some of the best.
No matter your flavor preferences or dietary restrictions, there's a cheesecake recipe to turn you into a budding baker. From vegan matcha creations and gluten-free cherry desserts to lavender-infused combinations and cheesecakes made in an instant pot, there are plenty to choose from.
Ahead, discover 10 of the best cheesecake recipes that will ever come out of your kitchen. Whether you plan to test your skills for a night in or bring one along as your contribution to a dinner party, these cheesecakes will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth with their original flavors and fun toppings.
Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake
The Recipe: Coconut Carrot Cake Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Greek yogurt is an unexpected ingredient that gives this sweet cheesecake an even richer, extra-moist texture.
Pro Tip: Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest suggests going heavy on the vanilla to bump up the fragrant flavor. "Never enough vanilla in my opinion," she writes.
Why We Love It: Although this dessert includes healthy ingredients like carrot and coconut, it's still a deliciously sweet treat. The playful take on traditional cheesecake comes together easily by combining cheesecake and carrot cake batter in a springform pan to bake to perfection.
Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
The Recipe: Vegan Matcha Swirl Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: It's no secret matcha is the star of this tasty vegan sweet with a pastel green hue.
Pro Tip: Not only does matcha give this cheesecake its fun color, but it also provides a healthy boost of caffeine and antioxidants, according to Dana Shultz of the food blog Minimalist Baker.
Why We Love It: This raw, refined-sugar-free, vegan cheesecake recipe couldn't be any easier to execute. It calls for just 10 ingredients, but the end result will taste as though you worked on it for hours in the kitchen. Think crust made of dates and walnuts and a filling created with raw cashews, lemon, coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and matcha green tea powder.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Peanut butter is a dominating flavor in this dessert. It's also a creamy addition to the already silky smooth filling.
Pro Tip: "This cheesecake also freezes very well, so you can make it way in advance and thaw it out," Jenny Park of Spoon Fork Bacon explains.
Why We Love It: It's a chocolatey, peanut buttery creation that requires zero bake time. First, you'll make a ginger snap crust, then a peanut butter filling, and finally a dark chocolate ganache. Each component comes together quite quickly—just be sure to set aside time for the cheesecake to set in the refrigerator before digging in.
The Recipe: Lime Cheesecake in the Instant Pot
The Hero Ingredient: The zest from real limes gives this cheesecake its signature flavor. It's undoubtedly the hero ingredient of the recipe.
Pro Tip: Make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before adding them into your mixture. "This ensures a creamy lump-free batter," Toni Dash of Boulder Locavore notes.
Why We Love It: While you've probably seen a lime cheesecake before, surely you've likely never made one in an Instant Pot. This recipe offers a crazy easy way to whip up a tangy, refreshing homemade cheesecake. It takes just 30 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot and then is stored in the fridge for a few hours to set.
Strawberry Ripple Almond Cheesecake
The Recipe: Strawberry Ripple Almond Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Strawberries, of course. They're a sweet, fruity addition and a class cheesecake pairing.
Pro Tip: "I like to keep the cake in the freezer, removing it just a few minutes before serving to let it soften a bit," Gerard writes. "I also like to reserve a tablespoon or so of the strawberry sauce for serving," she continues.
Why We Love It: It's a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free cheesecake that's just as creamy and delicious as any traditional creation. It's bursting with strawberry flavors and hints of almonds for an indulgent dessert you can feel good about eating.
The Recipe: Lavender Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh lavender buds separate this fragrant cheesecake from the rest and blend beautifully with an earl grey-tea flavored whipped cream topping.
Pro Tip: "For those who love earl grey tea, I highly highly recommend adding the earl grey tea into the filling and whipped cream as well, but you can go either way," Ali Martin of Gimme Some Oven recommends. Doing so will infuse the cheesecake with even more flavor.
Why We Love It: If you like lavender, this cheesecake is for you. It's a creamy, fragrant dessert with a traditional graham cracker crust for those with a sophisticated palate.
Gluten-Free and Vegan Cherry Cheesecake
The Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Cherry Cheesecake
The Hero Ingredient: This recipe wouldn't be so sweet without the added fresh cherries (that also happen to be full of nutrients and boast a variety of health benefits).
Pro Tip: Dig into this cheesecake knowing that the cherries are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and iron, Megan Roosevelt, the registered dietitian behind Healthy Grocery Girl, explains.
Why We Love It: This recipe is free of added sugar, gluten, and dairy for a healthier, plant-based dessert that tastes just as sweet as the real thing. Everything from the crust to the filling is made with whole food ingredients that you can feel good about filling up on.
Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cheesecake Bars
The Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Cheesecake Bars
The Hero Ingredient: Ricotta cheese may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of cheesecake, but it's what gives this treat such a light and fluffy consistency.
Pro Tip: To create that professional-looking swirl of pumpkin and ricotta, all you have to do is drag a knife through the batter after dropping spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture on top of the plain filling. This will create a stunning marble effect.
Why We Love It: You can whip up these rich pumpkin spice ricotta cheesecake bars in just 20 minutes (of course, they'll still require a bit of time to cool after baking before you can take a bite). All you need is a premade pie dough and ricotta cheese, cream cheese, eggs, and pumpkin puree for the filling.
Gluten-Free Cheesecake with Fresh Figs and Honey
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh figs are the star of this dish. They're sweet and a tad unusual for cheesecake but go oh so well with the honey and mascarpone cheese in this recipe.
Pro Tip: Be sure to pour the cheese mixture through a strainer before refrigerating to ensure ultimate smoothness, Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe advises.
Why We Love It: Not only is this cheesecake bursting with strong, delicious flavors from ingredients like mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, butter, fresh figs, and honey, but it also happens to be gluten-free.
No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
The Recipe: Simple 4-Ingredient No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
The Hero Ingredient: The main ingredient of this simple dessert is actually pre-made vanilla almond bounce energy balls (that you can order on Amazon for the ultimate baking hack). They stand in as the crust for these mini cheesecakes.
Pro Tip: "I love the convenience of this crust because pulling out the food processor feels too fussy sometimes," Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half writes. All you have to do is mold the energy balls into a mini muffin or cupcake pan.
Why We Love It: There are so many things to love about this easy mini cheesecake recipe. First of all, it takes just 15 minutes of prep work to create these little desserts. Secondly, they don't contain any refined sugars, and they're gluten-free to boot.