The thing about decadent desserts is that you often need expert assistance to master the recipe, whether it’s your mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies or the chef’s crème brûlée at your favorite restaurant. One dessert that frequently seems just out of reach for the amateur baker is cheesecake, although you shouldn’t have to wait around for a special occasion or a night out to enjoy it every once in awhile.
Thankfully, easy cheesecake recipes do exist, and anyone with a kitchen is capable of trying their hand at this well-loved, sweet, and creamy dish. Ready to test your baking skills? Grab some measuring cups, and whip up one of these cheesecake recipes you can make without a sous chef.
The Recipe: For a twist on a classic cheesecake dessert, try these creamsicle vegan cheesecake bars. The fragrant, fresh orange flavors are the star of this no-bake dessert, perfect for serving at a large gathering.
The Clincher: A recipe that doesn’t require any actual baking, these bars are especially easy for a vegan dessert. They’ll be ready to go in just 45 minutes.
The Recipe: This no-bake peanut butter cheesecake is a seriously heavenly dessert. Indulge in the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter while a gingersnap crust provides an unexpected layer of spice. Top it with a homemade dark chocolate ganache for the finishing touch.
The Clincher: This cheesecake recipe is so easy that you don’t even need an oven to make it. Just put together the crust, and chill the filling. It’s foolproof.
The Recipe: An elevated culinary creation, this roast rhubarb and white chocolate baked cheesecake is sure to impress any crowd. Tart rhubarb plays with the creamy cheesecake filling for a simply beautiful and festive dessert.
The Clincher: You'll bring major wow factor to the table with this dessert, but it's no more difficult to make than any other baked cheesecake. Don’t let the roasted rhubarb or oven time scare you, as this recipe is still well within reach, no matter your abilities in the kitchen.
The Recipe: For flavors of the season, test your hand at this warm Swedish caramel apple cheesecake. Swedish cheesecake differs from the traditional treat because it’s made with cottage cheese instead of cream cheese for a lighter, fluffier consistency.
The Clincher: With only 20 minutes of prep time and one hour of time in the oven, you can make this for dessert tonight. The trickiest part is straining the cottage cheese, but it’s nothing you can’t master.
The Recipe: This vegan pumpkin cheesecake is perfect for the holidays. You can play around with making them in muffin tins for single-serving sizes, ramekins for a few mini cheesecakes, or one large traditional presentation. Either way, this dessert will taste just as rich and creamy.
The Clincher: All you have to do is make a three-ingredient crust to hold the vegan filling made with cashews, coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and seasoning. This recipe takes a bit longer to prepare, but it’s only because you’ll need to soak the cashews before freezing them for a bit. The actual work in the kitchen is a cinch.
The Recipe: This Mexican cheesecake recipe is full of flavor from ingredients like dates, agave, cayenne pepper, raw cacao powder, and cinnamon. It’s no traditional cheesecake, but the delightfully unexpected flavors will please any palate.
The Clincher: With no baking necessary, all you’ll have to do is make the crust in a food processor, mix the filling in a blender, and then pop the finished product in the freezer until it’s set. This recipe couldn’t be easier.
The Recipe: For a decadent dessert, these coconut brownie cheesecake bars are just what you need. They are pure chocolatey, coconutty, creamy goodness. Slice them up and serve them at your next gathering.
The Clincher: These bars will be ready in a little over an hour, but you won’t have to spend more than 30 minutes working in the kitchen. Simply preheat the oven while you prepare a brownie batter to serve as the base for your coconut cheesecake filling. It’s that easy.