The top ten cheesecake recipes that have been most popular on RockRecipes.com over the last 15 years. Now expanded to 40 delectable recipes!
Originally published Nov 2014.
I write in my new cookbook that I am an unrepentant dessert junkie. It really is true that I’m not much of a “volume” eater at dinner.
I rarely eat seconds of anything and if dessert is on the way, practically never.
There are many, many decadent desserts among the over 1800 recipes on this blog to date. But, like so many others I have always been a sucker for a great cheesecake.
Smaller cheesecake portions.
There are a couple of mini cheesecake recipes and a couple of cheesecake bar recipes included in this list as well. Those recipes have been particularly popular on Rock Recipes as people seek to portion control their indulgent desserts.
Those ideas give a terrific alternative to baking an entire large cheesecake when you don’t need to serve a large crowd. It prevents the overindulgence we all know can happen with too much leftover cheesecake. 😉
I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like but there are some that I very much prefer. I think you should start with a plain vanilla cheesecake if you are new to baking cheesecake. That will allow you to get a feel for how to bake one properly.
Tips for our top ten cheesecake recipes
In my experience over baking is the biggest problem with cheesecakes.
What should really be a light and creamy texture is often left in the oven for too long. Often at too high a temperature as well and results in the cheesecake becoming to dry and dense.
Follow the bain marie method outlined in many of these recipes for best results. But even if you don’t use that water bath method, wrap the outside of the pan in a couple of layers of aluminum foil to buffer the direct heat.
Don’t bake at a temperature greater than 300-325 degrees F. The difference it makes to the creamy texture of your cheesecake is well worth the little extra time and effort.
Click on the recipe titles below to be taken to the individual recipes. For dozens more of our best cheesecake themed recipes from Brunch muffins to decadent showstopper desserts, please visit our Pinterest Cheesecake Board.
Now, the cheesecake recipes!
Top Ten Cheesecake Recipes, now expanded to 40 delectable recipes!
BONUS RECIPE, Smores Cheesecake. This one came in at number 41 but I just couldn't leave it out!! All the deliciousness of campfire smores in a very grown up, decadent dessert that will have eyes popping around any dinner table.
40. Double Decker Neapolitan Cheesecake. A chocolate and a vanilla cheesecake get stacked together, then topped with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of chocolate! An exceptional celebration dessert when serving a crowd.
39. Chocolate Truffle Irish Cream Cheesecake - layers of chocolate and Bailey's Irish Cream flavoured cheesecake topped with shards of Bailey's chocolate truffles. The perfect indulgent dessert for St. Patrick's Day.
38. Raspberry Tuxedo Cheesecake - a vanilla cheesecake sits on a chocolate cookie crumb base, topped with raspberry compote and a drizzle of chocolate ganache. Pure decadence!
37. Rum Truffle Strawberry Cheesecake is a terrific dessert with an outstanding combination of flavours. Perfect for a special occasion or just Sunday dinner.
36. This double layer Mocha Almond Fudge Cheesecake is a luscious salute to one of the most popular ice cream flavours ever. So incredibly delicious!
35. Maple Apple Cheesecake - the very best creamy vanilla cheesecake gets topped with a simple compote of apples, spices and maple syrup.
34. Peach Cheesecake Cookie Bars - a super easy dessert idea when you don't want a full cheesecake or freeze them as cookie bars to enjoy a few at a time.
33. Chocolate Hummingbird Cheesecake - a decadent dark chocolate cheesecake is baked directly on top of a banana pecan cake base; all in the same pan at the same time!
32. Inspired by the famous cookie, I wanted to create a simple, elegant cheesecake presentation featuring a two tone look with chocolate and vanilla. I think it looks much nicer than just marbling the two flavors.
31. Brownie Cheesecake. A luscious, creamy vanilla cheesecake sits atop a chocolate cookie crumb crust, topped with mounds of mini brownies and a drizzle of rich chocolate ganache.
30. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake - an ultimately indulgent cheesecake packed with chunks of cookie dough and topped with chocolate ganache and vanilla whipped cream.
29. Mini Black Forest Cheesecakes - At only about 200 calories each, these little cupcake sized Black Forest Cheesecakes pack a maximum of cheesecake enjoyment with a minimum of guilt.
28. White Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle with Summer Fruit. Cubes of light as air sponge cake soaked with cherry brandy, then layered with a creamy white chocolate cheesecake mousse and luscious summer fruits & berries.
27. Carrot Cake Cheesecake is a brilliant combination of a luscious, creamy cheesecake layer baked right on top of moist delicious carrot cake. Absolute genius!
26 . Blueberry Lime Cheesecake. A delicious flavour combination in a creamy, indulgent cheesecake with a little something deliciously different about the crust.
25.. The Ultimate Lemon Cheesecake recipe has a lemon cookie base, lemon mousse cheesecake body, lemon curd topping and garnish of candied lemon peel. That will satisfy any lemon lover out there.
24. Mini Turtle Cheesecakes. A cupcake sized portion of our incredibly poplar Turtle Cheesecake recipe with only 200 calories. Great for parties and pot lucks!
23. You'll taste the difference in this no-bake cherry cheesecake pie that doesn't use preservative filled canned pie filling or packaged dessert topping.
22. Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Layer Cake - one purely decadent dessert fusion that includes layers of homemade scratch cake with a creamy orange cheesecake in the middle then covered by even more chocolate!
21. Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Bars - a luscious combination of sweet cherries, creamy cheesecake and indulgent chocolate.
20. ONLY 135 CALORIES EACH - No need to bake an entire raspberry swirl cheesecake, enjoy perfectly portion controlled servings of this luscious dessert.
19. Raspberry Tuxedo Mini Cheesecakes - No need to resist! At only about 200 calories each these luscious raspberry & chocolate mini cheesecakes satisfy a dessert craving without any of the guilt.
18. Coconut Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes - at only 224 CALORIES EACH, these delectable mini cheesecakes are exactly the same as our full sized Coconut Cream Cheesecake, except in a smaller, portion controlled size.
17. Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes - at only about 200 calories each, this recipe makes 12 perfectly portion controlled mini cheesecakes that you can enjoy without the guilt of overindulgence.
16. Mini Lemon Cheesecakes with Raspberry Sauce - this recipe yields 12 perfect little portions of cheesecake to let you indulge without a huge calorie binge....even if you sneak a second one!
15. Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - a baked vanilla cheesecake sits atop a light sponge cake then topped with a strawberry filling and whipped cream. An ultimate strawberry dessert!
14. These perfectly portion controlled Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake indulgences have ONLY 107 CALORIES per bar!
13. This luscious chocolate mousse cheesecake is baked in a water bath, keeping it light, creamy and melt-in-your mouth deletable.
12. Bakeapple is the Newfoundland word for Cloudberry, a deliciously intense northern berry that makes for an amazing topping on a creamy vanilla cheesecake.
11. Cheesecake does not need to be heavy and stodgy. Learn how to make this creamy, light textured, luscious white chocolate cheesecake with the perfect compliment of fresh raspberries.
10. Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake - a silky smooth lemon cheesecake with just the right tangy lemon flavour topped by a complementary sweet raspberry compote.
9. Chocolate Orange Cheesecake - a luscious two layered cheesecake inspired by Terry's Chocolate Orange. It's been popular in my family and on my blog for many years.
8. Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake Bars – a very festive and easy cheesecake cookie bar recipe. One of our most popular cookie bar recipes ever.
7. Cherry Cheesecake Brownies - an outstanding soft chewy brownie with a cheesecake centre that gets sweet glacé cherries baked into it. Another great freezer friendly cookie bar recipe.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars - The holy grail of cookie bars for cheesecake and cookie dough lovers alike.
5. Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake - two extremely complimentary flavours come together deliciously when a blueberry compote gets swirled through a creamy lemon cheesecake.
4. Turtle Cheesecake - a creamy vanilla cheesecake sits on a chocolate cookie crumb base and is topped with toasted pecans, gooey caramel and chocolate; perhaps our most decadent cheesecake yet.
3. Coconut Cream Cheesecake - the ultimate indulgence for coconut lovers with toasted coconut in the crust & in the cheesecake batter for full coconut flavour!
2: How to Bake the Perfect Cheesecake Every Time or "Just a Vanilla Cheesecake" - Learning how to bake the perfect cheesecake is all about quality ingredients, an uncomplicated recipe and mastering the simple method.
1. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake. An easy dessert recipe made from simple ingredients including economical frozen strawberries, which means you can make it year round.
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I can’t believe your mini and regular sized ‘Turtle Cheese Cakes’ were not in the Top Ten.....I made both versions.....adding ganache to the larger....and was inundated with compliments.
Friday 28th of November 2014
All beautiful cakes. Thanks so much.