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For years, I loved the idea of cheesecake (and loved to eat it), but the idea of making one intimidated me. Then I was given a springform pan as a gift, and I decided I had to try and see how it went. To my surprise, cheesecakes are not the scary thing I thought they were! At the beginning, I made the basic cheesecake. But once I felt like I had the hang of it, I started branching out. Since then, I’ve made so many different kinds, it’s hard to pick my favorite.
Cheesecakes are a great thing to bring to holiday events, so here are the 10 best cheesecake recipes I’ve found over the years.
Best Cheesecake Recipes (for Holiday Festivities)
Red Velvet Cheesecake | Life, Love and Sugar
My husband’s favorite flavor is red velvet, so this was a cheesecake I tried early on. I love when cheesecakes have some kind of topping, because if for some reason the top of your cheesecake cracks during baking, it’s no big deal in terms of presentation!
Lemon Cheesecake | My Baking Addiction
Lemon cheesecake is an amazing option because it feels very rich with the creaminess of the cheesecake, but the lemon also keeps it feeling light and fresh.
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirl | Entertaining with Beth
I love pumpkin all year, but especially in the fall, this pumpkin and chocolate combo makes for a truly decadent dessert.
Monster Cookie Cheesecake | Tastes of Lizzy T
I’ve made this cheesecake once, and it was by far my favorite cheesecake I’ve ever made. It’s a lot of work, but I promise that it’s worth it!
Key Lime Cheesecake | Cooking Classy
Another fresh option that lets you enjoy the simplicity of the cheesecake base. I’ve successfully made this with a gluten-free crust for a friend who loved key lime pie!
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake | OMG Chocolate Desserts
If chocolate is involved, sign me up. This one goes all the way with a chocolate crust, chocolate filling, and chocolate topping.
Christmas Cheesecake | OMG Chocolate Desserts
I’ve never been able to make this one look exactly like the photo, but it’s still a really fun presentation even if the colors look a little different.
Berry Swirl Cheesecake | Simple Joy
This one is perfect for summer, when berries are in season, but you could also make it with frozen berries any time of year!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake | Preppy Kitchen
Chocolate and peanut butter is by far my favorite flavor combination, and so this cheesecake is probably my favorite out of the whole list.
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake | Life, Love and Sugar
It may be too much to serve this for breakfast as a replacement for a cinnamon roll, but it could make a fun addition to a Christmas brunch!