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How to Make the Best Cheesecake Recipes

Homemade cheesecake is always a delicious and impressive dessert. If you want to learn how to make cheesecake desserts that are creamy, smooth, and a notch above traditional cheesecake recipes, you’ve come to the right place!

Here you will find loads of delicious cheesecake recipes plus tips for how to make the best cheesecake.

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Why You Will Love Making Cheesecake at Home

Here are my tips on making the best cheesecake recipes, and some of my favorite cheesecake recipes. These easy cheesecake recipes are fun to make, and they’ll impress any cheesecake lover! We’re going way beyond a simple cheesecake recipe here, though.

You’ll find simple cheesecake recipes, but also recipes for homemade cheesecake bars, cheesecake parfaits, shooters, and even cheesecake stuffed cake! These cheesecake recipes are as gorgeous as they are delicious!

  • Good homemade cheesecakes are even more delicious than any you can buy.
  • Plus, it will save you money as purchasing good-quality cheesecakes is expensive!
  • The options are endless once you learn the basics for mixing, baking and serving cheesecake.
  • Your guests will be impressed you made a bakery-worthy dessert at home!
Creme Brulee cheesecake slice on a white dessert plate

Creme Brulee Cheesecake

A delicious marriage of two favorite desserts: Mascarpone Cheesecake and dreamy, sugar-crusted creme brulee.

Tips on How to Make Cheesecake

Use Quality Ingredients and Baking Tools

If you’re going to make an impressive cheesecake, use the best kitchen tools, equipment, and ingredients for the job. Brand name cream cheese and a good springform pan are key!

For example, make sure to use a springform pan that won’t leak when it’s placed into a water bath. I bake my homemade cheesecakes in a 9-inch springform pan (affiliate links). For the best-tasting cheesecake, use premium quality cream cheese (I recommend Philadelphia brand), large eggs (unless otherwise noted), heavy whipping cream (36% butterfat), and real, never imitation, vanilla. When making an elegant dessert, it’s time to splurge on the best ingredients possible.

You’ll also want to use the right size bowl and an electric stand mixer to blend the ingredients together. A 5-quart stand mixer (or larger) makes mixing a breeze. It is more powerful and has the best attachment for the job.

Use the Paddle Attachment

First of all, a hand mixer is lacking the power to do a great job creaming heavy ingredients like cream cheese. Plus, the paddle attachment is the ideal tool for incorporating the eggs without adding too much air into the batter. 

Too much air can result in your homemade cheesecake cracking along with preventing your cheesecake from baking up with the classic dense texture. Who wants that???!

Have Your Ingredients at room temperature.

Remove your eggs, cream cheese, and any other dairy ingredients from the refrigerator an hour or two before you plan to start mixing. This will make the incorporation of these ingredients much easier than if they were cold.

Also, if you’ve ever seen little bits of cream cheese in your batter, having your cream cheese soft will minimize this from happening. You’ll notice your cheesecake will be creamier.

Add Your Eggs One at a Time

Add each room temperature egg one at a time, mixing until it’s incorporated before adding the next. Make sure you’re using the paddle attachment as you don’t want to whip the eggs when making cheesecake. That will lighten the batter and you want a denser mixture for cheesecakes.

Serve Your Cheesecake at Room Temperature for the Best Texture

I always get asked what makes my cheesecakes so creamy. Besides using a great recipe and bringing the ingredients to room temperature before mixing, not serving it fresh out of the refrigerator is key. I like to pull it out of the fridge when we sit down to dinner. You’ll be shocked at how luscious the texture becomes as it warms up a bit.

Note: Never leave your cheesecake out of the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours per the FDA. This will minimize the chance of a food-borne illness.

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

With an Oreo crust, cheesecake layer infused with two types of chocolate, and a ganache topping, this is one out-of-this-world chocolate cheesecake recipe. Do you have a favorite kind of cheesecake?

Types of Cheesecake

Though my go-to cheesecake recipes are classic baked cheesecakes made with cream cheese, I also appreciate the ease of no-bake cheesecakes, especially in the summer. Here are some of the main classifications of cheesecakes.

New York Cheesecake

Also known as Jewish Cheesecake, the New York Cheesecake was brought to the US by Jews from Eastern Europe. They’re extra dense, rich, and creamy, and usually made with lots of cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and sugar.

Regular Cheesecake

This category includes most other baked cheesecakes which are lighter, fluffier, and sweeter than New York cheesecakes. They are typically shorter and come in a variety of flavors.

No-Bake Cheesecake

As you’d suspect, a no-bake cheesecake doesn’t require baking. Since this category is not baked, eggs are not used. Instead, gelatin gives a no-bake cheesecake its structure. A no-bake cheesecake needs time in the refrigerator to set.

Japanese Cheesecake

Also known as cotton candy or souffle cheesecake, whipped egg whites make this version super light and fluffy.

Savory Cheesecake

Savory Cheesecakes are often used as appetizers. The crust and filling are both devoid of sugar, and along with cream cheese, these often are flavored with grated cheese along with other savory ingredients.

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars

An easy-to-make, easy-to-serve cheesecake recipe! Perfect for pitch in gatherings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do You Bake a Cheesecake in a Water Bath?

This is one of the tricks to minimize cracking. Placing your springform pan into a roaster filled with water helps keep the cheesecake at a steady temperature as it bakes. Any fluctuations can encourage cracking.

How to You Make a Water Bath?

Use a large roasting pan. Place your unbaked cheesecake in the center. PRO-Tip: Wrap your cheesecake pan in a couple of layers of heavy-duty foil to prevent any water from leaking into the pan.

Pour boiling water into the roaster until it comes halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. Then place in the oven and bake as directed.

What Happens if you Overmix Your Cheesecake?

The texture will not be as dense and your cheesecake is likely to crack as it bakes or cools.

How Do You Prevent the Crust from Getting Soggy?

Use a springform pan which is a two-piece pan with releasable sides that is perfect for cheesecakes.

Also, like mentioned above, if baking it in a Bain Marie or water bath, make sure to wrap the pan in a couple of layers of foil to prevent any water from getting to the crust as it bakes.

Are There Any Other Ways to Minimize Cracking?

Not over mixing, using the paddle, and baking in a water bath were already mentioned.

You should also allow the cheesecake to cool slowly. Some recipes have you cool it in the oven with the door cracked for an hour, then cool at room temperature for an hour, then finally, place it in the refrigerator to finish cooling.

Your cheesecake is done when the outside is set, but the very center may still wiggle a bit if you nudge the pan. The residual heat of the pan and the surrounding cheesecake should finish the baking process.

How Do You Store Cheesecake?

Keep it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to a week. It’s easier to wrap airtight if it’s kept in the baking pan. This way the plastic wrap or foil won’t mar the surface.

Cheesecake also freezes well. Again, wrap so that it’s airtight. I like to use a layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of foil. It will keep for up to 3 months, but the quality will be best if used within a month. Just defrost overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

More of the Best Cheesecake Recipes:

There are a lot of cheesecake flavors to choose from here. The chances are good that you’ll only make one recipe at a time, so be sure to Pin these recipes to your favorite desserts board. That way, you can easily find them when you are in a cheesecake craving state of mind.

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Chocolate Caramel Twix Cheesecake

Twix Cheesecake combines 3 of my favorite dessert foods: Cheesecake, Chocolate, and Caramel! This decadent homemade cheesecake recipe does not disappoint!

Twix Cheesecake slice on a white dessert plate

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Bundt Cake

If you want to make a cheesecake dessert to impress guests, this is the cheesecake recipe for you! This rich chocolate cake with a cheesecake stuffed center is amazing!

Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Bundt Cake slice on a square white plate

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

This unique homemade cheesecake has a swirl of fresh raspberry puree throughout the white chocolate cheesecake. It’s almost too pretty to eat!

White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake slice on a white plate with fresh raspberries

Mascarpone Cheesecake

The most creamy, luscious cheesecake, made with mascarpone cheese and topped with sweetened balsamic strawberries.

Mascarpone Cheesecake slice topped with berries on a white plate and gold charger

Caramel Cheesecake

This sublime cheesecake is topped with toffee studded caramel sauce and Rolo candies. This one is RICH!

Overhead view of a Caramel Cheesecake on a white cake plate

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is the best cheesecake recipe for autumn! Creamy pumpkin cheesecake with a thick swirl of caramel sauce on top.

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake slice on a white plate with cinnamon sticks

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

This rich cheesecake dessert is a combination of two of my favorite treats; fudgy brownies and cheesecake. 

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies stacked on a square white plate

Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars

These rich and creamy ganache topped cheesecake bars will please both cheesecake and chocolate lovers alike!

A stack of Ganache Topped Cheesecake Bars on a white plate

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes

These gorgeous little cheesecake desserts are filled with my homemade mascarpone cheese. Perfect cheesecake recipe for a holiday dessert platter!

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes on a white tray topped with raspberry sauce and raspberries

Margarita Cheesecake

This dreamy, creamy, homemade cheesecake has all the splendid flavors of a classic Margarita cocktail! A perfect, refreshing summer dessert recipe!

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White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake

This white chocolate cheesecake recipe features an exquisite marriage of flavors. The Italian hazelnut liqueur adds a sublime undertone to an already delicious cheesecake.

White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake on a white plate topped with white chocolate curls

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars

These dreamy cheesecake bars have a nutty vanilla wafer crust, topped with creamy cheesecake, pecan halves, and caramel sauce. An easy homemade cheesecake recipe!

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Bars - With a pecan, vanilla wafer crust, cheesecake topping and pecan and caramel garnish, this sublime dessert is perfect for cheesecake fans!

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

I used to think lemon bars were the best summer dessert, then I added those flavors to creamy cheesecake. This cheesecake recipe is Summer dessert-loving at its best!

Lemon Bar Cheesecake topped with lemon slices on a white cake stand

Caramel Topped Mini Cheesecakes

These mini homemade cheesecakes combine two of my dessert obsessions, caramel, and cheesecake.  Making them in muffin tins provides the much-needed portion control!

Close overhead view of mini cheesecakes topped with caramel and mint

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