Showstopping Holiday Cheesecakes

There's nothing quite like unveiling a luscious, irresistible cheesecake at the holiday table. Eyes will widen and jaws are sure to drop when you present these showstopping cheesecakes at your next festive fete.

  • Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake

    This gorgeous, festive cake marries two favorite holiday cake flavors: red velvet and cheesecake. The cake features layers of white chocolate cheesecake alternated with red velvet cake layers, topped with white chocolate frosting and candy "leaves".
  • Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr, Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

    Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

    Filled with holiday flavors from crushed gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, fresh cranberries, pears, and cinnamon, this cheesecake deserves a spot at your holiday dessert table.
  • No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart  

    No-Bake Cheesecake with Pecan Caramel

    Since we've nixed the baking (even of the crust), you save tons of time; you don't have to wait for the cheesecake to cool out of the oven. Make the cheesecake up to 3 days ahead, but prepare the caramel shortly before serving. It hardens quickly to a yummy praline-like texture.
  • Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake

    Test Kitchen Professional Pam Lolley combined the flavors of three holiday favorites--pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and cheesecake-- to create this luscious holiday dessert.
  • Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Roasted Sweet-Potato Cheesecake with Maple Cream

    Roasted sweet potato offers a perfect earthy sweetness to show off the flavor combo of cinnamon and nutmeg in this creamy cheesecake. Reviewers gave it 5 stars!
  • Cinderella Cheesecake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Cinderella Cheesecake

    This fairytale dessert is positively enchanting, even Cinderella agrees! A chewy ring of brownie-batter crust folds over creamy and luscious peanut butter cheesecake.
  • Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate Chunk Candy Cane Cheesecake

    Loaded with chocolate chunks and peppermint candies, slathered in a decadent chocolate ganache, and decorated with classic Christmas candies, this cheesecake is a "must-make" for the holidays.
  • Pumpkin-Almond Cheesecake
    Photo: Levi Brown

    Pumpkin-Almond Cheesecake

    Two layers--almond cake and pumpkin cheesecake--are the stars in this showstopping dessert. Garnish with whipped topping and almond brittle to add a special touch to your holiday dessert buffet.
  • Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
    Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

    Let this elegant chocolate cheesecake be the centerpiece of your holiday tablescape featuring a gorgeous white chocolate snowflake in the center. The chocoholics in your family will thank you.
  • Vanilla Cheesecake with Cherry Topping
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Vanilla Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

    This classic, no-frills cheesecake features a traditional graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling, and sweet cherry sauce. We use the entire vanilla bean, so none of it is wasted: The seeds flavor the cheesecake, and the bean halves flavor the topping.
  • Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Caramel Apple-Brownie Cheesecake

    Combine two of fall's favorite flavors--caramel and applies--in this decadent cheesecake. The crust is an apple brownie, similar to a blonde brownie, but with the addition of chopped apple. Then the creamy cheesecake filling is topped wtih a caramel-apple topping and a rich caramel sauce.
  • Orange Ribbon Cheesecake
    Annabelle Breakey; Dan Becker

    Orange Ribbon Cheesecake

    Add a burst of color to the table and make use of winter's best citrus fruits. This creamy cheesecake has a glistening topping of caramelized, candylike orange slices.
  • Dulce de Leche–Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Almonds
    Oxmoor House

    Dulce de Leche-Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Almonds

    Sweet milk caramel, or dulce de leche, takes this decadent cheesecake over the top, while candied almonds add pleasant crunch. Be sure to save room for dessert!
  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell  

    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

    Chocolate and peanut butter were meant to be. Together, they create a decadent marriage of flavors in this gorgeous, marbled cheesecake.
  • Amaretti Cheesecake
    Oxmoor House

    Amaretti Cheesecake

    Cheesecake in a slow cooker is a brilliant idea for a heavenly fall dessert. Top with fresh raspberries to complete your sweet treat.
  • Banana Pudding Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Banana Pudding Cheesecake

    Two favorite desserts are blended into one sensational Banana Pudding Cheesecake, perfect for a Southern holiday extravanganza.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
    Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Lynda Hirst

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Like pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake is an instant classic, filled with warm spices and good memories. Candied nuts make a delightful topping for this autumnal cheesecake.
  • Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars
    Photo: Justin Walker; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars

    Surprise friends with a batch of Chocolate-Almond Cheesecake Bars.These sweet treats are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette.
  • Pumpkin and chocolate together are surprisingly delicious.
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik  

    Pumpkin-Orange Cheesecake with Salted Caramel

    Pumpkin and chocolate together are surprisingly delicious. The contrast of colors in this cheesecake look beautiful on display, and when guests discover it's topped with salted caramel, they just might lose their minds.
  • Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
    Photo: Luca Trovato; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Caramel-Apple Cheesecake

    Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a showstopping fall dessert.
  • Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake
    Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Cindy DiPrima

    Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake

    Think beyond cranberry sauce and use the tart winter fruit in dessert, instead. Garnish the cheesecake with sprigs of mint to complete the Christmas color spectrum.
  • Almond Joy Cheesecake
    Photo: MarkRussell

    "Almond Joy" Cheesecake

    Taking its cues from the classic candy bar, this cheesecake recipe has cream of coconut added to the cream cheese filling and it's completed with a chocolate-cream of coconut topping and sliced almonds.
  • Pumpkin Toffee Crunch Cheesecake
    Photo: Charles Schiller

    Pumpkin Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

    Bring Halloween cheer to the dessert table with this too-cute cheesecake. Keep it simple by preparing just about everything for this cake ahead of time.
  • Crushed-Peppermint Cheesecake
    Christina Schmidhofer

    Crushed-Peppermint Cheesecake

    This peppermint cheesecake features a homemade Oreo cookie crust and crushed peppermint candy topping. It's hard to imagine a more festive holiday dessert.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue
    Photo: Jody Horton; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Honey Swiss Meringue

    Begin with a toasted pecan crust, layer with cream cheese and a classic pumpkin filling, and then gild the lily with a creamy Honey Swiss Meringue.
  • Caramel-Pear-Cheesecake Trifle
    Photo: Chris Court

    Caramel-Pear-Cheesecake Trifle

    Skip a step by ditching the crust; instead, layer gingersnap cookies with cheesecake filling, pears, and salted caramel sauce. This decadent trifle is perfect for a party because it can be made a day ahead and it serves a crowd.
  • White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake

    A chocolate cookie crust is filled with amaretto-spiked white chocolate cheesecake and topped with a fresh cranberry topping. This over-the-top dessert is perfect for celebrating the holidays with friends and family!
  • Snickers Cheesecake
    Photo: Kate Sears

    Snickers Cheesecake

    This layered dessert recipe starts with an Oreo crust, then a layer of chopped Snickers, then cheesecake batter and, finally, caramel sauce and peanuts. Creamy, sweet, and with a crunchy crust, this cheesecake is a dream dessert.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

    These cheesecake bars aren't meant to just haunt the dessert table at your Halloween party, the memory of their delicious pumpkin flavor will haunt your dreams for nights to come. They're cute, edible, and over-the-top tasty. What more can we say?
  • Ginger-Pear Cheesecake

    Ginger-Pear Cheesecake

    Gingersnap cookies form the base for this indulgent dessert, full of spicy-sweet crystallized ginger and juicy pears. Garnish with extra crystallized ginger and revel in the holiday cheer.
  • Praline-Crusted Cheesecake
    Photo: Southern Living

    Praline-Crusted Cheesecake

    This top-rated cheesecake is a "masterpiece of pure decadence," according to one reviewer. Find out just how quickly it disappears at your holiday table!
  • <p>Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart</p>

    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart

    It may look like a chore, but this cheesecake tart calls for a relatively straightforward preparation: First, press the crust into the tart pan. Next, mix the cream cheese filling, fill the tart shell, and bake. Finally, gild the pie with sautéed tart apples, and paint them with melted apple jelly for a jewelled effect.
  • Eggnog Cheesecake
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Eggnog Cheesecake

    Feature a classic holiday beverages in a rich and creamy eggnog cheesecake that's ideal for the holidays. Eggnog lovers, you can enjoy this one any time of the year because you make your own eggnog mixture with eggs, sugar, whipping cream and brandy.
  • Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake
    Con Poulos

    Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake

    This 3-ingredient recipe brilliantly layers chocolate cookies with a quick mix of cream cheese, chocolate syrup and a little water. The cookies soften as the cake chills overnight for a perfectly moist, chocolaty "cheater's" cheesecake.
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Karen Shinto

    White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

    This extravagantly dense and creamy cheesecake--flavored with pure peppermint extract and white chocolate--is big enough for a party. Finely crushed peppermint candies create a gorgeous ombré effect when sprinkled on top.
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