45+ Showstopping Holiday Cheesecake Recipes
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.
This decadent and beautiful chocolate cheesecake is decorated with plenty of peppermint candies and treats. Just like a delicious peppermint hot chocolate, this dessert takes one of our favorite flavor pairings to the next level.
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
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.
Decorate a store-bought cheesecake with red petals made of candy melts for a quick and impressive holiday dessert.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chocolate and peanut butter were meant to be. Together, they create a decadent marriage of flavors in this gorgeous, marbled 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
Two favorite desserts are blended into one sensational Banana Pudding Cheesecake, perfect for a Southern holiday extravanganza.
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
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-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.
Caramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a showstopping fall dessert.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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?
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.
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!
Cranberry Cheesecake with Cranberry-Orange Sauce
Cut into this fall cheesecake to find a surprising fruit layer on the bottom. Dress it up by pooling sauce on top and garnishing with fresh mint leaves, citrus curls, and sugared cranberries.
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.
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
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.
We use a mix of chocolate and cinnamon graham cracker crumbs here to give the crust a dark color with notes of chocolate and a little spice. You can choose one or the other, so long as you use 1 1/2 cups total. We also like to give the canned pumpkin a whirl in the food processor so it's nice and smooth in the creamy filling.
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.
Decadent Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake
Dessert and coffee all in one slice, this over-the-top cheesecake is a surefire crowd-pleaser. To garnish with chocolate shards, melt dark bittersweet chocolate, and spread it in a thin layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let it stand until set, and break into pieces.
Cookie Butter Cheesecake
This decadent cheesecake harnesses the addictively toasty power of speculoos cookies in the crust, in a layer of the filling, and in an over-the-top delicious caramel sauce you’re gonna want to pour over everything (we highly suggest you do). Perfect for a holiday gathering or other special occasion, this cookie butter cheesecake recipe is guaranteed to please. We tested using Biscoff cookie butter, but feel free to use your favorite brand of speculoos spread.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
We’ve got a triple-threat here: Rich red velvet, gooey, fudgy brownies, and tangy cheesecake unite to form a dessert bar everyone will love. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are decadent without being too sweet, thanks to the cheesecake swirl, and a delicious twist on plain old brownies. They slice super clean, but remain gooey and soft. If you like your brownies fudgy bake them on the lower 30-minute end. For cakier brownies, bake longer, up to 35 minutes. Lining your pan with parchment keeps these from sticking to the pan, making them much easier to slice.
Gingerbread Cheesecake with Lemon-Ginger Glaze
Lemon and ginger make a lively duo, as you’ll see in this bright and tangy cheesecake. The glaze can be made up to two days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Spoon it over the cheesecake just before serving.
Our Cannoli Cheesecake has that classic cannoli flavor you love, but with a creamier, more palatable texture. It’s super smooth, and easier to make than full-on cream cheese-based cheesecake. The secret to the unbeatable texture is adding a dish of water to the oven—the steam helps set the cheesecake without overcooking it. Garnish with whipped cream for a little extra pizzazz, or dust with powdered sugar right before serving to play up the cannoli factor.
Chai Swirl Cheesecake Bars
These eye-catching dessert bars taste like your favorite chai latte, reimagined in cheesecake form. Featuring flavorful swirls of chai-infused cream cheese filling, each bite offers richly aromatic, spiced flavor set against a cool and creamy vanilla cheesecake backdrop. They’re a simple dessert to make, but undeniably impressive.