Our 5 Absolute Best Cheesecake Recipes

From fluffy chocolate cheesecake to fruity slices, these cheesecakes are the perfect dessert

Cheesecake is a versatile dessert, but it's popular for its rich, creamy, lighter flavor. There's a misconception that cheesecakes are difficult to make, but as these tried-and-true recipes will prove, the preparations aren't that difficult. Just make it a day ahead of serving, and pop it in the refrigerator to achieve that moist, thick consistency. Although a classic New York style vanilla cheesecake with raspberry topping may be the first thing that comes to mind when you consider this dessert, the reality is, cheesecake can take many forms. Whether you're in the mood for a seasonal pumpkin variety or a slice packed with fruits like strawberries or lemon, our best cheesecake recipes will have you wanting to add cheesecake to your dessert repertoire.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake

Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake
Pastry chef Anna Posey of Chicago's Publican blackens rhubarb in a wood-fired oven for the cheesecake's compote topping. A standard oven will also do the trick. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake »Christina Holmes

Christina Tosi's Cheesecake

Christina Tosi's Cheesecake
Just one part of Christina Tosi's masterful Strawberry Lemon Layer Cake, this mini cheesecake also works as a stand-alone (and gluten-free) dessert for a small group. Get the recipe for Christina Tosi's Cheesecake »Matt Taylor-Gross

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust
Creamy pumpkin filling over a ginger cookie crust provides a comforting balance of sweetness and spice. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Tart with Gingersnap Crust »Helen Rosner

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint (Ostkaka med Färska Jordgubbar och Mynta)

Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint (Ostkaka med Färska Jordgubbar och Mynta)
Ground almonds add body and flavor to this creamy Swedish cheesecake. For the Midsummer holiday in late June, Asa Johanson, a gardener and chef on the island of Oland off of Sweden's southeast coast, serves the cake with clouds of whipped cream and ripe strawberries macerated with fresh mint. Get the recipe for Almond Cheesecake with Macerated Strawberries and Mint (Ostkaka med Färska Jordgubbar och Mynta) »Felix Odell

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Rum and gingersnaps add a spicy, warming flavor to this rich fall dessert. Get the recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake »Beth Rooney