50 Christmas Cheesecakes That Are Even Better Than Milk & Cookies

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What better way to finish your holiday celebrations than with a decadent, festive cheesecake? While we love highlighting classic Christmas cakes in our holiday dessert spread, there's something about a cheesecake that feels a little extra special. We've got more than just cakes—bars, bites, and even dips all showcase the rich flavors and creamy texture of cheesecake we know and love. No matter how you like your cheesecake, we've got a recipe here sure to bring some Christmas cheer to your holiday celebration.

If you're looking for classic Christmas flavors, we've got them: Our chocolate peppermint cheesecake, mini eggnog cheesecakes, and pecan pie cheesecake bring the festive flavors you know and love in creamy cheesecake form. Serving a crowd with a variety of different dietary restrictions? No sweat—our keto cheesecake, vegan cheesecake, and gluten-free cheesecake make planning a party easy as can be, no matter the diet or size of your crew.

Intimidated by that often necessary (but pesky) water bath? We get you. We've got plenty of no-bake recipes that are not only super-easy to whip up, but take half the time of a regular cheesecake. Our no-bake cheesecake is a great base to decorate and customize with whatever festive flair your heart desires, while our Santa hat cheesecakes and no-bake blackberry cheesecake bars make serving up cheesecake for a crowd as easy (and adorable) as can be.

Looking for more? Don't miss our easy no bake holiday desserts for the easiest additions to your dessert spread. Whatever you do, you can't forget the holiday cocktails!

chocolate cheesecake
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Chocolate Cheesecake

Have you ever wondered what a gooey chocolate brownie paired with cheesecake would taste like? Look no further! This chocolate cheesecake recipe is a chocolate lover’s dream. It’s rich, silky smooth, moist, and almost fudge-like—everything you want in a chocolate dessert.

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Butter Pecan Cheesecake

Toasty, buttery pecans turn a classic cheesecake into an even more decadent and rich dessert. Butter pecan is a classic comfort flavor, and it fits perfectly in a creamy cheesecake. Our traditional graham cracker crust gets a little boost with more pecans to really amp up the flavor. Topped off with whipped cream and even more pecans, it's the perfect holiday dessert.

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turtle cheesecake
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Turtle Cheesecake

This rich turtle cheesecake takes its inspiration from turtles, a delicious chocolate candy filled with gooey chewy caramel, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, and crunchy toasted pecans all throughout. This dessert is made for those who love the chewy and crunchy turtle confection and the creamy decadence of cheesecake.

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chocolate peppermint cheesecake
Parker Feierbach
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Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

With an Oreo crust and ganache topping, this is one of our favorite cheesecakes to make for Christmas. It's peppermint bark in cheesecake form, and we can't get enough!

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lemon cranberry cheesecake bars
Photographer: Erik Bernstein. Food Styling: Makinze Gore.
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Lemon Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Tart, tangy, and sweet, these cheesecake bars are sandwiched between a pastry crust that just happens to be super-easy to make (thank you, store-bought crescent roll dough!). Something about the combo tastes like the Entenmann's danishes of our youth, but even better thanks to the sweet and creamy filling.

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lemon meringue cheesecake
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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

If you’re looking for a showstopping, mouthwatering dessert to impress dinner guests, look no further than this lemon meringue cheesecake recipe. The layers of graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake, bright yellow lemon curd, and a big swoop of toasted meringue will get everyone in a frenzy even before their first bite.

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basque cheesecake
Erik bernstein
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Basque Cheesecake

Originally created by La Viña Bar in San Sebastian, Spain, the recipe for Basque cheesecake is basically foolproof. Unlike an American-style cheesecake, it's baked without a crust and at a high temperature. This caramelizes the outer layer while the center stays light and creamy.

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pecan pie cheesecake
Joel Goldberg
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Take your pecan pie to the next level by turning it into a rich and nutty cheesecake! Extra-creamy base + sweet and sticky pecan topping = best Christmas dessert ever.

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cheesecake swirled ghirardelli brownies
Andrea monzo
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Cheesecake-Swirled Ghirardelli Brownies

Don’t get us wrong, we love our homemade brownie recipe. When our lives get extra busy though, we appreciate how cutting some corners with a boxed mix can still yield delicious results. Thanks to a Ghirardelli boxed mix, these fabulous semi-homemade cheesecake-swirled brownies come together fast, and you can turn to these whenever a cheesecake or brownie craving hits!

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Parker Feierbach
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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Peppermint Bark Cheesecake recipe

We love classic New York cheesecake, but the holidays demand something a little fancier. It doesn’t get more festive than everyone’s favorite holiday menu special from The Cheesecake Factory. Peppermint bark meets cheesecake in this minty, chocolate-y epic dessert. Studded with chopped chocolate and candy canes, it tastes just like the real thing.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Easy Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake is one of those desserts that's amazingly classic—making one kinda feels like a rite of passage. Use your favorite jam, fresh berries, or a lemon curd for a bright citrusy topping. A chocolate ganache or caramel are always a good idea or get really fancy with a brûléed top, like in our creme brûlée cheesecake!

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No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake Bars

This no-bake cheesecake gets a stunning, swirly topping of blackberries that looks more like art than dessert. The cheesecake is tart and fluffy with the creamiest texture.

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Parker Feierbach
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Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like: part cheesecake, part red velvet cake. (Head here to learn all about what red velvet cake really is.) The layers get sandwiched together and then frosted all over in a cream cheese frosting into an epic cake that will stun all of your guests.

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snickers cheesecake
Parker feierbach
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Snickers Cheesecake

This outrageous cheesecake has a creamy milk chocolate center and is topped with plenty of caramel and roasted salted peanuts. Oh, and Snickers, obviously. Hungry? Grab a slice.

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Chelsea Lupkin
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Santa Hat Cheesecakes

When Santa makes his list and checks it twice this year, we plan to be right at the top: These mini Santa cheesecake bites are the easiest way to show just how nice you are.

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apple crisp cheesecake
Emily Hlavac Green
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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

One of the best things about this cheesecake? (Besides that caramel drizzle, of course!) Since it's covered in toppings, you can skip the water bath. It might still crack, but no one will care when they're biting into that crunchy oat topping. 😍

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chocolate peanut butter cheesecake
Ethan Calabrese
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate peanut butter lovers, this cheesecake is for you. This is a rich and creamy peanut butter cheesecake with an Oreo crust and topped with lots of chocolate ganache for a decadent dessert and it's always what we're craving. Go ahead and top with Reese's to drive the theme home. Of all of our cheesecakes, this one is at the top of our list, and we can never put our fork down.

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Emily Hlavac Green
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Vegan Cheesecake

This cake is downright magic. A vegan cheesecake that tastes shockingly smooth, creamy, and rich. The secret? Soaked cashews! Cashews are an amazing ingredient that can be used across a variety of recipes, in anything ranging from a sweet & sour stir-fry to super-creamy vegan mac & cheese, and it's no exception here.

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boston cream cheesecake
Parker Feierbach
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Boston Cream Cheesecake

If you love Boston cream pie, prepare to freak out over this cheesecake. Looking for something a little easier to make? Try our Boston Cream poke cake.

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mini eggnog cheesecakes
Parker Feierbach
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Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

Eggnog is one of the best ways we know how to celebrate the holidays so, naturally, we had to turn some into mini cheesecakes. Using gingersnaps for the crust makes these extra easy and makes them taste even more seasonal! If you want to make your own eggnog, give ours a try!

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no bake cheesecake
Parker Feierbach
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No-Bake Cheesecake

The only downside to a cheesecake is how long it takes to bake and how fussy it can be. Water bath? No thank you! A no-bake cheesecake takes all the stress away. Plus, it takes about half the time to make.

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pumpkin roll
Parker Feierbach
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll

With a few simple tips, you'll have perfect swirls of cake and cream cheese filling that will have everyone oohing and aahing when you slice into it.

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oreo cheesecake bars
Parker Feierbach
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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

If you're indecisive when it comes to choosing what dessert to make, these will be the answer to your prayers. With layers of cookie dough, Oreo, and cheesecake, these bars have quite literally everything we could ever want in a dessert.

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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

It isn't a true visit to Cheesecake Factory if you don't top off your meal with some of their iconic cheesecake. We know they have dozens of flavors (all of them delicious), but there is something to be said for their classic, plain cheesecake topped with glazed strawberries and whipped cream.

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copycat cheesecake factory oreo cheesecake
Joel Goldberg
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Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake

When it comes to a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, we don't expect anything less than extreme decadence. With five indulgent layers of chocolate and Oreo, this Oreo dream cheesecake certainly delivers that and more.

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Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Love cinnamon rolls? Us too! While we’ve got a couple different hacks and recipes to get our fix (cinnamon roll cookies, anyone?), this is by far the most impressive. We took the decadent breakfast treat and turned it into a cinnamon sugar-filled cheesecake that’s sure to elicit wows.

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sweet potato cheesecake
Parker Feierbach
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Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Who says sweet potato desserts are just for fall? What really takes this dessert over the top is the crumble topping. Similar to the topping on our apple coffee cake, this spiced, buttery crumble topping is the perfect companion to the creamy center of your cheesecake.

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cheesecake cupcakes
Emily Hlavac Green
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Cheesecake Cupcakes

Who doesn't love an ultra-creamy slice of cheesecake? This mini version is super-easy to make (no water bath!), but just as delicious as its full-size counterpart, and much easier to share with BBQ guests.

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hot fudge cheesecake bars
Yossy Arefi
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Hot Fudge Cheesecake Bars

Now these are a chocolate lover's dream. Plus, turning this chocolatey cheesecake into bars makes it so easy to serve your holiday crowd this year.

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banana pudding cheesecake delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

We've turned our banana pudding (bookmark it, seriously) into just about any dessert you can imagine: cheesecake bars, poke cake, and now this cheesecake.

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