Cheesecakes are a wonderful addition to any celebration, year-round, and Halloween is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a dessert centerpiece or bars and bites you can share with all the fiends and monsters in your life, we’ve got recipes here for you. Add a dessert to your Halloween menu this year that doesn't come in a candy wrapper with these 27 festive cheesecakes—they’re ghoulishly good.
We’re all about the pumpkin for Halloween (have you carved yours yet?), so we’re putting it into a number of the recipes here, everything from basics, like our chocolate pumpkin cheesecake or our no bake pumpkin cheesecake, to more elaborate affairs, like our chocolate-pumpkin mousse cheesecake, our pumpkin cheesecake roll, or our pumpkin crème brûlée cheesecake bars. In case you’re feeling a little pumpkin-d out, we’ve also got a number of recipes that utilize some of our other favorite fall fruits and veggies, like our caramel apple cheesecake bars, our sweet potato cheesecake, or our sparkling cranberry cheesecake.
In another nod to the holiday, we’ve got a number of cheesecakes filled and topped with candy, like our Snickers cheesecake, our Twix cheesecake, our double Reese’s cheesecake, or our mini death by chocolate cheesecakes. They’re perfect for celebrating during the month of October, as well as being a great way to use any leftover Halloween candy the rest of the year.
Since it's Halloween, a time for tricks and treats, we’ve also got a few surprises in store with some of these desserts. Put your cheesecake in a “costume” with our cheesecake stuffed cupcakes, our cheesecake stuffed pumpkins, or our pickle cheesecake that’s actually a tasty dip in disguise. This good mix of horrifying and delightful will be welcome at any Halloween bash.
Not a huge fan of spooky jack-o'-lanterns come Halloween? Skip the carving and make this pumpkin roll instead—it's all treat and no trick. 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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Sure, classic cheesecake is delicious. But PUMPKIN cheesecake? 🤯We added gingersnaps to the graham cracker crust to give it that extra warm, fall flavor we all look for once October comes around, and a shimmering layer of caramel that is the literal icing on the [cheese]cake.
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Originally created by La Viña Bar in San Sebastian, Spain, this cheesecake is baked without a crust and at a higher temperature than its American counterpart, resulting in a caramelized outer layer with a light and creamy middle. The burnt-looking top is perfect for adding a little intrigue to your dessert table this Halloween.
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We love how the cranberries atop this cheesecake kind of look like a sickle moon, perfect for Halloween. Sugared cranberries look crazy impressive on top, but are actually very simple to make (once you learn how, you might just want to put them on everything).
As far as pumpkin desserts go, this mousse cake is one of our favorites. An Oreo crust is topped with a pumpkin layer, then a cheesecake layer, and finally a rich chocolate ganache. It will be a smash at any of your fall parties, especially Halloween.
Our first version of this recipe used an entire can of pumpkin puree, because who wants leftover canned pumpkin to sit forever in the fridge? That was a mistake: It yielded gummy bars that were too dense due to the high moisture content of pumpkin. Trust us, and only use what the recipe calls for, then make our pumpkin cheesecake roll with the rest.
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