With 80 Cheesecake Recipes to choose from, you're bound to fall in love with one of these cheesecakes (or all of them)! Between Samoas Cheesecake, Classic New York Style Cheesecake, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake, there's something here for everyone.

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80 Cheesecake Recipes

Question & Answer

What is the difference between New York Style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?

The differences between cheesecakes (there are several different styles within the United States alone!) are subtle, but they're there if you know what you're looking for.

New York Style

The most distinct feature of a New York Style cheesecake is simply the amount of cream cheese in the recipe– a lot. New York Style Cheesecake is extremely rich and dense made with cream cheese,  heavy cream, and oftentimes egg yolks in addition to the eggs. It's typically not baked in a water bath and begins baking at a higher temperature for a short amount of time before it's brought down to a lower temperature for the remainder of the bake time. This gives the cake a rich and cream interior with its signature golden brown top.

I used a graham cracker crust in my NY Cheesecake, but apparently the traditional New York crust is more cake-like.

“Regular” Cheesecake

This recipe uses sour cream instead of heavy cream, is typically baked in a water bath to prevent cracking on top, and has a graham cracker crust. It has a lighter taste and texture than NY Style.

Italian Cheesecake

There are some similarities between this cheesecake and the New York Style cheesecake– but they are notably different in the fact that Italian cheesecake incorporates ricotta cheese into the filling. It also normally has no crust at all or a sugar cookie-type crust.

I made this Ricotta Cheesecake several years ago, and it sounds like it fits the description pretty well. It's absolutely delicious!

What are the different styles of cheesecake?

  • New York Style Cheesecake – dense and filling, no frills
  • Philadelphia – deep flavor, smooth texture, uses Philadelphia cream cheese
  • Chicago Style – fluffy, creamy on the inside, firm exterior, shortbread crust
  • Roman Cheesecake – no crust; made with flour, honey, and ricotta; topped with poppy seeds
  • Swedish Cheesecake – served warm and involves a process that curdles the dairy
  • Vegan Cheesecake – made with tofu and/or blended cashews
  • Japanese Cheesecake –  pillowy and soft, made with egg whites that are whipped into stiff peaks
  • No Bake Cheesecake –  lacks the thick texture of a baked cheesecake, but is usually still creamy; no eggs
  • Italian Cheesecake – uses ricotta cheese
  • Classic Cheesecake – uses a water bath for baking at a moderate temperature, uses multiple forms of dairy, graham cracker crust

Why do you put sour cream in cheesecake?

Both sour cream and heavy cream often the texture of the cheesecake. Without one of these sources of liquid, the cheesecake texture would be very egg-y and off-putting.