BE YOUR OWN CHEESECAKE FACTORY
Is it cake? Is it pie? Who cares? Find a savory escape with the cool, creamy taste of cheesecake. This selection of recipes -- including a few spins on classic ingredients -- will save dessert lovers from pricier options at a restaurant or bakery.
PHILADELPHIA THREE-STEP CHEESECAKE
Start with a classic. This recipe uses five ingredients, including a ready-to-use graham cracker crust, and delivers a finished dessert to cool in the fridge in less than an hour.
MARTHA STEWART'S NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE
There's no scrimping on quality or oven required for a version by the domestic diva that draws rich, creamy flavor from sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a hint of lemon.
Recipe: Martha Stewart
THE BEST BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE
A not-so-humbly named version comes to life with two full cups of fresh blueberries and a creamy topping, drawing near-universal five-star reviews.
BLACKBERRY CHEESECAKE SQUARES
Chef Ree Drummond sometimes likes to skip the traditional springform pan and use a rectangular one, cutting up the results into tasty little squares.
Recipe: The Pioneer Woman
JOE'S 'SAY CHEESE' CHEESECAKE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRY SAUCE
This straightforward recipe by Trisha Yearwood was featured as part of a make-ahead meal episode of "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" -- to rave reviews.
Recipe: Food Network
BANANA PUDDING CHEESECAKE
A Southern Living recipe adapted by Christin Mahrlig combines two favorite desserts, using vanilla wafers for the crust and a banana-and-brown-sugar filling.
Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen
EASY FIVE-MINUTE ALMOST CHEESECAKE DESSERT
Have a classic, well-reviewed recipe on the table in less than an hour (but not as little as five minutes). Suggested variations might even call for chilling it overnight.
SUPER EASY ITALIAN CHEESECAKE
New York or Italian cheesecake? The battle rages on. A ricotta-based recipe from a clinical dietician gives fans of the Italian an argument in their favor.
Recipe: Eat Good 4 Life
OUR BEST CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE
It's powered by Oreo cookies and semi-sweet chocolate, but don't discount the value of the freshly sliced strawberries that get added before serving.
IMPOSSIBLY EASY PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
This recipe uses canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to get you started. Optional additional touches include caramel topping and pecans.
Recipe: Betty Crocker
CHEESECAKE FACTORY KEY LIME CHEESECAKE
LuAnn Mason offers up an interpretation of the cheesecake-themed eatery's tart sensation that's called ideal for lovers of Key Lime Pie.
Need an unexpected dish for Sunday brunch? Alton Brown's recipe features sour cream, cream cheese, smoked trout, and chives. A crust featuring crushed bagel chips makes it even funkier.
Recipe: Food Network
Featuring pineapple, flaked coconut, and pecans, this recipe from Heather Sury offers unexpected island flavors.
You might obsess over the cranberry variation on this no-bake recipe, which calls for simply adding a cup of whole-berry cranberry sauce to the proceedings. But there are more possibilities to try.
Recipes: Back of the Box Recipes
LEMON CHEESECAKE PIE
Pucker up! Lemon juice and lemon zest are featured in this recipe, which combine all ingredients in a food processor, pouring the mixture into a pie crust, and baking.
Recipe: Real Simple
NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE DIP
Finish a meal or host a dessert party with something sparkling to accompany this dip, which has plenty of options in choosing flavor and the dippers.
Recipe: I Heart Naptime
FLUFFY TWO-STEP CHEESECAKE
A family favorite for decades, this was pulled off a container of Cool Whip frozen topping. But for a touch of elegance, try skipping the crust and serving it in wine glasses.