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Gourmet Cheesecakes

Updated on June 19, 2010

Cheesecake is a dessert consisting of a creamy filling usually containing cheese baked in a pastry or pressed-crumb shell.

There are several different recipes for cheesecake and this usually depends on the region the cake was baked in as well as the cultural background of the person baking it. These cheesecakes are typically baked before serving.

In the United States July 30 has been unofficially declared National Cheesecake Day.

Cheesecakes are perfect for parties, and with so many variations from which to choose, you will be able to make everybody happy!

There is a basic, traditional recipe for cheesecake made with a graham cracker crust and then not only variations in the crust, but also different flavors in the cheesecake. Everything from plain cheesecake to hot fudge oreo cheesecake can be made.

Basic Cheesecake Recipe

There are 3 steps to a basic cheesecake recipe.

1) Mix 2-8 oz. packages cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. I use my electric mixer and mix until smooth. Add 2 eggs and mix until blended.

2) Pour into an already prepared graham cracker crust. (either home-made or purchased)

3) Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Make sure center is set by inserting a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it is done. Cool and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Graham Cracker Crust

Oreo Cookie Crust

Variations of Cheesecake Crusts

Basic Graham Cracker Crust

This recipe is from the Honey Maid graham crackers box.

1 individual pack graham crackers (about 1 2/3 cups crumbs)

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup softened butter

Finely roll graham crackers and pour into a bowl. Add sugar and butter. Blend with your fingers or fork.Place crumbs into 9 inch pie plate or spring form pan. Set an 8 inch pie plate on top of crumbs and press firmly on bottom and sides of 9 inch pie plate.

Bake in a moderate oven 375 degrees F 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Substitute 12 Lorna Doone shortbread cookies for graham crackers.

Substitute 12 chocolate wafer cookies.

Substitute 12 gingersnaps.

Substitute 12 vanilla wafer cookies.

Substitute 12 Oreo cookies.

Cappuccino Cheesecake

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Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

Key Lime Cheesecake

Variations of Cheesecake

Cappuccino - Stir in 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder with the eggs.

Chocolate chip - Stir 6 oz chocolate chips after cheesecake mixture is blended.

Cranberry-Orange - Add 1/4 teaspoon orange zest and 1 can (16 oz) whole berry cranberry sauce. Garnish with orange slices.

Chocolate-Raspberry - Add 8 oz raspberries to mixture and swirl chocolate syrup throughout before baking.

Strawberry Shortcake - Add 8 oz strawberries blended with 1 Tablespoon strawberry jam. Top with whipped topping after cooled. Use shortbread cookies for crust.

Tropical Punch - Use a gingersnap crust. Add 1/4 teaspoon lime zest to cheesecake mixture. Top cheesecake with a mixture of 1 can pineapple chunks (drained and chopped), 2 kiwis (chopped) and 1 Tablespoon apple jelly. Top with coconut and maraschino cherries.

Key Lime - Add 1/2 cup key lime juice, increase sugar to 1 1/4 cups and add 1/2 cup sour cream to cream cheese mixture.

Chocolate Candy - Use chocolate cookie crust. Stir 2 Tablespoons M & M's into mixture. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce. Sprinkle with chopped Milky Ways and mini-M & M's.


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      judydianne 4 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I agree with you, torrilynn. The combination works well together. Hope you will try it! Enjoy!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      sounds delicous and the pictures that go along with your hub are nice. i really love anything oreo and anything cheesecake so combining the two was amazing. thank you. voted up.

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      judydianne 5 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you so much Shalini. I'm looking forward to reading your hubs.

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      shalini sharan 5 years ago from Delhi

      wow you are an Amazing Cook judy

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      judydianne 5 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Kenneth, thank you for the nice comments. I hope you try and enjoy every one of them. I will check out your hubs as well. Happy holidays to you.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, judydianne . . .LOVED this hub. Voted up and away with lots of admiration for your: Talent; Presentation and choice of topic. Great artwork too. And I am now famished. Thanks. I am honored to follow you. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that looks like another Mayberry, that sweet town on the Andy Griffith Show. YOU are Cordially Invited to follow me and check out my hubs for an unexpected chuckle. Happy Thanksgiving to YOU and YOURS! Kenneth

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      judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you for the post.

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      amazing variation ... of Cheesecake.....useful hub thanks for sharing

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      judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, W.K. I appreciate the kind words. I'm thinking about making some vegan desserts, which do not use dairy products. I have make some chocolate pudding out of tofu, and it turned out yummy. Maybe I'll try making some vegan cheesecake.

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      Warren Keith Hayes 6 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Strawberry Cheesecake is my favorite desert...If I didn't have a craving before I do! Beautiful article and yummy-looking photos. Thank you.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Oh, I love the Cheesecake Factory. Too many to choose from!

      Thanks for your comments, oceansunsets.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Judy, great hub! Yummy cheesecake, I love a god one. Its rich, and decadent to me, and many varieties. I was blown away at the Cheesecake factory for instance.

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Audrey, I don't know if that would be a very healthy lunch but I hear ya!

      Holle, I love it, too, and I've read that if you are going to have dessert, cheesecake is the best because of the low sugar content.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      These sound heavenly! I love cheesecake!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Oh - my other weakness....I'm not really a dessert person although I cook them all the time but I LOVE to have cheesecake someone ELSE has made for a change! Now I'm craving it - I may have to have that for lunch today!

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      It is good! Delisia. Thanks for the comment.

      I like coffee in anything, Nifty. I made an upside-down cake with coffee in it one time. Thanks for stopping by.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Coffee "in" the cheese cake, it doesn't get better than that!

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      Delisia 7 years ago from chicago.illinois

      That sounds so good..LOL.!