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National Cheesecake Day is July 30th

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Y’all, this Thursday, July 30th, is National Cheesecake Day! From cheesecake.com, cheesecake is known to be created on the Greek island of Samos, and was known as a source of energy for Olympic athletes throughout some of the first ever Olympic games. As the Romans conquered Greece and started expanding their empire, cheesecake was brought to the European countries which created their own unique versions. It wasn’t until the 18th century that cheesecake began to take on the shape and look of the cheesecakes we know today. 

The addition of cream cheese to create the filling of the cheesecakes we know today is an American variation. By the 1900s, cheesecake had made its way to New York City, where you can find some of the best cheesecake in the United States. The best part about this classic dessert is that it can be found in so many different variations! Depending on the region, local ingredients, and cultures, you may find that your New York City cheesecake varies from your Philadelphia or your Chicago cake.

This week, we wanted to share some of our favorite cheesecake recipes from across the internet that you can try this week! Some chocolatey, some fruity, and of course some classic, you’ll be sure to enjoy this variety of decadent and mouthwatering recipes. Each one will bring excitement to your dessert table this Thursday! 

Classic New York City Cheesecake

New York

butternutbakeryblog.com

This blogger recommends using high-quality and full-fat cream cheese to make this classic New York-style cheesecake. She breaks down her five rules to make any cheesecake the best, so be sure to read the blog before scrolling down to the recipe. This cheesecake is all about low and slow, and having patience to achieve the tastiest results. Try it out this week and find your tastebuds landing in the Big Apple!

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

Blueberry Swirl

Not only is this cheesecake delicious, but it looks picture perfect. This recipe uses a graham cracker crust for that toasty, sweet flavor base and a reduced blueberry sauce to swirl into the top to make your design. The blueberry swirl is a great way to safely get the kids involved in the baking process, and allows them to make the swirls they think are the most beautiful. Don’t worry, it all tastes the same in the end anyways. 

Nutty Cheesecake Squares

Nutty

tasteofhome.com

These handheld desserts are so cute, perfect for the kids, and so addicting that you won’t be able to have just one. Best of all, you’ll be able to whip these up in under an hour. Start them right before dinner so you can get to cheesecake immediately after. Make them even more fun by making a blueberry or strawberry sauce for dipping and dunking. Store them in the fridge all week for dessert and snacking. 

The Best Vegan Cheesecake (VG)

Vegan Cheesecake

noracooks.com

For the vegan or lactose-intolerant folks, this recipe is for you. And better yet, you would never even know it’s vegan! This recipe uses coconut cream and vegan cream cheese (easily found at Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and more) for a silky smooth filling and a graham cracker crust for a balanced base - just make sure your graham crackers are vegan-friendly and you’re set! This is the perfect recipe to experiment with all of your other favorite flavors like nuts, caramel sauces, and fruits! Get some coconut milk whipped cream and enjoy!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Chocolate PB Cheesecake

delish.com

Is there a better flavor combination more decadent than chocolate and peanut butter? For all of the sweet tooths reading, this is for you! This cheesecake has peanut butter in the filling and chocolate drizzle on top for an amazing explosion of flavor in every bite. The kids are going to be in love with this cheesecake, and will be calling dibs over the last peanut butter cup. 

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry

mormontimeout.com

We know what you’re thinking: it’s summer, it’s hot, and you don’t want to be baking. This cheesecake is no bake, so you won’t be warming your kitchen by turning on the oven. It comes with an Oreo cookie crust which balances the fresh strawberries that top the cheesecake. This cake is perfect for a patio lunch or dinner and is totally Insta-worthy! Enjoy!

 

We hope you can try one of these cheesecakes this weekend. Make it a family activity of baking and decorating the cakes together! Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the cheesecakes!