The Best Cheesecake Recipe Ever (With 6 Tasty Variations)

Updated on January 20, 2020
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Sasha likes sharing simple and delicious recipes that make life easier.

This recipe article is meant to inspire. There are many many things you can do with a simply delicious New York-style cheesecake. These are just my family's favorites.

The recipe calls for a 9-inch pan. Personally I can never decide what kind of cheesecake I want, so I divide the recipe into three 6-inch pans. It's a little more work making separate crusts and making the alterations for each, but it's so worth it. I have also found the smaller cakes bake better. Plus "mini" cheesecakes are great for entertaining! The pictures are results of the 6-inch cakes. Enjoy!

Basic Cheesecake Recipe and 6 Variations

  1. Basic New York-Style Cheesecake (Base Recipe)
  2. Green Tea Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
  3. Pecan Delight Cheesecake
  4. Banana Cheesecake
  5. Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake
  6. Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake
  7. Triple-Berry Cheesecake

5 stars from 4 ratings of 6 in 1 New York Cheesecake recipes

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 12 slices

Base Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, honey or chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 32 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream

1. Plain New York-Style Cheesecake (Base Recipe)

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and melted butter.
  2. Press mixture onto the bottom and an inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan (or three 6-inch pans). Chill pan in freezer while preparing the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese on med speed until fluffy. Add 1 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in sour cream.
  6. Pour cream cheese mixture into chilled pan. Bake at 325˚F for 1 hour or until all but 1 to 2 inches of the center is set.
  7. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a knife between the side of the cake and the pan to prevent cracking as it cools. Let cool another 50 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce
Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce

2. Green Tea Cheesecake With Raspberry Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 3 tablespoons green tea powder
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Combine hot water and green tea powder until you have a paste. Add paste to filling in step 5 of the base recipe.

Sometime before serving, combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue cooking and stirring an additional 2 minutes. Let cool and apply to top of cake.

Pecan Delight Cheesecake
Pecan Delight Cheesecake

3. Pecan Delight Cheesecake

  • One 12-ounce package of milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 jar caramel ice-cream topping

During step 2 of the basic recipe, before placing pan into the freezer, add a thin layer of chopped pecans and caramel.

Melt chocolate chips when cool enough to touch add at step 5.

Before serving top with remaining pecans and caramel.

Banana Cheesecake
Banana Cheesecake

4. Banana Cheesecake

  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 to 3 bananas for slicing (your preferred ripeness)
  • 1 teaspoon banana flavoring (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Add mashed bananas and flavoring during step 5 of the basic recipe.

Before serving, slice bananas and arrange on top. If it will be sitting out for a while before serving, brush slices with a little lemon juice to prevent browning.

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake
Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

5. Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

  • One 12-ounce package dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • One 12-ounce package milk chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter or shortening

Melt dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. When cool enough to touch, add during step 5 of the basic recipe. Next, add milk chocolate chips.

Before serving, melt white chocolate chips with butter or shortening. Put into a zip lock sandwich bag. Cut a small corner off and quickly let it drizzle over the top of the cheesecake.

Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake
Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake

6. Mint-Chocolate-Chip Cheesecake

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • One 12-ounce bag chocolate chips (mini chips preferred)
  • Green food coloring (optional)

Add peppermint extract, chocolate chips and food coloring during step 5 of the basic recipe.

Tip: This particular cake is really good served frozen.

Triple-Berry Cheesecake
Triple-Berry Cheesecake

7. Triple-Berry Cheesecake

  • 3 cups of fresh or frozen berries (blueberry, strawberry and raspberry are pictured)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Sometime before serving, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture boils. Cook and stir an additional 3 minutes. Pour mixture over top of cheesecake.

Which Cheesecake are most excited to make?

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    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Happy Birthday Datiadejuan, I hope you figure out what cake you want by then. ^_^ You could always do as I did when I made this hub and separate the original recipe into 3 or 4 bowls and make that many small variations using little 4-6inch pans. Thank you for your comment!

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      Katia De Juan 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      These cakes look delicious, @MamaKim8! I also love cheese cakes. The voting of the best cake has been so difficult, I want to try all of them! hehe. I thought I had decided which cake I was going to taste on my birthday, but nop, it surely will be one of yours! I'll ask to my couple to make one of them, hehe.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Beingwell! I hope you enjoy ^_^

    • beingwell profile image


      7 years ago from Bangkok

      Ok... yum!!! I love cheesecakes. I wanna' try this. Voted and shared this hub.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Jools, Oh yes.. that gooey caramel is just fabulous ^_^ Thanks for your comment, it made me smile ^_^

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      These all look so yummy! The pecan one....I just want to dive into it! :o)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      lol thank you TT! You know you wanna!! ^_^

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Yep, still as yummy as before! Ok, I really need to make these! :)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Europewalker, Thank you for your wonderful comment and support ^_^ I too love cheesecake and am so happy you want to try my recipes!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Sgbrown, OOhh good choice... the pecan delight and green tea are my two favorites ^_^ Thank you for your lovely comment, votes and pin!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Rema, Thank you for such wonderful support!! I'm so happy you like my recipes ^_^

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Vespa, This is one I did way back in early June... So it's way down at the bottom ^_^ Thank you for your kind words... I can easily say all the same about you and then some ^_^

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Carol, Thank you for the fantastic support! You are a wonderful cook, I'm sure you could easily bake these up, no problem! ^_^

    • europewalker profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent hub, love the photos! I love cheesecake and will have to try these recipes. Thanks for sharing:) Will pin this one!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      These are awesome recipes! I will be dreaming about the Pecan Delight if I don't make it soon! Voted up, yummy (maybe that's useful) and pinning! :)

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      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Sasha,

      Awesome hub with such lovely mouth-watering recipes. Great. Sharing and tweeting and pinning. Cheers, Rema.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      Mama Kim, how did I miss this one? It doesn't show up on your profile. Now my mouth is watering for cheesecake! Triple chocolate is hard to beat, but triple berry also sounds wonderful. Actually, any of them would be a real treat. What beautiful photos, too. You're such an accomplished cook and baker!

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Oh my these are gorgeous and I am sure absolutely delicious. I never bake..but I am passing this on to baker pals. I am open for dinner any night. Thanks for sharing these deliteful recipes.. UP and a share.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Rolly, thank you for the nice comment ^_^ Hugs to you as well.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mama Kim... just had dinner here and now hungry again... awesome and looks so tasty...

      Hugs from Canada

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Suzie, Thank you so much ^_^ The whole reason I made so many from one recipe is because I couldn't choose just one ^_^ I hope you like them! Thank you so much for your fantastic comment vote and share!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Gorgeous cheesecake varieties!! Fancy them all I have to! Triple choc and choco mint feed my chocolicious chocoholic tendencies!!! Love Berries and Bananas too!! I usually make the non baking type of cheesecake so will love trying this for a change!

      Voted up,+++++++++++++++ and sharing on:-) Yummmm!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Bill, Lol, yup this is what I make... a few blocks of cream cheese are just begging me to turn them into cake any day now ^_^ I've been 'away' from hubpages for a few days now and just sparingly checking in... so I haven't been publishing or commenting nearly as much. This is a very old hub of mine, so you didn't miss anything Bill. No worries ^_^

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Mary, Oh no... never go shopping or recipe browsing on an empty stomach! ^_^ Thank you so much for your wonderful support Mary!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Meldz, Thank you so much ^_^ Coffee sounds wonderful right now, and would go wonderful with one of these ^_^

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Michelle! Your immense support is wonderful! Plus you've revived this hub a bit. It hasn't been doing well so I was thinking about breaking it up into separate cheesecake recipe hubs.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Do you make these at your house? I'm coming down right now!

      For some reason all of a sudden I'm not getting notifications of your hubs. I wonder why that happens? If I miss one of yours it's not on purpose, just so you know.

      These are great! It is so cruel of you to post these. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      This is just mouth watering, especially since I haven't had my dinner! Great looking cheesecakes.

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share, Pin and Tweet.

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      7 years ago

      This is too much! It is really mouth watering recipe. Thanks for sharing and now I only need coffee!

      Voted up and more and more! :-)

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      Ok. Trust you to be able to lend such variety to a simple new york cheesecake. Keep sharing these recipes, I'll keep sharing and pinning for myself and others who cannot wait to eat!!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Thelma! ^_^ I'm so happy you like them. You'll have to tell me which one you try. Thank you so much for the vote and pin as well.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Yummy! I feel hungry now. I love all of the above recipes. I have to bookmark this for later use. Voted up and pinned.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      I know what you mean Shelley! ^_^ thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment and voting!

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      Shelley Watson 

      7 years ago

      Just looking at the triple chocolate and the berry Cheesecake makes my fingers itchy to start baking. Loved it well done and thank you. Up, useful and interesting.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Sangre, Thanks for stopping by. Really this came about because I can never make up my mind. I wanted to make my sister in law a cheesecake for her birthday but couldn't decide which one... so I made miniatures of them all ^_^ It made it much easier if they all had the same base.

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      Sp Greaney 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Great hub. Love that you gave 6 different recipes to pour over the base. Nice trick.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Elise, The green tea one is soooo yummy. That one and the pecan delight are my all time favorites. If your hubby really likes his recipe then just ask him to add the additional ingredients and ignore my base recipe.

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      7 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      I am intrigued by the green tea cheesecake. My husband boasts (justifiably) about his cheesecake, so maybe I can convince him to make one of the above recipes.


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