This is not a drill. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL! July 30th is National Cheesecake Day. You know that episode of “Friends” where Rachel and Chandler devour a cheesecake off of the floor of a New York City apartment building, asses triumphantly in the air? Total biopic of my life. Seriously, National Cheesecake Day is my Christmas—and what’s Christmas without a gift? So, in honor of this most glorious and legitimate of holidays, I present to you a cheesecake recipe for every month. This truly is the gift that keeps on giving. No need to thank me. Enjoy these cheesecakes at a party, by yourself, or just eat it off your apartment building’s floor if you want to. It’s a holiday, after all—go nuts!
January: Classic Cheesecake
If I had a nickel every time I heard that January was a “blank slate,” I’d have WAY too many nickels. In a world where cheesecake exists, are you really going to stick to your resolutions? However, to keep in the “new year, new me,” spirit, here is the blank slate of cheesecakes. A fresh start to the list of cheesecake recipes, this classic cake is perfect for January! Get our Classic Cheesecake recipe.
February: Strawberry Cheesecake
Whether you’re in love or not, this cheesecake is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The strawberries are a perfect complement to the red roses you bought for your S.O., and I suggest drizzling some chocolate syrup on top of the cake for that extra Valentine’s vibe. Or, make this in your pajamas and eat the whole damn thing yourself while you watch 13 Going on 30. That’s what I’d do. Get our Strawberry Cheesecake recipe.
March: Mint Chocolate Cheesecake
March is the greenest of the months. From everyone in Times Square decked out in St. Patrick’s Day attire, to those weird green bagels you ate in elementary school, to the all-important Shamrock Shake, you can’t go two seconds without seeing something green. So, why not bring the green to your cheesecake? This delicious mint chocolate cheesecake is fresh, tasty, and will put you right in the March mood! Get the recipe.
Spring has sprung! You’ll want a light dessert with pretty pastel colors, so how about this lemon cheesecake with a strawberry crust? The cake is sprinkled with gorgeous pinks and yellows, and the recipe even tells you what to do depending on whether you want the cake to be sweet or sour. Get the recipe.
Who doesn’t love an orange Creamsicle? When it starts to get warmer in May, all I can think of is the tangy orange flavors mixed with the sweet vanilla. Also, did you guys know that May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day? There’s a holiday for everything, apparently. The fact that I have Creamsicles on the brain and that there is a holiday for orange peels makes May the perfect month to bake this orange-vanilla ricotta cheesecake. It’s the perfect combination of the best cake and the best ice cream, and now suddenly I can’t wait for May. Get our Orange-Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake recipe.
June is probably one of the best times of the year to stock up on peaches. Enjoy them as a light snack—or bake them into a cheesecake! This bourbon peach streusel cheesecake is light and yummy, making it the perfect dessert to enjoy on a June night. Get the recipe.
July: Miniature Cheesecakes
Summer is berry season, and berries are a perfect cheesecake topping. Whether you’re making them for a quick dessert or for that big 4th of July party, the strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries on top of these mini cheesecakes make for a colorful summer treat. Get our Miniature Cheesecakes recipe.
In the August heat, all you want is a light and sweet dessert—and what’s lighter than key lime pie? But, because cheesecake beats key lime pie any day, we’ve got to incorporate some of the best dessert in the world into this recipe. Luckily, we can have both! This no-bake mini key lime cheesecake is simple, fun, and delicious. Get the recipe.
September: Marble Cheesecake Bars
No matter how old I get, September will always make me think of going back to school. I get serious nostalgia every time I think about coming home to an after school snack, so I figured why not make that snack cheesecake-related? Imagine coming home to one of these adorable little marble cheesecake bars. After a long day, I could totally eat, like, nine of these. Get our Marble Cheesecake Bars recipe.
October: Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
October means pumpkin season is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you’ll pretend not to care, only to be pulled in by something pumpkin-flavored like everyone else. So, why not pumpkin up your cheesecake? This is actually my favorite flavor of cheesecake; the cream cheese and pumpkin flavors complement each other so nicely. It’s the perfect fall dessert. Get our Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake recipe.
November: Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake
For November, you should have a cheesecake that you can bring to your Thanksgiving celebration. Since Thanksgiving is all about beautiful foods that comfort you and fill you up, this pecan and salted caramel cheesecake is more than ideal. The sweet and salty flavors go great together and are a suitable way to end your Thanksgiving feast. Get our Pecan and Salted Caramel Cheesecake recipe.
December: Eggnog Cheesecake
I LOVE December—mostly for the holiday-themed foods and drinks, but still. When December finally rolls around I always run (a little too fast) to Starbucks for an eggnog latte, because eggnog is delicious and underrated. So, I’m devoting an entire cheesecake to eggnog. The gingersnap crust brings the whole thing together; it’s like eating Christmas. If you’re really passionate about the holidays like I am, you could crush some peppermint candies and sprinkle them on top of the cake. Enjoy this by the fire in your fuzziest socks. Get our Eggnog Cheesecake recipe.
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