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4 Unexpected, Delicious Cheesecake-Inspired Desserts

posted: 03/23/17
by: Blythe Copeland

Craving cheesecake? You could turn back to the old standby -- or you could try one of these cheesecake alternatives: Bars, dips, bite-sized versions, and more rich, sweet desserts that make getting your fix a little more interesting.

Cheesecake Dip
That's What Che Said

1. Cheesecake Dip

The creaminess of cheesecake makes it a natural choice for serving as dip -- with a few tweaks to the recipe -- and offers endless flavor variations to go with your favorite finger foods. Stick with a traditional blend of cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla with this recipe for cheesecake dip from That's What Che Said, or try a blend garnished with fresh diced strawberries from Julie's Eats and Treats, studded with chopped peanut butter cups from The Chunky Chef, or baked with caramel apple pie filling and streusel topping from Lemon Tree Dwelling. Serve with graham crackers, animal crackers, vanilla wafers, sliced fruit, or chocolate cookies, or use a dollop on top of brownies, cupcakes, or cookies.

Cheesecake Shooters
Sugar Spun Run

2. Cheesecake Shooters

While a slice of rich, decadent cheesecake is a worth-it luxury, serving mini cheesecake shooters is a pretty presentation that lets you offer several different flavor combinations at the same time. Make cake batter cheesecake dessert shooters topped with sprinkles and a fresh cherry from Sugar Spun Run for your next birthday party, or incorporate raspberries and a graham crust into a no-bake mini dessert from Spend with Pennies. Five-ingredient cherry cheesecake shooters (from The Pioneer Woman) are a sweet, simple way to end a dinner party, while no-bake key lime cheesecakes from Eat, Drink, Love will be your new go-to summer dessert.

3. Ice Cube Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes, made in a cupcake pan or mini muffin tin, are a popular variation on the full-size cakes: They're delicious, adorable, and you can eat several without feeling guilty. But making a batch of mini cheesecakes in an ice cube tray with this how-to from Twisted http://twistedfood.co.uk/ice-cube-cheesecakes/ is even easier: Put blueberries in the bottom of each cube, top with a mixture of cream cheese, marscapone, sugar, and vanilla, and freeze; then add a topping of crushed graham crackers (when you pop the cheesecakes out of the tray, the crackers will be on the bottom).

Cheesecake Lemon Bars
Cooking Classy

4. Cheesecake Bars

Need a foolproof recipe for the school bake sale, church potluck, or end-of-season baseball picnic? Make a batch of cheesecake bars for an easy-to-serve treat that's more crowd-friendly than a single cheesecake. You'll find a flavor option for every occasion here, too: A brownie-based cheesecake from Sugar Spun Run for a midnight snack at your daughter's slumber party; a Snickers-inspired recipe with an Oreo crust and cheesecake topped with chocolate, caramel, and peanuts for your annual Halloween party; cinnamon roll cheesecake bars from The Domestic Rebel for an after-brunch bridal shower treat; light and flaky cheesecake lemon bars from Cooking Classy for a spring holiday dessert.