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20 Best Thanksgiving Cheesecake Recipes for a Showstopping Dessert

Serve a slice of something other than pie!

Headshot of Kara ZaubermanBy Kara Zauberman
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Will Dickey

Making pie for Thanksgiving is as traditional as it gets, but if you're looking to switch things up this year (or you simply have space on the table for more than one Thanksgiving dessert), then serve one of these Thanksgiving cheesecakes. After all, cheesecake is a decadent dessert with just the right amount of elegance to work for a special occasion, but still feel comforting at the same time. And these cheesecakes are full of fall flavor so they're perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner menu. In fact, you'll even find cheesecakes inspired by your favorite Thanksgiving pies, like a dreamy pecan pie cheesecake.

If seasonal flavors are what you're after, you'll be happy to know that this list includes pumpkin recipes in the form of cheesecake and apple desserts like the apple cheesecake bars. Plus, there are Thanksgiving cheesecakes made with cranberries, maple, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon. If the thought of making a classic cheesecake intimidates you just a little too much, we've got you covered! This list also includes easy no-bake Thanksgiving desserts, mini cheesecake bites, and a brownie recipe with a cream cheese swirl. No matter which recipe you choose, you'll be happy you tried something new for Thanksgiving. And you can always serve it up alongside your favorite homemade pies!


Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Will Dickey

A slice of pumpkin pie is delicious, but a slice of pumpkin cheesecake is over-the-top good! Garnish the creamy, spiced dessert with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and chopped pecans for even more decadent flavor.

Get the Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe.



Ricotta Cheesecake

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Will Dickey

After a heavy holiday meal, you might want to eat something a little bit lighter for dessert. Enter: ricotta cheesecake! It's much less dense compared to a classic New York style cheesecake.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

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Caitlin Bensel

This recipe combines two comfort food desserts: carrot cake and cheesecake. It's loaded with warm spices and toasted nuts.

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Cheesecake Brownies

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Caitlin Bensel

A tangy cheesecake swirl makes these brownies look even more impressive. And one taste will have you going for seconds.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

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Will Dickey

These bite-sized cheesecakes are perfect for a holiday potluck or Friendsgiving. You'll make them in a muffin tin so they're easy to whip up for a crowd.

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake

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Will Dickey

If rich, bold flavors are what you're after, look no further than this peanut butter cheesecake. It has a chocolate cookie crust and a lusciously smooth ganache topping.

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Oreo Cheesecake Bites

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Will Dickey

You can't go wrong with cookies and cream! The flavor combo is a hit with both kids and adults. Plus, you don't have to worry about taking up precious space in the oven with this no-bake dessert.

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Cherry-Topped Cheesecake

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Con Poulos

This cheesecake is made in a pie pan so it'll look just like a classic Thanksgiving dessert. The best part is that you don't have to use a water bath to make this fun twist on cheesecake.

Get Ree's Cherry-Topped Cheesecake recipe.


Mini Turtle Cheesecakes

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The Pioneer Woman

These cute little cheesecakes are anything but ordinary. They're swirled with jarred salted caramel and topped with chocolate ganache, pecans, and chocolate chips.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Mom on Timeout

You only need 10 minutes of hands-on prep time to make this creamy, spiced cheesecake. You can also use store-bought crust and store-bought whipped topping to make it even easier.

Get the No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe at Mom on Timeout.



Pecan Pie Cheesecake

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Immaculate Bites

You basically get the best of both worlds with this tasty cheesecake. It has a classic graham cracker crust, a velvety cheesecake filling, and a crunchy pecan pie topping that's packed with spice.

Get the Pecan Pie Cheesecake recipe at Immaculate Bites.


Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

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Sugar and Soul

Cookie fans will love that this recipe starts with a shortbread cookie crust. Then, it layers on the flavor with a tangy cheesecake filling, cranberry topping, and oatmeal crumble.

Get the Cranberry Cheesecake Bars recipe at Sugar and Soul.

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Sweet Potato Cheesecake

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Grandbaby Cakes

Just like sweet potato pie, this sweet potato cheesecake is perfect for fall! The natural sweetness of sweet potatoes is perfectly balanced with the warm spices and tangy cream cheese.

Get the Sweet Potato Cheesecake recipe at Grandbaby Cakes.


Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

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Dinner Then Dessert

Sopapilla is a traditional fried pastry that inspired this creative twist on cheesecake. All you need is store-bought crescent roll dough, cinnamon, sugar, butter, and a bit of vanilla to make it.

Get the Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars recipe at Dinner Then Dessert.


Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake

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A Classic Twist

When your oven is working double time to make the turkey and sides, this method for making cheesecake in the Instant Pot will come in handy! It's ready in under an hour!

Get the Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe at A Classic Twist.


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Maple Cheesecake

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The View from Great Island

To really enhance the maple flavor in your cheesecake, look for a dark maple syrup which is slightly stronger than the lighter variety. Then, top it off with a homemade caramel maple sauce.

Get the Maple Cheesecake recipe at The View from Great Island.


Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Sugar and Soul

Apple pie meets creamy cheesecake in this fun holiday mash-up. It even has an oatmeal crumble topping and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Get the Apple Cheesecake Bars recipe at Sugar and Soul.


Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes

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Baker by Nature

Gooey, sweet pecan pie filling is the perfect topping for these cinnamon infused cheesecake bites. It'll be hard to stop at just one!

Get the Mini Pecan Pie Cheesecakes recipe at Baker by Nature.

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Basque Cheesecake

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Cookie and Kate

There's no better time to try this elegant cheesecake than on a special occasion, like Thanksgiving! The deeply caramelized crust gives it a flavor that's so unique.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

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Jessica Gavin

For another fun twist on pumpkin cheesecake, this version is served up in glass cups so you can see all the beautiful layers. Choose from wine glasses or your favorite cocktail glasses to make it special.

Get the No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups recipe at Jessica Gavin.


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