Shavuot Cheesecake Recipes

Shavout cheesecake recipes, simplified. One cake three ways and the incredible three ingredient cheesecake! 

One Perfect Cheesecake Recipe, three delicious ways to enjoy

Cheesecake Bars Three Ways


2 cups graham cracker crumbs

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 pinch cinnamon or

      1 teaspoon cocoa powder


2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature

2/3 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on both sides. 

2.  Place graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl and mix in melted butter and cinnamon until crumbs are just moistened. Add 1 teaspoon cocoa powder instead of cinnamon to the chocolate version.

3. Press cookie mixture evenly into the bottom of greased baking pan and refrigerate.

4. In a large bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, then add sugar and lemon juice, beating on medium until fully combined and incorporated.

5. Spread batter over chilled crust and use a spatula to smooth the top.

6. Cover with topping choice, see below.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the center is just set, but moves a bit when jiggled. Turn off oven. After 15 minutes, remove cake from oven and let cool completely before refrigerating at least 4 hours, or overnight.

8. To serve, remove from pan using parchment paper overhang to help keep the cheesecake in form. Cut into squares and serve chilled.

#1 Apple Streusel Topping:

3 apples, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 Tablespoons sugar

 Mix above ingredients together. Step 6 spread over unbaked cake, and top with streusel:


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup flour

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1 stick butter, softened 

Pulse together in food processor and sprinkle over apple topping. Continue with step 7.

Serve drizzled with Caramel Topping, if desired

#2 Blueberry Topping:

Step 6: Sprinkle 1 cup fresh blueberries evenly over the cheesecake, then spread 1 (10 ounce) jar blueberry preserves on top. Continue with step 7.

#3 Chocolate Topping:

After the oven is turned off, in Step 7, while cake is still in the oven, sprinkle top with chocolate chips and close the oven door. After 10-15 minutes remove cake and spread the melted chips over the top of the cake.

The Incredible Three Ingredient Japanese Cheesecake

This gluten free cheesecake recipe offers a light and fluffy alternative to rich and dense cheesecakes. It is adapted from epicurious.com uses only three ingredients! If you use pareve white chocolate, it can be served with a meat meal. get the recipe....

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