3 Ways to Make a Great Cheesecake

Love cheesecake? Here are three great recipes to put in your back pocket: classic cheesecake, no-bake cheesecake, and pressure cooker cheesecake!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer and Emma Christensen

There are lots of ways to make a great cheesecake — not all recipes require the dreaded water bath or other fussy steps!

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite ways to make cheesecake: classic (with a water bath!), no-bake, and a pressure cooker version. They’re all accessible, they all work, and none of them will make you cry.

No need for fearful tears here. Cheesecake should make you smile.

Perfect Cheesecake

1 Perfect CheesecakeThe name says it all. This classic New York-style beauty manages to be dense, airy, and rich, all at the same time. Graham crackers provide a thick and sturdy bottom, while a thin sour cream layer gently covers the top. A little drizzle of raspberry sauce on top doesn’t hurt, either.

If you’re looking for a quintessential cheesecake, the one you see at diners and in other classic dessert-dominant scenarios, this is it.


No Bake Cheesecake

2 No-Bake Cheesecake: A cheesecake that doesn’t need to be baked? No water baths, no worrying about it cracking across the top? That’s right! When you’re pressed for time and want the fridge to do the work, the no-bake is what you make.

This is a simple assembly job: cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped cream, held together by gelatin. Give it some time to chill in the fridge. Top it however you like. There’s something very appealing about the feeling of cheating the system—the gelatin, and along with the chill of the fridge, are the unsung heroes here.


Cheesecake in the Pressure Cooker

3 Pressure Cooker CheesecakeThe pressure cooker proves its mettle here. It seems like an unlikely scenario – cooking a whole cheesecake in a pressure cooker — but this recipe passes the test with flying colors.

Yes, you can cook nearly anything in a pressure cooker, and yes, that includes cheesecake. The entire cheesecake gets nestled into the pressure cooker for about a half-an-hour to bake.

The big bonus? A velvety smooth texture and no risk of cracks.


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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Shirley Willard

    What a great idea. However, you missed one. I have a recipe for a Chocolate Cheesecake made in a slow cooker. It is a little smaller, but it comes out great. I gave it as a gift to my nail lady for Christmas 2 years ago and she loved it.

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