When you think of housewarming gifts and dishes to pass at parties, you probably don’t immediately think of cheesecake. But we’re here to tell you that you should. Cheesecake is the best entertaining dish that will cause you to immediately become the most popular person at the party, and it isn’t much harder than baking a pie or making a tray of cupcakes. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite cheesecake recipes for easy entertaining, ranging from one with a seasonal pumpkin swirl to a decadent caramel-pecan-topped cake.
This cheesecake is truly as easy as one, two, three. Do yourself a favor and buy a premade graham cracker crust and pour in a cheesecake batter made of Philadelphia cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Bake at 325°F for 40 minutes, refrigerate for three hours, and boom — you’re ready to party.
For an easier-to-share version, make cheesecake bars in a 13x9-inch pan. This version has a little sour cream for extra tang and can be served plain or with a pie filling of your choice, like cherry, on top.
Whether it’s Fall or you’re just feeling like pumpkin spice, these cheesecake bars will hit the spot. The crust is made of ginger snaps and pecans, and the layering of cheesecake and pumpkin filling makes for a beautiful orange-and-white swirl throughout the bars.
If you really want to impress people with the best entertaining dessert of all time, just add caramel. It makes it look bakery quality in seconds, but really you only need caramel ice cream topping and chopped pecans to look fancy.
The most decadent cheesecake idea obviously uses chocolate. Double chocolate, to be exact. Use chocolate sandwich cookies as the crust and melted semisweet chocolate inside the cheesecake base for sheer chocolate bliss.