9 Kosher Cheesecake and Dessert Recipes for Shavuot

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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It is customary to eat dairy foods on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, so it's no surprise that cheesecake is an incredibly popular Shavuot dessert. But it's far from the only option, as this collection of recipes attests. While you'll find lots of recipes for die-hard cheesecake fans, you'll also find other desserts that make the perfect finale to Shavuot menus—or any additional time you want a sweet, creamy treat.  

  • 01 of 09

    Two-Bite Chocolate and Cheesecake Cupcakes (Dairy)

    Two Bite Chocolate and Cheesecake Cupcakes

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    Who says you need to serve a giant slice of creamy, rich cheesecake. If two-bite treats are more your speed, these adorable two-bite chocolate and cheesecake cupcakes​ are just the ticket. Think of them as a mashup between devils food cake and chocolate chip cheesecake, all wrapped up in a scrumptiously tiny package. 

  • 02 of 09

    Israeli Cheesecake

    Cheesecake
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    One of the main ingredients for this Israeli Cheesecake, and a reason why Israeli's in the name, is because one main ingredient is Israeli white cheese (Gevina Levana).

  • 03 of 09

    Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting (Dairy or Pareve)

    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Because the cake itself is dairy-free, you can quickly adapt this Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting to accommodate folks who can't eat dairy but still crave a cream cheese flavor fix. Substitute a non-dairy "cream cheese," such as Daiya or Tofutti, and non-hydrogenated margarine, such as Earth Balance, for the real cream cheese and butter in the frosting.   

  • 04 of 09

    Fastest Cheesecake

    Classic cheesecake

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    In a hurry? Busy Cooks Expert Linda Larsen offers this amazingly quick and straightforward recipe for cheesecake. The cream cheese and condensed milk filling is flavored with lemon juice and poured into a prepared graham cracker pie crust

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  • 05 of 09

    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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     A swirl of seedless jam crowns this beautiful Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. It's rich with cream cheese and the tang of sour cream, and it sits atop a graham cracker crust. 

  • 06 of 09

    Cheesecake Pops

    Cheesecake Pops

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    Want a little whimsy to cap off the meal? These Cheesecake Pops are just the ticket. Best of all, you can use a purchased cheesecake to minimize the preparation time. 

  • 07 of 09

    Green Tea Cake With White Chocolate Buttercream (Dairy)

    Green Tea Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

    The Spruce / Miri Rotkovitz

    Matcha is a green tea powder traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. It adds sweet, herbaceous notes and a spring green hue to this Green Tea Cake. The creamy, mellow sweetness of white chocolate buttercream complements the matcha in this lovely layer cake.

  • 08 of 09

    Mini Canning Jar Cheesecakes With Brown Sugar

    Mini PraIine Cheesecaskes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    What's even better than a big cheesecake? How about individual, customizable, pecan-crusted Cheesecakes With Brown Sugar? You can make them ahead and freeze, to pull out later when the craving strikes. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Blintz Souffle (Dairy)

    Blintz Souffle

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    Baking cheese-filled crepes into a delicious egg and sour cream-based custard is an ingenious way to doctor them into a crowd-pleasing souffle; starting with frozen blintzes cuts down on the fuss and makes this a quick dish to prepare. Of course, if you're feeling ambitious—and indulgent—you can make the blintzes from scratch, or use a mix of cheese and fruit-filled blintzes