Delicious Kosher Cheesecake and Dairy Dessert Recipes for Shavuot

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. Credit: Kieran wills/E+/Getty Images

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 other time you want a sweet, creamy treat.  

Updated by Miri Rotkovitz

  • 01 of 09
    Two Bite Chocolate and Cheesecake Cupcakes
    Bite-Sized Two Bite Chocolate and Cheesecake Cupcakes. &coy; Miri Rotkovitz

    Who says you need to serve a giant slice of creamy, rich cheesecake. If two-bite treats are more your speed, these adorable mini 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
    Israeli Cheesecake. Giora Shimoni

    This is one of those "gotta have the recipe" recipes, says Giora Shimoni, that I got from a friend. Everyone, including my "I don't like cheesecake" son, loved this delicious cake. I call this Israeli Cheesecake because its main ingredient is Israeli white cheese (Gevina Levana).

  • 03 of 09
    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. © Miri Rotkovitz

    Because the cake itself is dairy-free, you can easily 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
    Fastest Cheesecake. Credit: Linda Larsen

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

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  • 05 of 09
    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. Credit: Kieran wills/E+/Getty Images

     A swirl of seedless jam crowns this pretty Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. Rich with cream cheese and the tang of sour cream, it sits atop a graham cracker crust. 

  • 06 of 09
    Cheesecake Pops
    Cheesecake Pops. © 2015 Elizabeth LeBau

    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
    Green Tea Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream. © 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 PraIine Cheesecaskes
    Mini PraIine Cheesecaskes. Credit: 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
    Blintz souffle. ftwitty/Getty Images

    Baking cheese-filled crepes into a sweet egg and sour cream-based custard is an ingenious way to doctor them into a crowd-pleasing casserole; 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