Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Never Ending Cheesecake Love Affair

Cheesecake and I go way back. I remember as a child thinking how deliciously fancy cheesecake was. And that was before I'd ever seen any exciting variations of cheesecake. I only knew of original, New York style and strawberry. And those were enough choices for me. It quickly became one of my favorite desserts, right up there with brownies and cookie dough. Yes, you read that right, cookie dough, not cookies. In fact all 3 of these played a role in my pregnancy cravings or should I just be honest and say indulgences? I didn't have cravings in particular, but boy did I have an excuse to indulge! Yes, I know you're supposed to eat extra healthy when pregnant, and for the most part I did. I just took full advantage of that 80-20 rule. Eating 80% healthy and 20% not so much. 

With my first pregnancy we celebrated each pregnancy check up by going to The Cheesecake Factory after every O.B. appointment. It was the perfect way to forecast our future (HA!) and enjoy some delicious eats. And of course wrapping up with a slice of their famous cheesecake! Their slices are so generous that we always shared and that took care of any sliver of guilt I had about satisfying my sweet tooth.

So, with National Cheesecake Day being this week I wanted to find some of the most tantalizing cheesecake recipes and invite you to join me in trying each one (metaphorically speaking). I purposefully did not put a number on this roundup collection because I know that as I continue to peruse pinterest, my taste buds will beckon my fingers to add "just one more". Keeping that in mind, I recommend pinning this post so you can have one amazing collection of "I gotta have it" cheesecakes that will continue to grow.... much like my pregnant belly did!

Combining 2 of my 3 favorite desserts.... you just can't go wrong. It's like meeting the man of my dreams.... and then marrying him 7 years later. (Yes, that's the short version of our love story). How many of you heard "and then meeting his beautiful wife" in your head? A little too ironic, don't ya think?

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars via Rasa Malaysia

Now I am no red velvet cake snob, but it was hard to find a red velvet cheesecake image that made me want to get my hands on it.... until I saw this one. Come to mama!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies via Southern Bite

I never hear people say 2 things go together like "lemon and blueberry". But they should, right? A good lemon bar is just wonderful in it's own right, but turn that concept into a cheesecake and throw in some blueberries and you've got 3 good reasons to cheer!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars via Sally's Baking Addiction

So, I have a thing for s'mores too. And then of course anything bite size then becomes cute. Cuteness factor, check. S'mores factor, check. Cheesecake, check. Dessert heaven right here, baby.

No Bake S'mores Mini Cheesecakes via Handle the Heat

Now, I didn't mention Reese's peanut butter cups up there at the top because I was strictly talking desserts. But as far as candy goes.... Reese's wins hands down. And this is not just me, this is a legit thing that has been polled and we all love that fake peanut butter and chocolate combo. And again, these are mini so there you go.

Chocolate Reese's Cheesecake via Inside Bru Crew Life

Until I was doing recon for this post I had never heard of a cheese ball that was of the cheesecake variety but it is in fact a thing and from the looks of it on pinterest, quite popular. And again, I love brownies so this one won. Did I just break a grammar rule right there? Honestly, I don't care. It's a cheesecake roundup!

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Ball via Chocolate Covered Katie

Mojitos are the bomb. Yes, I'm a child of the 90's and I think some things are the bomb. Now add cheesecake to that and it must be for real, the bomb. And, again with the tiny. What is up with that being so appealing? I just can't help myself (I'm acting like an animal.... 10 points if you kept singing the lyrics!)

Mojito Cheesecake Pops via Sprinkle Bakes

Every time we go by the bakery at the local grocer my kids ask if we can get cinnamon rolls. Somehow I am able to repress the urge to buy them and lick our sticky fingers in the parking lot. But, if they were cheesecake cinnamon rolls, well, there would just be no hope for me. Memo to my local grocer's bakery department... do NOT start making these!

Miniature Cinnamon Roll Cheesecakes via Chelsea's Messy Apron

I can totally imagine having this at a tea party (by the way I am in my late 30's and have never been to a tea party). How delicious would this be for breakfast in bed? Think I need to put in my request for Mother's Day with the hubby. I wonder if he could pull this off?

Strawberry Cheesecake Danish Braid via Olga's Flavor Factory

Oh and this one. I included it in another roundup I did and everyone comments on this one! Not the uber decadent cupcake that I showcased in the pinterest collage, but they are all suckers for this beautiful s'mores cheesecake. Yes, I'm fully aware there's already a s'mores cheesecake highlighted above. Those were mini. This one is not. How did she get those marshmallows toasted so perfectly I wonder?

S'more Cheesecake via Will Cook for Smiles

I seriously love me some no-bake desserts. (Don't worry a roundup on that is coming very soon.) And I don't know anyone who doesn't love the classic caramel, chocolate and pecan combination that seem to show up in all types of desserts under the name "turtle" which has an interesting story by the way. While I don't wet my pants over a traditional turtle candy.... let me tell you how hot and bothered I get over this image right here:

No Bake Caramel Turtle Cheesecake via Sprinkle Some Sugar

Alrighty then. This is the start to the never ending love affair with cheesecake so be sure to check back here for more cheesecake food porn.

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