Happy National Cheesecake Day! Here are 11 Sinful Recipes to Celebrate

We’re sorry to do this to you. Really, we are. You’ve been so good this summer with your fresh, seasonal cherries and trendy grains, your coconut oil and gazpacho. Maybe you finally went on that green juice bender, just in time for bikini season. But now, we want you to throw it all out the window. It’s National Cheesecake Day, and we’re celebrating like there’s no tomorrow.

Sure, you could try to make cheesecake healthy. You could throw together some Greek yogurt, sweeten it with applesauce, and pour it all on a saltine cracker crust — but that’s just sad. For the rest of us shameless foodies, we rounded up the most sinful ways to honor Cheesecake Day, from adorable cupcakes to a classic, New York-style slice. Whip up these recipes today and every day after — because cheesecake is always good for the soul.

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The Classic

Is it just us, or does a perfect slice of cheesecake make everything better? Brown Eyed Baker crowns hers with a classic strawberry topping.

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Make It Mini

If you whip up My Baking Addiction’s mini, lemon-infused cheesecakes, you can pretend like you’re being healthy. You know, until you inhale five of them.

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Put It in a Jar

Don’t throw out your hipster jars just yet. I Am a Food Blog layers her cheesecake up, parfait-style, for an elegant treat.

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Got Your Goat

Shake things up with goat cheese for a dessert that’s equal parts quirky and delicious. Thanks, How Sweet Eats!

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Go Bananas

Half Baked Harvest pairs two of our very favorite things: banana bread and chocolate cheesecake — in a jar, of course.

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Queen of Tarts

Cheesecake doesn’t always have to be quite so…cakey. Hummingbird High turns hers into a bright, summery tart.

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Get the Scoop

On a day like this, cheesecake is meant to be eaten every which way — including frozen and on a waffle cone. A Pastry Affair has the blueberry-filled recipe.

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Cherry on Top

Most desserts taste better with fruit on top — and Brown Eyed Baker likes a whole mountain of cherries. Yes, please.

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Brownie Points

Cheesecake. Peanut butter. Brownies. Need we say more? Pinch of Yum has the recipe.

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Cookie Crumbles

This is the Frankenstein of desserts, if Frankenstein were a delectable, cheesecake-stuffed cookie. The mad scientist behind How Sweet Eats shows us how it’s done.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Bookmark this one for the fall. Seriously. It’s everything you love about pumpkin spice lattes, all wrapped up in a creamy, decadent cheesecake. Pastry Affair, you get us.

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