When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, things are pretty predictable. You just *know* your host is going to emerge from the kitchen with a pumpkin pie in hand. And hey, if you’re lucky, they might have an extra fall-inspired pie that isn’t pumpkin to go with that heaping scoop of ice cream — like apple or pecan! But just because pies are the Thanksgiving norm, doesn’t mean we should limit our creativity. These 15 warmly flavored holiday cheesecakes will sway and inspire even the most loyal of pie-eaters. And who says you can’t have both anyway?

Gluten-Free Maple and Molasses Pumpkin Swirled Thanksgiving Cheesecake Recipe

1. Gluten-Free Maple and Molasses Pumpkin Swirled Cheesecake: This cheesecake is for real, y’all. Forget the fruity topping — this beauty incorporates the flavors of maple and molasses, creating a unique fall-inspired dessert that folks will be talking about for ages. (via Breezy Bakes)

Maple Bacon Thanksgiving Cheesecake Recipe

2. Maple Bacon Cheesecakes: Bacon makes everything better — this isn’t news. So the fact that someone decided to sprinkle bacon over an already sinful cheesecake and incorporate it into the crust is just… downright brilliant. This sweet and salty combo will win you some *serious* points. (via My Baking Addiction)

Thanksgiving Cheesecake Stuffed Apples Recipe

3. Cheesecake Stuffed Apples: If you stuff an apple with cheesecake, it counts as a serving of fruit, right? Say goodbye to the idea of not having room for dessert. This comforting treat is warm, gooey and impossible to pass up. (via Sugar and Cloth)

Golden Oreo-Stuffed Snickerdoodle Blondie Cheesecake Bar Recipe

4. Golden Oreo-Stuffed Snickerdoodle Blondie Cheesecake Bars: Incorporating the beloved Oreo into a cheesecake is common and friggin’ delicious. However, changing things up and using golden Oreos is a whole new level of awesome that we are *totally* on board with. (via Wallflour Girl)

Honey Pecan Thanksgiving Cheesecake With Pecan Shortbread Crust Recipe

5. Honey Pecan Cheesecake With Pecan Shortbread Crust: Everyone has their *fave* fall dessert that they pine for all year long. For some it’s pumpkin pie; for others, apple crumble. But those who claim loyalty to pecan pie just *might* be swayed, because this pecan cheesecake can rival a classic ol’ pecan pie any day. (via The Gold Lining Girl)

Pumpkin Thanksgiving Cheesecake Muffins With Caramelized Cashews Recipe

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins With Caramelized Cashews: Pumpkin dessert lovers everywhere will go *nuts* over these cheesecake muffins adorned with caramelized cashews. The cashews are tossed in maple syrup before being cooked, so you get a major dose of fall in every single bite. (via Lisbeths)

Chai and Pumpkin (Almost) Raw Cheesecake Recipe

7. Chai and Pumpkin (Almost) Raw Cheesecake: This gorgeous over-the-top treat will bring tons of WOW factor to your holiday celebration. This cheesecake was inspired by the impending chilly weather, so if you like to indulge in a hot cup of chai tea and a steamy bowl of pumpkin soup, you’ll adore the flavors in this cake. (via Rainbow Nourishments)

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Shooters Recipe

8. Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Shooters: The luscious flavor combo of caramel and apples puts an amazing holiday spin on these cheesecake shooters. This is an impressive dessert that will make everyone at the table ohh and ahh! (via Miss in the Kitchen)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Cake Recipe

9. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Cake: There’s nothing like slicing through a velvety cheesecake with your fork and finding that crumbly bottom. Cheesecake truly doesn’t need much to be amazing on its own — but when you drizzle it with salted caramel and top it off with toasted pecans, it’s totally heaven-sent. (via Say Grace)

Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

10. Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies: When you just can’t get enough of that sweet and tart cranberry sauce at the dinner table, throw it into your dessert too. These cheesecake brownies are swirled with cranberry goodness and are a great way to use up any leftover sauce. (via Damn Delicious)


11. Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Whipped Sour Cream: These mini pumpkin cheesecakes create some solid competition for the traditional pumpkin pie. The warm spices in the silky cheesecake pair perfectly with the crunchy gingerbread crust. (via Cooking at Sabrina’s)


12. Molasses Cheesecake: Who doesn’t want to bite into the rich and deep flavors of molasses? This cheesecake has a simple yet stunning presentation with a whole lot of taste to go with it. It’s perfect for any holiday gathering, but feel free to make it *just because.* (via The Cheerful Kitchen)


13. Cheesecake With Ginger: Mixing the spice of ginger into the creamy and sweet body of cheesecake is a fantastic way to shake things up with dessert this year. Adorned with crunchy chopped pistachios, this recipe takes a lighter route by using cottage cheese and mascarpone. (via The Black Fig)


14. Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars: These swoon-worthy bars offer a delicate spice and a whole lot of crunch. The base of these treats is super nutritional, packed with nuts, dates and flax. With that in consideration, we could consider these breakfast bars too, amirite? (via Carolyn’s Pantry)


15. Caramel Apple Raw Vegan Cheesecake: Bye bye, apple pie! These little raw bites of perfection are going to take over your world when it comes to decadent apple desserts. These beauties don’t include any refined sugar and they are GF. So, let’s just say it: They’re good for you. (via Abbey’s Kitchen)

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