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 10
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 10
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 10
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 10
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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
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 10
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 10
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 10
Most chia seed pudding recipes call for coconut cream or other dairy alternatives. This Milk Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding bucks the trend, and uses cream, milk, cocoa, and sugar. It tastes a whole lot like chocolate ice cream, and the tapioca-like texture of the plumped seeds adds a fun textural elementContinue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
Mini Canning Jar Cheesecakes With Brown Sugar
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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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!