Lemon Poppyseed Cheesecake

There’s not a lot of chances you get to enter a cheesecake contest. But when my office suddenly decided to wage a battle of the best baker, I knew I would have to break out something new and exciting.

The simplicity of the lemon poppyseed cheesecake is the whole point. Lemon poppyseed muffins are the best muffins. Lemon poppyseed bread is the best bread. Lemon shortbread cookies are, well, they’re great cookies. On both flavor and style, this is hard to beat.

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Deconstructed Nutella Cheesecake

Anyone who’s tried Nutella knows just how addicting it can be—I’ll eat it with a spoon right out of the jar. It perfectly mixes hazelnut and chocolate together in a creamy spread that is, frankly, absolutely delicious. No wonder there are Nutella cafés popping up across the country.

But not enough people know how delicious Frangelico is, and that needs to change. Frangelico is an Italian hazelnut liqueur, perfect not just for a sweet cocktail but also for a decadent dessert like this.

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Actually Amazing, Gluten-Free And Vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Vegan desserts are a challenge, but a worthy one. As are gluten-free desserts. But constraints breed creativity. And creativity calls for peanut butter.

We have two couples we like to eat with who have dietary constraints: One’s vegan, the other lactose intolerant. Well, that’s no excuse not to bring food to a cookout.

Inspired by A Saucy Kitchen’s frozen peanut butter cup pie, our peanut butter cheesecake combines the irresistible trio of peanut butter (duh), dark chocolate, and flakey sea salt. No, this is not your average table salt. A light sprinkling of Morton’s flakey sea salt launches any dessert into a new universe of lip-licking-ness.

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Guava Cheesecake With Strawberry-Elderflower Sauce

Cheesecake is the best dessert. Fight us.

But too often, cheesecake is bad. Why is it bad? Because it’s far too complicated, far too sweet, and far too dense. Nobody needs that noise.

This is a great cheesecake. It’s simple and creamy, perfectly balancing sweet and tart, looks beautiful, and stars  a combination of flavors you probably haven’t had before. Perfect for a summer dinner party or for eating alone in bed in the morning.

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