In the off-chance that you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty into cheesecakes. We love coming up with new ways to make them work for every holiday. That’s why we’re crazy about this magical recipe. Using basic ingredients and techniques, you can easily whip up a dessert that’s perfect for a tasty Halloween treat. Quick, easy, and totally festive, this delicious recipe is going to be a hit with all your ghouls and witches. (And if everyone likes it, you can use it again at Thanksgiving. Score!)
Alright cooks, here’s what you need:
For the outside:
1 ¼ cups graham-cracker crumbs (you can buy them pre-crushed, or if you’re doing it yourself, it’s about 10 crackers)
¼ cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter
Hey, it’s okay that you want things to be perfect. Some may tell you that you’re annoyingly meticulous, but other type-A personalities agree with you: there’s something fantastic about achieving perfection. After all, it’s not always easy. But while building the perfect house or crafting a flawless quilt may pose a decent sized challenge, creating the perfect cheesecake doesn’t have to be difficult.
If this isn’t your first time whipping up the classic dessert, maybe you already know a few tricks – like bringing all the mixing ingredients to room temperature or to use a springform pan. And while these tips often yield a perfectly delicious cheesecake, you want it to look perfect too. Of course, there’s a trick to doing this: use a bath. A cheesecake bath is a fail-safe way to stop your dessert from cracking, as it keeps the oven moisture very high and makes the heat gentle on the cake, allowing it to cook more slowly and evenly. Why? Because the water will evaporate before it gets as hot as the oven, cooling the edges of the cake so that they bake at the same rate as the center.
What’s better than classic chocolate covered strawberries? Cheesecake filled chocolate covered strawberries. They look delicious, taste divine, and no one has to worry about eating around the leafy tops. Oh – and they’re super easy to make. Seriously. In a grand total of 20 minutes, you can create a dessert that everyone will love, making them perfect for even the busiest schedule.
1 pint of strawberries
½ bag of chocolate chips
8 ounces of cream cheese
1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of milk
Sliced almonds (optional)
Crushed graham crackers (optional)
Ancient Greece was a pretty neat place. It was where the Parthenon was created, where public baths were still socially accepted, and where the world’s favorite dessert was first concocted. Cheesecake’s story starts on the isle of Samos between the 7th and 8th centuries BCE. It was there that people began pounding cheese into a thick paste, sweetening it with honey, and setting it into a crust of wheat. Ah, the first cheesecake. It was baked, cooled, and then consumed.
It’s said that during the 1st Olympic Games, in 776 BCE, cheesecakes were passed out to the sportsmen to supply them with the strength they needed to compete the various tasks at hand. From there, well, cheesecake sort of took off because it was just that good – even back in the day.
After the Romans occupied Greece, the recipe really caught on. As their empire grew, enveloping the majority of modern-day Europe, Romans spread the recipe for cheesecake. (You know that old saying, “when ruled by Rome…”) Anyway, around 160 BCE, the first cheesecake recipe was jotted down by Marcus Porcius Cato in his book De Agri Cultura. The book is often referred to as a farmer’s manual, as it depicts rural life and the recipes that require farm products. Cheese, being produced on a farm and the backbone of all that is good, was thus a ready ingredient for these farmers, making cheesecake easy to produce and popular in the countryside.