Anna Buckley
November 22, 2016 11:11 am
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If you didn’t already know, the history of cheesecake is a long and storied one. While the first “cheese cake” is rumored to have been baked on the Greek island of Samos nearly 4,000 years ago, the writer Athenaeus was the first to write down a cheesecake recipe in 230 A.D. (AKA the oldest-known surviving Greek recipe). Back then, the recipe consisted of a simple flour, wheat, honey, and cheese mixture. 1,600 years later, the Americans added cream cheese to the mix. And that Classic New York Cheesecake recipe? That signature flavor is thanks to extra egg yolks in the mix.

When it comes to finding the perfect variation of the cheesecake to bake, we love to do a good Pinterest recipe hunt. In fact, we did one so you don’t have to. Here are the top pinned recipes, and if ~that many~ people saved them, you know they’re going to be good.

Here’s the #1 classic cheesecake recipe:

1. Simply Recipes Perfect Cheesecake 

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This recipe, saved 146,000 times, promises to be a “beautiful, classic cheesecake, tangy and sweet, with a velvety smooth and rich texture.”

And here are the most pinned cheesecake bites and bar recipes:

2. Lighter Mini Cheesecakes with Oreo Crust 

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Hate making crust? For this recipe, which was saved 625,000 times, all you have to do is pop an Oreo into the bottom of a cupcake paper.

3. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Brownie Crust 

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Brownies AND cheesecake? Sign us — and the 533,000 people who pinned the recipe — up!

4. Mini Cheesecake Cupcakes 

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This recipe, saved 471,000 times, creates bite-sized beauties.

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars 

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Still deciding what dessert to bring to Thanksgiving? Well, 377,000 people would recommend this one.

6. Cheesecake Brownies 

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This pin, saved 338,000 times, creates the perfect brownie/cheesecake hybrid.

7. Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Bars 

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This recipe, saved 320,000 times, is perfect for all the cheesecake loving vegans out there!

8. Lemon Cheesecake Bars 

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We think lemon and cheesecake are the perfect tangy pairing, and it seems that 318,000 people would agree.

9. Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars with a Streusel Topping 

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Pumpkin + caramel + cheesecake + streusel = a recipe worth being pinned 298,000 times.

10. Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies 

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If it has red velvet, say no more. (P.S. this recipe was pinned 262,000 times.)

11. No-Bake S’mores Mini Cheesecakes 

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This idea, saved 175,000 times, doesn’t have to be baked AND tastes liked s’mores. Sounds like a slam dunk to us.

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