Say Cheese(cakes)!

Traditionally for Shavuot we decorate with flowers and eat dairy. Some families eat a completely dairy meal and others will eat a dairy meal, clear off the table and reset for a meat meal. Again, Aish.com gives 7 different reasons why we celebrate this custom in their informative article. I like reason number two which states, “Torah is likened to milk, as the verse says, “Like honey and milk [the Torah] lies under your tongue” (Song of Songs 4:11). Just as milk has the ability to fully sustain the body of a human being (i.e. a nursing baby), so too the Torah provides all the “spiritual nourishment” necessary for the human soul.”

Here are a few delicious and creative sweet cheesecakes that would be showstoppers at your Shavuot meal.

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The Classic: New York Cheesecake with Strawberries

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The Exotic: Individual Keylime Cheesecake with Mango

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The “Two-For-One”: Hot Fudge Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

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The Gourmet: Nectarine, Mascarpone + Gingersnap Tart 

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The Snack Option: Salted Caramel Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

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The No-Bake-Snack Option: Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries 

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Last but not least… The Stay-Up-All-Night: Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake