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A creamy slice of baked cheesecake enveloped in a buttery graham cracker crust and piled high with deliciously sweet cherry topping? Yes please!

That’s right, it’s time for National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

History of National Cherry Cheesecake Day

While cheesecake has a history that dates back many centuries, it wasn’t until more modern times that it was the sweet treat that most people are familiar with today. This was very much influenced by the American creation of cream cheese, which is a key ingredient in cheesecake.

The New York style cheesecake, with the graham cracker crust, is what most people are thinking of (and yearning for!) as they consider what a cherry cheesecake is like, and that recipe seems to have made an appearance in the early 20th century. As for who the genius was who added cherries? No one quite knows. But their little garnish turned into something that deserves a whole day to celebrate it: National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

How to Celebrate National Cherry Cheesecake Day

Certainly, National Cherry Cheesecake Day isn’t a difficult one! Consider implementing some of these delicious and delightful ways to enjoy the day:

Enjoy Eating Cherry Cheesecake

Head on over to a local bakery or restaurant and enjoy eating a delicious piece of cherry cheesecake in honor and celebration of this day! Order up a slice of delicious cherry cheesecake at national chain restaurants in the US, like Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, The Cheesecake Factory, or Marie Callender’s. Of course, there may be a local bakery that always whips up some extra cherry cheesecakes, just for the special occasion of National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Or, ask ahead and they might make one up as a special order!

Try Making Cherry Cheesecake

Feeling extra fancy and interested in a culinary challenge on National Cherry Cheesecake Day? Well, this is a great one to try because there can be several levels of options. Some very easy recipes for cherry cheesecake can be found on the internet which don’t even require baking in the oven, just refrigeration!

For a more traditional style of cherry cheesecake, the dessert is made using a graham cracker or cookie crust and baked with a mixture of cream cheese, eggs, heavy whipping cream, flour and sugar. Bake up the cheesecake and let it cool. While waiting, whip up a sauce made from cherries. (Or, don’t be afraid to cheat a little and use a canned cherry pie filling as the topping.) Pile it on top with a mound of fresh whipped cream and enjoy!

Host a National Cherry Cheesecake Day Bake Off

Have tons of fun and turn the day into an extra special event by hosting a bake off in honor of National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Gather some friends and family and dare them to come up with their favorite recipe for cherry cheesecake. Bring them all together and ask the judges to perform a taste test to see which is the best. It’s a fun way to show off some baking talent – or even use it to raise money for a charity!

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