The Best Cheese Desserts on the Web

The Cheesemonger

In the spirit of this month's Escapes theme, the cheesemonger in me got to thinking: How do I escape with cheese? Just how and when does cheese have the ability to transport me to a different place? There are lots of ways, indeed, to answer the question. Bloomy rinded cheeses? Perhaps triple cremes, specifically? Or fondue? Nope, I've got to go with cheese desserts. And here's a roundup of some of the best on the web.

Desserts with cheese are so soul-satisfying because they so often have both creamy and tart components. And since salt is a major component of any cheese, making most cheeses more savory than sweet, it's a nice contrast to make them a major focus in a dessert. Maybe it's for this reason that cheese desserts are so satiating: it's that perpetually-satisfying combination of salty and sweet.

The Best Cheese Desserts We Could Find

From the Kitchn:
One Bowl Mascarpone Brownies
Cheese for Dessert (the absolute escape, if you ask me)

Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Clinton Hill Foodie
Honey Ricotta Cheesecake from Giada de Laurentiis
• The Nibble's roundup of ice creams made with cheese, including Ferran Adrià’s Parmesan Ice Cream Sandwich recipe, Charlie Trotter’s Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Figs, and a recipe for Buttermilk Blue Cheese Ice Cream
Deep-Dish Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust at Epicurious
Lemon Mascarpone Charlottes from Tartelette
Goat Cheese Custards with Strawberries with Red Wine Syrup from David Lebovitz
Crescent Cheese Cookies (made with Pot Cheese) from Gourmet
Pear and Goat Cheese Tart from Leite's Culinaria
Baked Pecorino Cheese with Honey and Walnuts from Veranda

What are your favorite desserts that involve cheese? Got anything that can top this list entirely? I want to know!

Related: The Dessert Course: Cheese for Dessert

(Images, clockwise from left: Carolyne Roehm for Veranda; Romulo Yanes for Gourmet; The Nibble; Andy Ryan)

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Nora Singley used to be a cheesemonger and the Director of Education at Murray's Cheese Shop. Until recently she was a TV Chef on The Martha Stewart Show. She is currently a freelance food stylist and recipe developer in New York.