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Friday, July 22, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

     Sometimes you want something sweet.  Ok, I want something sweet all of the time.  But sometimes you you have to control yourself. Unfortunately.  It is what it is, we don't have to like it.  Anyway, during the summer it is nice to have some treats that are easy to make and don't require the oven.  This recipe only add 1/2 cup of sugar as well.  I am certainly not going to pretend it is holy. Or light. Or anything but delicious!  But I did make this as a lower sugar option.  My Paw-Paw is watching his sugar intake.  So when I made my sister the Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake With Mocha Whipped Cream that she requested for her birthday, I knew it would be nice to make something a little less full of sugar for Paw-Paw.

      This is my absolute favorite new way to make no bake cheesecake.  There is no fooling around with gelatin.  No strange textures.  No weird ingredients. It is fluffy and light, but still gives you a great cheesecake taste.  Pops actually really prefers this kind of cheesecake to the denser traditional cheesecake.  I think I might too, especially during the summer.  Almost everyone ended up trying a bit of each.  I didn't hear any complaints out of anyone either.

      I really have been enjoying adding a bit of coffee to all of my chocolate desserts lately too.  You can certainly skip that if you are opposed, but it adds a nice balance and depth of flavor.

     What are your favorite flavors of cheesecake?  And what is your favorite way to make a no bake cheesecake?

No Bake Cheesecake
Easily serves 12


7 oz ladyfingers (the crispy kind)
2 cups milk
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 T water
1 T instant coffee (optional, but encouraged)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
16 oz cream cheese, softened but still cool
2 cup cream, super cold

Optional: extra chocolate for shaving on top

To prepare the crust:

  1. Break each lady finger so that they are about the height of your 8" springform pan, or slightly longer so you can use more filling!
  2. Dip each piece of lady finger into milk.  Place the lady finger, sugar side out around the springform pan.  Use the short pieces to hold them up.  It's ok if the bottom isn't a solid crust, just do your best to spread it out evenly and make the outside sturdy and spread out the rest.
For the filling:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave until just completely melted and stirred smooth.  Be careful not to scorch the chocolate.
  2. Heat the 3 T of water until quite hot (I do this is the microwave too) then stir in the instant coffee.  Stir the hot coffee mixture into the melted chocolate until smooth and set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the filling.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar and vanilla and continue beating on high for a couple of minutes until it is light and fluffy.
  4. Get the cream from the refrigerator and drizzle in while the mixer is still on high.  
  5. Once the cream is completely added, beat until smooth, creamy, airy and stiff enough to hold a peak. (That should only take a couple of minutes if everything is chilled.)

  1. Spoon cream cheese mixture into crust and spread smooth.  
  2. Chill for at least an hour or up to a day or two.
  3. Serve cold. 


  1. Oh how I LOOOOVE this super recipe. I'm already eating it with my eyes. =) I would just love it with the coffee boost too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Keep em comin - please!

    1. Thanks, Marsha! This was definitely a hit at our house! Thanks for hosting the potluck!

  2. Oh this looks luscious and in with ya, been trying to cut back on my sugar intake but I want something sweet all the time too!! Put this in front of me and forget about the lesser sugar intake thing....,I NEED this, lol. Have a fabulous weekend my sweet friend!!

    1. It is totally worth it, Andrea! Thanks and have a great weekend!

  3. Definitely trying this. Husband ALWAYS wants cheesecake, but honestly sometimes it is just to heavy and to much. This recipe would keep us both happy :)

    1. This is a great texture, much lighter than baked cheesecake but still cheesecakey enough for purists. You'll have to let me know how you each like it!

  4. OH man...this sounds so amazingggggg! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. NO BAKE = my preferable method of food creation FOR SURE!!!! And something as stunning as this, not cooked - SORCERY!

    1. Ha!! It does seem like it just could be. No bake is the way to go, especially when it is so darn hot out! This is perfectly light and creamy, I hope you give it a try.

  6. Can't wait to try this out--it looks so yummy!

    1. Thank you, it is sooooo good and really easy!