No bake chocolate cheesecake comes together in just minutes! Just 6 ingredients in a loaf pan makes 5 generous slices of cheesecake in minutes. Keep this no bake cheesecake recipe made with cream cheese, whipped cream, and melted chocolate taped to your fridge all summer long!
No bake chocolate cheesecake
You’re looking at the dessert I am most known for in my group of friends. If I show up anywhere without a cheesecake in my (oversized) purse, it’s rare. I love love love a good loaf pan cheesecake. I love that the loaf pan makes a cheesecake that makes 5 generous of cheesecake, perfect for sharing with a small group. There’s hardly an occasion where a small cheesecake isn’t welcome.
Most of my cheesecake recipes are baked in the oven, and most of them are on the smaller side, like my mini cheesecakes that we make for Valentine’s Day. But, I do make these cute little no bake blackberry cheesecakes in jars. I think we need a chocolate cheesecake recipe where we literally just stir everything together and pour it in a pan, don’t you? Super simple, super rich and delicious: no bake chocolate cheesecake with Oreo crust has arrived!
The texture of this cheesecake is so perfect, I almost cried when I took my first bite. I keep making it over and over, passing forkfuls to friends and neighbors anytime they are near my fridge. I am begging for someone to find the words to describe just how flawless the recipe is. The best words I have heard so far are: “this is everything I’ve ever wanted in a chocolate cheesecake.” And then we all nod, and dive in for another forkful.
The crust is crushed Oreos mixed with melted butter and packed firmly into the bottom of a pan. Then, we make the cheesecake filling in two parts: the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla are beaten together. Then, the melted chocolate is poured into this mixture and beaten again. Separately, the heavy cream is whipped and folded into everything. It’s so perfect, it hardly needs any garnish at all. An extra dollop of whipped cream is welcome, as is a drizzle of more melted chocolate. I chose fresh blackberries and chopped chocolate for the photos because I wanted it to look pretty for you, but I almost always serve it with extra whipped cream in real life.
Enough talk about the world’s most perfect no bake chocolate cheesecake, let’s make it!
- Oreos: I use the whole cookie when making a crust out of Oreos. I have seen some recipes where only the cookies are used (and the cream filling is scraped out and discarded), but I happen to think the cream filling is the most delicious part! Using the cookies with the cream filling provides more moisture to help the crust adhere. Try my Oreo balls recipe if you love the cream filling as much as me!
- heavy whipping cream: You need heavy whipping cream, also known as double cream, to whip into peaks for this no bake cheesecake.
- chocolate: Chopped semisweet chocolate from a whole bar is my preference here, just so that the cheesecake doesn’t become overly sweet. However, if you like super sweet, use melted milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is extra creamy and rich! You can use chocolate chips, just weigh them and be careful melting them so they don’t seize.
- cream cheese: One and a half bricks of cream cheese (or 12 ounces) should be softened to room temperature for a few hours on the counter. Using cold cream cheese will cause lumps in your no bake cheesecake.
- powdered sugar
- vanilla extract: This ingredient really optional. It makes this recipe require 7 ingredients, but if you don’t have it, just leave it out–the chocolate brings plenty of flavor to the mixture.
How to make no bake chocolate cheesecake with Oreo crust:
- Line an 8 or 9″ bread loaf pan with parchment paper. Either size bread loaf pan will work for this recipe. Leave enough parchment paper overhanging the edge to form handles that will help you lift out the cheesecake out of the pan when you’re ready to serve.
- Crush the cookies in a food process until fine crumbs form; scrape the crumbs into a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until incorporated.
- Press the cookie mixture firmly into the bottom of the bread loaf pan.
- Next, melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or in the microwave on 50% power until smooth. It’s okay to pull the chocolate off the heat with a few remaining pieces–they will melt fully as the chocolate sits. Set this mixture aside.
- Next, whip the heavy cream until medium peaks form. Scoop the freshly whipped cream out of the bowl, and reserve it in a separate bowl.
- To the bowl you just removed the whipped cream from, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Beat the cream cheese mixture until super smooth and no lumps remain. Then, add the melted chocolate to this mixture.
- Stir the melted chocolate into the cream cheese until smooth. The chocolate mixture should be barely warm at this point. We melted the chocolate earlier and allowed it to rest on the counter for a few minutes so that we wouldn’t be pouring super hot melted chocolate into cream cheese. It’s important to follow the steps of this recipe and stick to the proper order.
- Finally, gently fold in the whipped cream using a spatula with proper folding technique. Run the spatula around the edge of the bowl, and then straight down the center. Repeat until the whipped cream is incorporated, being gentle to ensure the air in the whipped cream remains. The mixture should be light and fluffy without any streaks of white in it.
- Scrape this mixture into the loaf pan, and ensure it is as flat as possible on top.
- This mixture needs to set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight in the fridge before serving.
This no bake chocolate cheesecake is perfection on a plate, but you can serve it with fresh fruit, extra whipped cream, and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, if you like. I like to slice it into 5 or 6 slices.
Can you cut this no bake chocolate cheesecake into bars?
Yes, instead of cutting 5 generous slices, you can cut this down the middle and then into 6 or 8 bars. It is similar to how I cut my lemon cheesecake bars.
Other cheesecake recipes you will love:
- Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
- Instant Pot Cheesecake Recipe
- Cherry Cheesecake Cookies
- No Bake Milk Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes
- 15 Oreos
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 12 ounces (1 1/2 bricks) of full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temp
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line an 8 or 9” bread loaf pan with parchment paper, with enough excess to overhang the edges to form handles to lift out the cheesecake. Give the parchment paper and pan a light spray with cooking spray, too.
- In a food processor or plastic bag, crush the Oreos (keep the cream filling in the cookies). Dump the 1 cup of crumbs into a bowl, and stir in the melted butter.
- Pour the crumbs into the loaf pan, and press them into a flat, firm crust.
- Place the chopped chocolate in a double boiler to melt (or you can use the microwave on 50% setting and 30 second intervals to melt the chocolate until it’s smooth). Have ready, and keep it warm.
- Next, in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until medium peaks form. Scoop the freshly whipped cream out and reserve it in a separate bowl.
- To the same bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat using an electric mixer until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute.
- Using a spatula, fold the warm melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture.
- Finally, fold the whipped cream gently into the cream cheese mixture. Fold by scraping the outsides of the bowl, and then down the middle. Fold gently to incorporate so that the you don’t deflate the air bubbles in the whipped cream.
- Scrape the mixture into the bread loaf and make it as flat as possible on top.
- Place the pan in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.b
Oreos: I use the whole cookie when making a crust out of Oreos. I have seen some recipes where only the cookies are used (and the cream filling is scraped out and discarded), but I happen to think the cream filling is the most delicious part! Using the cookies with the cream filling provides more moisture to help the crust adhere.
heavy cream: You need heavy whipping cream, or double cream to whip into peaks for this no bake cheesecake.
chocolate: Chopped semisweet chocolate from a whole bar is my preference here, just so that the cheesecake doesn't become overly sweet. However, if you like super sweet, use melted milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is extra creamy and rich!
cream cheese: One and a half bricks of cream cheese (or 12 ounces) should be softened to room temperature for a few hours on the counter. Using cold cream cheese will cause lumps in your no bake cheesecake.
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