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Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie has a smooth and creamy chilled filling inside a crunchy chocolate crust. Once you taste this rich chocolate cheesecake you’ll be dreaming of seconds.

Top down photo of a chocolate pie decorated with whipped cream stars and chocolate shavings

This No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie is perfect for the chocolate lover and will quench the strongest sweet tooth.

You won’t believe how easy this chocolate cheesecake pie is to make. It will soon become one of your most made desserts.

Freaky Friday Spring Edition 2021

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WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THIS CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE PIE?

I wish I could take credit for developing this recipe, but I can’t. This recipe is actually inspired by the Spring edition of our Freaky Friday Blog Hop.

What is the Freaky Friday Blog Hop? Freaky Friday is a blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies!

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday, and that is today!

The Freaky Friday blog hop is organized by Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart.

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The Carefree Kitchen

I was so excited to get Jill’s blog, The Carefree Kitchen for the 2021 Spring edition of Freaky Friday.

Let me tell you a little bit about Jill

Jill and I share our love of chocolate and pretty much all food! We love to share what we know and enjoy cooking for our friends and family.

Family is so important for both of us. Jill is married and has 5 amazing children and her farm background inspires her farm to table lifestyle.

I had a heck of a time choosing just one recipe for this blog hop edition. I whittled down to a few contenders including her Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken which is on my menu this week. Her Caramel Pecan Monkey Bread is going in the oven before my next round of overnight guests arrives. And, her Spanish Rice recipe made a great addition to our Cinco de Mayo dinner!

Ultimately, I had to go with her No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake. It’s cool and creamy and even though this is for the Spring edition of our Blog Hop, I’ve made it 3 times, the first being when the snow was covering the ground.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Ingredients

Cheesecake Crust

A bowl of oreo cookies next to a dish of butter.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients used in chocolate cheesecake pie including powdered sugar, Cocoa Powder, Cream and cream cheese
  • Cream Cheese – We’ve used full-fat and 1/3 less fat varieties. We’ve not tried the no-fat variety in this recipe.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Powdered Sugar – Also known as Confectioner Sugar
  • Cocoa Powder – I used dark cocoa powder in this recipe.
    • You can use what you prefer. If you use a lighter cocoa powder, the filling will be lighter in hue but delicious too.
    • We’ve also used black cocoa powder. I’m obsessed with this cocoa powder. It makes everything look rich and is delicious without being bitter.

How to make Chocolate Cheesecake Pie

Tip: Start with the crust so that it is ready once your filling is ready.

Cheesecake pie crust

3 photo grid of making a chocolate pie crust. First photo is pouring melted butter into chocolate crumbs. Second photo is pressing the crumbs into a pie plate. third photo is smoothing sides of the crust up the sides
  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.
  2. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a pie plate.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or freeze for one hour. You can make this crust ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate it until needed.

Cheesecake crust tips & variations

A grid of three photos showing chocolate filling in a bowl, spooned into a pie crust and smoothed into a pie
  • Cheesecake with chocolate crust – We replaced the graham cracker crumbs and used chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs. We didn’t remove the filling. You could buy chocolate cookie crumbs or chocolate graham crackers and that would work as well.
  • Pastry crust
  • Purchased graham cracker crust
  • Vanilla Wafers, Speculoos or other cookie flavors

*You can eliminate some or all of the sugar if using a cookie with the filling but we didn’t.

The crust can be baked or you can freeze it. See the recipe card for times and temps.

Cheesecake pie filling

Tip: While making your crust, put the bowl of your electric stand mixer into the refrigerator to chill before mixing your filling. It’s not necessary but thickens the filling firmer and faster.

  1. Add the heavy whipping cream to the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until soft peaks form. Remove the whipped cream from the mixing bowl and put it in a separate bowl. Place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
    • If you pipe your pie with whipped cream or plan to serve the finished pie with whipped cream, mix it up now and refrigerate it in a separate bowl.
  2. Change the mixer attachment to the paddle and blend the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and spoon in the sifted powder sugar and cocoa mixture and blend until well combined.
  4. Remove the whipped cream from the refrigerator and spoon it into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
    • Don’t overmix you will deflate the whipped cream. Whipped cream can also be folded into the cream cheese mixture by hand.
  5. Spoon the filling into the crust.
  6. Chill for 2 hours.

Cheesecake Filling Tips & Variations

  • Bring your cream cheese to room temperature before mixing it. It will blend much smoother.
  • Sift the cocoa and powdered sugar together.
    • We always sift our cocoa powder. It holds a lot of moisture and tends to clump. Mixing it with the powdered sugar cuts down on the mixing time it takes compared to blending them separately.
    • The cocoa that you use will make a difference in the hue of the filling. I’ve used regular dutch-processed cocoa and I’ve used black cocoa which made a deep dark chocolate filling. They’re both delicious.

Cheesecake Cake Garnishes

Chocolate shaving curls on a plate
Chocolate Curls
  • Chocolate curls make the whole thing fancy. Just take a piece of chocolate bar and shave it with a vegetable peeler. We’ve found that you get longer curls if the bar isn’t cold but not too soft either.
  • We piped whipped cream stars on top of the pie. We’ve made it a couple of times and the last time sprinkled a few leftover cookie crumbs over the whipped cream stars.
  • You could skip the whipped cream stars and just sprinkle the top with the cookie crumbs or skip them both for a simple and delicious chocolate cheesecake pie.
Close-up 3/4 Angle of a chocolate pie decorated with whipped cream stars and chocolate curls

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We LOVE Dessert! You can find all of our dessert recipes here!

This Chocolate Cheesecake recipe is perfect for a warm day. However, it’s so easy and delicious, we’ll make it all year long. We’ll guarantee no one will complain when I set a slice of this beauty in front of them.

Note: This pie serves 8 people. However, it’s rich and we always slice it into 16 pieces. It’s that rich! There are always seconds, right?

If you like this recipe, we would appreciate your comment and a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

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5 from 21 votes

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie has a smooth and creamy chilled filling inside a crunchy chocolate crust. Once you taste this rich chocolate cheesecake you’ll be dreaming of seconds.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Cheesecake Filling

  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese 2-8oz packages, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar measured then sifted
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder measured then sifted

Instructions

Crust

  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and the melted butter. Stir until completely combined.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a pie plate.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or, freeze for 1 hour.

Filling

  • Add the heavy whipping cream to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high until soft peaks form. Refrigerate in a separate bowl until the cream cheese is prepared.
  • Add the cream cheese to the electric stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment. Beat until the cream cheese is light and fluffy.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and cocoa together. With the mixer on low, gradually spoon the mixture in with the cream cheese. Mix until combined and fluffy.
  • With the mixer on low, spoon in the whipped cream just until combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into the pie crust.
  • Refrigerate for two hours.
  • Garnish with additional whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.

Notes

This pie serves 8 people. However, it’s rich and we always slice it into 16 pieces.
This recipe was adapted from The Carefree Kitchen.

Nutrition

Calories: 578kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1571IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 2mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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We’d like to thank Jill for this yummy cookie recipe, and I hope you’ll check out The Carefree Kitchen and take a look at her recipes.

Take a look at all of our 2021 Freaky Friday Spring Edition Recipes:

  1. A Dish of Daily Life – Smoky Chicken Street Tacos
  2. An Affair from the Heart – Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Butter
  3. An Affair from the Heart – Blueberry Mojitos
  4. Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Easy Chile Relleno Casserole
  5. The Carefree Kitchen – Glazed Lemon Cookies
  6. The Culinary Compass – Easy Candied Pecan Recipe
  7. Devour Dinner – Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf
  8. The Foodie Affair – Keto Broccoli Salad
  9. The Fresh Cooky – Bowtie Pasta Recipe
  10. Hostess at Heart – No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake 
  11. House of Nash Eats – Roast Beef Sliders
  12. Lemon Blossoms – Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bars
  13. Lemoine Family Kitchen – Lemon Blueberry Bread
  14. Life, Love & Good Food – Sandwich Cubano
  15. Off the Eaten Path – Grilled Vegan Guacamole
  16. Or Whatever You Do – Blackstone Mexican Style Street Corn
  17. The Speckled Palate – Lemon Bars
  18. Take Two Tapas – Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

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Recipe Rating




Brandi Burgess

Thursday 13th of May 2021

This looks easy and delicious which makes it DANGEROUS! Making this one with my kiddos to celebrate the end of the school year!!!

Rebecca

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Chocolate... No Bake... OH MY YUM! I'm all over making this recipe and your photos are gorgeous!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Thank you, Rebecca! I appreciate your lovely comments!

Erin

Monday 10th of May 2021

My family made this for me for Mother's Day, and the entire cheesecake is already gone, haha. What a delicious and wonderful recipe. Also, I love that you broke down exactly how to make this to help everyone out. I can't wait to try my hand at making this next!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Thank you, Erin! It's so easy and easy to make ahead.

Jill Baird

Monday 10th of May 2021

I love that you chose this one! It's a favorite at our house for sure! Your pics are gorgeous and I'm so happy you love it as much as we do! Cheers to chocolate on chocolate topped with whipped cream!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Thank you, Jill! It is an amazing recipe and I've been sending tons of people to check out your recipes!

Sam

Monday 10th of May 2021

I LOVE cheesecake so having a no-bake version for the summer is going to be amazing!

Julie Menghini

Monday 10th of May 2021

Thank you, Sam! I'm with you. This is going to be a summer favorite in our house too.