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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

No recipe image available.A creamy, no-bake chocolate cheesecake in a nutty vanilla wafer crumb crust with a peaches and whipped cream topping.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups pecans, toasted
3/4 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (8-ounce) package plus 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, separated
1 cup whipping cream

For Topping:
1 (0.25-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup chopped peaches (fresh or canned)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Toast pecans in a shallow baking pan at 350°F (175°C) for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently; cool and grind fine. Combine the nuts with vanilla wafer crumbs, powdered sugar, and melted butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 1/2-inches up the side of a 9-inches springform pan; set aside.
  2. For Filling: Melt semisweet chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water, stirring until smooth.
  3. Combine softened cream cheese and sugar in a large mixer bowl; add softened butter, beating until smooth. Blend in vanilla. Beat in the melted chocolate all at once.
  4. Whip cream until stiff; fold into the chocolate mixture. Spoon into the prepared crust and chill.
  5. For Topping: Sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; allow to stand a few minutes until softened. Add boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  6. Whip cream and sugar until stiff; beat in the gelatin mixture and vanilla. Fold in drained, chopped peaches. Spread on top of the chocolate cream cheese mixture. Chill.

Makes 12 servings.