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No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

I must admit, I’ve never made a cheesecake before and I’m kinda scared to attempt it.  But I was having a friend over for dinner last night and I wanted to make a yummy dessert to go along with my favorite dinner, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Parmesan Roasted Green Beans, and hush puppies.  I actually made my hush puppies from scratch last night, but wasn’t really pleased with them, so I have some work to do to come up with a better hush puppy.

But back to the dessert….I came across a no bake chococlate cheesecake that looked easy enough.  I mean, really, can you mess up a no-bake cheesecake?  I figured if anyone could, I could.  But I gave it a whirl and it turned out perfect, so I had to share it!

I did cheat and buy a graham cracker crust.  I have had bad experiences in the past trying to make graham cracker crust and since I was making this for guests, I wanted to be sure it would be good.

No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups Cool Whip

1 graham cracker crust

Chocolate syrup for drizzle, optional

Additional Cool Whip for topping, optional

Beat cream cheese with mixer till smooth and creamy, then add cocoa and beat till well blended.  Add vanilla, blend again. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue blending cream cheese mixture.

Once well mixed and creamy, fold in whipped topping until color is uniform. Pour into graham cracker crust  and let chill for 1-2 hours. Top with Cool Whip or drizzle with chocolate syrup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was so yummy and definitely not diet-friendly.  You could opt for the 1/3 less fat or fat free cream cheese and the Light or fat-free Cool Whip as well.  But sometimes you just have to splurge!!  It is very hard to eat just one slice of this, but it is very rich, so start off with a thin slice!!

Let me know if you get a chance to make this and how you like it!  It was so easy and good, I will definitely be making this again and again!!

Happy cooking,

Lori

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