Monday, February 4, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (No-Bake)

I think I have mentioned before that I'm one of those folks that always has to have dessert after supper - always.  It can be a cookie, some fruit, or even a little bit of chocolate.  But I just need to end my meal with some sort of sweetness.  So I like to have a few super easy dessert recipes up my sleeve to make during the week.  Things that only take minutes to make but will hit that after-dinner sweet spot.  I started making this particular dessert when Gene and I were first married.  I wasn't cooking or baking much back then. My Mom had sent me off with a few cookbooks.  And in one of those cookbooks was a recipe for a no-bake cheesecake.  Basic, easy and hard for me to mess up.  Graham cracker crust, a block of cream cheese, some sugar and a tub of Cool Whip.
Over the years I would tweak that recipe using different crusts or adding some fun stuff to it like M&M's or topping it with fresh strawberries.  Recently, my friend Megan and I were talking about this dessert and she was telling me that her Mom liked to make this using chocolate chips.  And when we were talking, I realized I hadn't made this easy little cheesecake in a while.  And boy, making this again brought back memories of my early days of marriage.  Gene and I just celebrated our 16th anniversary.  We got married by the Justice of the Peace on January 31st, 1997.  We were planning a wedding and couldn't afford much.  I needed health insurance and my job didn't offer it to me.  So, since Gene was in the Navy, we decided to get hitched legally so I could get health insurance and he could get extra money for being married that we could put towards the wedding.  Then on September 13th of that year, we got married in a church, with friends and family to watch this time.
Good times y'all, good times.  See how easily my mind drifts?  Those early days of marriage...so sweet.  Anyhow, back to the cheesecake.  So I thought I would make it this time the way Megan's Momma did.  And for fun, I threw a little chocolate syrup on top.   Because we are fancy like that.
Ingredients:
1 premade Chocolate Pie Crust
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 (8 oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Syrup, for serving (optional)



If you can find Oreo pie crusts, those are excellent with this as well.

Directions:
Using a handheld electric mixer or your stand mixer, combine cream cheese with sugar.
 Mix until smooth. It may take a few minutes to get all the lumps out.
If you are using a stand mixer, be sure to scrape down the sides a time or two.
Add in whipped topping.
 Stir well to combine. I just do this part by hand.
If you use an electric mixer, it tends to whip a lot of air into it and we want to keep it kinda dense so that it keeps a similar texture to baked cheesecake.
 
Now add in mini chocolate chips.
 Stir again until combined. 
 Spread mixture into pie crust (mixture will be thick).
 
Looking good already, but it needs to cool for a bit to finish setting up.
 Pop it into your fridge for at least 3 hours.
Then slice and serve.  And because too much chocolate is never enough, drizzle a little chocolate syrup on there before serving. Oh yeah....


14 comments:

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Lovely recipe and even better story. We got married 12 yrs ago in Vegas at a little chapel that's now out of business! We were going to do what you did and have a 'real' wedding later, but never did...and that's okay. I think it's great this cheesecake takes you back to your early days!

Leslie said...

Awe, sounds like you two are still so in love! What a sweet story! I would love this cheesecake filled with chocolate chips, and it looks so easy!! Thanks for giving us this recipe. Also, I'm definitely a dessert girl every night! :)
Blessings,
Leslie

Anonymous said...

This will definitely be on my grocery list for next week. Thanks for sharing. I love all your recipes.

Kerttu said...

We don't have whipped topping where I'm from, do you know what I could use instead of it? :)

Deb Demlow said...

Lovely story, I love reading all your "memories" that go along with your recipes! I used mini p~nut butter chips in stead of chocolate, as I'am not a huge chocolate fan.. I know, sad huh! Anyway, it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

You could always make your own if you heavy whipping cream. Super easy, just whip the heavy whipping cream together with a little sugar and maybe even a dash of vanilla and you have home made whip cream! I even make it with almond or peppermint extrac depending on what I'm making the whip cream for. Yummy! I was also wondering if you could use brown sugar instead of the white to make it taste a little more like a chocholate chip cookie? Just a thought. Adding to grocery list now :)

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so very much for such sweet comments!! Kerttu - I'm really not sure. I would say fresh whipped cream but the only problem with that is fresh whipped cream doesn't stay "stable" for too long. It eventually breaks down and loses it's thick consistency (unlike whipped topping). I'm not sure what you may have access to that is similar. I'm sorry this uses a product that is hard for you to find!
Deb - I love that you used the peanut butter chips! I bet that tastes great with this! So happy it was a winner for you. :)

Shiloh Barkley said...

Thanks for the note about whipped topping. Good to know!

The Better Baker said...

Oh what a great story Brandie! I use to make something similar to this in our younger years too...whenever we could afford cream cheese & cool whip. =) I must make this soon. Thanks for sharing. I'm planning to make your Mexican pizza soon too....MMMM can hardly wait.

Anita Stafford said...

I love the recipe and the way it can be changed, such a pretty dessert too!

Anonymous said...

Gonna make this tonight! Wonder how it would be to add crushed up oreos? maybe Ill try it and just see lol! Thanks for all your yummy recipes, I have made a few and they all turn out wonderful!

Slice of Southern said...

Love the memories...such a great story! The dessert looks wonderful..it's great when there is a special meaning behind the creation!

Anonymous said...

I'm a guy that loves to cook. Although this recipe doesn't really involve any cooking I've made it several times for my wife to take to work. She works at a middle school and the ladies in the office absolutely loved it.....especially the school nurse. I've tried several of your recipes and they are great!!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!!

Yvette Carpenter said...

I make one almost the same but it uses the small container (1 cup) of sour cream. It taste just like cheese cake.