Chocolate Cookie Dough No-Bake Cheesecake

overhead view of Chocolate Cookie Dough No-Bake Cheesecake in a pie plate

I’ve eaten probably more than my share of cookie dough in my lifetime. If I’m making cookies, you can safely wager that I’ll be trying at least a bite of unbaked dough. Of course, we all know that eating cookie dough is not the best of ideas. But, I bet I’m not the only one who’s guilty.

There’s some great news for those of us who like to sample from the mixing bowl. Lindsay of the fabulous Love and Olive Oil has a brand new cookbook just for us. It’s called The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, and it’s packed with recipes for cookies, cakes, and other treats. Every recipe has a cookie dough component that’s made without eggs. So, we get to have our cookie dough fix the right way.

To celebrate this new cookbook, which will be available June 5th, Quirk Books has asked some food bloggers to come up with our own creations based on Lindsay’s eggless cookie dough. All throughout June, you’ll be able to follow all the recipes in what is being billed as The Cookie Dough-lympics. Amber from Awake at the Whisk started carrying the torch this past Friday. It passes through BoB today, moves on to Betty at The Queen’s Notebook tomorrow, and keeps going all month. To keep up with all the recipes, you can follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.

For my cookie dough creation, I used Lindsay’s chocolate cookie dough recipe to dress up a no-bake cheesecake. Traditional graham cracker crust is topped off with a thick layer of chocolate cookie dough. Then, creamy cheesecake goes on top of that. Yeah, it’s just as good as you think it is.

close-up shot of a slice of Chocolate Cookie Dough No-Bake Cheesecake

This is a no-bake cheesecake with an asterisk. I like to bake the crust, but it’s not essential that you do. It holds together a bit better when it’s baked, which I found to be helpful for spreading the cookie dough layer on top.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Chocolate Cookie Dough No-Bake Cheesecake

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Rich chocolate cookie dough combines with a sweet no-bake cheesecake for an irresistible dessert.

overhead view of Chocolate Cookie Dough No-Bake Cheesecake in a pie plate

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted

For the chocolate cookie dough:

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream (or milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour, toasted in a 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cheesecake:

  • 12 ounces (340g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • chocolate chips, sprinkles, or shavings for garnish

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
  2. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and butter until combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.

To make the chocolate cookie dough:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the cream and vanilla. Add the cocoa, flour, and salt. Mix on low speed until combined.
  2. Spread the dough over prepared crust. Refrigerate while making the cheesecake.

To make the cheesecake:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the vanilla.
  2. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly on top of the cookie dough layer.
  3. Garnish with chocolate, if desired.
  4. Refrigerate about 3 hours before serving.

Notes

Keep refrigerated. You may find it's easier to slice the cheesecake if you let it stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Eggless Cookie Dough recipe adapted from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbookk.

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