Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecake – No Bake

Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecake -- A Pinch of Joy

Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecake -- A Pinch of Joy Incredibly rich, smooth and delicious layered cheesecake with no baking required.

Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough No Bake Cheesecake.  The perfect dessert to celebrate a special day — anniversary, birthday or just because.  We’d already celebrated Bytes’ birthday at a big family gathering with the traditional  cake and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.  This was a smaller celebration.  Perfect for cheesecake and fudginess!

I’m always a little hesitant to give preparation times for recipes.  They can vary according to how many times the cook rescues a toddler or the number of shortcuts that are taken.  Like using already crushed graham crackers.  Although putting two packages of graham crackers squares (not oblongs) in their wrapping on the work counter and smacking them smartly several times with the side of a meat axe or a rolling pin is a pretty quick process.  Overall this recipe is about 25 minutes to prepare so don’t let the number of steps keep you from this fabulous indulgence!

When you make the chocolate layer it will look like crumbs, but just when you think it’s not going to work, everything magically comes together.  You have a beautiful eggless chocolate cookie dough that will turn into divinely smooth fudge.  It is a little sticky to work with, but not so sticky as to be difficult or time consuming.  Folding the whipped cream into the whipped cream cheese is the same way.  Hang in there, resist the urge to pick up the mixer and beat some more.   Beating it  will make it dense and notsogood.  Stay the course, fold gently and persistently and all will be well.

Press the graham cracker crust firmly into the serving bowl. To make the cookie dough layer , pinch off a bit of dough according to the size of your serving dish. Roll the dough into a ball and then flatten between your palms to the size of the dish and about a quarter inch thick.  Place on top of the graham cracker crumbs, pressing it firmly into place.  Spread the whipped cheesecake layer on top.  Garnish with chocolate for an elegant, glamorous dessert or colored sprinkles for fun.

I used six medium, almost large,  serving dishes.  Too much.  We all left about half of the dessert – soo good and soo rich – but just as  good the next day.  Eight smaller dishes or even ten would be better.  If you use tall dishes – champagne flute style – make two layers each of chocolate and cheesecake.   This will spread out the flavors for better savoring.

Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough Mini Cheesecake - No Bake
 
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Incredibly rich, smooth and delicious layered mini cheesecakes with no baking required!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 8 squares, crushed)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened not quite melted
Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough layer
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
Cheesecake layer
  • 12 ounces cream cheese (1 8 ounce package plus half of a second 8 ounce package)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Crust
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter until well combined.
  3. Press into bottom of eight to 10 serving dishes.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
Fudgy Chocolate Cookie Dough layer
  1. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy
  2. Add cream (may substitute milk) and vanilla.
  3. Add cocoa, flour and salt. Mix on low speed until dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Coat palm of hands lightly in flour and pinch off a bit of dough about the size of a walnut. Pat dough evenly into circle the size of the serving dish and at least ¼ inch thick. Place on top of refrigerated crust.
  5. Return serving containers to refrigerator.
Cheesecake layer
  1. Beat softened cream cheese, vanilla and sugar at medium speed until fluffy.
  2. In separate medium bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well mixed.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
  5. Garnish as desired.

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Strawberry Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

I’m trying to do a better job of using fresh produce instead of letting it wilt in the refrigerator.  I had a package of fresh strawberries that flashed warning signals at me for almost a week every time I opened the refrigerator.   This morning I saw the package of strawberry cake mix in the pantry and Strawberry Dump Cake was born.

A dump cake means that dry cake mix is “dumped” over fruit that has been “dumped” in a pan and then the whole shebang is covered with melted butter.   Not quite a cobbler or a crisp but not a full fledged cake either, it is a big timesaver.  Therefore, a legitimate dessert :-)   If the cook is on a tight schedule, usually the eaters are too.  And they are looking for something fruity that tastes good.  Dump cake wins again.

The strawberries and strawberry cake mix complement each other very nicely.  I used frozen mixed berries with the strawberries since I was about half a cup short. Worked nicely.    There is enough sweetness in the cake mix that the sugar becomes a vehicle for the spices and less a sweetener.   You can substitute regular margarine, if you like, for the butter.  You can wash, hull and slice 4 cups of fresh berries in about 10 minutes.  I keep cinnamon sugar mixed and on hand so it is a matter of measuring and adding a bit of nutmeg.  In less time than it takes to preheat the oven you can have this ready to go – say about 15 minutes.

For those who were kind enough to ask – we are still having technical difficulties at A Pinch of Joy.   Computers don’t like being moved apparently as we have progressed from one problem to another !  There is a now new computer setting on my desk that has needed all sorts of tweaking to do what I want.  I have backups of everything that’s already published but not posts that were in progress so until Bytes can source the adapters needed to access the old hard drive we are in limbo.  One of these days we’ll be back to normal.  Like “before we moved and can’t find anything” normal.  Like “before we started living in first one construction zone and then another 1000 miles away” normal.   Well – that might be pushing it yet . . . . . but I am hoping.

Strawberry Dump Cake
 
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Quick and easy to make, delicious fruit dessert. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for extra yum!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 package strawberry cake mix, approx. 15 ounces
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray or grease 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Spread sliced berries evenly over the pan.
  4. Mix sugar and spices together and sprinkle over the berries.
  5. Pour DRY cake mix evenly over the strawberries.
  6. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave and pour evenly over dry cake mix.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top of cake is slightly browned and cooked through.
  8. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

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Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug -- A Pinch of Joy

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug -- A Pinch of Joy

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug just saved me.  Oh Oh Oh Misery!  I had a post ready yesterday about a wonderful dessert – sooo good it gives me goose bumps thinking about it.  I was about to hit the publish button and got called to help with some project or other and when I came back an hour later, the computer was not glowing its usual glow.  Hmmm, I thought, I don’t remember taking time to shut things down.  And that would be weird anyway since the computer is the first thing on in the morning and the last thing off at night.  Then with my mind on the dessert, I started pressing keys.

Nothing.  N O T H I N G.  Not a thing!!!  No reassuring glow on the monitor.  No gentle whir of the fan.  Nothing.  Dead silence.  And darkness.

I bolted for the stairs.

Bytes!!  The computer is dead!  He came on a run.  A dead computer is a full out emergency.  I watched as he twitched and tweaked first one thing , then another.  Oh no.  Nothing.  Not a thing.  N O T H I N G happened.

I left, unable to bear the thought of no computer.  He came into the kitchen lugging the monitor/computer and a handful of cords, in search of an electrical outlet that was more accessible than the one buried under the desk and over two feet.  In short order, he made the diagnosis.  The capacitor was gone.  Kaput.  Nothing.

To make a long story short. . . a new capacitor has been ordered and expedited.  Since, of course, there is nothing local that would work.  But tomorrow – given the wonders of the big mail order store in the sky and the green and purple van – tomorrow, the new capacitor arrives.

In the meantime, chocolate.  This chocolaty “don’t have to share with anyone, just for me to soothe my nerves and give me strength” was just the ticket.   You can enjoy it anytime.  Don’t wait for a computer emergency.

Edited to add: When the taste testers got the opportunity to try these for lunch one day, they requested a more fudgy brownie.  I added a fudgy option to the recipe directions.  Take your pick!

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug
 
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Chocolate when nothing else will do!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Add butter and brown sugar to a 12 ounce or larger mug.
  2. Heat in microwave on high 30 seconds. Remove from microwave. If butter is not melted, heat another 10 seconds. Stir with a fork.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla. Stir in cocoa powder.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. For a cake type brownie: Microwave for one minute 30 seconds on high. Top will rise and look dry on top. Do not overcook.
  7. For a fudgy brownie: Microwave for 2 minutes on 50 percent power. Top will still look somewhat moist. Do not overcook.
  8. Add ice cream before serving, if desired.

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