red velvet no-bake cheesecake

Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is rich, creamy and the perfect flavorful and colorful dessert for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecake-0603

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that has the tendency to bring out strong feelings. Some folks try to resist the holiday, wanting little to do with mushy lovey-dovey stuff, taking the stance that they show their loved ones love and affection everyday, so why is there a need to put aside a specific day to celebrate their feelings? I admit, that’s a valid point.

Other people get completely wrapped up in making every single thing that they cook, make or wear either heart shaped or red. This hard core Valentine’s Day intensity definitely has it’s place in the world. We could all use a little love, am I right? Plus, I love any excuse to wear festive holiday socks, especially when they’re covered in hearts.

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When it comes to my feelings about Valentine’s Day, I find myself somewhere in the middle of these extremes. I definitely enjoy Valentine’s Day, but have found that my style of celebration has evolved over the years.  Back when my husband and I started dating, we did the classic dinner and a movie. In fact, I can pretty much tell you exactly what restaurant and movie we saw every Valentine’s Day during the four years we dated.

Yet I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. Is that weird?

I prefer to think of it as endearing.

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Anyway, like most things, our Valentine’s Day ritual changed drastically after we had kids. The first few years with kids, we would stay up late and make a romantic dinner at home after the little ones were in bed. I still remember the year we made lobster risotto…man, that was good.

Now that the kids are a little older, our Valentine’s Day seems to be going through another shift and it’s becoming more about us as a family. Yes, my husband and I still take the time to celebrate just the two of us, and I’m happy to report that the chance of us having dinner at an actual restaurant has increased in the last two years.

But in addition to our Valentine’s Day celebration as a couple, we now have two sweet little kiddos to share the day with. They’re my little Valentines and I love, love making a special fuss over them. Surprising them with little presents and, most importantly, a sweet little treat.

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This Valentine’s Day, I’ve teamed up with McCormick to create a simple, but flavor packed dessert that is perfect to share with my kiddos. This Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake is my spin on a classic red velvet cake. Red velvet is full of chocolate flavor and is traditionally topped with cream cheese frosting, so I figured why not create a no-bake red velvet cheesecake that combines the rich red velvet and cream cheese flavor all in one little dessert?

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With a chocolate sandwich cookie crust and vanilla whipped topping, these mini no-bake red velvet cheesecakes were just what I was hoping for. Plus, if you’ve been reading JT for a while, you know I’m a total sucker for mini desserts. Especially mini cheesecakes! And you can’t go wrong with red velvet anything for Valentine’s Day!

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about these adorable Just Desserts Mini Bowls from Libbey. They are perfectly proportioned for mini desserts, plus they come with a set of little spoons. I told you I’m a sucker for anything tiny so if you are an individual dessert lover like I am, you would love these!

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Happy Monday!

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Red Velvet No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

February 10th, 2014

Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

16 double stuffed chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed into crumbs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 - 8oz packages cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
8 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
1 teaspoons McCormick pure vanilla extract, divided
1 1/2 Tablespoons McCormick red food color
1 - 8oz container whipped topping, thawed (I used extra creamy)

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together cookie crumbs and melted butter. Spoon cookie mixture evenly into small jars or dishes and press to form a crust. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and confectioners sugar until light and blended. Add melted chocolate, McCormick pure vanilla extract and McCormick red food color and beat until evenly blended. Fold in whipped topping.

Spoon cheesecake mixture into prepared cups. Alternately, transfer cheesecake mixture into piping bag and pipe into cups. Serve immediately or refrigerate cheesecakes until ready to serve. Top with vanilla whipped topping (see notes) and chocolate shavings.

Enjoy!

Notes:

Optional Topping

Mix 1 teaspoon of McCormick pure vanilla extract into 1 8oz container of thawed whipped topping. Top Red Velvet No Bake Cheesecakes with a dollop of vanilla whipped topping and chocolate shavings.

Recipe adapted from McCormick and McCormick
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29 thoughts on “red velvet no-bake cheesecake

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  2. Wow, so beautiful!

    We’re the same way. We used to go out when we were dating, but now that we’re married, we prefer to stay in. I think it’s sweet that you celebrate with your kiddos. All the love! :)

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  4. Gosh, it’s so true, Valentine’s is just as much about the children as it is about my husband and I now. Amazing how much it as changed! I know all three of my Valentines would LOVE this dessert!

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  6. Hi Emily

    This looks delicious! I would love to try it, but I am in South Africa and I’m not sure we have ‘whipped topping’? Could you elaborate on this or suggest an alternative?

    Thanks :)

    • Hi Genevieve!
      Cool Whip is the brand of whipped topping that I used. You could also probably use homemade whipped cream, although I’ve never tested the recipe with that. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!!
      Emily

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  10. They look great. I made these and found them too creamy/rich and the Oreos make it all very salty. I think if I made this again I would add something like raspberries to balance it.

    • Yes! They are quite rich, which is why I love the small portion size. If you don’t care for Oreos, it would be fun to experiment with a graham cracker crust in place of the Oreos. You could even use chocolate grahams if you wanted to retain the chocolate crust. A raspberry spin could be very interesting and I’d love to hear how it works out if you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by! ~Emily

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