Posted on 11 February, 2014

No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake


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I was always weary of Cool Whip since everybody and their mom spouts about how chemically processed it is. I’m not going to deny that claim but let me tell you something. Cool Whip makes an amazing no-bake cheesecake.  You get a creamy, light, vanilla scented dessert which firms up within 2 hours.  HELLO! Life changed.

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In lieu of Valentines Day on Friday, I folded the cheesecake mixture with strawberry jam.  One ingredient I’m not a fan of is dye so the natural route is how I do.  You get a perfectly pink cheesecake that spells L-O-V-E.  If you want you can use store bought chocolate shortbread but the one I listed below taste like a dark chocolate candy bar.  Besides what’s an extra 30 minutes?  I layered the shortbread and cheesecake mixture in teacups to amp up the cute factor.  Your valentine will be smitten.

No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Chocolate Shortbread
  1. 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  4. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons coca powder
Cheesecake Filling
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 4 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8 inch pan with foil and set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine all the shortbread ingredients and pulse until fine crumbs form. Press the mixture into the 8 inch pan. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, until done. Let cool completely.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy. Turn mixer to low, add sugar and vanilla extract. Using a spatula, fold in whipped topping. Then strawberry jam. Refrigerate cheese for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, crumble shortbread with your hands. Start layering in 4 serving cups. Chocolate shortbread, cheesecake, chocolate shortbread and cheesecake.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
Young, Broke and Hungry

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  • Reply Sues 11 February, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Oh, yum!! This is so, so perfect for Valentine’s Day… Or any day :)
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  • Reply Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies 11 February, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Everything in moderation, right? I definitely buy cool whip once in a while, just because it’s so convenient (and quite a bit tasty!). This dessert is totally adorable.
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  • Reply Consuelo @ Honey & Figs 14 February, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Did you just say that I can have cheesecake under 2 hours and that I’ll look as good as this one???! I’m sold.
    This stuff looks glorious, girl! ;–)
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  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife 14 February, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Cool Whip is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I can eat it right out of the tub! Such a pretty dessert and I love that it’s no bake too.
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  • Reply Jess 14 February, 2014 at 11:31 am

    These look great- loving the fact they’re no-bake too! Happy Valentine’s Day!
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  • Reply Layla @ Brunch Time Baker 16 February, 2014 at 5:03 am

    Please pass me a slice of this cake!! It looks delish!
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  • Reply Amy @ Elephant Eats 16 February, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Haha, Cool Whip is definitely NOT natural, but it tastes yummy and has so many uses when mixed with things. Your cheesecakes look great!!

  • Reply Joanne 18 February, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I haven’t done the cool whip no bake cheesecake since college but I could definitely see how it makes cheesecake making that much easier! This chocolate covered strawberry version is pretty fabulous.
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  • Reply Elizabeth - 18 February, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    These are so darling! I’m dying over the teacup serving containers. Also, chocolate shortbread that tastes like a candy bar PLUS fast no-bake cheesecake? Done and DONE.
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  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes 19 February, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    This looks amazing! Love the teacups you served them in – great idea!
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  • Reply miss messy 20 February, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t get cool whip her, but i wish i could as this looks fabulous!
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  • Reply Heide M. 3 March, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Sounds wonderful and tasty.

  • Reply laurasmess 21 April, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Ohhhh my gosh. This looks incredible. INCREDIBLE, I tell you! I have no idea what cool whip is (I don’t think it’s sold here, is that whipped cream?) but I want to make this… please illuminate me!
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