Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Halloween Oreos, Cool Whip...
A No Bake Cheesecake That’s Perfect for Halloween
Some recipes on the food blog were published before I had to give up gluten and wheat – therefore they’re not all gluten free. This recipe, for example, is NOT. However, you can make it gluten free by using a gluten free graham cracker crust and substituting gluten free “sandwich style” cookies for the Oreos.
I took off for Kroger a few days ago with a single purpose in mind: Buy any and all ingredients necessary to make a dessert that’s:
- Cream Cheese-y
- Quick and Easy
The first two are self-explanatory – I live for the flavors of cream cheese and chocolate. The third is because I believe in squeezing every bit out of each season and having so much fun people think you’ve finally snapped your twig.
The quick and easy part was because I wanted it asap. The beautiful thing about this recipe is there are very few ingredients – meaning not only is it quick, easy, and inexpensive, but more importantly, the cheesecake flavor isn’t interrupted by anything trying to upstage it.
I normally use regular Oreos for this cheesecake but I’d spied Oreo’s Halloween version a few days ago and thought they’d be extra cute. They were. (They’re also extra cute in a large glass jar – extra points if it’s a glass pumpkin-shaped jar.)
I have a large family that eats dessert like it’s their job, so I always double recipes. However, I’ll just give the single version below, because not everyone lives with a pack of cute wolves.
Gluten Free Note:
This dessert was made, eaten, and added to the food blog before I had to give up gluten – which my body now perceives as certain poison. If you were to want this particular recipe to become a gluten free dessert, you’d need to find a gluten free graham cracker crust or gluten free chocolate crust. Glutino makes delicious sandwich cookies that can easily replace the Oreo’s. Even Wal-Mart’s brand (Great Value) of gluten free sandwich cookies are good and could substitute beautifully.
I haven’t found any gluten free sandwich cookies with orange filling, but you could always add a few gluten free Halloween-colored sprinkles on top.