This recipe was written before I had to give up wheat/gluten for health reasons and before the blog and I both went gluten-free! It is not, obviously, at all a gluten-free recipe BUT can certainly be adapted to gluten-free cooking with substitutions. Gluten-free Oreos are easily available (and are they ever delicious?!) and you can even find pre-made gluten-free graham cracker crusts (Meijer carries a great one).
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.
Halloween Dessert: Simple No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
- 1 prepared chocolate cookie crumb crust pie (or make your own Oreo Crust pie if you have the time and inclination)
- 1 regular tub of Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Halloween Oreos (or regular Oreos)
- Set the block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese out and allow it to get soft and smooshy. When softened, beat it with a mixer until it's a consistency you can fold into the whipped topping. Combine the two and try... just try... to keep your fingers out of it.
- Crumble up the desired amount of cookies and fold them into the Philadelphia Cream Cheese mixture. Pour gently into your cookie crumb crust.
- Optional (but highly recommended): Add some pieces of Oreos to the top.