No Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes with Chocolate Ganache

Easy no-bake mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun two bite dessert!

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Lately the kids have repeatedly asked a few questions, two very specific questions. Do we have school (insert the day)? Because it’s beyond absurd now how much snow is here, or almost anywhere in New England. And, When is Valentine’s Day? To which I accidentally respond with: Friday. But to be fair, my brain goes straight to why they really want to know when it is and that’s because they want to know when the parties are at school. So, it’s obviously Friday, even though it’s technically Saturday. Makes total sense, right?

Next to art, gym and of course, pizza Fridays… class parties are what kids look forward to the most. Oh to be a kid again. The excitement and joy over something so simple.

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Speaking of simple… how about some (almost) no-bake cheesecakes? I know many shy away from cheesecakes because they can be so finicky. Baking them can be intimidating. Will they fall? Will they crack? No worries with a no-bake version! Whip, fold, fill and chill! Easy as pie…no, easier, much easier than pie.

The perfect two bite worry free dessert! Mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun dessert for a variety of occasions, including Valentine’s day!

Are you enjoying a Valentine’s Day Dinner at home this year? Check out some of my fellow food bloggers ideas for the perfect date night in!

Savory:
Beet and Merlot Risotto from Heather Cristo
Miso Glazed Black Cod from Closet Cooking
Fresh Lobster with Potatoes and Corn from Bev Cooks

Sweet:
Death by Chocolate from What’s Gaby Cooking
Mini Strawberry Heart Hand Pies from Table for Two
Crispy Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Picky Palate
Valentine Breakfast with Heart Pancake Art from A Spicy Perspective
Very Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies from Marla Meridith
Berry Heart Parfaits from Weelicious
Almond Sugar Hearts from Hola Jalapeño
Toasted Coconut Buttermilk Waffles from Country Cleaver

No bake mini strawberry cheesecakes with chocolate ganache. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

No Bake Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

Easy no-bake mini strawberry cheesecakes, topped off with a rich chocolate ganache. A fun two bite dessert!

Ingredients:

Crust:
10 original chocolate Oreos
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 tsp plain gelatin
2 Tbsp water
1/2C seedless strawberry jam
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2C granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 drop Americolor super red, optional
1/2C heavy cream

Ganache:
1/2C heavy cream
4oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 12 cavity mini cheesecake pan with baking spray.

In a small food processor, blend cookies into fine crumbs. Process with butter until combined. Divide between prepared cheesecake cavities, adding 1 small cookie scoop each. Press down firmly into an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside and allow crust to cool.

Dissolve gelatin in water, let sit for 5 minutes. Microwave jam for 30-45 seconds or until warm. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved and broken down. Cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add jam mixture and 1 drop of red food coloring, mixing until combined.

In a separate large bowl, beat 1/2 cup heavy cream to stiff peaks. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until no streaks remain. Transfer batter to a large piping bag or plastic bag with the end snipped off. Fill cheesecake pan cavities roughly 2/3 full.

Transfer pan to refrigerator to chill for 6-12 hours or overnight. When cheesecakes are set, carefully remove from pan. Remove cheesecake pan bottom from each crust.

Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan until steaming. Remove from heat, gently stir in 4 ounces chopped chocolate until smooth. Allow ganache to sit for 10-15 minutes or until nearly room temperature.

Place cheesecakes on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Slowly pour ganache over cheesecakes. Transfer to refrigerator to set for several hours.

Baked by Rachel original