An easy and completely heavenly No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake! This recipe comes together so quickly and is a huge crowd pleaser.
We are just a couple weeks away from Shavuot! Shavuot is a Jewish holiday (yes, another one) that is seven weeks after Passover. And the signature dish of Shavuot is– CHEESECAKE! Good choice right? Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat tons and tons of cheesecake?
Well I agree about the eating cheesecake part, but about making cheesecake…not such a good choice. Because cheesecakes are complicated! First of all, they involve a water bath. Any food that needs it’s own personal bath while cooking is too high maintenance for me. Am I right? Also, they require both a food processor and a stand mixer. Pulling out even one piece of equipment is pushing it. And, cheesecakes have the potential to crack. The dreaded crack. Like I said, very high maintenance.
So why can’t the signature dish of Shavuot be a batch of brownies, or some really delicious cookies? Or a nicely decorated sheet cake? And while we are on this subject, Shavuot isn’t the only Jewish holiday that has a complicated signature dish.
Chanukkah: Sufganiyot. That’s a no. Just no. Instead I make my much easier Chanukah gelt cookie cake.
Purim: Hamantaschen. Making hamantaschen is like walking through a minefield! There’s a big chance to mess up at every turn (which is why I developed my chocolate covered strawberry hamantaschen to cover all the imperfections).
Yom Kippur: Kreplach. I’ll leave making the dough, making the filling, and forming the kreplach to my grandma.
Sukkot: Stuffed Cabbage. Again, who has the patience for all the steps? Aint nobody got time for that (hence my unstuffed cabbage recipe).
Are you catching on to the fact that I strongly dislike dishes with lots of tedious steps? And why do all these holiday dishes have to be so tedious?!
So I’m sure you can guess by now that I won’t be making a traditional cheesecake for Shavuot. Instead I’ll be making a no-bake nutella cheesecake! YUM! I love everything about this cheesecake. First of all, there’s no stand mixer, food processor, or even oven required (unless you really want to use a food processor for the crust). Second, it comes together very quickly. You just make the crust, stir together the nutella and cream cheese mixture, and fold in Cool Whip. Viola! And lastly, it tastes amazingly delicious! Just imagine a luscious and rich mixture of Nutella (aka the best stuff on earth) and cream cheese. Put that in an Oreo crust and top with crunchy Ferrero Rocher candies, and I am in total and complete heaven.
The only problem with this cheesecake is keeping it around until Shavuot. I recommend making it in the middle of the night and instantly putting into the freezer (and maybe marking it as “liver and onions” or “leftover vegetables”) to make sure it’s still around in a couple weeks. Enjoy!
- 2 cups Oreo crumbs
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 24 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1½ cups Nutella
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- 6 Ferrero Rocher, chopped
- To make Oreo crumbs, add whole Oreos to a large Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. Alternatively, crush with a food processor.
- In a medium bowl, mix the Oreo crumbs and melted butter until combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch springform pan and press tightly into the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides. Set in freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm.
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, Nutella, and cocoa powder until smooth and well combined. Gently stir in 8 ounces of Cool Whip.
- Pour filling into the chilled Oreo crust, smoothing the top. Top with chopped Ferrero Rocher and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until firm. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Life, Love and Sugar’s No Bake Nutella Cheesecake