I think we can agree that 2012 was the year I became infatuated with no-bake cheesecakes in cute little jars.

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I guess things could be worse.

And… I think I’ve told you before about how my infatuation with chocolate covered strawberries began. My mom and I were walking through the mall and I was probably only 10 years old or so, and there was a candy counter inside this mall (? maybe I dreamt this? is dreamt a word?) where a huge plate of chocolate covered strawberries sat. There was nobody behind the counter and there was no price sign or anything, so I think she just assumed they were… free? Which sounds completely asinine on this day in December in 2012 because can you even imagine FREE chocolate covered strawberries? Um, no.

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Seriously though, it is definitely one of my oldest food memories. It is probably one of my first food memories too. The best part was that I was hesitant about eating this strawberry. It freaked me out and took a lot of convincing on my mom’s part, and all the while she looked at me like I had four heads because I wasn’t straight up devouring it. When I did finally bite into it, it might have been the best thing I had ever tasted. Because… I can STILL taste it. The memory is so wildly vivid and ignited a life long fascination with chocolate covered strawberries.

I’m well aware that I’ve practically done a disservice to these berries – trashing them up like I do with most foods that are perfect in their pure form. These specific berries were sent to me from Harry and David and when they arrived on my doorstep, I was absolutely giddy. No, really. I like totally lost it. They were so incredibly perfect as they were, but in true Jessica form I had to go the extra mile.

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I obviously did my fair share of damage on the contents of the box, but it also sparked this idea for more no bake cheesecakes which just clearly had to be topped with a strawberry too.

Not gonna lie… I think the box of berries is the best gift ever and am making it happen for multiple people in my life.

And I think the cheesecakes are so totally festive. You could make one big cheesecake and cover it in the strawberries.

And they are almost too cute to eat.

Almost. Duh. I’m not that crazy.

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No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes

Yield: makes 6 (4-ounce jar) cheesecakes

Total Time: 2-4 hours

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
8 oreos
1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed
6 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
whipped cream for topping
fresh mint for garnish

ganache
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions:

Add oreos to a food processor, blender or simply crush them in a bag with a rolling pin - and blend until you get crumbs. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter and oreo crumbs until wet. Press a few teaspoons of the mixture into the bottom of each jar or glass, pressing down with the bottom of a thicker object (like I used an ice cream scoop) to flatten them out. Refrigerate while you make the cheesecake.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, add beat cream cheese, mascarpone and strawberries (and their juice) until combined and smooth, scraping down the sides when needed. Make sure the strawberries are pretty blender, but if a few lumps remain, it's fine. With the mixer on low speed, slowly drizzle in the condensed milk, continuing to scrape down the sides until the mixture is very smooth. Add in vanilla extract and mix one more time to combine. Pour cheesecake mixture evenly over top of crusts. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

Heat the heavy cream until warm, then pour over the milk chocolate, stirring until melted to make a ganache. Remove the cheesecakes from the fridge and spoon an equal amount of the ganache over top of the strawberry cheesecake. Refrigerate for another 30-60 minutes. Serve with whipped cream on top and a garnish of mint, plus a chocolate covered strawberry if desired.

[adapted from these goat cheese cheesecakes]

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And now I want this for breakfast.

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71 Responses to “No-Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecakes.”

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 7, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    What a great idea for a holiday dessert! They are so cute in the little cups!! I am soooo loving the last photo!! I just want to have it right now!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

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    Kim in MD — December 7, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    How cute are these? Now I want one of these for breakfast, too!

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    Rachel Cooks — December 7, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    Adorable! YUM!

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    Alicia Greenrabbit — December 7, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Not fair, I think all I have in the house is a crate of Clementines ,some green apples baby carrots ,mini peppers and a huge 3# bag of Double chocolate Ghirardelli Chips,no strawberries . I still have to get Charlotte off to school!!!!!!! Arrrrhhh where is the school bus! Don’t they know I need some strawberries! I wonder if I can sneak these into the cookie swap!

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    • Desiree — December 7th, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

      I’m hosting a cookie swap too! And was thinking the exact thing! I say go for it! I’m going to AC moore now to find small little jars. Or maybe even wine cups that are in the bridal section. (the plastic throw away kind?)

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      • Alicia Greenrabbit — December 7th, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

        Oh good idea.Thanks!

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    Liz — December 7, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    LOVE this idea!

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    Maria — December 7, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    delicious!

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    alyssa - life a la wife — December 7, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Harry & David makes the best chocolate covered strawberries! I could eat an entire box and justify it because theres fruit underneath that chocolate!

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    Stephanie — December 7, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    There is a house in my neighborhood for sale. It’s important for BFF’s to live near each other. Otherwise how will we ever share the cheesecakes you made me while watching my streaming Netflix all day (I’m contributing something with the streaming Netflix). I’ll even come over to your place (as long as it’s the house in my neighborhood) and clean your kitchen after your done not baking these for us.

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    Sue — December 7, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    This looks beyond heaven but I have a bit of a hand tremor. Do you think this could work as a regular cheesecake in a springform pan garnished with the strawberrles?

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    Jude — December 7, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Awesome! Now where can we get those little jars you used?! They are adorable!

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    Kristina — December 7, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    okay so MY address is…

    I feel like I grew up with Harry and David. not really them, their awesomeness in gift boxes. <–some of my favorite food memories from childhood – oh how my brother and I looked forward to those!

    cheesecakeismyfavoriteandIwantthisforbreakfastplease

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 7, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    I think this is the only way I will ever eat strawberries again. Amazing!

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    Jessica L. — December 7, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Girl, those pictures are so, so gorgeous. That last one? With the half eaten strawberry and amazing whipped cream drip running down the side? Who are you!? Love these!!

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    Liz - Leave a Happy Plate — December 7, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Oh my goodness, these look so amazing. My hubby would NOT be happy if he knew about this recipe and knew that I hadn’t made it for him yet!!! Guess I better get on it! :)

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — December 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous, Jessica! And I bet they taste delish too.. Total bfast food.

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    brandi — December 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    chocolate covered strawberries are one of the best things in life, right behind ryan gosling and saved by the bell reruns. i WILL be making these next spring when our berries are back!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — December 7, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    Oooh gorgeous! I absolutely adore fruity desserts and especially those in jars! Pretty sure a basket from Harry and David would be like the best Christmas present ever because their packages are so gorgeous. Looks like you’ve put yours to great use!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 7, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    I can’t think of a better thing to top a cheesecake, really! You definitely did good for those strawberries :)

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    Melanie — December 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    One of my favorite food memories is my first chocolate-covered strawberry from a Godiva boutique. It was in Baltimore, and I can truly still taste it too. The difference with mine, though, is that I paid around $5 for that berry. :D

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    Moni @ {Moni Meals} — December 7, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    Oh my golly! Amazing and so unique. Great recipe!

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — December 7, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I LITERALLY died when I saw this post. LITERALLY. Someone should come pick me up off the floor because I’m like that lady in the Life Alert commercial’s who’s just casually saying “Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

    Chocolate covered strawberries are probably my favorite chocolate dessert on the planet and second to them is cheesecake. The combination of the two is probably the most incredible idea on the face of this planet. You get all the awards, Jessica. ALL OF THEM.

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    Christina @ BeMindfulBe Human.com — December 7, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    That’s the best looking dessert I have ever seen. I wanted one right as I got to your site. Love it. I am going to have to try this tonight.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — December 7, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    So I think I’ll just make these in a massive bowl and then shove my face in there eating-contest style. Normal?

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    Julia Jolliff — December 7, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    Wow! Those look amazing!! The cheesecake looks good enough then you put a choc. covered strawberry on top! Goodness!

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    Morgan — December 7, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    These are adorable! I love the pink hue of the cheese cake. And I don’t have to bake them? Score.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 7, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Well aren’t these just the prettiest chocolate cheesecakes ever – and the chocolate covered strawberries, just those on their own are gorgeous! Perfect little while swirls amidst the dark chocolate – gorgeous!

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    deva at deva by definition — December 7, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    OH my do these look and sound just amazing. Amazing.

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    Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} — December 7, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    These photos are making me drool at my desk right now.

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    Amanda, R- The Nutritionist Reviews — December 7, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    These would be adorable for a Christmas party!

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    Im At Home Baking — December 7, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Ohhhh…super cute!!!

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    Kendra — December 7, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    I just licked my screen.

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    Donna B. — December 7, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Yummmmmm!
    There’s something magical about strawberries!
    And I just purchased a set of cute canning jars~
    [I know what I'm making for dessert! ♥]

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    Heather — December 7, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Wow – these looks just delicious! I never thought of cheescakes in jars – they’re so cute AND delicious looking.

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    little kitchie — December 7, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    these are the CUTEST!

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    Brooke — December 7, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    I think I just swallowed my tongue.

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    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — December 7, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    These sound soo good. I like that you made a chocolate crust and ganache for them! Perfect for the chocolate-covered strawberry theme :)

    The only time I’ve bought chocolate covered strawberries for someone was when I left my long time internship for my first post-college job. I ordered them for my boss, who gave me a really good recommendation……right before I found out she was on a juice cleanse that week. Womp womp.

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — December 7, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Oohh this looks amazing!!

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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — December 7, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    Love these cute little cheesecakes. Chocolate ganache. Chocolate covered strawberries. Whipped cream. Pinch me!

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — December 7, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    those look incredible! yum!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 7, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    I’m pretty sure I can squeeze my face in there. Yep. I’m all class

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    Colette @ JFF! — December 8, 2012 @ 2:54 am

    Breakfast never looked so dainty….

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    Emily @ Life on Food — December 8, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    I don’t like cheesecake. Gasp. But I do love chocolate covered strawberries. So special, so delicious. Yes, please.

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    Kelly B — December 8, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I love these. Where did you find the little jars

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    Lisa @hooplapalooza — December 8, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    please do tell where we can get the little jars?! it’s what makes the dessert look over the top! but if you made it in a styrofoam cup i am sure it is just as deeeelicious! thank you so much for the recipe :) these would be perfect on christmas eve!

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    Linda — December 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    So cute!! One question though — where does the half teaspoon of salt go — in the filling?

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    Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen — December 8, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    *face plant*

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    Caitlin — December 8, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    Where can you buy these cute little jars? I’m thinking of making some of your chocolate cashew butter as Christmas gifts, and these jars are the perfect size!

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    A farmer in the dell — December 8, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    You had me at no bake! These are perfect!

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    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — December 8, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    GORGEOUS!!!

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    Sandy @ RE — December 10, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I’ll take some for BF, too. So yummy and almost too pretty to eat! Love it!

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