It’s a BIG day.

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A big birthday day that is. Someone in this house has a birthday today and it’s not me. And it’s a BIG birthday. A really big one.

Two weeks ago I asked him what kind of dessert he wanted for his birthday. Well, scratch that. Two weeks ago I said, if you could have any dessert in the world, what would it be? Like what is your all-time favorite dessert on the planet?

He looked at me like I was nuts. Apparently not everyone loses their mind over food.

So I was like… okay, forget that. I’m just trying to make something for your birthday (well, your FAKE birthday, like your blog birthday, since I have to make the recipe ahead of time to post ON your birthday, such is life) and wanted to know what your favorite dessert in the universe was?

Perhaps I should know this after five years of marriage. And I actually do know it. But I’m such a scatter-brain, lack-of-decision-making-and-constantly-wanting-the-new-favorite-thing woman that I was hoping for a new answer.

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I didn’t get it. But I got close.

He replied with, well I like chocolate chip cookies. Duh. That is no secret. Didn’t he want something a little more, say, indulgent on his birthday? His BIG birthday? My prayers were answered. Next came… but I also really like cheesecake. [Which is a new feat in itself, but that's another story for another day.]

And all I thought of was… chocolate chip cookie cheesecake. YES.

I knew it couldn’t be real cheesecake though, because who has time (I definitely do but like to pretend that I don’t) to do all that water bathing and cheesecake cracking stuff? Plus, I love eating little things out of jars and I knew he’d really want the actual chocolate chip cookies IN his cheesecake. I though they’d taste best if they still had a bit of crunch and were literally just – crushed – into the cheesecake.

They so did.

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So.

This is a ridiculously easy (and borderline embarrassing) recipe in which you just whip up some no-bake cheesecake and crumble up chocolate chip cookies. It’s up to you if you want to bake your own or buy them or convince somebody to make you a batch. The little cookies are a makeshift graham-like crust, but with bigger pieces, more texture and lots of flavor.

The parfaits are, in a nutshell, super fun to eat.

I asked the birthday boy what he’s learned in forty years and while it took him a while to think about it, one of his responses was, I don’t need to have meat with every meal when that meal includes brown butter.

I think that sounds about right. HAPPY BDAY EDDIE!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 2 to 4 hours

Ingredients:

12 chocolate chip cookies
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
whipped cream for topping

Directions:

In the bowl of your electric mixer, add the cream cheese and mascarpone. Beat on medium speed until the cheeses are mixed and slightly creamy, then drizzle in the condensed milk with the mixer still going. Add in the vanilla extract and beat the mixture until it is creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.

Take 10 of the chocolate chip cookies and either add them to a food processor or place them in a resealable plastic bag. Pulse (or crush) the cookies into small pieces. You don't want them to be as fine as graham cracker crumbs - but you still want them crumbly. Having some larger pieces in there is okay too. Take a few spoonfuls of the crushed cookies and stir them into the cheesecake mixture. I'd say about 1/4-1/3 cup.

Take 4 (6-ounce) jars and add a tablespoon of two of cookie crumbles to create a "crust." They aren't going to be as solid as graham crusts, but just layer them in there. There is no rhyme or reason to how I layered the parfaits - I simply added some cheesecake layer on top of the bottom crust, did another layer of cookies, another layer of cheesecake, then one more layer of cookies. Place in the fridge for 2 to 4 hours - just until the cheesecake sets. Remove the jars from the fridge and top them with a little whipped cream and extra cookie crumbs. Break apart the remaining cookies and stick the pieces in the whipped cream. Serve!

These actually stay fresh in the fridge for a few days - cover them in plastic wrap and skip the whipped cream until right before serving. The cookies get slightly soft, but they still taste delicious.

[cheesecake layers adapted from my no bake cheesecakes]

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Oh and P.S. last night we sat on the couch wearing face masks… to prepare for birthday festivities I guess? Yes, I said we. What is this life?

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95 Responses to “Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfaits.”

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    JulieD — September 20, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Love these!! They are beautiful!! Happy bday, Eddie!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 20, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday, Eddie! Matt and I laughed because the night before his 30th we watched Project Runway and went to bed by 10. Wild ones over here.

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    Sini — September 20, 2013 @ 7:29 am

    Happy birthday, Eddie, you lucky man!
    Often the easiest things are the best ones. I’m dying to try this recipe!

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    Tieghan — September 20, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Nothing wrong with a good easy dessert! I actually wish I had more of these recipes!! Looks awesome!

    Happy Birthday to your husband!! Oh and you can never go wrong with chocolate chips cookies. I seriously think it is still my families all time favorite dessert!

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    Jesse — September 20, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Ok these are adorable , I wonder how this would work as an icebox cake.
    Hmmmm

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    • Lindsay — September 21st, 2013 @ 6:46 am

      Ina Garten has an AMAZING choc chip cookie icebox cake recipe! You can find it on food network.com. She uses Tates choc chip cookies (they’re thin n crispy but soften up and taste like the most decadent choc chip cookie cake) and the cream base uses a mix of whipped cream and mascarpone so it almost resembles a layered cheecake. If you enjoy icebox cakes definitely try out that recipe! :)

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    Amanda @ Food, Fitness, Faith — September 20, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    Happy birthday to Eddie! I totally did a facemask last night too! It made for some fun snapchats to friends haha

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    Eddie — September 20, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I guess I also learned that there is nothing like a good face mask.

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    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — September 20, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day. And now I shall eat in your honor.

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 20, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    my family is exactly like that too! They go ‘eh.. whatever’ at my enthusiasm to make cake. Even the Pumpkin spiced croquembouche cake, I posted recently, was just base on the idea that “(she) I like cream puffs..”
    Making things complicate for my self but I can not help it. I need to take more easy like you and make this dessert!

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    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — September 20, 2013 @ 8:00 am

    Love a no bake cheesecake! Happy birthday to your man, 40 is the BEST!

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    • Eddie — September 20th, 2013 @ 8:26 am

      40 is the new 25! Except with more joint pain.

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — September 20, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    “I don’t need to have meat with every meal when that meal includes brown butter.” <–Ha! What a great response!

    These look amazing — perfect for celebrating a big day!

    Happy birthday to Eddie!

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — September 20, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    You were righ to keep asking, this is so much better than a chocolate chip or a cheesecake! Happy birthday to your guy!

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    Leslie — September 20, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    These are amazing!

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    Jenna — September 20, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    What a festive bday dessert! Hope he has a great day

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    Kim — September 20, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Looks delicious! I think i shall make these this weekend in honor of turning 40 yesterday myself! :)

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    • Jessica — September 20th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      happy birthday!! :)

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — September 20, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    My husband would kill me if i admitted that about him…teehee

    these look awesome.

    Quick question, was you husband reluctant about being mention on your blog at first? Mine hates it, and no one follows me yet… weirdo!

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    • Jessica — September 20th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      hmmm i don’t think he was – he never really minded… which is sort of crazy now that i think about it.

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    cindy coniglio — September 20, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday Eddie. These look delicious.

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    • Eddie — September 20th, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      Thanks Cindy!

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    Alyssa — September 20, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    I always regret when I look at your blog in the morning, not because everything doesn’t look delicious (it does!), but because I usually end up wanting some form of ridiculous breakfast, like cookies, or ice-cream, or these cheesecake parfaits….they.look.so.good!!!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — September 20, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    This post is my favorite. I’m dying. Also I want eleventy billion of these parfaits.

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    HeatherChristo — September 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Happy Birthday Eddie :) 40 years young, and these look sinful- my favorite!

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    Angela @ Health's Angel — September 20, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Happy birthday Eddie! I need these parfaits in my life. Have a fun weekend celebrating. :)

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    Holiday Baker Man — September 20, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    I bet these are snafed up in a second!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — September 20, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    What a great birthday treat. My bday isn’t any time soon though so I’ll just make them for the heck of it ;-)

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    Laura — September 20, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    These look amazing! And happy birthday to your husband!

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    ATasteOfMadness — September 20, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Hhaha, that is definitely a lesson well learned. Happy birthday to Eddie!
    Also, these look SO good. I think that chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake are my favorite desserts too!

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    Lauren — September 20, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Please tell me you got a picture of the face mask. Tuesday things??!??! PLEASE!

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    • Jessica — September 20th, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      i thought about it… i will get one next time. :)

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 20, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Hope it’s a great birthday for your sweetie! Sure it will be a blast! Love these cheesecake parfaits!!!

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    Purely Twins — September 20, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    we want this now!!! amazing :)

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    Christina — September 20, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Yay happy birthday to your husband!

    A delicious birthday treat!

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — September 20, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    I’m about 1 week away from living with my fiance and it’s my secret dream that he’ll do facials with me. It’s gonna take a LOT of convincing but I know I can get him to do it. You’ve given me hope!

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    Katie @ Butterlust Blog — September 20, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    These look SO GOOD! How did you know I’m on a cream cheese kick?! Happy Birthday to your sweetie!

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — September 20, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    You could send me some for my birthday if you like! it’s on Sunday, thanks ;)

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    • Jessica — September 20th, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

      happy early birthday!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 20, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    Haaaappy Birthday, Eddie! Wear your shark socks today!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — September 20, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    I could definitely dive into this.

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    Honey What's Cooking — September 20, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    this looks delicious Jessica, I love the photos.

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    Beth @ bethcakes — September 20, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Omg, I cannot even believe these. Today is my birthday too! Wishing I had some of these. Like, multiples ones all for myself. :) Eddie’s got good taste.

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    • Jessica — September 20th, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

      happy birthday! :)

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    Larry — September 20, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    YAY! Happy Birthday to the hubs! You better put out for him (it’ll keep him feeling young). ♥♥♥

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — September 20, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Jessica, I love how your mind works! Happy Birthday to Eddie!

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    Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac — September 20, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Haha, I love the “i don’t need meat with every meal if that meal involves brown butter” response!

    Happy Birthday, Eddie!

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    Mariah and Coty — September 20, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Love the simplicity and amazingness of this recipe. I’m sure you had one happy boy on your hands. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Two Red Bowls — September 20, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    “I asked the birthday boy what he’s learned in forty years and while it took him a while to think about it, one of his responses was, I don’t need to have meat with every meal when that meal includes brown butter.” Hahaha I love this SO much. Your writing is hilarious. Happy birthday to your husband!! Those parfaits look amazing!

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    Marissa@ohhhsolovely — September 20, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    that looks sooo good…as if i wasn’t already craving sweets….now my craving is so much worse!

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    Kylie — September 20, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    You are my favorite! Your writing makes me feel like we are the best of friends! Happy birthday to your Hubby!

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    Vicki @ WITK — September 20, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

    Hello delicious! It’s no fun when people aren’t as excited about food as you are. My BF is exactly the same way. He’s all – “Food? Meh.” Booooooo…

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 20, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

    You’ve taught him well! These sound pretty darn fabulous – great for a big birthday OR a regular ‘ol Friday. (That’s my excuse, anyways). Happy birthday Eddie!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 20, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    I thank you in advance for the ten pounds I will gain eating 10 jars of this! And what a fun way to celebrate a birthday! I might have to make this for the boyfriend’s birthday – he would go crazy over it!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — September 20, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    omg I love these. embarrassingly easy is right up my alley! ohh the possibilities…love it! p.s. happy birthday to your hubs!

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    Ariel — September 20, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    I love how you present your dishes! Where did you get those adorable jars?!

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    Michelle — September 20, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY EDDIE!!!!!!

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    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) — September 20, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Happy birthday to your hubby. And that’s a beautiful parfait. Now I know what to ask my wife for my birthday.

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