Friday, July 23, 2021

Monster Cheesecake Recipe (No-Bake)

This cheesecake recipe has peanut butter, M&Ms, and chocolate chips so it tastes just like a monster cookie. Make it today in a few easy steps!

Everyone should have an easy no-bake cheesecake recipe under their sleeve for when it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

You will often find ones that include simple flavors or toppings, but this one is loaded with all kinds of sweet treats!

Silky peanut butter filling is speckled with crunchy candies and chocolate chips, then topped with hot fudge.

A homemade graham cracker crust rounds out each bite for a decadent dessert that you won’t be able to resist.

Craving fruit after all? Try my strawberry and lemon blueberry versions - both of them are sure to become summertime favorites.

There’s even a creamy, refreshing peppermint flavor that’s perfect for the holidays!

Monster Cheesecake Recipe (No-Bake)

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe - Tips and Tricks

  • Soften cream cheese quickly. Unwrap the blocks and place them on a heat-safe plate, then microwave at 50% power for about 30 seconds.
  • Don’t have a food processor? Simply place the graham crackers in a large ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. The crumbs should look like sand when you are done.
  • Keep the fudge cold. If you heat it in the microwave, it will be too warm and cause the monster cheesecake to melt. Instead, work it with your hands inside of a plastic bag until softened.
  • Tip for easier drizzling: Place the fudge in a piping bag or create your own with a small ziploc bag. Just snip off the corner and you’re ready to go!
  • Add extra flair. ‌Top your no-bake cheesecake with extra M&Ms and chocolate chips or break up some monster cookies to use as garnish instead.

no-bake cheesecake ingredients

Kitchen‌ ‌Tools‌ ‌You‌ ‌Will‌ ‌Need‌ ‌
  • Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer for whipping up the cream cheese mixture.
  • Food processor or rolling pin to pulverize graham crackers for the crust
  • Pie Dish - This is my everyday one, but it’s pretty enough to use for guests too.
  • A sturdy silicone spatula can be used for scraping, stirring, and smoothing and is easy to clean too! 

no-bake cheesecake crust

FAQ‌ ‌-‌ ‌Common‌ ‌Recipe‌ ‌Questions‌

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream?

Yes, especially since it’s a no-bake cheesecake. Low-fat varieties will set up just fine, but full-fat will result in a thicker and creamier texture. And let's face it, a much tastier treat!

no-bake cheesecake with toppings to be added

How do I convert this cheesecake recipe to bars?
Double the ingredient amounts and use a 9x13 pan instead. For easier slicing, line the pan with foil so you can lift the dessert straight out once it has set.

It’s also possible to create mini monster cheesecakes by dividing the crust and filling into a standard muffin pan. The smaller sizes should firm up faster too.

Can I make this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s best if you start the day before so it can fully set overnight. Keep it covered in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 to 4 days for best results.

You can also wrap it in a layer of plastic and foil once set and freeze for up to 3 months. Transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw before slicing.

no-bake cheesecake lifting a slice out of the pan


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cheesecake recipe - monster cookie inspired

Yield: 1 (9-inch pie) or about 8 servings
Author: Donna Elick
Monster Cheesecake Recipe (No Bake)

Monster Cheesecake Recipe (No Bake)

This cheesecake recipe has peanut butter, M&Ms, and chocolate chips so it tastes just like a monster cookie. Make it today in a few easy steps!
Prep time: 20 MinInactive time: 6 HourTotal time: 6 H & 20 M


  • 1 package graham crackers (9 crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 1/4 cup for garnishing
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms + 1/4 cup for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup chocolate fudge


  1. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until crumbs.
  2. Pour in melted butter and pulse until combined.
  3. Press graham cracker crumbs into a 9” pie pan.
  4. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes while you make the cheesecake batter.
  5. To make the cheesecake batter, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar together.
  6. Add sour cream, peanut butter, and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  7. Stir in M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  8. Pour into prepared graham cracker crust and refrigerate 6-12 hours (or overnight).
  9. Once chilled and set, drizzle with fudge and top with extra M&Ms and chocolate chips.

Monster Cheesecake Recipe (No-Bake) closeup

Originally published July 2021

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