No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake

An easy and delicious recipe for No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake! So rich and creamy... it's hard to stop at one slice.

No-Bake Espresso Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients
For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:
  1. (1) regular full-size package Oreo cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 
  2. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  3. 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder 

For the Espresso Cheesecake Filling:
  1. 14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  2. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder 
  3. 1 and 1/2 pounds (680g/24 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  4. 1 cup (198g/7 ounces) granulated sugar
  5. 1/4 cup (53g/1 and 7/8 ounces) light brown sugar, packed
  6. 1 Tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder 
  7. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  8. 1 cup (8 ounces) heavy cream, at room temperature

For the Espresso Ganache: 
  1. 1 and 1/3 cups (226g/8 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  2. 1 and 1/4 cups (12 ounces) heavy cream
  3. 1/4 cup (57g/2 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into cubes
  4. 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  5. Espresso beans, for garnish, optional 
  6. Chocolate shavings, for garnish, optional 

Instructions
For the Chocolate Cookie Crust:
  • Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. 
  • In a large bowl combine the Oreo cookie crumbs, melted butter, and espresso powder; mix well to combine.
  • Press the crust into the prepared pan, pressing it firmly down in the middle and slightly up the sides. Place crust in the freezer while you prepare the filling. 
For the Espresso Cheesecake Filling:
  • Fill a medium pot one-third full with water and bring it to a low simmer over medium heat.
  • Place a heatproof bowl that will fit on top of the pan snugly, but will not touch the simmering water, on top of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped chocolate into the bowl over the pot. Heat until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring occasionally with a silicon spatula. Remove the pot from the heat, leaving the bowl of chocolate over the hot water. Stir in the espresso powder. Set aside until needed.
  • In the bowl of a food processor (or high-powered blender), pulse the cream cheese until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, about 2 minutes. Add in both sugars and cocoa powder and beat smooth. Add in the vanilla and heavy cream and mix until just combined, about 20 seconds. Fold in the chocolate until evenly combined. 
  • Remove the bowl from the food processor and, using a rubber spatula, stir the filling several times to ensure it’s evenly blended.
  • Remove the crust form the freezer.
  • Scrape the filling over the crust and smooth the top. 
  • Transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours.