My name is Azmina and I am a dessert martyr. I am one of those people that only makes dessert for special occasions. I'm the kind of person that spends hours piping ganache or creating cupcake animals for someone else. I have an uncontrollable desire to blurt, "I'll bring a dessert!" whenever someone invites me somewhere, I go on erratic Pin'ing sprees of elaborate desserts, and I have a collection of candy sprinkles that threatens to overtake my kitchen.
It dawns on me that I rarely, if ever, make dessert just for myself. And never just because. Which is crazy because I am awesome and totally deserve a cake or pie just because. I am fabulous and glamorous and can enjoy a fancy dessert while the wind blows through my hair and mood music plays in the background. Or actually, because most days, buried under mountains of laundry, baby spit-up, legal briefs, and uncooperative hair, I could really use a dessert just because.
And so, I decided to kick dessert martyrdom in the tukus and create an everyday sort of dessert for myself. A kind of dessert made with simple ingredients hanging around my pantry and refrigerator. A dessert I could eat while watching the first episode of a certain show that I have been waiting so anxiously for that I memorized every single YouTube promo (Game of Thrones, anyone?).
Enter, the cookies n' cream no-bake cheesecake. One part cookie, one part creamy filling, all parts delicious. The dessert uses COOL WHIP Whipped Topping to lighten the otherwise dense and heavy cream cheese and adds a dreamy ice cream quality to the dessert when frozen. I am a huge fan because the dessert is so easily adaptable. Don't have chocolate sandwich cookies? Feel free to use any type of cookies to create a crust. Want your dessert to be a bit lighter? Add more COOL WHIP. And if you can't wait a few hours for it to freeze, feel free to to layer it in a bowl and serve it with extra COOL WHIP and cookie crumbs dolloped on top. Come to think of it, how gorgeous would this be layered in a clear, tall trifle bowl so you could see the lovely layers from the side? Pinterest, here I come!
And yes, this is the kind of dessert you can enjoy sitting amidst the piles of laundry, with a giant spit-up stain on your shoulder, working on legal briefs, while rocking a pink sparkly scrunchy in your otherwise crazy, uncooperative hair. Trust me, I know.
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10 chocolate sandwich cookies
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 - 3/4 tub COOL WHIP
10 chocolate sandwich cookies
Crush 10 chocolate sandwich cookies in your food processor until finely crumbled. Mix with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Press cookie mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool crust completely.
Beat 2 packages of softened cream cheese with the powdered sugar until cream cheese is soft and creamy and sugar is fully incorporated. Fold in COOL WHIP. Break up 10 chocolate sandwich cookies into small pieces. Add to cream mixture and mix completely.
Layer filling on top of cooled crust. Freeze until solid (at least 4-6 hours). Drizzle with melted chocolate and crushed chocolate cookies.