No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecake

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No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes in a jar – Gift giving just got easier.

These No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes are amazingly delicious, easy to make, and will bring your friends & family a whole lot of cheer. With a chocolate cake at the bottom, topped with a No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecake, toasted coconut, and pecans, and topped off with caramel sauce, German Chocolate Cake just got better in a way I didn’t even think possible.

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This holiday season I was thinking why not delight my family & friends with homemade presents, edible ones presented cutely in pint sized Mason jars. And these No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes are what I came up with. Not only is this recipe easy to make and to assemble, but also frugal and festive. They’re perfect for any get together. Using pint sized Mason jars and several Kraft products, these “presents” have all the traditional flavors of a German Chocolate Cake. But friends, this recipe is easier. And I am about to say something I never thought I would – these are even better than traditional German Chocolate Cake. Why? Because of its ease and layers of flavors. And trust me, I consider myself a connoisseur when it comes to German Chocolate Cake, as I come from a long line of German Chocolate Cake lovers.

I love the holiday season. Christmas shopping may be one of my favorite things to do. But as much as I love it, it can become overwhelming and expensive. So this year, I thought why not have our gifts to friends and neighbors be a dessert that our family loves that others can enjoy and easily replicate at any other time of year. WalmartSince I have more digital neighbors than physical ones, here’s a step by step recipe on how to make & assemble these adorable No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes. And if you’re like me, you want a one stop shop where you can pick all of the ingredients up. Check out your local Walmart. I got everything there: the Mason jars, Bakers Coconut, Bakers Chocolate, Kraft Cream Cheese and Cool Whip.

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No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 9

No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes

These No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes are amazingly delicious, easy to make, and will bring your friends & family a whole lot of cheer. With a chocolate cake at the bottom, topped with a No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecake, toasted coconut, and pecans, and topped off with caramel sauce, German Chocolate Cake just got better in a way I didn’t even think possible.

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white distilled vinegar
  • Cheesecake Layer
  • 8 ounces Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 – 4 ounce box Bakers German Chocolate
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 ½ cups whole pecans
  • 9 tablespoons caramel sauce

Directions

Cupcakes

Mix all ingredients together until moist and well blended. Place 9 cupcakes liners in a cupcake pan. Add batter until about 2/3 full. Place in oven for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Remove from oven once cupcakes are completely cooked, and cool on baking rack. Set aside until completely cooled. In the meantime, make your cheesecake layer.

Cheesecake Layer

In a small mixing bowl or large glass measuring cup, melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Stir until completely melted. You may need to stick it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Set aside and cool to room temp, or cool to the touch.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and chocolate in medium mixing bowl until smooth. Now stir in Cool Whip until mixture is well combined Leave in mixing bowl and set in the fridge until ready to assemble in the Mason jars.

While you are still waiting for the cupcakes to completely cool, you can toast the coconut and pecans. This is essential! Otherwise, the raw tasting coconut will over power the rest of the ingredients.

Set your oven on low broil, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add coconut to the pan on top of the parchment paper, and set in the oven and bake until most of the coconut is a golden brown. Mine took 3-5 minutes. Watch carefully to not burn. Leaving the coconut on the parchment paper, slide the parchment paper of the pan, and let the coconut cool.

Line the baking sheet with another piece of parchment paper, add the pecans to the pan on top of the parchment paper, and set in the oven and bake until most of the pecan are a dark shade of brown. Mine took 5-7 minutes. Watch carefully to not burn. I burn them almost every time and have to start again, so watch these carefully, checking every couple of minutes. Leaving the pecans on the parchment paper, slide the parchment paper of the pan and let the pecans cool. Once they are cooled, chop the pecans into pieces, and set aside.

To assemble your No Bake German Chocolate Cheesecakes, get your 9 pint sized mason jars, remove lids, and set them aside.

Remove cupcakes from their wrappers and push one cupcake at the bottom of each Mason jar. I then take a fork and smash it around a bit, to break up the cupcake. This is totally optional - I just like the way it looks.

Top the cupcake layer with the German Chocolate No Bake Cheesecake. I did this by putting the cheesecake into a piping bag (for frosting) and squeezed about a ¼ of a cup, but I just eyeball it. Start off with small amounts, then come back and add more if necessary.

Top the cheesecake layer with toasted pecans - add as many as you would like to each jar. I added about 2 tablespoons to each one.

Once you have added the pecans to each jar, top with the toasted coconut - about 2-3 tablespoons…oh, yum…these are starting to look amazing!

Finish off by drizzling caramel over the toasted coconut - about 1 tablespoon of caramel, but more if desired. I do.

Serve immediately or set in the fridge until ready to eat. If you are going to set them in the fridge for longer than 15 minutes, wait to drizzle the caramel over the top, otherwise it gets hard. We still will eat them with hard caramel, I just prefer the caramel to be soft and smooth.

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Kids review: These were a huge hit not only with my kids, but my husband too! He loves, loves, loves these German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake jars.
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Comments

  1. says

    Looks so easy and really delicious! My mom’s favorite cake is German Chocolate so I may have to make her this for Christmas. What a wonderful homemade gift. She would love it!

  2. Amanda Love says

    OK I want to try this. I love anything that has the word cheesecake in it and I see no bake which is even more awesome!

  3. says

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! We are fans of both cheesecake and German chocolate cake but I never thought of combining both! I think this would no-bake recipe would go over great with my family!

  4. says

    This is fabulous! I know my chocolate addicts in home will certainly be happy if i make and master this recipe. Appreciate the share and idea, will probably make it up during holiday break as I have two weeks with four kids to tend to :)

  5. Lynn says

    Oh my this looks delish !!! Nothing beats a simple no bake yummy dessert !!! Our little guy who just turned 3 loves to help out with “cooking” this is one of those perfect recipes he can help with !! Thanks for sharing and very detailed with the pictures I love that !!

    • Sandra says

      Maybe confusing, I can understand why – you don’t bake the cheesecake. So the cheesecake is no-bake. Hope that helps.

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