No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake

Updated on April 18, 2018
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Claudia has been writing recipes online for more than 6 years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake Recipe
No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake Recipe | Source

For some reason, when winter is winding down and thoughts of warmer temperatures and spring flowers start cropping up in my mind, I always start thinking about using mint as a flavor in desserts. Maybe it's all of the green around St. Patrick's Day or Easter, or maybe it's just because mint tastes good.

Whatever the reason, this cheesecake satisfies that mint craving. It's a no-bake recipe and, while it has a firmer texture than some other no-bake cheesecakes, it's still light and fluffy.

It's easy to make, and the pastel green color ensures that the cake will be a standout success at any special occasion.

What do you think of this recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 30 min
Yields: 8 - 12 pieces, depending on size of slice
No-Bake Mint Cheesecake - The best no-bake cheesecake you'll ever have.
No-Bake Mint Cheesecake - The best no-bake cheesecake you'll ever have. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 package vanilla sandwich cookies, ground
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 1/2 cups for filling and 1/4 cup set aside
  • 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsps mint extract, more or less as desired
  • 10 - 12 drops green food coloring, more or less as desired

Hint: If you like mint and chocolate, try using chocolate sandwich cookies instead of vanilla ones for the crust.

Instructions

  1. Prepare a 9" non-stick springform pan by lightly spraying the sides with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the crust. Using a food processor, grind the package of cookies into a fine texture. Melt the stick of butter and stir it in completely.
  3. Press the cookie crumbs into the prepared pan, bringing them about 1" up the sides. Refrigerate the crust while preparing the filling.
  4. In 20 second intervals, melt the chocolate chips and the 1/4 cup of heavy cream in the microwave. Stir every 20 seconds and don't overheat. Once the chips start melting, stir until completely melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream on high. When you start whipping, add the powdered sugar. Continue mixing until stiff peaks are formed. Keep whipped cream refrigerated until rest of filling is prepared. Tip: Use a cold bowl and attachments to whip the cream.
  6. In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add the sugar and mint extract and mix until fully incorporated. While mixing, add green food coloring drop by drop until you get the desired color. Add the melted chocolate and stir.
  7. Gently fold in the whipped cream until smooth. Pour the filling into the prepared pan, smooth out the top and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. To serve, carefully loosen the springform pan. You may want to run a thin knife along the edge. Place the cheesecake onto a serving plate. Decorate with more whipped cream if desired.

Ingredients

Ingredients for the no-bake shamrock mint cheesecake.
Ingredients for the no-bake shamrock mint cheesecake. | Source

Grind Up the Cookies

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Using a blender or a food processor, grind the cookies into fine crumbs.

Add Butter

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Melt the stick of butter and add the liquid to the cookie crumbs. Mix in completely.

Form the Crust

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In a prepared springform pan, press the cookie crumb mix in, bringing the crumbs about 1 inch up the sides. Press firmly and evenly. Set aside in the refrigerator until filling is done.

Melt the Chocolate

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Stir the remaining heavy cream and the white chocolate chips together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 15 second intervals, stirring in between each time. When chocolate chips start to melt, stir completely. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate or it will seize and be unusable. Cool to room temperature.

Make the Whipped Cream

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With the mixer set on high speed, and using attachments and a bowl that have been chilled, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks are formed. Add the powdered sugar slowly when you initially start mixing. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Mix the Filling Ingredients

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Beat the softened cream cheese until smooth, then add in the sugar, mint extract and food coloring. Continue beating and add in the melted chocolate mixture. Mix until smooth.

Fold in the Whipped Cream

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Take the whipped cream out of the refrigerator and fold it into the cream cheese mixture until completely smooth.

Fill the Crust with the Mixture

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Pour the filling into the chilled crust and, using an offset spatula, smooth it out evenly. Chill in the refrigerator overnight. It will be ready after about 4 hours, but the flavor develops more if chilled overnight.

Take Cheesecake out of Pan

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Before opening the springform pan, carefully run a thin knife along the outside of the pan, then slowly open it, making sure it isn't stuck anywhere.

Decorate with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake Recipe
No-Bake Shamrock Mint Cheesecake Recipe | Source

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      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        3 months ago

        Thanks Natalie! I love cheesecake...in fact I love it too much. This one is nice and light which is nice as the weather gets warmer.

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        Natalie Frank 

        3 months ago from Chicago, IL

        I'm not a huge cheesecake fan but this looks amazing! Plus I love chocolate and mint together. I'll have to try it! Thanks for the recipe.

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Thanks Donna - I like your idea of a chocolate drizzle. I might have to make this cake with all of the chocolate suggestions soon.

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        Donna Herron 

        4 months ago from USA

        This recipe sounds heavenly. I agree with other commenters - I would have to add some chocolate to make it perfect. I love the idea of using oreos for the crust, then maybe a drizzle of chocolate sauce on the top. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Thanks Linda - I did not make it with the chocolate but I'm thinking that I'll be trying that version soon. I love chocolate and mint. The vanilla mint combo is really delicious too.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This sounds absolutely delicious! I always like cheesecake. Your recipe contains two of my favourite ingredients—cream and mint—so I think I would love it. I love chocolate, too, so I would definitely use chocolate sandwich cookies for the crust.

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Wow Jill - Sounds like it was a very long time in airports for you. I came home Sunday around 1 am and the pilot said we were trying to beat the storm. It was nice getting to know you and thanks for reading this recipe.

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Hi Bill -

        If I could send one I would LOL! Have a great day.

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Margie - I agree and love no-bake recipes too, especially in the summer, but of course, I'll eat it anytime. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Thank you. Let me know how it turns out!

      • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 months ago

        Thank you! I debated the chocolate versus vanilla cookies and I'm going to have to try it with chocolate one day. The filling is really yummy.

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        Jill Spencer 

        4 months ago from United States

        What a beautiful article! Your photos are particularly gorgeous. Just getting home today. Got stuck in that storm system in Toronto. Will pin this later. Best, Jill

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        Bill Holland 

        4 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Sign me up for a dozen! :)

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        Southern Accents 

        4 months ago from the USA

        Sounds and looks heavenly! I love any recipe that is no-bake especially in the summer months! Thanks for sharing Glimmer!

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        Jenn 

        4 months ago from Pennsylvania

        This looks yummy! Will have to try it.

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        RTalloni 

        4 months ago from the short journey

        Oh me this looks so good. It's even pretty in the whipping bowl pictures. And the chocolate cookie tip would take it over the moon.

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