Quick & Easy Fancy Looking Christmas Tree No-Bake Cheesecake -- Design & Dessert Idea
Here is a quick & easy design and dessert idea for yourself if you're in the holiday mood or for your parties/potlucks. There is also no mess! It takes 2 min. and is so fancy looking too.
The Ziploc bag is your "bowl" for melting the chocolate and your piping bag, so there is no mess!
As I mentioned before, I don't think we should limit ourselves to cooking things in fun ways or in fun designs for parties or potlucks. We should do it for ourselves. :) As Thomas Hobbes wrote in the Leviathan in 1651, life is "nasty, brutish, and short". https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/nasty-brutish-and-short.html
So we might as well make it fun for ourselves. :)
This is another use for the Chocolate Christmas trees I wrote about in my Chocolate Christmas tree's post that I used Shereka World's YouTube video as a guide.
This is for the Chocolate Christmas trees I made without sticks, where I piped the tree stem/stump in chocolate also.
Here are the steps/Instructions again to make a chocolate Christmas tree:
Ingredients/Equipment: Chocolate (or candy melts), Ziploc bag, parchment paper, microwave, scissors.
The basic steps are:
1.) Put parchment paper down and spray with cooking spray.
2.) Put your pretzels (or lollipop sticks :) ) down on the parchment paper.
3.) Melt chocolate or candy melts in a plastic bag or bowl.
- I find microwave on 50% power setting/defrost in 30-second or 15-second intervals works best.
- If you melt the chocolate/candy melts in a bowl, put it in a plastic bag or piping bag.
4.) Cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of the plastic bag to use it as a piping bag.
5.) Pipe in a zig zag motion over the pretzel/lollipop stick to form a Christmas tree shape.
6.) Put in the fridge to set.
7.) Display your art or eat!
I made a mini-cheesecake. If you have a bigger cheesecake you could pipe a bigger Christmas tree or arrange multiple small Christmas trees on it. You could also use them for other desserts like puddings or mousses if you want.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
Jell-O No-Bake Cheesecake
Obviously, you can make a no-bake cheesecake from a different recipe or bake a cheesecake, but I like this Jell-O No-Bake Cheesecake too. It's easy and it tastes good. It also has much much lower calories than a typical no-bake cheesecake homemade recipe.
The mini 4” cheesecake I made (in a previous post, see link) had ~1000 calories or something without the cookie dough, but would have had to add graham cracker or Oreo + butter for crust, so probably 1200 or 1300 calories. The equivalent size for No Bake Cheesecake in a box is around 300-400 calories, but I think you can make a 9” round. I made 3 smaller cheesecakes from 1 box to practice mirror glazes and ganache. Stay tuned!