Where are all my cheesecake lovers? This amazing cheesecake balls recipe (no bake and easy ingredients) is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year you need a little sweet treat for that sweet tooth! These cheesecake balls are like having a little cheesecake all to yourself! Besides being made with simple ingredients, this easy recipe you can’t mess up! This no bake dessert is certainly going to be a favorite no matter where you take it!
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Why You’ll Love This Cheesecake Balls Recipe No Bake
- Made with simple and basic ingredients you can find them at your local grocery store.
- These no bake cheesecake balls are sweet and delicious. They’re sure to give you all the cheesecake flavor without making a cheesecake!
- You can switch up the colors and more for a variety of variations that will go with any time of the year!
- The best part is these are the perfect no bake dessert and so easy!
Most of these kitchen tools are completely optional, but I find make this recipe easier.
- Food Processor – For best results, a food processor is helpful. This helps to crush up the graham crackers and combine the other ingredients later. Makes cleanup quicker too.
- Stand Mixer – A stand mixer works well for mixing ingredients also if you don’t have access to a food processor.
- Baking Sheet – Using a baking sheet to place your cheesecake balls in the refrigerator helps to keep them separate so they don’t stick together.
- Cooling Rack – Then if you want your cheesecake balls to not have chocolate clumped at the bottom, using a cooling rack will allow the extra melted chocolate to drip off.
- Small Cookie Scoop – This is undoubtedly one of my favorite kitchen items! So, using a small cookie scoop, you’re able to keep all the cheesecake balls about the same size for the perfect bite!
Ingredients for Cheesecake Balls Recipe No Bake
- Cream Cheese – It’s not cheesecake if it doesn’t include creamy, delicious cream cheese.
- Graham Crackers – This is what brings in that yummy pie crust and texture to these cheesecake balls.
- Powdered Sugar – Helps the ingredients stick together and, of course, gives it a sweet flavor.
- Vanilla Extract – Love adding vanilla extract for additional flavor.
- White Chocolate Melts or White Chocolate Chips – You can use either white chocolate melts or chips, which make a great coating for these cheesecake balls.
- Coconut Oil (optional for Chocolate Chips) – You can add 1TBSP of coconut oil per 1 bag of chocolate chips for a smooth shiny finish.
- Food Coloring (optional) – If you want to be more festive you can add red, pink, or whatever food coloring you choose. Add 1 drop at a time for your desired color.
How to Make This Cheesecake Balls Recipe No Bake
Full ingredients and measurements are in the recipe card below.
- Mix – The best way is to use a food processor. Pulse 2 graham crackers in the food processor to make fine crumbs, dump them out, and set aside. In the same food processor, pulse the remaining crackers, the room temperature cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Chill – Then refrigerate the cheesecake mixture for about 30 minutes to an hour in beeswax wrap or plastic wrap. Meanwhile, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or wax paper; additionally, place a piece of parchment paper on the counter with a cooling rack on top.
- Scoop – Remove the cheesecake mixture from the refrigerator and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop, portion the cheesecake into small, round balls. Place the portioned cheesecake balls onto the prepared baking sheet. Return the balls to the refrigerator for another 15-30 minutes, or until nice and firm.
- Melt – Just before removing the cheesecake balls from the refrigerator, melt the chocolate in a double boiler. If you plan on coloring the white chocolate, add the food coloring now. Only use 1-4 drops for your desired color.
- Dip – If the cheesecake balls are very well set they can be skewered and dipped; otherwise, carefully rest the cheesecake ball on a fork then dip it in the melted chocolate to make a coating of white chocolate on the cheesecake balls. Allow dipped balls to set up on the cooling rack prepared with parchment paper below to catch drippings.
- Decorate – While the chocolate coating is still wet, decorate using crushed graham cracker crumbs from the first step, sprinkles, or small candies. Chill the completed cheesecake balls until ready to serve.
- Almond Extract – If you like a nutty flavor then replace the vanilla extract with almond extract.
- Cocoa Powder – Want a chocolate cheesecake ball, add cocoa powder to the mixture.
- Oreos – Replace the graham crackers with crushed oreo cookies to create no bake oreo cheesecake bites!
- Chocolate Drizzle – Look fancy by using some melted chocolate to drizzle on top of the already chocolate-coated cheesecake balls.
- Cake Pops – Make this a fun treat for the kids by using candy sticks to make cake pops.
Tips for Making This Recipe
- Be sure to use regular cream cheese, otherwise these cheesecake balls will not have the rich and creamy flavor of true cheesecake.
- Use room temperature cream cheese to make mixing easier.
- You can also use a large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer on medium-high speed if you don’t have a food processor available. A large Ziploc bag and rolling pin can be used to crush the graham crackers.
- You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Be sure to only do 15-30 second intervals, stirring the chocolate between each interval until melted.
How to Store
Store these no bake cheesecake balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
If the cheesecake balls start to soften, just place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Full fat cream cheese is the best to use.
I usually use Philadelphia Cream Cheese
I hope you enjoy these no bake cheesecake balls! It’s like having all the joys of mini cheesecakes without all the effort! This recipe is sure to become one of your favorite desserts!
If you’re looking for more delicious recipes try the ones below and don’t forget to follow along on Pinterest!
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- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese (1 Brick)
- 5.9 Ounces Graham Crackers or 11 Full Cracker Sheets (1 Full sleeve + 2 Cracker Sheets)
- 1 ½ Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 10 Ounces or 1 Bag of White Chocolate Melts/Chocolate Chips
- 1-4 Drops of Food Coloring (Optional)
- Pulse 2 graham crackers in the food processor, dump them out, and set aside. In the same food processor, pulse the remaining crackers with all of the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Process until all the crackers are broken down and the mixture resembles a very thick paste.
- Refrigerate the cheesecake mixture for about 30 minutes to an hour. Meanwhile, prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper; additionally, prepare a wire cooling rack with parchment paper underneath.
- Remove the cheesecake mixture from the refrigerator and using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon scoop, portion the cheesecake into small balls. Place the portioned cheesecake balls onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Return the balls to the refrigerator for another 15-30 minutes, or until nice and firm.
- Just before removing the cheesecake balls from the refrigerator, melt the chocolate in a double boiler*. If you plan on coloring the white chocolate, add the food coloring now.** Only use 1-4 drops.
- If the cheesecake balls are very well set they can be skewered and dipped; otherwise, carefully rest the cheesecake on a fork then dip it in the chocolate. Allow dipped balls to set up on the prepared wire rack with parchment paper underneath.
- While the chocolate is still wet, decorate using the crushed crackers from the first step, sprinkles, or small candies. Chill the completed cheesecake bites until ready to serve.
*Alternatively, melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating it in 30-second intervals and stirring at each pause. A countertop candy melter will also work well for this process.
**To make one or more colors, portion a small amount of melted chocolate into a small bowl then add food coloring to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Optionally, add the colored chocolate to a piping bag for drizzling or detailing.