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No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake

A Spooky-Sweet Finish to Your Halloween Feast

When I saw this recipe for a no-bake cheesecake, I immediately went to the store to purchase the necessary ingredients. The technique is simple, and this stunning dessert comes together quite quickly. There are no eggs involved, so if you dislike custardy cheesecake, definitely give this variation a try.

Make it the night before you plan on serving, because like any cheesecake it needs time to chill and set. It's an equally fabulous finish to a child's Halloween party or a grown-up ghoulish dinner. Get the spooky-sweet recipe.

No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake

No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake

No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake


For the crust:
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
2 boxes (each 9 ounces) chocolate wafer cookies, finely ground (4 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the ganache:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream

For the filling:
2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream


  1. Make the crust: Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Mix cookies, sugar, butter, and salt in a medium bowl. Pat mixture into prepared pan, pressing firmly into bottom and all the way up the side. Cover and refrigerate until ready to fill.
  2. Make the ganache: Place chocolate in a food processor. Bring cream to a simmer in a small saucepan; pour over chocolate. When chocolate begins to melt, process until smooth. Reserve two tablespoons ganache for decorating; spread the remainder evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the crust. Refrigerate until ready to fill.
  3. Make the filling: With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese until fluffy and smooth, about three minutes. Reduce speed to low; slowly add sugar and salt. Raise speed to medium high; beat until very fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in lemon juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk cream until medium-stiff peaks form. Whisk one quarter of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, and then fold in remaining whipped cream. Pour filling into crust; spread evenly. Gently tap bottom of pan on counter.
  5. Transfer reserved ganache to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip (such as #3). Starting in the center of the cheesecake, pipe a spiral, spacing lines about 1/2 inch apart. Pull the tip of a paring knife in a gently curved line from the center of the spiral to outer edge. Wipe knife clean; repeat every inch or so to form a web.
  6. Cover; freeze for at least three hours. Unmold cheesecake, and serve immediately.

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nancita nancita 8 years
I love it. So artistic but also cute.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Oh my heavens! That looks so so good. Cheescake + chocolate + Halloween = AWESOME!
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
Oh that looks delish! And a little higher end than your average cupcakes!
anniekim anniekim 8 years
Seems like you could make a web design using this technique on any iced cake.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that halloween is one of the best holidays since it allows you to be more creative with desserts and you can make really fun things that taste great. i like the idea of this one, but i don't know if i'm into making cheesecake type things right now. i might have to figure out a way to do the whole spider web in another type of cake. thank you for sharing this one though!
uilq uilq 8 years
so cool idea. imaginative.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
The knife in the picture looks menacing!
JaeB JaeB 8 years
Ooh, that looks so good! Very Halloween.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I really want to make this, but I just packed away my pan! I'm bummed!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This is so cute! All of these holiday recipes make me wish that I had a bunch of potlucks to go to or something.
foxie foxie 8 years
I think the web might turn out a little better if you pipe in circles, not one big spiral. I've never used this icing technique, but online there are lots of pictures of "web" cakes that look really clean and pretty.
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