chocolate cookie crust no-bake cheesecake with berries

Hi! It’s been some time since we spoke. Kind of got caught up with everything else in my life.

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It’s also been two weeks since my birthday. For which I made this cake with the too-long name. And was very excited to share, but other things got in the way (some were really fun stuff, others not at all. both are however essential in life).

It’s really easy to eat, I mean, MAKE and addictively delicious.

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Well of course, where cream cheese is involved, the dessert would be undeniably delicious. That was one criterion for my birthday cake. It had to be delicious (duh), something my family would like, easy to put together (coz I didn’t have much time), and pretty. I voted for no bake cheesecake, coz I love cheesecake but I didn’t want to worry over a water bath making a baked cheesecake. I wanted berries because BERRIES. (And thank God there were still berries from Chile and Korea available in the grocery stores in January.) Then of course, I had to incorporate citrus into the cheesecake batter (in the form of lemon zest) and finally, I decided on a chocolate cookie crust for contrast (alliteration alert) instead of a plain old graham cracker crust.

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I drew inspiration from various sites for this cheesecake. That’s the beauty of a no bake cheesecake, it is flexible and would accommodate whatever combinations you fancy. Oh, this cheesecake does not have gelatin, so it does not get very firm regardless of how long you chill it. Since it’s harder to get neat slices, you could also serve this in tiny glasses – like cheesecake shooters – instead of assembling it like a cake.

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*I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I made and ate this!*

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green apple grilled cheese sandwich

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Grilled Cheese!!! It actually deserves three exclamation marks but I limited myself to one in the header picture so that it might look more refined and sophisticated. Although grilled cheese is at its root, comfort food, so sophistication is not priority. Although you do not need to be craving comfort to have a grilled cheese sandwich. You just need to crave cheese. Lots of it. And bread of course.

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I particularly like this sweet version of grilled cheese; I think I have made it – or variations of it – at least three times this year. Slices of tart green apple, a sprinkling of nuts (almonds or walnuts) enveloped with melty cheddar cheese and smashed between two slices of buttered cinnamon-raisin bread – what’s not to love right? Of course you can add whatever else you wish. An indulgent version I made (and devoured) earlier this year included cream cheese spread, lemon curd (homemade, I miss it so much!), figs and dried cranberries, in addition to green apple slices. Needless to say, it’s not non-calorific. But it was crazy awesome delicious and that’s what really matters!

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PS: I used a vegetable peeler to get really thin slices of green apple so that I could squeeze more green apple into my sandwich, I managed to incorporate about 3/4 of a small green apple in total! The more apple, the more balanced our sandwich is right? 🙂