Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

 

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Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle is a rich dessert made with layers of cookie crumbs, Irish cream flavored cheesecake filling, and Bailey’s flavored whipped cream.
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Table of Contents
  1. Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle Recipe
  4. How to Serve Chocolate
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle is a creamy, chocolate dessert that is the perfect combination of cheesecake and trifle. With rich chocolate, Irish cream flavored cheesecake, and Bailey’s flavored whipped cream, these indulgent trifles are a tempting treat that any chocolate lover would enjoy. 

If you adore trifle recipes, you’ll want to make Strawberry Trifle, Vanilla Trifle, and Chocolate Trifle

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Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle Ingredients

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

Cheesecake

  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Additional

  • 20 Oreo cookies

Substitutions and Additions

BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM: There are many other brands of Irish Cream Liqueur that will work just as well as Baileys. Try Saint Brendan’s, Five Farms, Carolans, or Ryan’s. 

ALCOHOL-FREE: You can leave out the Bailey’s to make this as an alcohol-free dessert. Replace it with heavy cream, and you have a family-friendly version of the dessert. 

How to Make This Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

PRO TIP: This makes 4 generous servings. If you have smaller dishes you’d like to use, you could divide the recipe across 6 servings, and it would still be plenty per serving. 

STEP ONE: In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and sea salt together until combined. Add ¼ cup of Baileys and continue beating until smooth and fluffy.

ingredients blended with bailey drink in a bowl

PRO TIP: We used powdered sugar in these because it blends so smoothly into the cheesecake and the whipped cream layers.

STEP TWO: In a separate mixing bowl, beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream until it doubles in volume and begins to thicken. Add in 2 tablespoons of Baileys, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Continue beating until the mixture has thickened and stiff peaks form.

Baileys, vanilla, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar blended in a bowl

STEP THREE: Place the Oreo cookies into a gallon-size plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin to form small crumbles.

STEP FOUR: Place the cheesecake mixture into a piping bag and the whipped cream mixture into a second piping bag.

PRO TIP: Piping the layers into the glasses is optional, but it definitely makes it more uniform and less messy.

STEP FIVE: Beginning with the cookie crumbs, layer the cookie crumbs, cheesecake mixture, and whipped cream mixture into four lowball glasses. Repeat with a second layer of cookie crumbs and cheesecake mixture.

cookies crumbs, cheesecake mixture, and whipped cream mixed together in a glass

STEP SIX: Put an open star piping tip (e.g., Tip #1M) on the whipped cream piping bag and pipe a swirl on the top of each glass. Sprinkle with a few remaining cookie crumbles and serve.

PRO TIP: These are thick enough that they do not need to be chilled before serving. However, they can be made up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator until serving time.

whipped cream and Oreo added to the cheesecake mixture

How to Serve Chocolate

Served in individual glasses, these delicious parfaits are a stunning dessert to serve to guests. Serve them at a dinner party alongside a creamy cocktail made with Bailey’s and Coffee Ice Cubes. Or enjoy this rich dessert with a glass of iced tea or a warm cup of coffee. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Keep the Bailey’s cheesecakes covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this recipe.

overhead shot of Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle topped with Oreo and spoon with Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

This Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle is made with layers of crushed cookie crumbs, no-bake cheesecake filling, and whipped cream to make a decadent dessert. This creamy no-bake dessert is the perfect combination of rich chocolate and Irish cream. With the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the cheesecake filling and whipped cream, these trifles would be a delightful adult desert to serve for holiday gatherings. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best bowls to make these trifles in? 

Any small parfait type of glasses would be perfect for this recipe. We recommend lowball glasses. Small mason jars or any other small glass bowl would also be cute.

Can I freeze chocolate cheesecake trifle? 

We don’t recommend freezing these cheesecake trifles as the cream would not likely hold up very well.

Can I make this a non-alcoholic dessert? 

If you leave out the Bailey’s from the whipped cream and replace the Bailey’s from the cheesecake with regular heavy cream, you can turn this perfect dessert into a non-alcoholic version.

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close up shot of Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle in a glass

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle

Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle is a rich dessert made with layers of cookie crumbs, Irish cream flavored cheesecake filling, and Bailey’s flavored whipped cream.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Cheesecake

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream

Chocolate Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Additional

  • 20 Oreo cookies

Instructions
 

  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and sea salt together until combined. Add ¼ cup of Baileys and continue beating until smooth and fluffy.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream until it doubles in volume and begins to thicken. Add in 2 tablespoons of Baileys, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Continue beating until the mixture has thickened and stiff peaks form.
  • Place the Oreo cookies into a gallon-size plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin to form small crumbles.
  • Place the cheesecake mixture into a piping bag and the whipped cream mixture into a second piping bag.
  • Beginning with the cookie crumbs, layer the cookie crumbs, cheesecake mixture, and whipped cream mixture into four lowball glasses. Repeat with a second layer of cookie crumbs and cheesecake mixture.

Notes

  • This makes 4 generous servings. If you have smaller dishes you’d like to use, you could divide the recipe across 6 servings, and it would still be plenty per serving.
  • We used powdered sugar in these because it blends so smoothly into the cheesecake and the whipped cream layers.
  • Piping the layers into the glasses is optional, but it definitely makes it more uniform and less messy.
  • These are thick enough that they do not need to be chilled before serving. However, they can be made up to a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator until serving time.

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