Home > Desserts > Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake December 9, 2013 | 88 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Tickle their taste buds with this Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake! It’s an ice cream, cheesecake-flavored pie with an Oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout–and it only LOOKS complicated to make! Do you remember my Frozen Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake? It has (so far) been the most popular recipe on the blog, and definitely one of my favorite desserts. Even my husband (not a pumpkin fan) ate his fair share of that pie. That’s when you know you have a recipe win, BTW! Well, I have great news! I went at it again and created another version of that pie. This one is more appropriate for December and Christmas though – it’s hot chocolate-flavored! With tiny marshmallows throughout, this Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake is sure to be a hit! True to form with the last pie, this one is just as easy. Mix a few ingredients, stir in the Cool Whip®, and freeze. Freezing is the hardest part. (That waiting game.) Oreo Crust tips Crush the Oreos® thoroughly. If there are big pieces of the cookies in the crust, it will still taste great, but the pie won’t cut and serve as nicely. I recommend a blender or food processor for crushing the cookies. Alternatively, you can add all the cookies to a large plastic bag, remove any air from the bag, and break the cookies into crumbs with a rolling pin or meat mallet. Don’t add hot butter to the crushed Oreos. Let the butter cool slightly before mixing the two together, to avoid a greasy pie crust. Leave the creme filling. There’s no need to separate the creme from the cookie; the creme adds structure and sweetness to the crust. Don’t add sugar. A lot of crust recipes (typically graham cracker crusts — like in this Creamy Lemon Pie) call for sugar, but the Oreo creme sweetens the crust plenty. Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake Tips Allow the cream cheese time to come to room temperature: If you use cold cream cheese or try and microwave it, you will end up with unpleasant chunks in your cheesecake. Give it at least an hour sitting at room temperature (or in a warmish environment). Allow plenty of time for the filling to set up. The filling takes a good eight hours to be completely firm and frozen; don’t try to rush this. Also, when serving, make sure you return any leftovers promptly to the freezer. This cheesecake begins softening very quickly at room temperature. Cover the cheesecake tightly in the freezer with plastic wrap and then foil to avoid freezer burn. Use a sharp knife to cut slices. I like to run the knife under hot water, quickly dry it off, and then make a cut. Repeat for each cut; this cheesecake is sticky and firm! Everyone should have some good knives for times like this. Go with full-fat products. Reduced-fat cream cheese and light versions of Cool Whip will cause a wet and melty cheesecake that might not set up properly; I don’t recommend any of these ingredients. Homemade “Cool Whip” This cheesecake calls for one 8-ounce container of Cool Whip®. If you’d like a healthier alternative, you can try TruWhip®. Or make your own whipped topping (recipe below) to use in place of the container of frozen whipped topping. Just FYI, Cool Whip is a non-dairy product, and of course, that isn’t the case with the homemade version. 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract In a mixing bowl attached to a stand mixer (with a whisk attachment) add the 1 cup heavy cream, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat to combine and then increase the speed and whip until firm peaks form, about 2-4 minutes. Now you’ve got homemade whipped topping to add to this Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake! More delicious desserts: Twix Cheesecake Bars Cheesecake Filled Raspberries Chocolate Pudding Pie Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes Mini Cheesecakes FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake 4.70 from 10 votes - Review this recipe Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake (ice cream, cheesecake-flavored pie) with an Oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake 4.70 from 10 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake (ice cream, cheesecake-flavored pie) with an Oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout. Course Dessert Cuisine American Prep Time 15 minutes minutes Cook Time 8 hours hours Total Time 8 hours hours 15 minutes minutes Servings 12 Chelsea Lords Calories 400kcal Author Chelsea Lords IngredientsOreo Crust▢ 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted▢ 1¾ cups Oreo cookie crumbs (~24 cookies)▢ Tiny pinch fine sea saltFilling▢ 1 pkg. (8 oz.) full-fat cream cheese, softened▢ 1 can (14 oz) full-fat sweetened condensed milk (Note 1)▢ 3 milk chocolate flavored hot cocoa mixes with marshmallows (Note 2)▢ ¼ cup Dutch-process (special dark) cocoa powder (Note 3)▢ 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, (like Cool Whip) completely thawed▢ ½ cup dehydrated marshmallows, optional (Note 4)▢ Optional garnish: whipped topping InstructionsOREO CRUST: Lightly grease a 9-inch springform or pie pan with cooking spray. Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Once melted, set aside to cool for 5 minutes. (Hot butter will cause a greasy crust.) In a blender or food processor, process the whole cookies (don't separate cookie from cream) until they are all fine crumbs (re-blend any large chunks). Measure to get a level 1 ¾ cups of crumbs and add to a large bowl. Add salt to the bowl. Use a spatula to scrape in every bit of butter and mix until well combined.FINISH CRUST: Empty the crumb mixture into the prepared pan. Using your fingers, press the crumbs into just the bottom of the pan (if using a springform pan) and up the sides (if using a pie pan). Use the bottom of a flat 1-cup measuring cup to thoroughly compress the crumbs into a firm crust. Place in the freezer while preparing the filling.FILLING: Add the softened (to room temperature) cream cheese to a large bowl and beat for about 45 seconds or until creamy. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and beat until the mixture is completely combined and smooth. Scrape the sides of your bowl with a spatula. Add in the hot cocoa mixes and again beat to combine. Beat in the cocoa powder until integrated.FILLING CONTINUED: Add in the completely thawed whipped topping and use a spatula to gently fold into the mixture until completely integrated (no dark streaks of the chocolate mixture remain -- the filling should be an even light brown color). Be careful to not over -ix the whipped topping, but ensure it's well combined with the other filling ingredients. Finally, add in the dehydrated marshmallows (if using) and gently fold through.FREEZE: Pour the mixture over the Oreo crust. Smooth the top with a spatula. Cover pan and freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours. When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from the freezer and cut into slices with a sharp knife (Note 5). If desired, garnish individual slices with whipped cream.LEFTOVERS: Cover any leftovers tightly and return promptly to the freezer. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Sweetened condensed milk: Sweetened condensed milk is not the same product as evaporated milk. Check the label and be sure to get the full-fat version for best results. Note 2: Hot cocoa mix: For this recipe, we're using packets of instant hot cocoa mix with marshmallows. Note 3: Dutch-process cocoa: There are two types of cocoa powder: natural and Dutch-process. Dutch-process cocoa has a deeper, darker color and flavor, and we use this one in our recipe. Note 4: Dehydrated marshmallows: Be sure to get dehydrated marshmallows, and not the jet-puffed type. Dehydrated marshmallows are the kind in Lucky Charms® cereal. They are usually available near the regular marshmallows or can be ordered online. Note 5: Cutting and serving: Run a sharp knife under hot water, quickly dry it off, and then make a cut. Repeat for each cut; this cheesecake is sticky and firm! Nutrition FactsCalories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 4mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.