Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

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A frozen hot chocolate cheesecake (ice cream, chesesecake-flavored pie) with an oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout.

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 December and Christmas appropriate 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 Oreos 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 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 warm 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, make sure you return any leftovers promptly to the freezer. This cheesecake begins softening very quickly at room temperature.
  • Cover cheesecake tightly in the freezer with plastic wrap and then foil to avoid freezer burn.
  • Use a sharp knife for cutting 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 low-fat/sugar-free/fat-free 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 in 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 Thin Mint Cheesecake!

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Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

4.58 from 7 votes
A frozen hot chocolate cheesecake (ice cream, chesesecake-flavored pie) with an oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout.
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Frozen Hot Chocolate Cheesecake

4.58 from 7 votes
A frozen hot chocolate cheesecake (ice cream, chesesecake-flavored pie) with an oreo crust, mini marshmallows, and swirls of marshmallows mixed throughout.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12
Author Chelsea Lords

Ingredients

Oreo Crust

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-3/4 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (~24 cookies)
  • Tiny pinch fine sea salt

Filling

  • 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)
  • 1/4 cup dutch-process (special dark) cocoa powder (Note 3)
  • 1 container (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, (like cool whip) completely thawed
  • 1/2 cup dehydrated marshmallows, optional
  • Optional garnish: whipped topping

Instructions

  • OREO 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 and 3/4 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 using a spatula, gently fold into the mixture until completely integrated (no dark streaks of the chocolate mixture remains -- the filling should be an even light brown color). Be careful to not over mix 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 into the pan on top of 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 4). If desired, garnish individual slices with whipped cream.
  • LEFTOVERS: Cover any leftovers tightly and return promptly to the freezer.

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Recipe Notes

Note 4: 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!

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  1. 5 stars
    I see this cheesecake happening in my future. How can you go wrong with a hot chocolate inspired cake? Thank you for sharing! This is delicious!

  2. Looks amazing Chelsea!!! It makes me think of that frozen hot chocolate everyone always talks about from Serendipity in NY!

  3. Love that you used cocoa mix with marshmallows in this. What a fun idea. Looks tasty, Chelsea. Your blog title always makes me giggle whenever I visit. Keep those yummy treats coming!

  4. Whoa, now this is a cheesecake! I’ve always wanted to try a frozen hot chocolate but in pie form? Even better! I can never turn down an oreo crust!

  5. Saw this recipe on the Tuesday Talent Show link share and had to check it out! Looks fabulous!!! Hot chocolate in a cheesecake sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Gahh! Thank you SO much for pointing that out. I don’t know why I thought it had an e! Fixed it. Thanks 🙂

  6. Oh gosh, I don’t know how I skipped over this post somehow! This cheesecake pie looks phenomenal! I like that it’s a frozen cheesecake because baked cheesecakes intimidate me, haha. But I lot that there are tiny marshmallows in it too! It look so good. 🙂

    1. Haha I totally agree! I’ve done a few baked cheesecakes and they are always way more stressful than the frozen ones 🙂 Thanks Beth!

  7. Dear Chelsea, This cheesecake looks creamy and absolutely beautiful…I love the idea of the ‘hot cocoa’. Just stopping by from Two Cup Tuesday. Blessings, Catherine

  8. Hi there. This looks delicious! I want to try it over the holidays. I’m thinking of making peppermint whipped cream to go with.

    I was just wondering what size of pan you used. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Nathan! You’ll have to let me know how the peppermint whipped great goes with it, that sounds delicious! I used a 9 inch springform pan.

  9. I can’t wait to make this for church group on tuesday!!! For the crust, do you use whole Oreos or just the cookie pieces, not the cream center..??

    1. Great to hear! You’ll have to let me know how you all like it! For the crust, I used whole oreos. Enjoy 🙂

  10. G’day Chelsea,

    This looks ‘scrumdididdilyumptious’!!!

    I am not able to find the mix, with mini marshmallows here in Aussie, we have the mini marshmallows readily available in shops, so my question is do you have an approximate quantity, by weight, of hot choc mix and marshmallows used?

    Thanks in advance for your reply

    1. One packet is 28 g about 45 mL (3 Tbsp). I just opened one up! I was curious about the same comment, but I am assuming that the mini marshmallows that we find in the store (I’m in Canada) are going to be bigger in throughout the recipe and hopefully won’t make too big of a difference. I wanted to find out because I just want to use the big cans of powder, so I just figured out (while doing your math) that I’ll need a heaping cup of hot chocolate powder (needs 18 Tbsp, 16 Tbsp. is 1 cup) Hope that helps!

  11. I decided to try this recipe finally after seeing it on Facebook months ago and it is by far one of my favorites that I’ve ever made. My husband and son agree too as we are all eating a piece now!! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thank you for this beyond amazing cake!!

    1. YAY!! So glad to hear it!! Thank you so much for your sweet comment April 🙂 I hope you love whatever you try next! 🙂

  12. Great recipe! I’m going to make this for my coworkers but was wondering of I could use chocolate graham crackers instead of oreos for the crust? If so, how many do you think I’d need? Thanks in advance!

    1. Yes I think that would be delicious! 🙂 I’d say you’d probably need two sleeves of the graham crackers (crush to a fine powder) and about 6 tablespoons butter.

  13. I made this for my Valentine’s dinner party and everyone loved it! It was so creamy and flavorful! Thanks for posting, I will add this to my routine of desserts I make!

    Nicole

  14. This looks amazing!!! You’re instructions are great – I just have limited experience with springform pans and found out they come in different sizes. Do you know what size you use for this recipe? Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! I appreciate that 🙂 Honestly any size will work for this recipe so it just depends if you want a taller or thinner cheesecake (taller, use a smaller springform and thinner, use a wider sprinform).

    1. You can use either! Just make sure you don’t beat the cool whip in the mixture (fold it in with a spatula) 🙂

  15. I this looks so yummy I can’t wait to try!
    What brand of hot chocolate do you use? I can’t seem to find anything here in Australia thag has marshmallows in it?

    1. Thank you so much Tracey! If you can’t find the marshmallow packets you can use regular packets and add dehydrated marshmallows if you are able to find those. I generally use Swiss Miss in this because they have the marshmallow hot chocolate packets!

  16. Could I use a 9×13 pan?? Or does it have to be spring form?? Would it be enough mixture for a ,9×13?? Thanks!!!?

    1. It doesn’t have to be a springform, but I don’t think the mixture would be enough for a 9 x 13 pan unfortunately. Unless you don’t mind pretty thin bars 🙂

  17. Did you freeze it? And are you sure you used the right ingredients? Sweetened condensed milk not evaporated milk and cool whip? It shouldn’t be anything like a gooey pudding.

  18. 5 stars
    I made this recipe last Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! Made one last night for this year. Thanks for your wonderful recipes!!

    1. Yes of course! 🙂 The filling might be too much for a standard size oreo crust, so you may want to do 2.

    1. I’m so sorry Susan! I just switched to a new kind of recipe box and it changed the formatting on some of the recipes; it was supposed to read 22 oreos or about 2 cups. I’ve updated it now. Thank you!

    1. I’m so sorry Pixie! I just switched to a new kind of recipe box and it changed the formatting on some of the recipes; it was supposed to read 22 oreos or about 2 cups. I’ve updated it now. Thank you!

  19. I really love this cake, I really really wanna make it but here in Greece we dont have
    milk chocolate flavored hot cocoa mixes with marshmallows and marshmallow fluff – – what can I put instead ? Is there anything similar or make another recipe ? Thank youuuuuuuuu

    1. Hmmm do you have chocolate Nesquik powder? It will be okay without the marshmallow fluff 🙂

  20. 3 stars
    I couldn’t get this recipe to set firmly. Perhaps the sweetened condensed milk or marshmallow fluff was too much sugar to allow it to freeze? What are your thoughts?

    1. Hey! A couple thoughts; did you use any low fat versions (low fat cream cheese or a reduced fat sweetened condensed milk or fat free whipped topping)? And did you for sure use sweetened condensed milk (I’ve had a few people confuse it for evaporated milk which are right next to each other!) Let me know; I’d love to troubleshoot with you on this recipe!

  21. Made this today, it tastes heavenly, but I’ve had it in the freezer for 8 hrs already and it’s still soft. What did I do wrong?

      1. Nope , I used all full fat ingredients.
        I checked on it this morning, it’s not as frozen as I’d like it to be but it’s a little bit better. But I have to say it is still mighty delicious!

  22. Nice idea but TOO much sugar! Next time we will cut out the added sugar to the crust and to the cake. It was way too sweet.
    I think with that change though, it will be just right!

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