This absolutely luscious, ultra decadent gluten-free Irish Cream chocolate cheesecake recipe is actually an easy, no-bake recipe. It's a perfect special occasion or holiday gluten-free dessert recipe and whether on gluten-free diets or not, people will swoon over this super silky cheesecake.
I find that it's best to cut this 8-inch cheesecake into 12 wedges just because it's so incredibly rich. And a dollop of whipped cream and berries are a nice addition when serving to offset the richness of this Irish Cream inspired dessert.
Our recipe is a gluten-free adaption of the recipe "Irish Cream Cheesecake" which appears in the cookbook Irish Pub Cooking by Love Food Publications.
- For Cookie Crumb Crust:
- 6 ounces cookies (gluten-free chocolate cream sandwiches or gluten-free chocolate chip cookies work well)
- 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- For the Cheesecake Filling:
- 8 ounces chocolate chips (good quality, semisweet, Guittard chips used in this recipe)
- 8 ounces milk chocolate chips (good quality, also Guittard)
- 1/4 cup sugar (Baker's superfine) cane + 2 tablespoons)
- 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese (room temperature)
- 2 cups fwhipped cream (fresh, 1 pint chilled heavy cream)
- 3 tablespoons Irish Cream liqueur
- Garnish: whipped cream (fresh)
- Garnish: raspberries (fresh and/or blueberries
Prepare 8-inch springform pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit. Butter bottom and sides of the pan. Place cut parchment paper in bottom and press to fit. Butter top of parchment paper. Set aside.
Place gluten-free cookies in a plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to crush the cookies into fine crumbs. Melt butter and stir into crumbs. Stir to blend. Press cookie crumb mixture into bottom of the pan.
Chill for one hour.
Prepare to fill:
Place chocolate chips in a four-cup microwave safe bowl. Melt on high for 1 minute. Remove from oven and stir. Return to microwave and continue to cook on high for 1 more minute. Stir chocolate chips which should be completely, or almost completely melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Place cold, heavy cream in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar and whip just until peaks forms. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add Irish Cream liquor and beat until blended.
Use a large spatula to fold cooled melted chocolate into cream cheese mixture. Finally, fold prepared whipped cream into chocolate cream cheese mixture. Continue to fold the whipped cream in until the mixture doesn't have streaks of cream. Scoop mixture into springform pan and use a spatula to smooth the top of the cheesecake. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before cutting and serving.
Cut into 8 to 12 wedges and serve with a dollop of whipped cream and berries.
Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||59 g|
|Saturated Fat||36 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||16 g|
|Dietary Fiber||6 g|