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Easy No-Bake Brownie Cheesecake Parfait

No-Bake Brownie Cheesecake Parfait is a delicious decadent dessert. Layers of brownie bites, creamy cheesecake, homemade chocolate glaze, toasted coconut, and more. This Brownie Cheesecake Parfait is your Perfect Dessert.

Brownie parfait on a brown board.


 

No-bake desserts are one of my favourite because why turn on the oven if you don’t have to? Especially during the summer when it’s hot – when it gets to be August the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven.

This brownie cheesecake parfait is the perfect no-bake dessert. It’s has layers of cheesecake filling, brownies, chocolate, and coconut. The best combination of flavors and texture.

What Is a Parfait? 

Parfait, where does it come from and what does it mean? The French were the first to make a Parfait, which means Perfect in English. The French Parfait is more like ice cream, made with cream, sugar, and eggs.

It was thanks to the Americans who decided to change it up a bit by layering ice cream, fruit, cookies, yogurt, and even granola in tall glasses.

So basically what it comes down to is, when making your own homemade Parfait anything goes. Add your favourite ice cream, yogurt, crushed cookies, or cake, fruit or chocolate and start layering.

My Italian friends and family go absolutely crazy for cheesecake and seven-layer bars (also known as Hello Dollies)! Parfaits aren’t big here so I like to make them when we have guests for dinner as a special surprise.

Why Brownies you ask? Well, because I really didn’t want to use cookies and they have a really good store-bought brownie-type cake here. Any unfrosted prepared brownies will work or even plain chocolate cake.

I really wanted to give it a Seven Layer Bar feel, so since I didn’t want to bake it, but I decided that the chocolate ganache had to have some unmelted chocolate chips just like the bars, and I wanted that baked coconut taste so next best thing? Toast it!

All of those layers together is an ultimate no bake dessert! This seven layer brownie cheesecake parfait recipe is a special treat and everyone scrapes their glasses clean when I make it.

Brown parfaits in a glasses on a brown board.

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cream – whipping, whole or heavy (at least 30% fat)
  • Mini chocolate chips – I like dark chocolate chips, but you can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet.
  • Butter – salted
  • Toasted coconut – I’ve included how to toast coconut in the recipe card.
  • Ground nuts – walnuts, almonds, pecans, or peanuts are great.
  • Brownies or Rich Chocolate Cake cut into cubes
Ingredients for the brownie parfait on a brown board.

Instructions

Place the butter and cream in a saucepan and warm them over medium heat. Once the butter is melted add some of the chocolate chips and stir until the mixture is smooth.

Heating the cream and butter.

Cool the chocolate mixture for five minutes and then add the rest of the chips and stir. 

Adding the remaining chips to the filling.

Pour heavy cream into the a mixing bowl. Whip it with the beaters until stiff peaks form,

Beating the whipping cream.

In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Carefully fold the cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream until combined.

Adding the cream cheese to the whipped cream.

How to Assemble No Bake Cheesecake Parfait

You will need four medium to large glasses or if you prefer you can make smaller ones using 6-8 glasses. There are no rules, but this is how I like to layer the ingredients to make the parfaits:

Adding the filling and chocolate to the glass.
  • Spoon a couple tablespoons of the cheesecake filling in each glass.
  • Add some chocolate sauce and top it with some cubed brownies.
  • Add more cheesecake followed by more chocolate and brownies.
  • Sprinkle toasted coconut over the top.
  • Garnish with ground nuts and mini chocolate chips.
Adding the brownie bites and filling to the parfait.

Refrigerate the cheesecake parfaits for three to four hours before serving. 

An absolute, perfectly decadent dessert when combined with the creamy cheesecake filling and a homemade dark chocolate ganache, toasted coconut and ground nuts, oh yeah let’s not forget some extra mini dark chocolate chips. Yup, it’s gooood! Grab a spoon and enjoy!

Up close brownie parfait in a glass.

More No-Bake Desserts

Brownie parfait on a brown board.

Easy No-Bake Brownie Cheesecake Parfait

Rosemary Molloy
No-Bake Brownie Cheesecake Parfait is a delicious decadent dessert. Layers of brownie bites, creamy cheesecake, chocolate glaze and more.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 parfaits
Calories 957 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 8 ounces cream cheese* softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup cream whole/whipping cream or heavy

* I used 3 ounces (85 grams) regular cream cheese and 5 ounces (140 grams) light cream cheese.

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • 1/2 cup whole / whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate) divided

EXTRAS

  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/4 cup coarsely ground nuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (milk or semi sweet)
  • 1 Store bought or homemade Brownie or Rich Chocolate Cake, cut into cubes

Instructions
 

CHOCOLATE GANACHE

  • Heat butter and cream until butter has melted, stir to combine, add 3/4 cup of the chips and stir until smooth, let cool about 5 minutes then stir in the remaining chips (1/2 cup) (you want some chips to stay whole) set aside.

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • Remove beaters and bowl from freezer and beat cream until stiff. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream and gently combine.

TOASTED COCONUT

  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C), place shredded coconut (I bought fresh coconut and shredded it myself) on a non stick cookie sheet and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes or until lightly golden, remove from the pan to a clean bowl to cool.

PUTTING PARFAITS TOGETHER

  • Using 4* medium to large glasses start with a couple of tablespoons of cheesecake filling, chocolate ganache, then a few brownie cubes, cheesecake filling, chocolate ganache, brownie cubes, a sprinkle of toasted coconut, nuts and chocolate chips. Refrigerate 3-5 hours or better over night. Enjoy!

* You could use smaller glasses and make 6-8.

    Notes

    If you have a hard time whipping the cream, then place a glass bowl in the freezer for approximately 15-20 minutes before using.
    The parfait will keep for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Cover well with plastic wrap before refrigerating.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 957kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 43g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1981IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg
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    Republished from June 3, 2016.

    18 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Not sure which is better, this or your berry cheese cake Parfait! I think I can substitute Mascapone for cream cheese in both, am I right?! I love Mascapone. Either way, I’m a fan of yours. Thx!

      1. Hi Sue, thanks so much, this one is becoming popular. 🙂 Yes you can substitute with mascarpone, it will give a creamier flavour. Take care!

    2. 5 stars
      If you want to make literally one of the best desserts ever then you found it. I did serve with strawberries and raspberries.

    3. 5 stars
      OMG! I am running to my kitchen to check. Yes! I do believe I have everything I need to make this scrumptious treat for dessert! Doing it! Thanks Rosemary!

    4. This looks amazing Rosemary! I am seriously loving all the delicious layers. I love how easy is is to make too :).

    5. No bake. Cheesecake. Brownie. PERFECTION. I love every little thing about these! I cannot wait to try them out!

    6. This is so totally unfair!! I put the blame entirely on you — well, also my lack of will power. I have GOT to make this ASAP. I’m really sorry about your oven — we couldn’t do without ours but making lemonade out of the lemon you were tossed you get a new oven and I get a new delicious recipe to try. Guess you, me and your guests all won out 🙂 Have a great Sunday!

      1. Hi Marisa, haha thanks, yeah it is a good one. I love chocolate and cheesecake, so there you go. 🙂

    5 from 6 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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