Layered Milano Cheesecake

First of all I want you to know, that before this week I have never laid my taste buds on a Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie. Second of all I want you to know that that, has all, changed. I never knew, I’m telling you I never knew, that those things were so good! Who knew that a buttery sandwich cookie with chocolate ganache in the middle could be so delicious!?! I promise you that you will see my personal recipe for those wonders here on this blog sometime in the near future. But for now, you must be satisfied with this no=bake cheesecake containing said delights. My family loves cheesecake, we’ve made more variations of cold desserts than the colors in Joseph’s coat. I would always choose a no-bake cheesecake over the traditional, you know why? The no-bake is creamier, uses less ingredients, and takes half of the time. So without further ado, I give you, Chocolate Milano Cheesecake.

The Crust: 21-27 Milano cookies, 4 cinnamon graham crackers (optional).

Break all but nine of the cookies in half and line the bottom of a casserole pan with them. If using, break the graham crackers into fourths and fill in the gaps.

Classic Cheesecake Layer: 8 oz. plain cream-cheese, 8 oz. whipped topping, 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar.

Make sure the whipped topping and cream-cheese are at room temperature. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, pulse until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture atop the cookies, being careful not to disturb the loose crust. Break the remaining cookies into small pieces and sprinkle evenly atop the classic cheesecake layer. Place the cheesecake into your refrigerator while you make the next layer.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Layer: 8 oz. cream-cheese, 8 oz. whipped topping, 1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 to 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.

Make sure the whipped topping and cream-cheese are at room temperature. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, pulse until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture atop the first layer, being careful not to disturb the cookie bits underneath. Refrigerate for several hours or until thoroughly chilled. Before serving, grate three chocolate wafer cookies over the top for garnish (optional).

Just look at that cake!

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