Potted Chocolate Cheesecake #yearofcelebrations


These may look like darling potted herbs, but these pots of chocolate cheesecake sprout to life when they are topped with ground cookie “dirt” and a sprig of fresh mint!

What a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day, a wedding, a shower or Spring with these cleverly disguised desserts, Potted Chocolate Cheesecake.  Spoon no-bake chocolate cheesecake into votive candleholders and serve with wooden “plant marker” spoons.

No-Bake Potted Chocolate Cheesecake perfect for Mother's Day, bridal shower or spring/summer soiree.  recipe at

The original Martha Stewart recipe uses a very rich chocolate pudding, but I decided to use no-bake cheesecake for a little more “grown-up” dessert. 

Flower Pot Chocolate Cheesecake {no bake} perfect for Mother's Day, bridal shower or spring/summer soiree.  recipe at

These little desserts may not be ultra-gourmet, but they are super easy, whimsical, and perfectly yummy……….they’ll make your guests smile.

Potted Chocolate Cheesecake {no bake} perfect for Mothers Day, bridal shower or spring/summer soiree.  recipe at

And make Mom happy….. especially because she doesn’t have to cook these herself! Some of the best ideas for Mom gifts are Mother’s Day recipes. Particularly dessert (what woman doesn’t love chocolate?) prepared by the people they love.

Make Mother’s Day really special………she’ll love it even more if you clean up the kitchen afterwards. :)

You can always fill these with chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding, if cheesecake is not you thing.


wooden spoons were purchased from Sucre Shop

Glass flower pot votives at Michaels  

Potted Chocolate Cheesecakes {no bake} perfect for Mother's Day, bridal shower or spring/summer soiree.  recipe at

Now that I’ve shared my fun Mother’s Day creation, some of my favorite creative friends and I are pleased to invite YOU to wow us with yours!

moms dads and grads pinterest party #yearofcelebrations

The Mom/Dad/Grad-themed Year of Celebrations Pinterest party will be held this Sunday, May 4, and you all are all cordially invited to join in!

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The monthly Year of Celebrations Pinterest Party is the place to find THE most comprehensive, inspiring Pinterest board on the block. Each and every month, we’ll be focusing on a different holiday or celebration, and this month is all about Moms, Dads and Grads! Here are all of the details for how YOU can participate:

  • What: A Pinterest Party to celebrate all things Mom/Dad/Grad!

  • When: THIS Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. Central/ 7 p.m. MST/ 6 p.m. PST

How you can participate:

  • Round up YOUR favorite Mom, Dad or Graduation projects and recipes. Anything goes: crafts, decor, sweet treats, and more!
  • Follow the Year of Celebrations Pinterest board. 

  • When the party kicks off, tweet YOUR favorite project and/or link using the hashtag #yearofcelebrationsHelpful hint: We highly recommend putting the hashtag at the beginning of your tweet to ensure it doesn’t get cut off.
  • On Sunday, May 4, tune in at 9 p.m. EST and watch as we build a board full of amazing ideas – including yours! 
  • Be sure to follow along during the party to repin and comment on the board’s posts using the hashtag #yearofcelebrations. 

We are so excited to PIN and SHARE all of your amazing projects!

See you there! :)

Potted Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 - 4 ounce servings

Potted Chocolate Cheesecake

These may look like darling potted herbs, but these pots of chocolate cheesecake sprout to life when they are topped with ground cookie "dirt" and a sprig of fresh mint!


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 20 chocolate wafer cookies
  • mint sprigs for garnish


  1. Place chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir. If necessary, microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred. Set aside to cool.
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl on medium speed of mixer until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat well, scraping down the sides. Gradually add melted chocolate, beating on low speed until blended.
  3. In another bowl add the heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the chocolate cream cheese mixture.
  4. Spoon cheesecake mixture into eight 4-ounce glasses or glass flowerpot votive candle holders, leaving about 1/2 inch of space at the top of each. Refrigerate until set, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Just before serving, pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground (or place cookies in closed plastic bag and crush using a glass or rolling pin). Top each cheesecake with ground-cookie "dirt," and garnish with a planted mint sprig. Serve chilled.


MAKE IT EASY: you could also use a JELL-O No-Bake cheesecake mix and add the melted chocolate as instructed in the recipe above.

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

16 Responses to “Potted Chocolate Cheesecake #yearofcelebrations”

  1. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:06 am (#

    I think that those are ridiculously cute!! I love them!

    • TidyMom replied on May 1st, 2014 at 8:55 am

      thanks so much Angie! I’ve had the image from Martha Stewart pinned to my inspiration board for years, but couldn’t find the glass votives until this year! they were so fun to make!!

  2. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg posted on May 1, 2014 at 8:13 am (#

    I love this idea. So cute.

    • TidyMom replied on May 1st, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Thanks so much Norma!

  3. dawn@joyfulscribblings posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:05 am (#

    These adorable! I like the idea of using no-bake cheesecake and the sprig of mint at the top makes them look more appetizing than the gummy worms that I used to use for my kids.

  4. Gina posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:26 am (#

    What a fun recipe- these would be great at our next bbq.

    Gotta say – I’m loving these pinterest parties! So many great ideas shared.

  5. Cher @ Designs by Studio C posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:32 am (#

    Such a cute idea!!

  6. Karen @ The Food Charlatan posted on May 1, 2014 at 1:03 pm (#

    These are just so fun Cheryl! Love this idea! You could go crazy on the variations. awesome!

  7. Amanda posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm (#

    What a fun idea! Love the spoons! :)

  8. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on May 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm (#

    These are adorable and so fun for a party!

  9. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on May 1, 2014 at 9:12 pm (#

    This is so much fun. It totally looks like a potting bench scene!

  10. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes posted on May 3, 2014 at 8:11 am (#

    These are adorable!

  11. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy LIving posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm (#

    What a super fun idea Cheryl – reminds me of the mud cups my kids used to love!

  12. Vera posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:10 am (#

    Oh my, that’s a cute idea! My mom has no sweet tooth at all, but they will be perfect for the office. :D


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