Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots (no bake)

by Dorothy Reinhold on January 28, 2022

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Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots is a layered dessert with Creamsicle vibes that’s fast, fun, and feels elegant. The contrasting colors are so pretty!  

I’m obsessed with this single-serving dessert that has taken my house by storm. Not only is it pretty, but it’s a special no-bake dessert that you can use to show off your pretty glasses, or even your glass jars!

It feels luxurious with the creamy mascarpone cheesecake layer flavored with vanilla, has the required chocolate element in the crumb layer at the bottom, and tops it all off with fresh tangerines, which are in season! Hey…it has fruit…it’s practically health food!

How to make Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots

Ingredients for Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots on a white counter on ShockinglyDelicious.comFirst, gather your ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers, or Oreos if you can’t find the wafers) NOTE: Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers were quietly discontinued in early 2023 by the manufacturer Mondelez International, so try one of these substitutes:
    • Oreo Thins
    • Oreos with the cream scraped off
    • Goya Maria Cookies
    • Dewey’s Hot Cocoa Cookies
    • Chocolate graham crackers
    • A pre-made chocolate pie crust. Keebler makes a no-bake chocolate graham crust (the flavor won’t be as rich and bitter as the original cookies)
    • Make your own chocolate wafer cookies with the King Arthur recipe.
  • 4-5 tangerines or mandarin oranges
  • A carton of mascarpone cheese. This should be with the cream cheese and other specialty dairy at the grocery store…mascarpone is a smooth, white, spreadable Italian cream cheese that has a high percentage of butterfat. It tastes amazing and less tangy than American cream cheese.
  • A carton of heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract

Chocolate wafers being crushed in a plastic bag with a rolling pin at the topCrush some of the wafers. I like to do it in a sturdy plastic bag (this is a Stasher bag) using a rolling pin, but you could also whirl them in your blender or food processor, or even crush them using a mortar and pestle. Basically, make crumbs! If you can’t find Nabisco Famous Wafers, buy Oreos and remove the filling and crush up the outer wafers, or even get chocolate graham crackers or another plain chocolate wafer-type cookie.

Tangerine segments in a bowl on ShockinglyDelicious.comPeel the tangerines and separate them into segments.

Add the whipping cream, vanilla, sugar and mascarpone to a mixing bowl. I am always surprised at the pretty patterns ingredients in the bowl make.

Cheesecake filling whipped in the glass bowlBeat for a couple of minutes until it is thick and fluffy.Mixing bowl with whipped cream being turned upside down to show how thick it isThis is me holding the mixing bowl on it’s side so you can see that the filling stays put in the bowl. It’s sturdy!

A hand holds a spoon that is dolloping cheesecake filling into jars that have chocolate cookie crumbs at the bottom. A bowl of tangerine segments is at the left.Portion the chocolate crumbs into the jars, and top with the filling.

4 jars of Orange and Chocolate Cheesecake Pots on a baking trayTop with tangerines.

A hand holds a layered cheesecake dessert in a glass with a bowl full of white filling behindI had extra filling and crumbs, so I made an additional one is a short glass!

5 desserts on a cookie sheet with an open cookbook alongsideHow’d I do?

1 layered cheesecake dessert in the foreground and 3 in lesser focus in the background with an orange napkin and 2 spoons alongsideWe ate these for dessert 2 nights in a row — happily! The book author says it makes 4, but I think you could easily make 5, or even 6 if you like. They’re deliciously rich!

Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4-5

Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots

Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots is a layered dessert with Creamsicle vibes that's fast, fun and elegant. The contrasting colors are so pretty!


  • 1 1/4 cup cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (such as Nabisco Famous Wafers or the cookie part from Oreos) (divided use)
  • 4-5 mandarin oranges or tangerines
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup (6 ounces) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. First, crumble some chocolate wafers. You could blitz them in a food processor, crush them in a mortar and pestle, or put them in a plastic bag and roll over them with a rolling pin (Dorothy's favorite way). Keep crumbling until you have about 1 1/4 cups. Set aside.
  2. Peel the tangerines. Separate them into segments, removing as much pitch as possible, and set aside.
  3. Make the filling: In a large bowl, place the mascarpone, whipping cream, sugar and vanilla. Whip, using an electric mixer, until stiff peaks form, 2-3 minutes. If you prefer to mix by hand, whisk the mascarpone and sugar together for about 30 seconds and then slowly pour in the whipping cream and vanilla, continuing to whisk to keep lumps from forming.
  4. To assemble, get out 4-5 jars, clear glasses or bowls. Layer about 1/4 cup of chocolate cookie crumbs at the bottom of each. Then layer the cheese misture evenly into each vessel, and top with the tangerine segments. Sprinkle with the rest of the cookie crumbs if you like.
  5. Serves 4-5. The author recommends that it serves 4, but I think you can get away with 5 if you want, because it is so rich! Suit yourself.


Recipe source: From "Good Enough. A Cookbook. Embracing the Joys of Imperfection & Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen," by Leanne Brown (Workman Publishing; 2022: $19.95). Used with permission.

About the cookbook

Good Enough cookbook coverThis recipe for Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Pots is from a new cookbook called “Good Enough. A Cookbook. Embracing the Joys of Imperfection & Practicing Self-Care in the Kitchen,” by Leanne Brown (Workman Publishing; 2022: $19.95). You might know Brown as the New York Times bestselling author of “Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day,” which showed that kitchen skill, not budget is often key to great food. That first book made a difference in the world as she helped those with limited funds (living on the U.S. food stamp allotment of $4 a day) eat whole, unprocessed foods and enjoy a home-cooked meal. This new book embraces the joys of imperfection, in and out of the kitchen.

Leanne Brown - Evi Abeler PhotographyMany will be able to relate to Leanne’s vulnerabilities as she talks about self-care, mental health and forgiving yourself. You’ll feel like you’ve found a friend in her, as she tackles the emotional barriers, and shows us that we all deserve to eat well.

It’s a deeply personal cookbook that delves into the feelings that surround food — anxiety, self-doubt, guilt — and leads us to what she has come to know: “If you cook with self-compassion, you can enjoy the experience, appreciate the great meals, laugh at the not-so-great ones, and generally live your cooking life with way less fear.” 

The 100 or so recipes in the book help you exercise culinary self-compassion AND get your meal on the table. Honestly, I am savoring this book for her personal messages as well as her recipes. She has 2 great little asides on recipes: one, “feeling adventurous?” is suggestions to offer inspiration for cooks to change things up or use ingredients they have on hand. The second is the brilliant TL;DR at the beginning of each recipe. TL;DR stands for “too long, didn’t read” and her brief description of each recipe eases any anxiety you might have undertaking it.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy Harris February 21, 2022 at 12:08 pm

These were very yummy! I used gluten-free almond flour chocolate cookies to crumble and I added some chocolate chips on top.


Dorothy Reinhold February 27, 2022 at 7:27 pm

Yahoo! Yep, I think you can use whatever cookie-thing you want on the bottom, that fits your needs.


Christie February 7, 2022 at 2:28 pm

I love chocolate and orange together. Those look so delicious.


Inger January 31, 2022 at 9:35 am

These look so good and I think I have all the ingredients (even the mascarpone)! Love a dessert you can almost do on the fly–especially with fruit!


Dorothy Reinhold January 31, 2022 at 9:51 pm

Look at you with mascarpone at the ready!


Krystle January 31, 2022 at 9:01 am

Chocolate and orange go so well together. These are my new favorite


juliane January 30, 2022 at 9:44 pm

i have been looking for some desserts in long time that I’ve bever try before, Thank you for this good recipe. I love it!


Kathleen Pope January 30, 2022 at 5:42 pm

I adore anything with mascarpone cheese and orange and chocolate are a classic fresh combo! Can’t wait to try them!


Radha January 30, 2022 at 10:59 am

Gorgeous! These look very delicious and addictive and love the flavor profile! YUM!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert January 30, 2022 at 4:12 am

YES!! This is a crowd-pleaser!!


Lisa Kerhin January 29, 2022 at 12:16 pm

I will be making this one! Also checking out the cookbook


Wendy Klik January 29, 2022 at 5:29 am

Love orange/chocolate flavor profile and the fact that these are no bake is an added bonus.


Jolene January 29, 2022 at 2:23 am

So pretty! Love chocolate and orange together and I’m always looking for reasons to use my little jars.


Dorothy Reinhold January 31, 2022 at 9:52 pm

Right? Little jars are everything.


Hezzi-D January 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm

These sound delicious! Chocolate and orange are a delightful combination.


Erik January 28, 2022 at 3:51 pm

Such a satisfying flavor combo. And I love that it’s no bake!


Beth January 28, 2022 at 3:05 pm

Everything about this is amazing. I love chocolate and orange, and that no bake cheesecake looks so good!


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