No Bake Circus Animal Cookie Cheesecake Cups
No Bake Circus Animal Cookie Cheesecake Cups

This adorable Circus Animal Cookie Cheesecake recipe is totally no bake - even the crust! The buttery pink cookie crust topped with soft creamy filling is perfection!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Author: The Three Snackateers
Ingredients
For the crust
  • 2 cups pink circus animal cookies, about 60 cookies
  • 3 TB butter, melted
For the filling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 TB lemon juice
  • 1 TB vanilla paste or extract
Other supplies
  • nonpareil sprinkles
  • cupcake pan
  • cupcake liners
  • handheld electric mixer
Instructions
  1. Put a cupcake liner in each hole of the cupcake pan. 

  2. First, prepare the crust. Add animal cracker cookies to food processor crush until finely ground. If you don't have a food processor, you can rough chop the cookies and then put them in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. The texture should be similar to sand.

  3. In a bowl, add 3 TB melted butter to the cookie crumbs and combine well. Set aside a small amount of crumbs to use later as a garnish.

  4. Add a heaping tablespoon to each cupcake liner. Press the crumbs firmly into the liner to create the crust. 

  5. Next prepare the filling. In a bowl, add all of the filling ingredients (softened cream cheese, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.) Use the electric hand mixer to beat until all ingredients are well combined and smooth. 

  6. Evenly divide the filling into all of the cupcake liners. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of each cup, making sure the filling is spread all the way to the edges of the liner.

  7. Add sprinkles and leftover crumbs to the top of each cup as a garnish.

  8. Place the tray in to the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until set.

  9. Remove the cupcake liners prior to serving.

Recipe Notes

- I highly recommend using vanilla paste instead of extract. The flavor and aroma are amazing. A couple brands that I personally use and recommend are Neilsen-Massey and Cambie Confections.