Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter No-Bake Cheesecake Cups are a perfect dessert for a Valentine’s Day in with your sweetie or to be shared with friends.
I can’t remember the last time we actually left the house and went out for Valentine’s Day.
I can’t imagine why. I mean, what could possibly be more romantic than fighting for space in a crowded restaurant that you waited more than 20 minutes past your reservation time to be seated, get rushed through your meal to make room for the next group of Hallmark inspired diners, only to be presented with a $300 bill at the end of the whole ordeal.
In all honesty, we used to go out for Valentine’s Day. Our transition to staying in didn’t happen because we planned it to. We actually ended up here because of our lack of planning and the stress of unsuccessfully trying to make last minute reservations.
It’s now become a tradition and expectation to stay home. The reality is that you don’t need a holiday or an expensive night out to celebrate with your sweetie. Grab a couple of nice steaks or some giant scallops and lobster tails, open a bottle of wine, light a fire, and stay home this year. You might start a new tradition and your bank account will thank you.
Scroll below the recipe for a list of wonderful recipes to make for a romantic night in.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter No-Bake Cheesecake Cups
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons chocolate peanut butter porter
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup graham crumbs
- 2 cups whipped cream
- Raspberries or other fruit for topping
Beat all ingredients except beer until smooth
Add beer and beat until incorporated
Transfer to a Ziplock or pastry bag and refrigerate overnight
Spoon graham crumbs into cups
Snip off end of bag containing cheesecake filling and fill 2 cups (or 4 smaller) then finish with whipped cream
Top with berries
- This will make 2 large or 4 small desserts
- I used a chocolate peanut butter porter, but another dessert/chocolate flavored beer would work
- Use as much or as little graham and whipped cream as desired
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This sounds amazing! I am going to whip up some of these!
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
I am so with you! We never go out for Valentine’s Day bc it’s so much more relaxing to chill out at home. Same for New Year’s Eve! Lame! Hubby would love these and he deserves a treat. Cheers!
I am jut like you, we didn’t planned staying in either but we prefer getting out on the 16th for our wedding anniversary, this year we are celebrating our 15 years! so we are going out for the whole week for a romatic trip to NYC. Yay
Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com
no need to go out when you have these delicious treats at home. a bottle of wine, fire and these decadent desserts and i’m all about staying in!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
So true! So much better (taste wise and price wise) to stay home for Valentine’s Day. Plus, you get to stay in in comfy clothes, which is always a good thing 🙂 And if I had these dessert to boot I would be one happy girl! Pinned! Happy Valentine’s Day, girlie! XO
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
We always stay home too Rachelle, and I totally prefer it that way! Nice and quiet and romantic. I’m a huge fan of no bake cheesecakes and can’t wait to try your version! I’ll definitely need to get my hands on some of that chocolate peanut butter porter! My Valentine would love these!
I am with you! I love your plan for a romantic Valentine’s! A couple nice steaks, a bottle of wine, a roaring fire and your Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter No-Bake Cheesecake Cups! <3
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Hahahahaha! We don’t go out either! And you already KNOW I plan on getting lobster tails. lol. Plus when you stay home you can stay in your jammies.. and we all know I’m a huge fan of that! I’m going to have to grab some chocolate peanut butter porter, because these cups are off the hook, Rach! Love that they are no bake, because hello I’m lazy. 😉 Pinned! Cheers, sweets! xoxoxo
Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
These are absolutely perfect! They have all my favourite words in there – chocolate. peanut butter. cheesecake. no-bake 🙂 Love it! And I’m with you. There is not restaurant experience that can compete with a bottle of wine and company in the kitchen.
Yay for staying in and cooking for Valentine’s Day! Our story mirrors yours, only we’ve been married 36 years, so we’ve probably been at it a little longer 😉 A good bottle of wine, great food, and quiet conversation beats the crowds at a restaurant any day!
I love chocolate and peanut butter together, and these look perfect! Pinned…
Love the dessert! I couldn’t agree more, going out is overrated. Usually we have a dinner for four, and this peanut butter chocolate bliss is perfect for this next occasion. Love the photography!
David @ Spiced
I couldn’t agree more about Valentine’s Day, Rachelle! The food is overpriced (and often not as good as other nights anyways…), and then you have to deal with the crowds. I love the idea of staying in…and these cheesecake cups sound like the perfect way to celebrate! I’ll just have to keep Robbie from sticking his hand into the glass. (Because I can definitely see that happening once he spots one of these…haha.) Great photos, by the way!
Lynn | The Road to Honey
Now that you put it that way. . .why would I want to go out for Valentines?!! Perhaps it’s better to celebrate Valentines Day the day after. Do you think the restaurants will be more low key? Probably not. . .well. . .at least not in Boston.
Of course, why would you want to go out when you can snuggle up to a couple of these beauties? BTW. . .I had to look up what Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter was. Can you tell I’m not a beer drinker? And, I’ve never made a cheesecake with beer in it either. . .but now I am intrigued.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
We always stay home for Valentine’s Day too. I’d rather save my going out to dinner for a night that’s not so crazy! We do plan a special dinner…for 5! The kids get to join us for a nice romantic dinner! Okay, it’s really just a nice dinner. These no-bake cheesecake cups would be a hit with my family!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Yay to cups and staying home!! Love this recipe and what an awesome recipe roundup too! Your recipe couldn’t have come at a better time for me. You won’t believe it, but I have a growler of FLAT chocolate peanut butter stout in my refrigerator. We accidentally forgot about it and J said don’t worry cos we can make something out of it. Do you think I could substitute it for the porter in this and is it okay to use if it’s flat?
You are hilarious, K! I can’t believe you forgot about a growler of chocolate peanut butter anything! I don’t know what in the world you have forgotten about in your fridge, but you should be able to use your old flat stout. You may need to adjust the sugar depending on the profile of your beer though.
I’m with you 🙂 We haven’t been out for Valentine’s Day in years! I’d much rather stay in with a couple of these yummy cheesecake deserts! Chocolate and peanut butter is the best!
Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
We stay home if Valentine’s Day is on a weekday, else we go out. So this time we are gonna stay at home and will have some romantic dinner at home. These cheesecake cups look adorably YUM. Love the fact that you have combined chocolate and peanut butter.
Rachel @ Bakerita
Staying at home is way to go for Valentine’s Day! Especially because you can devour something delicious like these chocolate peanut butter cheesecake cups! Definitely better than anything you can get at a crowded restaurant. Love this.
zero reason to go out on Valentine’s Day–especially when you can dive into this from the comfort of your PJ pants 😉
I agree, it’s a pain finding reservation on Valentine’s Day..we do go out sometimes but it just depends! I would much rather sit at home and have these cheesecake cups! 🙂
Marjory @ Dinner-Mom
We always end up dining in – this is the perfect way to end the special V-day meal!
I haven’t gone out on Valentine’s day for a few years! I agree with you! These cheesecake cups look perfect! Pinned!
We don’t ever go out for dinner on Valentines. We just feel that they set up this glorified date to get more customers to restaurants. We get each other gifts, but that’s it.
Your cheesecake cups looks a treat. Love cheesecake, peanut butter, and chocolate.
Megan @ MegUnprocessed
That looks like a fabulous V-day treat!
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons
These are gorgeous-AND I bet they taste delicious!
Abby @ Heart of a Baker
I kind of hate going out for Valentine’s Day, so I’m totally into the idea of making a carb-y meal and finishing with these beauties!
Elaine @ Dishes Delish
I agree, it’s nice to stay home especially on the highly commercialized ‘holidays’. This recipe looks so delicious, especially with the beer!
Erin @ The Speckled Palate
What a DELICIOUS Valentine’s Day dessert! We always stay home, too, and these cheesecake cups look right up my alley!
Sam @ The Culinary Compass
These look incredible!! I think you listed all of my favorite ingredients in one dessert!
Incorporating two of my favorite things: dessert & beer. Yes!!
Claire @ The Simple, Sweet Life
Chocolate, peanut butter, AND a porter? This officially sounds all sorts of amazing!
Alyssa @ A Bite of Inspiration
These look delicious! Perfect for Valentine’s Day and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing!
Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
Yum these sound totally delicious!