No-Bake Cheesecake – The Country Cook

A creamy and easy dessert, this No-Bake Cheesecake is a great year-round dessert that only takes a handful of ingredients and is perfect for any occasion!

A TASTY NO-BAKE TREAT

Cheesecakes are a dessert that my family absolutely loves. But as it starts getting warmer outside, if I don’t have to turn on the oven to make a cheesecake, then I’m happy as a clam. This is a nice basic recipe that you can flavor with anything you like and top with all of your favorite toppings. We went with whipped cream and fruit for this version. If you are looking for an amazing no-bake dessert this spring and summer, then you have to make this No-Bake Cheesecake recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How long does this cheesecake need to chill?

Overnight is best for this No-Bake Cheesecake but usually 8 hours is good enough and it should be ready to cut into. This is a perfect make-ahead dessert.

Why do you add lemon juice to cheesecake?

The reason lemon juice is added is because the acid helps the cheesecake keep its texture instead of becoming runny. It also enhances the overall flavor. You are not able to taste the lemon juice as a separate ingredient.

Can I use a different kind of crust?

Of course. If you are not a fan of graham crackers or just want to change up the crust flavor you can use chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafers or other cookies. Or you can purchase a store-bought crust.

What other variations can be made to cheesecake?

You can stir in candy pieces, chocolate chips, swirls of fruit puree, etc.

What are good cheesecake toppings

There are so many things that you can top this with depending on what flavor you are going for. Some ideas include: pureed berries, fresh fruit, cookies, candy, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, caramel sauce, etc.

How do I store leftovers?

This will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. This can also be frozen. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and then foil and it will keep for up to 3 months. You can place in the refrigerator overnight to thaw or enjoy from frozen.

Pinterest image of slice of No-Bake Cheesecake with bite taken out and topped with fruit.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • graham cracker crumbs
  • salted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • fresh lemon juice
  • heavy whipping cream
Ingredients needed: graham cracker crumbs, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, lemon juice and heavy whipping cream.

HOW TO MAKE A NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE:

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar until combined. It should look like wet sand.

Crust ingredients mixed together in bowl.

Pack the crust into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. You can do this by hand or take the flat bottom of a cup and gently press it that way. Place crust in the freezer while you make the filling.

Crust pressed into bottom of springform pan.

Add the cream cheese to a large bowl. With an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth.

Cream cheese beaten in bowl.

Add the granulated sugar and stir until combined.

Sugar added to cream cheese mixture.

Next, add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, stir to combine until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.

Powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice added to cream cheese and sugar mixture.

In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks. It should hold its shape without being runny.

Heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks.

Add whipped cream into to the cream cheese mixture and gently stir it in until there are no white streaks.

Whipped cream folded into cheesecake mixture.

Pour the filling to the crust and smooth out the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 8 hours) to set properly.

Cheesecake mixture spread into pan with crust.

When ready to serve, take a butter knife and run it along the inside edge of the cheesecake in the pan. Take off the outer ring.

Pie server holding up finished slice of No-Bake Cheesecake.

Slice and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries for topping, optional.

Overhead of two slices of No-Bake Cheesecake on white plate topped with whipped cream and fruit.

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No-Bake Cheesecake

A creamy and easy dessert, this No-Bake Cheesecake is a great year-round dessert that only takes a handful of ingredients and is perfect for any occasion!

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: No-Bake Cheesecake, No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Chill Time:: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 12

Calories: 467kcal

Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 7 s tablespoon salted butter, melted
  • 2 s tablespoon granulated sugar

For the filling:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese (3 blocks) softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 spoons vanilla extract
  • 2 spoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream

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Instructions

  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar until combined. It should look like wet sand.

  • Pack the crust into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. You can do this by hand or take the flat bottom of a cup and gently press it that way. Place crust in the freezer while you make the filling

  • Add the cream cheese to a large bowl. Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth.

  • Add the granulated sugar and stir until combined.

  • Next, add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice, stir to combine until smooth, scrape down the sides as needed.

  • In a separate bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. It should be able to hold its shape without being runny.

  • Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and gently stir it in until there are no white streaks.

  • Pour the filling into the crust and smooth out the top. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 8 hours) to set.

  • When ready to serve, take a butter knife and run it along the inside edge of the cheesecake in the pan. Take off the outer ring.

  • Slice and serve with whipped cream and fresh berries for topping, optional.

Notes

  • You can change the flavor of the cheesecake by adding things to the cheesecake, see suggestions above.
  • This needs to chill for at least 8 hours if not overnight.
  • This is a great make ahead dessert.
  • Top this with various different toppings, see above for ideas.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how you can do that.

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1330IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg

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