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No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Easy to make with simple ingredients, this No Bake Cheesecake is perfect any time of year. Top with cherry pie filling or fresh berries for more delicious sweetness or enjoy it on its own.

Love no bake desserts? Our family is obsessed with these indoor s’mores bars! So easy too. Or give this No bake chocolate cookie recipe a try. Childhood favorite!

Slice of cheesecake with fresh strawberry and whipped cream.

The BEST No Bake Cheesecake

Don’t you love it when the best desserts are also easy to make? No Bake Cheesecake is one of those.

Delicious, buttery sweet graham cracker crust (homemade, of course) topped with a dreamy no bake cheesecake filling!

While I adore baked cheesecake, this creamy oven free version is a family favorite.

You can make it ahead of time without needing to fire up the oven and comes out perfectly every time. I love to make it the night before so dessert is ready to eat after dinner.

We like to add some canned cherry pie filling to the top for an extra sweet treat! You’ll also love it with fresh fruit or served plain. This cheesecake is rich, decadent and oh-so-creamy!

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients needed for no bake cheesecake.

Here’s what you need to make the best no bake cheesecake:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Cool Whip
  • Lemon Juice
  • Optional: pie filling or fresh fruit for toppingWe love canned cherry pie filling or slices of fresh berries!

For the homemade graham cracker crust you’ll need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Sugar
  • Melted Butter

How to make a No Bake Cheesecake

Start by making your graham cracker crust.

Step by step photos showing how to make a graham cracker crust.

You can choose to use a prepared crust, but I personally think homemade tastes better. It’s so easy too!

To make your crust, add your full size graham crackers to a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add in the sugar and melted butter and pulse until blended.

Divide in half and press crumbs into the bottom of TWO 8 or 9 inch pie plates. Use the bottom of a cup or the heel of your hand to press firmly, making sure the crumbs go up the sides of the pie plate.

To make the cheesecake filling:

Step by step photos showing how to make cheesecake filling.

Beat room temperature cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice for about 4 minutes using an electric mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed, and beat until smooth and fluffy.

Fold in Cool Whip and pour evenly into your pie plates. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the tops of the pie.

Refrigerate the cheesecakes for at least 3 hours (or overnight) until chilled and set.

Add your favorite pie filling flavor to the top if you choose! We love cherry but blueberry, peach or strawberry would be delicious on your cheesecake, too.

Fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream are other good choices for adding sweetness to this dessert.

No bake cheesecake sliced and garnished with whipped cream.

Recipe FAQs

Can you use a store bought crust instead?

Yes, a store bought graham cracker crust works well in this recipe if you prefer!

How long will no-bake cheesecake stay good?

This cheesecake stays good for up to 3 days in the fridge. I love to make it the day before and let it set up over night in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze Cheesecake?

Absolutely. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze for up to 60 days. Thaw in refrigerator overnight.

No bake cherry cheesecake slice on a white plate.

Tips and Tricks

  • No food processor? You can find ready made graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle of many supermarkets.
  • Use full fat cream cheese. For best results and richest taste, use regular full fat cream cheese, cool whip and butter!
  • Press the graham cracker crust up the sides of the plate. Use your hands to make sure to the crust reaches as far up the sides of the pie plates as you can.
  • Topping ideas: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, fresh pineapple or raspberries are other easy ways to change up the flavor of the cheesecake.
No bake cheesecake in a pie plate.

More No Bake Desserts

More Favorite Cheesecakes: Sopapilla Cheesecake | Cheesecake Dip

Yield: 16 servings

No Bake Cheesecake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Easy to make, this No Bake Cheesecake is perfect any time of year. For a little more sweetness, top it with some Cherry Pie filling!

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 ½  cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup melted butter

For the cheesecake:

  • 3 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 12 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 can (20 oz) cherry pie filling, optional

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers (about 18 full size crackers) to make 2 ½ cup crumbs.
  2. Add sugar and melted butter and pulse until blended. Divide in half, and press crumbs into the bottoms of two 8-inch pie plates. Use the bottom of a cup or the heel of your hand to press firmly (make sure to go up the sides of the plate).
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetened milk and lemon juice for 3-4 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Fold in Cool Whip with a spoon. Pour into pie plates even over crust. Smooth tops and refrigerate pies for about 3 hours (or overnight), until ready to use.
  5. Slice and enjoy, or add some cherry pie filling on top.

Notes

  • No food processor? You can find ready made graham cracker crumbs in the baking aisle of many supermarkets.
  • Use full fat cream cheese. For best results and richest taste, use regular full fat cream cheese, cool whip and butter!
  • Press the graham cracker crust up the sides of the plate. Use your hands to make sure to the crust reaches as far up the sides of the pie plates as you can.
  • Topping ideas: blueberries, strawberries, bananas, fresh pineapple or raspberries are other easy ways to change up the flavor of the cheesecake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Once you taste this rich dessert, I know you’ll agree: it’s the BEST No-Bake Cheesecake out there!

Easy to make, this No Bake Cheesecake is perfect any time of year. For a little more sweetness, top it with some Cherry Pie filling!

About Aimee

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Posted on January 26, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. The recipe sounds amazing and I am going to try it but I was wondering if you have a cheesecake recipe that is sugarfree?

    1. I do not. There are some great websites who devote their time and energy into testing sugar free desserts, I just wouldn’t do it justice here 🙂

  2. This has become our go-to dessert on New Year’s Day! LOVE LOVE your recipe. It’s so easy and absolutely delicious. LOVE the subtle tang that lemon juice gives.

  3. This cheesecake was great. I also added a bit more powdered sugar and it set up perfectly. I will never bake another cheesecake as long as I live.

    1. The lemon juice brings out a freshness (but doesn’t make it taste lemony). You can leave it out if you prefer 🙂

  4. I’m a snoop, too, Aimee. I stand behind my behavior, too. It’s the thrill of the hunt! Besides, then I can know how to arrange my face when the gift-giving comes. If my reaction is real, then that’s often not a good thing. 😉
    Love cheesecake, unqualified, unconditionally. So there you go. This looks great.
    Oh, and there’s some spammer dude getting weird in your comments field. Hate those guys.

  5. BAD GIRL!! Peaking at your presents! I,honestly never did that.Couldn’t cuz our presents were always “hidden”at my Grams. My hubs also hates the stuff you mentioned. Me LOVES Cheesecake. So we is going to have your cheesecake! Thanks pretty lady!! 

  6. Haha, I totally LOVE surprises! As long as they’re presents. If it’s a surprise about something I need to plan for than no way! Lol. I’m way too OCD for that. No bake cheesecake was always one of my favorite desserts growing up, and my mom would always top it with cherry pie filling. It’s the best way!

  7. You’re like my mom – she’d open presents and re-seal them! All i have to do is touch one, so I stay far away, ha!

  8. I’m not crazy about surprises either :). The filling looks so creamy and smooth!

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