Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

LAST UPDATED: May 23, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jan 17, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

Easy no bake cheesecake recipe that gives you a fresh bakery taste in minutes. With just a few ingredients, this no bake cheesecake is too good to pass up. Perfect to make individual cheesecakes or one larger one and finish with your favorite toppings.

An individual cheesecake on a white plate with a fork

My mom was all about easy desserts, like Cream Puffs and Easy Chocolate Mousse.Who doesn’t like a quick fix? My sister was recently talking about how our mom’s no bake cheesecake is one of my nephew’s frequent requests.

I haven’t made it in years, mostly because I don’t care for Cool Whip. But I decided to adapt the recipe, only adding 5 minutes and one ingredient. This easy no bake cheesecake takes just 10 minutes and a few ingredients.

To Make This No Bake Cheesecake, You Will Need:

  • Graham crackers, brown sugar and butter – These three ingredients make up the base of the cheesecake. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty and works perfectly with the creamy cheese topping.
  • Heavy cream, powdered sugar and cream cheese – This simple cheesecake mix comes together quickly with these three ingredients and even better requires no baking! It’s rich, creamy and so indulgent!

How to Make This No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

  1. Prep – Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Make the Crust – Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter. Press into lined muffin tins or a greased pie crust. Bake 5 minutes.
  3. Make the Filling – In mixing bowl, beat heavy cream, gradually increasing speed until stiff. Gradually add powdered sugar, followed by cream cheese. Whip until smooth.
  4. Fill and Refrigerate – Fill pie crust, add your favorite toppings and refrigerate until set.

A no bake cheesecake topped with a strawberry and sauce

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

I love how quickly and easily these cheesecakes come together! This is a great recipe to have in your repertoire to reach for if you have unexpected guests or if that sweet tooth craving just won’t quit! It tastes just like a traditional cheesecake but with less effort and no hot ovens needed.

A No Bake Cheesecake Perfect With Any Toppings

Just one of the many reasons I love plain cheesecake is that it can be adapted in a number of ways. You can even set up a toppings bar and have guests create their own favorite “piece” of cheesecake.

Caramel or peanut butter sauce, chocolate sauce berries, candies, the options are endless! They are amazing when topped with my strawberry pinot reduction. This sauce is a must try and the easiest recipe! So simple and delicious, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been putting it on every dessert you eat.

But let’s be honest – they’re just as amazing plain and simple!

Dessert served on a white plate

No Bake Cheesecake – Amazingly Light and Refreshing

Each summer, we spend a week visiting my family at the beach. After a long day of sun and play, a light cheesecake is refreshing and sweet, yet quick and easy enough to make, as a guest! It’s the perfect hassle free summer dessert and I love serving them individually. You can of course make one large cheesecake if you prefer.

A no bake cheesecake drizzled with red sauce

Tips

  • Soften Cream Cheese – If you don’t have your cream cheese perfectly softened to prevent lumps. I highly recommend that if you have time and/or remember, you should let your cream cheese sit out to soften for several hours. I’ve found that method leads to better results than trusting the “soften cream cheese” function on the microwave.
  • Press the crust of the cheesecake down firmly with your fingers or the back of a spoon so that it holds together well.
  • These no bake cheesecakes can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Once made, cover them in plastic wrap and store in the fridge. You can serve the straight from the fridge and add your topping (if you are using one) just before serving.

Individual desserts on a white serving plate

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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Julie Blanner
Easy no bake cheesecake recipe that gives you a fresh bakery taste in minutes. With just a few ingredients, this no bake cheesecake is too good to pass up.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 258 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • fresh fruit or sauce to top

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and butter. Press into lined muffin tins or a greased pie crust. Bake 5 minutes.
  • In mixing bowl, beat heavy cream, gradually increasing speed until stiff. Gradually add powdered sugar, followed by cream cheese. Whip until smooth.
  • Fill pie crust, add your favorite toppings and refrigerate until set.

Notes

  • Soften cream cheese to avoid lumps. 
  • Press the crust of the cheesecake down firmly with your fingers or the back of a spoon so that it holds together well.
  • Keep up to 2 days refrigerated covered in plastic wrap. Add your favorite topping just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories:258kcalCarbohydrates:25gProtein:2gFat:17gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:55mgSodium:140mgPotassium:57mgFiber:1gSugar:20gVitamin A:633IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:40mgIron:1mg
Keywords easy cheesecake recipe, no bake cheesecake, no bake dessert
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