No Bake Cheesecake is a silky smooth dessert made with a cheesecake filling over a buttery graham cracker crust with no need to turn on your oven! It can be flavored in a variety of ways, including with fruit, chocolate, or caramel, and can be topped with whipped cream or fresh fruit for a delicious and elegant dessert. If you prefer a baked version, check out my Perfect Cheesecake Recipe!

No-Bake Cheesecake on Cake Stand

Ingredients & Substitutions

Crust: When making the graham cracker crust, be sure all of the crumbs are coated with butter. This is the ‘glue’ that keeps the crust together. You could also use a store-bought crust if that is what you have on hand.

Lemon Juice: For best results, use freshly squeezed lemon juice. I don’t recommend using store-bought lemon juice as it doesn’t work as well and you can almost taste the difference.

Filling: The filling for this no-bake cheesecake recipe is made with a special ingredient, heavy whipping cream. I have made several no-bake cheesecakes with the traditional sweetened condensed milk and always find that it tastes a bit different, or noticeable. Using heavy cream makes this no-bake cheesecake stand up to classic baked cheesecake.

Overhead of No Bake Cheesecake with Slice Cut

How to Serve No-Bake Cheesecake

When it comes to how you serve this cheesecake, the sky is the limit! You can add pie fillings like strawberry, blueberry (from my blueberry pie bombs), cherry, lemon, and raspberry. You could also drizzle chocolate syrup on top and a healthy dollop of whipped cream for some extra richness. My favorite way to eat this no-bake cheesecake is with fresh fruit. I love it with blueberries and kiwi and my kids grab fresh strawberries.

One Piece of No Bake Cheesecake

Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake

To make this a chocolate no-bake cheesecake, simply add 8 ounces of your favorite chocolate. Start by melting the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, set it aside to cool a bit. Add the cooled melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and continue making the cheesecake as directed below. Make it with an Oreo cookie crust for even more chocolate in every bite!

Piece of Cheesecake with Strawberries on Top

Why Didn’t My Cheesecake Set Up Properly?

There are a few reasons the cheesecake may not have stood up properly. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure to whip your heavy cream well, for at least 3 minutes. You want the consistency to be fairly firm.
  • If you have chilled it for 6 hours in the refrigerator and it’s still not fully set, pop it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The cheesecake should not freeze but will be firm.
  • It’s important to use the correct pan size as specified in the recipe. If the cheesecake is baked in a pan that is too large or too small, it may not set up properly.
  • Stick as closely as possible to the recipe to ensure the best results. Making substitutions for ingredients in a recipe can sometimes cause problems with the cheesecake setting up properly.
Close up picture of inside of Cheesecake

How to Store Cheesecake

To store the cheesecake, cover it and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. If you tightly wrap the cheesecake in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container, it will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

Freezing Cheesecake

To freeze a cheesecake:

  1. Let the cheesecake cool completely.
  2. Place the cheesecake (uncovered) in the freezer for about an hour. I suggest that if you are keeping the cheesecake pie in the springform pan, remove the sides of the pan.
  3. After the hour in the freezer, take the cheesecake off the pan (you may have to pry it off with a knife), and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
  4. Place the wrapped cheesecake into a zipped freezer bag or wrap it in aluminum foil. Be sure to label and date the cheesecake.
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No Bake Cheesecake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
No Bake Cheesecake is a silky smooth dessert made with a cheesecake filling over a buttery graham cracker crust with no need to turn on your oven!

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups (105 g) graham cracker crumbs, about 8 sheets of graham crackers, crushed
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar, or granulated
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling

  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (20 g) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups (357 g) heavy whipping cream

Instructions

Crust

  • Spray a 7-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Make sure to get every crumb coated with butter. 
  • Pour the crust into the prepared pan, pressing it into the bottom and up the sides. Set aside.

Filling

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt. Mix at medium speed until soft and smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Switch to the whisk attachment and pour in the heavy cream. Mix at low speed to combine. Then, increase to high and whip until the mixture can hold stiff peaks (3 to 5 minutes).
  • Pour the filling into the prepared crust.
  • Refrigerate until the filling is firm and cold, about 6 hours or overnight.

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Reader Comments

  1. Made this and it turned out great 💕 Highly recommend trying out this recipe. Tasted like the real deal!

  2. Amanda- does the tray at the bottom of the springform pan does the ridge go up inside the pan or down?

  3. I’ve never made cheesecake before, and was super nervous. I finally saw this recipe and decided to try it because it seemed so simple, but I was worried about it not tasting right because it’s not baked. I left it in the fridge for about half an hour and was eager to try it. It settled so nice, and it’s thick and creamy, and turned out way better than I thought it would. This will officially be my cheesecake recipe for the rest of my life, thank you!!

  4. Can this recipe be doubled and if so, what size pan would I use. Appreciate your feedback. Dar

  5. can spreadable cream cheese be used instead of the block? The cream cheese block is hard and very expensive in my region

  6. I’ve bee baking for years and have made many cheesecakes. I wouldn’t use spreadable cream cheese. Get the block cream cheese for this recipe. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.it calls for just two packages of cream cheese. Give it a try. Hope this helps.

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