No Bake Cheesecake

filed under: Cheesecakes · Dessert on April 30, 2018

Are you are craving the silky smooth delightfulness that is Cheesecake but don’t want to turn on your oven? I have found the perfect No-Bake Cheesecake recipe for you! You may also like my Perfect Cheesecake Recipe!

No-Bake Cheesecake on Cake Stand

No Bake Cheesecake

So what exactly is a no-bake cheesecake? Simply put it’s a cheesecake that’s never seen the inside of an oven. Neither the crust nor the filling is baked, making it truly a no-bake dessert.

So how do you make a crust that is no bake? It’s simple! I use the standard ingredients of graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter, but I make extra sure that every single crumb is covered with butter. The butter will act as a binding agent when it cools ensuring a beautifully firm and delicious crust.


Overhead of No Bake Cheesecake with Slice Cut

No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

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. So I went on the search for a recipe that would not use sweetened condensed milk and that would stand up to a classic baked cheesecake. The original recipe I found was on Serious Eats and after making it several times and making slight adaptations, I know that I have finally found the PERFECT No-Bake Cheesecake!

Because we are using heavy whipping cream in this recipe it is essential that it chills in your fridge for at least 6 hours before serving. Overnight works best! Also be sure to note that I used 2 different attachments with this recipe, the paddle and the whisk. Using these attachments at the specified times is important and ensures you will have the best no bake cheesecake!

I also used fresh lemon juice. I don’t recommend using a store-bought lemon juice as it doesn’t work as well and you can almost taste the difference.

One Piece of No Bake Cheesecake

When it comes to how you serve this cheesecake, the sky is the limit! You can add pie fillings (I added strawberry pie filling in the video and in a picture below) but blueberry, cherry, lemon, and raspberry also taste amazing! You could also drizzle chocolate on top and a healthy dollop of whipped cream for some extra richness.

By far 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.

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 aside to cool a bit. Add the cooled melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and continue making the cheesecake as directed below. (Don’t forget to make an Oreo crust for a chocolate lovers dream come true!)

Piece of Cheesecake with Strawberries on Top

This no-bake cheesecake is the perfect dessert for summer! It comes together quickly, uses only a few simple ingredients, and tastes AHmazing!

Close up picture of inside of Cheesecake

Looking for the BEST baked Cheesecake? Try these:

Ultimate Blueberry Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

UPDATE: After talking to a number of readers some folks mentioned that their cheesecake didn’t set up as fully as mine did. Here are a few tips to make sure yours does:

Make sure to whip your heavy cream well, 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.

4.88 from 48 votes
No Bake Cheesecake
Prep Time
20 mins
6 hrs

Smooth and creamy and no oven needed!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no bake cheesecake
Servings: 8 people
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 ¼ cup (105g) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar, can also use granulated
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 16 ounces plain full-fat cream cheese (two 8-ounce packages; 455g)
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (20g) fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups (357g, 12 ounces) heavy whipping cream
  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a small bowl. Make sure to get every crumb coated with butter. 

  2. Pour into a 7-inch springform pan. Spread into an even layer, then compress firmly with a measuring cup making sure to press up the sides of the pan. Set aside.

  1. Combine the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix at medium speed until soft and smooth. Scrape the bowl as needed.

  2. Switch to the whisk attachment and pour in the cream. Mix at low speed to combine, then increase to high and whip until the mixture can hold stiff peaks, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour into the prepared crust.
  4. Refrigerate until the filling is firm and cold, about 6 hours or overnight.

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  • Pablo Zavala says:

    Hola Amanda!!!!!
    Tus recetas de postres haces que se vean simples, sencillas y deliciosas, gracias por mostrar tu pasión, saludos desde México!!!!!


    I like the cheese cake

  • Diana says:

    I made this cheesecake yesterday – beat the heavy cream in to the cream cheese for 4 minutes. I let it set for about 24 hours in the fridge. It seemed firm but it wasn’t. I now have it in the freezer and am hoping to cut a nice slice in about 30 minutes. I do have one question…the crust is hard to cut through – was that to be expected? I’m having a hard time managing a soft cheesecake and hard crust. Any tips would be appreciated. And regardless, it tastes terrific!

  • Melissa says:

    You are a lifesaver! I used your recipe as a filling in raspberry parfait with vanilla wafer cookie crumbs. I needed a dessert in a hurry and did not have time to let it set-up in the fridge. I made your cheesecake filling in a very short amount of time and assembled individual parfaits in 9 ounce clear plastic cups. As soon as the last raspberry garnish was on top of the last cup, I put my trays in the car and drove straight to the event where they were being served. They were a big hit. Your recipe saved the day! Thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Awesome idea Melissa!!!

  • Yvette Wise says:

    Excellent recipe, I omitted the lemon and added 1/4 tsp almond extract. Trader Joe’s graham cracker are great to use and half of the butter is needed with these Graham’s as they are already quite rich

    • Amanda says:

      Love the additional of almond extract!!


    Can’t wait to try the Red Velvet & the Easy Cheesecake.. Both look easy & doable!!

  • Cori says:

    I have made this cheesecake multiple times now as it seems to be a family favorite I’ve never had a problem with it setting up in fact the first time I made it it was holding stiff peaks at only two minutes of beating on my commercial Kitchenaid I didn’t want to overwork the cream and the cheese cake came out superb …….I even added a little lemon zest to the mix thank you for this wonderful tasty easy recipe it’s a keeper

    • Cori says:

      Oh i forgot to add the 10 stars 💓

    • Amanda says:


  • Joy Retterer says:

    I had to refrigerate the filling and rewhip once it was very cold.

  • Ana says:

    This tasted yummy but my cheesecake turned out runny even after being in the refrigerator for more than 6 hours. It’s now in the freezer. The one thing that wasn’t clear in the recipe is weather the cream cheese needs to be cold or at room temperature. Mine was at room temperature perhaps that’s the reason why it was runny or maybe I over beat it, could that be the problem? I would love to try this again if only I can figure out what went wrong.

  • Frankie Sue says:

    I haven’t made this yet but I’m curious… Has anyone tried using knox unflavored gelatin to help firm this up?

  • Augustine says:

    Very nice

  • Kristine says:

    Can you beat the whipping cream to firm peaks and then fold it into the rest of the filling mixture? I have done this with another recipe I make and it sets up beautifully!

  • Tessie says:

    A DELICIOUS topping for cheesecake is powdered sugar mixed into sour cream. I am anxious to try this on your cheesecake 🙂

  • rachel says:

    omg hi!

    the cheesecake is currently chilling, and i have the say, the filling tastes great on its own! i followed this recipe tee, although i did eyeball the vanilla, but that’s okay. can’t wait to eat!

  • Heidy says:

    This was the best tasting cheesecake I’ve ever made! I had no problem with it setting. I really recommend it. My whole family loved it too. Thank u so much, I’m sure I’m gonna make it again! 😃👍

  • Kathy Vega says:

    Planning my holiday baking going to add the no bake cheese cake. Thanks

  • Juli says:

    Just made this recipe for the first time – and it won’t be the last! Followed the recipe to the T, using cold cream cheese. Like the other review, eyeballed the vanilla (used paste, as that was all I had on hand). And, like another review, my kitchenaid mixer had it to stiff peaks in just a little over 2 minutes.
    This will be a great summer dessert!

  • Juli says:

    Sorry – forgot to give it my 5 stars!

  • Sherry Saner says:

    What if you dont have that type of mixer?

  • Michael Dinuzzo says:

    I haven’t tried the cheesecake yet it is chilling now. However, I did taste the filling and it was good but a bit tart. Probably because instead of using vanilla I use rum extract (IDK?). But regardless of the tart flavour it is really good I also added some espresso to the filling tastes great. I added a chocolate ganache to the top and it looks cute. Hope everyone likes it.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I think the Rum idea sounds great! Hope you all enjoy it!

  • Carolyn S says:

    I just made this for my family. They loved it and I also cut fresh strawberries along with Blueberries and whip topping to go along with it. Thank you for this recipe. Very easy and flavorful.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      So glad you and your family enjoyed it, Carolyn!

  • Clay Pendleton says:

    If it doesn’t firm up to satisfaction then yes I have added knox gelatin to it or even added a package of lemon or lime jello. I have found that when I make no bake cheesecakes adding full fat cottage cheese, sour cream or Mascarpone to it helps to add body and holds up much better.

  • Deb says:

    Can I omit the lemon juice. I’m allergic to lemon

  • Elle says:

    I have made this recipe so many times. I used 25 crushed Oreo cookies crushed in processor. An ez recipe with 2 other items on the crust. You;d think I would know the recipe by now; but I do a lot of baking.
    I just love I am baker.

  • Brianna Teague says:

    I have made this recipe quite a few times now. My family, boyfriend, and his immediate and extended family love it also. Definitely a crowd-pleaser. For tonight, I forgot to buy heavy cream and found online how to substitute milk, so fingers crossed.

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