Easy No-Bake Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 13 rectangular graham crackers)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Prepare the crust in a medium bowl. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar. Using a fork, stir in the melted butter until well blended.
Add the crumb mixture to a 9-inch springform pan or 9.5-inch pie plate. Firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan or pie plate and up the sides.
Refrigerate or freeze the graham cracker crust until the cheesecake mixture is ready.
- 16 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric hand mixer until it has a smooth and creamy consistency.
Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Stir using a silicone spatula, pausing every now and then to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix until your mixture is smooth and light.
Add the sour cream and continue to stir the mixture until blended.
Add the heavy whipping cream to a medium bowl. Using the electric hand mixer, whisk the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Next, using a silicone spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until it is thick and creamy.
Spread the cheesecake mixture over the graham cracker crust. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until set.
Chilling takes up to 4 hours. You may also chill your cheesecake overnight.
The cheesecake will keep for 5 days when placed in an airtight container or covered tightly in plastic wrap.
Using anything other than a full-fat cream cheese may result in your cheesecake not setting well. Avoid reduced-fat cream cheese.
Our easy no-bake cheesecake recipe is an excellent alternative to traditional cheesecake. Don’t fret, cheesecake lovers — this no-bake isn’t fake! A no-bake cheesecake can be rich and creamy too, but without all the hassle. This lovely plain cheesecake is a blank canvas waiting for you to flavor it with your creative, inspired tastes.
What Can I Add To My Easy No-Bake Cheesecake?
Plain vanilla cheesecake is divine on its own with its decadently sweet and tart flavor. However, that rich flavor can be built upon by introducing other ingredients. Additions to your cheesecake can give extra sweetness, tartness, or an exciting texture. Here are a few options:
- peanut butter cups
- Oreo cookies
- caramel drizzle
Many ingredients in this no-bake cheesecake may not be suitable for all diets. However, there are substitutions available for those looking to prepare this simple dessert.
Low-Carb And Keto
If you are on a low-carb or keto diet, swap out regular confectioners’ sugar for a low-carb option such as Swerve confectioners’ sweetener. Use almond flour instead of graham crackers to make the crust.
If you’re gluten-free, swap out the regular graham crackers for gluten-free graham crackers or use almond flour for a safe alternative.
If you’re craving a delicious, luscious dessert that you can whip up in a snap, give this easy no-bake cheesecake a try!