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This no-bake cheesecake recipe is so easy! You only need 5 ingredients + a graham cracker crust to make this cool, fluffy, and silky-smooth dessert.

A perfect slice of no-bake cheesecake with whipped cream and berries, on a dark blue plate with a vintage silver fork.

It’s Friday, woo-hoo! And we are down to just 5 more full days of school.

Can I just tell you: I am so excited for summer vacation. Not that school has been tough lately or anything. My kids have pretty much just been coasting along since spring break. But I am SO looking forward to a slower pace. And to have them home with me. Sleeping in, hanging out, and heading to the local pool to sit in warm sunshine all afternoon- this is what I am really looking forward to.

And no-bake desserts like this easy no-bake cheesecake!

I love cheesecake and I’ve got plenty of cheesecake recipes on this site to prove it. This vanilla cheesecake is the basis of so many of my more creative cheesecake creations, and so is this chocolate cheesecake. And this Oreo cheesecake is an absolute favorite. So are these pumpkin cheesecake bars, especially in Fall.

Every one of these recipes bakes up insanely creamy and luscious. But sometimes you just want something quick and easy. Bonus points if you don’t even have to turn on your oven!

That’s when I look to this no-bake cheesecake. It’s fluffy, smooth, and so light, with a buttery graham cracker crust. The combination of creamy, tangy filling and that crunchy crust, with just a whisper of cinnamon? It’s everything! You are going to love it!

Slice of fluffy no-bake cheesecake with whipped cream and berries, on a blue plate with a text overlay reading "No-Bake Cheesecake."

WHAT IS NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE?

No-bake cheesecake is basically just what it sounds like: a cheesecake recipe that you don’t have to bake! It’s easy as can be, and perfect for those warmer months where you just can’t even think about turning the oven on.

It only takes a few minutes to make, and you only need 5 ingredients for the filling.

Best of all, none of those ingredients are weird or tricky. There is NO sweetened condensed milk in this recipe and NO gelatin. And just look at the results! Could it slice any prettier??

HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE

Here’s a peek at the ingredients you’ll need to create this amazing cheesecake:

Ingredients for making no-bake cheesecake, with text labels.

As you can see, I’ve pictured the crust ingredients as well as the filling ingredients.

For the crust, you’ll need graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and melted butter.

For the filling, you’ll need cream cheese, powdered sugar, cream, lemon juice, and vanilla.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS

I like to buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs for making graham cracker crust because it just makes life so much easier! They can usually be found in the baking aisle of my regular grocery store. You can also order them online: graham cracker crumbs. Or, just place about 9 whole graham cracker crumbs in your food processor, and pulse them until finely ground.

LEMON JUICE

Please don’t think that because this recipe contains lemon juice that it’s a LEMON cheesecake. It’s just a small amount of lemon juice, and its only purpose is to bring out the naturally tangy flavor of the cream cheese. Think of it as a seasoning.

And if you really hate lemon, feel free to just leave it out.

Graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

THE CRUST

Start by making the crust. Pop the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a big bowl and stir.

Pouring melted butter into graham cracker mixture.

Then add the melted butter and stir it all up until it’s well combined.

Graham cracker crust mixture in a springform pan.

Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased, 10-inch springform pan.

Pressing graham cracker crust into an even layer with the bottom of a measuring cup.

Now just press it flat into the bottom of the pan.

Graham cracker crust for no-bake cheesecake.

Ta-dah! That’s your graham cracker crust made. If you need more info on graham cracker crust, or ideas on other types of no-bake cookie crusts, check out this post: Graham Cracker Crust.

THE FILLING

Now you can get going on the filling. Start with the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large glass mixing bowl.

Just blend these together until totally smooth. I like to use the whisk attachment for this. It really gets the lumps out! But you can use a hand mixer too. Just make sure it’s perfectly smooth because if there are any lumps now, it will be really hard to get them out later.

Cream cheese and powdered sugar whipped together until smooth.

Once you’ve got it silky-smooth, scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, and add about a quarter cup of cream.

Drizzling cream into no-bake cheesecake batter.

Continue to mix in the cream, a little at a time, stopping frequently to scrape. This is really going to help your cheesecake to be lump free!

No-bake cheesecake filling with lemon and vanilla.

Once all the cream has been added, “season” with lemon juice and vanilla.

No-bake cheesecake filling in a springform pan.

Whip the filling for about a minute or so, until it’s really fluffy and thick. Then pile it onto the crust!

Chilled no-bake cheesecake in a springform pan with a silicone spatula.

Smooth it out into a nice, even layer, and pop it in the fridge to chill! Easy!

HOW LONG DOES NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE TAKE TO SET?

I would recommend chilling this no-bake cheesecake for a minimum of two hours. You may be able to get away with less, but why take chances?

If you really want beautiful, clean slices like you see here, two hours should be good enough, overnight is even better.

Overhead image of two slices of no-bake cheesecake with whipped cream and berries.

IS NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE GLUTEN-FREE?

The filling for this cheesecake is completely gluten-free!

And if you want to make the whole thing gluten-free, just look for gluten-free graham cracker crumbs.

CAN YOU BAKE NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE?

You cannot bake a no-bake cheesecake. It does not contain anything that would “set” in the oven, like eggs or flour. If you put this no-bake cheesecake in the oven, it would just melt. And a melted cheesecake is too sad.

If you are looking for a baked cheesecake recipe, check out the cheesecake category of my recipe index: Cheesecake Recipes. There are tons of choices there!

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

This no-bake cheesecake should keep in the fridge for about a week or so. Be sure to keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out.

HOW LONG CAN IT SIT OUT?

If you’re having a party, you can probably leave this cheesecake out at room temperature for a few hours without a problem. But if it’s very hot in your house (like above 80 degrees or so) it could get a little softer than you might like.

WILL IT MELT?

This no-bake cheesecake should not melt at normal temperatures. It obviously is more firm when chilled, and softer at room temp. But it holds its shape very well despite the fact that there is no gelatin in it.

CAN IT BE FROZEN?

If you’d like, you can freeze this no-bake cheesecake. It makes an extra-cool creamy treat on a hot day!

It should last in the freezer for about a month or so. Be sure to wrap it well so it doesn’t pick up any funky freezer odors.

Fluffy smooth no-bake cheesecake on a fork with whipped cream and berries.

I just know you are going to LOVE this no-bake cheesecake recipe! It’s easier than anything else I’ve seen out there, and the creamy, fluffy filling contrasts with the crunchy crust in the most delicious way! Make it- asap!

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No-Bake Cheesecake
Prep Time
15 mins
Chill Time
2 hrs
 

This no-bake cheesecake recipe is so easy! You only need 5 ingredients + a graham cracker crust to make this cool, fluffy, and silky-smooth dessert.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: no-bake cheesecake, no-bake cheesecake recipe, no-bake cheesecake without condensed milk, Philadelphia no-bake cheesecake
Servings: 10
Calories: 663 kcal
Ingredients
For the Graham Cracker Crust
For the No-Bake Cheesecake Filling
  • 24 ounces cream cheese (3 blocks)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Optional Garnishes
  • 3/4 cup cream, whipped to soft peaks with 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • fresh berries
Instructions
To Make the Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Place the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Add the melted butter and mix until evenly combined.

  3. Mist a 10-inch diameter springform pan with non-stick spray, then press the mixture into the bottom in an even layer.

To Make the No-Bake Cheesecake Filling
  1. Place the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together until smooth (about 1 minute on medium speed).

  2. Whisk in the cream on medium speed, about 1/4 cup at a time, stopping frequently to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula.

  3. When all the cream has been added, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, and then whip in the lemon juice and vanilla extract, until the mixture looks fluffy and can hold stiff peaks (about 1 minute on high speed).

  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared pan, and smooth into an even layer.

  5. Chill for at least 2 hours.

  6. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh berries (optional).

Recipe Notes

*Use boxed graham cracker crumbs, or place about 9 whole graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground.

Nutrition Facts
No-Bake Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 663 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 58g 89%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 388mg 16%
Potassium 173mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 43.2%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 12.6%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.