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No-Bake Cheesecake

Ultra creamy and smooth No-Bake Cheesecake is exactly what hot summer days call for. The luscious cheesecake filling rests on a graham cracker crust and it all comes together in a snap.

side view of no bake cheesecake on a white serving plate

No-Bake Cheesecake

I'm adding more cheesecakes to the archives! And they are a couple of no-bake recipes. Yay!!

I took my perfect cheesecake recipe and turned into a silky no-bake version. It's going to become your go-to cheesecake for summer.

The graham cracker crust is held together with melted butter that hardens as it cools. The filling is a mixture of cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream that's whipped together until it's fluffy and light.

After getting this basic version perfect, I added snickers candy bars. You don't want to miss the no-bake snickers cheesecake version!

My no bake strawberry cheesecake is also one that you must try. It's all the rage during the hot summer months.

easy no bake cheesecake slice on a navy blue plate

What is a no-bake cheesecake?

A no-bake cheesecake doesn't require an oven. Everything from the crust to the filling is mixed in a bowl, added to the pan, and refrigerated until it's set.

No bake desserts are perfect during the peak of summer when it's way too hot to have the oven on.

Main ingredients for no bake cheesecake

Graham cracker crumbs - grind 1 and ½ sleeves until you have a fine crumb.

Butter - melted butter will coat the ground crumbs acting as a glue to hold the base together.

Cream cheese - makes up the base of the filling. Use full fat, block cream cheese for the best results.

Confectioners' sugar - sweetens and adds structure since it contains cornstarch. Plain powdered sugar will not work as well.

Heavy whipping cream - will whip up into a thick consistency which will give the cheesecake body as well as make it light and creamy.

whole easy no bake cheesecake on white serving plate

How to make no-bake cheesecake?

Step 1: Make the crust

Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Make sure to get all the crumbs well coated then press them firmly into the bottom of a springform pan. Freeze the crust while you make the filling.

graham cracker crumbs pressed into a round pan

Step 2: Make the filling>

It's important to beat the cream cheese until its' smooth and free of lumps before adding the other ingredients. Mix the batter really well after adding each ingredient.

After adding the cream, beat the filling until it becomes thick and stiff.

no bake cheesecake filling in a glass bowl

Step 3: Refrigerate until set

Spread the filling over the prepared crust and refrigerate overnight.

no bake cheesecake filling in a round pan
slice of no bake cheesecake on a white plate with a fork taking a bite out

Tips for no bake cheesecake

  • Plan ahead. The cheesecake doesn't require baking but it does need to refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • Get those graham cracker crumbs well coated with butter! The butter will harden once cooled, acting as the "glue" that holds the crust together.
  • Use full-fat cream cheese for best results.
  • Make sure the cream you are using is indeed "heavy whipping cream". The higher fat content will allow the cream to whip up thicker which is needed to hold the filling together.

More no bake cheesecake recipes you'll love

  1. No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake
  2. No Bake Berry Cheesecake
  3. No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake

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side view of no bake cheesecake on a white serving plate

No-Bake Cheesecake

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Ultra creamy and smooth No-Bake Cheesecake is exactly what hot summer days call for. The luscious cheesecake filling rests on a graham cracker crust and it all comes together in a snap.


For the crust

  • 1 ½ cups (148 g) graham cracker crumbs, from about 1 and ½ sleeves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • 24 ounces (680 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (180 g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cold heavy whipping cream


Make the crust

  1. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with foil or parchment paper: set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Mix until crumbs are well coated with butter.
  3. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and an inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Set in the freezer while you make the filling.

Make the filling

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or with a handheld electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on low speed until the sugar is moistened. Then turn the speed up to medium and continue mixing until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla, lemon juice, and salt. Mix on medium speed until well incorporated, about 1 minute.
  4. If using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, switch to the whisk attachment and add the heavy cream. Beat on low speed until the cream is well mixed in. Turn the speed up to high and beat until the batter becomes thick and stiff.
  5. Pour the filling over the prepared crust and spread to the edges of the pan. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.


Make ahead tip

  1. The assembled cheesecake will keep for up to 5 days stored covered in the refrigerator.
  2. After the cheesecake has been refrigerated for 8 hours, you can transfer it to the freezer. Wrap the entire pan in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil. It will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Saturday 25th of September 2021

Hi !! I Wanted to ask how much cornstarch i should add if i use plain powdered sugar

Jen Sobjack

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Typically, you'd mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 1 cup of plain powdered sugar. However, I can't guarantee how that will work in this recipe because I used storebought confectioners' sugar so that's what I recommend.

Betsy Cloyd

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Just made this for Father's Day. We all loved it. Something cold & refreshing for our HOT Texas summers. This recipe is added to my no bake summer list!!!!!!!

Marge Richards

Monday 15th of March 2021

Sounds great and easy too! Can’t wait to try it! Marge


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Since this is a no-bake recipe, can i use a 11 inch tart pan instead of 9 inch? Please reply soon.

Jen Sobjack

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

You can try it. There may not be enough crust to come up the sides of the pan.


Saturday 5th of September 2020

Hi , I wanted to try this recipe but could got hold of only 200 gms of cream cheese ...what will be the proportion of the other ingredients ...and what is the difference between confectioners sugar(sifted) and castor sugar ..are they same ...or you mean icing sugar ?

Jen Sobjack

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Confectioners' sugar is powdered sugar also known as icing sugar.

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