Welcome, dear reader! Are you looking for a dessert recipe that doesn’t require an oven? Then you’ve come to the right place. Today, I present to you the best no-bake cheesecake recipe.
There’s something so satisfying about a creamy and smooth cheesecake, and this recipe delivers just that. Not only is it easy to make, but it also doesn’t require baking, which means less time in the kitchen on a hot day. Plus, with its silky texture and rich flavor, this delicious treat is sure to impress your friends and loved ones.
So what makes this recipe stand out? First of all, it uses simple ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. We’ll be using graham cracker crumbs for the crust, cream cheese for the filling, and a few other basic ingredients like sugar and vanilla extract.
But don’t be fooled – even though the ingredient list is short, the resulting cheesecake is anything but basic. In fact, I guarantee that this recipe will produce one of the best no-bake cheesecakes you’ve ever tasted.
So without further ado, let’s dive into the recipe and get started on making our perfect no-bake cheesecake!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you are a cheesecake lover but do not have the time or patience to make a bake cheesecake, then this no-bake cheesecake recipe is perfect for you! This recipe is easy to make, hassle-free and takes only 20 minutes to prepare. Trust me, once you taste this creamy and luscious dessert, you will never want to bake a cheesecake again.
What makes this easy bake cheesecake so irresistible is its light and fluffy texture that melts in your mouth. The delish filling is made up of cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract which give it a smooth velvety texture. The graham cracker crust adds a crunchy texture that complements the cheesy filling perfectly.
And the best part? You can customize this 3 ingredient bake cheesecake according to your preference. Whether you like a fruity or chocolatey flavor, this recipe caters to all your cravings. You can top it with your favorite fruit pie filling, strawberry or blueberry sauce or drizzle with melted chocolate for an extra indulgence.
Not only is this recipe quick and easy but it does not require an oven either. All you need is a mixing bowl and a few essential ingredients which are easily available at any grocery store. In less than 30 minutes, you will have an amazing dessert that will impress even the most finicky foodies.
So ditch the hassle of baking a cheesecake and try out this simple yet amazing recipe today. With easy instructions and little cleanup, this no-bake cheesecake recipe from Preppy Kitchen is sure to become your go-to dessert!
- 9-inch graham cracker crust
- 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (8 oz.) tub Cool Whip
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice(optional)
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
To make a delish filling, you can choose one of the following options:
- 1 c. cherry pie filling
- 1 c. blueberry pie filling
- 2 c. strawberry pie filling
- 1 c. chocolate cheesecake filling
- 1 c. vanilla cheesecake filling
These ingredients will give you the perfect bake for your next party or dessert night at home!
The Recipe How-To
Now it’s time to create the star of the show: The No-bake Cheesecake. So, let’s get started!
For the graham cracker crust:
- 1 9-inch graham cracker crust
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ⅓ cup melted butter
For the cheesecake filling:
- 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 14 oz. can condensed milk
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup powdered sugar
Step 1: Prepare the crust
To make our pie crust, we’ll first start by mixing together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until all the ingredients are well combined. Then transfer the mixture into a 9-inch graham cracker crust, pressing down gently making sure that it covers the bottom and sides evenly.
Step 2: Make the cheesecake filling
In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese with a blender or whisk until it reaches a smooth consistency. Once it has been thoroughly mixed, add in condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract little by little while beating.
Step 3: Whip the heavy cream
In another bowl, we’ll whip heavy cream along with powdered sugar to create whipped cream. Continuing to beat for about a minute until it has been well incorporated and is thick and frothy.
Step 4: Combine and refrigerate
After this, fold the whipped cream with the cheesecake mix until well combined while making sure not to overmix.
The final step is to pour your wonderful and creamy cheesecake filling into your prepared crust and spread it out evenly. Then chill in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
And there you have it! A deliciously creamy and easy-to-make no-bake cheesecake recipe that is perfect for any occasion. Enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
There are many ways to customize this no-bake cheesecake recipe to fit your taste preferences. Here are a few substitutions and variations that you can try out:
– Graham cracker crust: While we use a 9-inch graham cracker crust by default, you can also try using a chocolate cookie crust or even an oreo cookie crust for some added richness and crunch.
– Cream cheese: If you prefer a lighter cheesecake, you can replace one of the packages of cream cheese with Neufchâtel cheese, which has less fat and fewer calories but still adds creaminess to the filling.
– Sweetness level: If you find the recipe too sweet, you can reduce the sugar content in the recipe, or use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar as it dissolves more easily into the filling.
– Flavors: You can add different types of extracts like almond or lemon extract to give your cheesecake a subtle, unique flavor. You can also experiment with adding fruit puree or jam to the filling or topping it with pie filling such as cherry, strawberry, or blueberry.
– Toppings: The cool whip topping is classic for this recipe, but you could alternatively use homemade whipped cream or meringue on top. Another alternative is to garnish it with fresh fruits such as berries or any other cut-up fruits that complement your cheesecake flavor best.
Overall, don’t hesitate to experiment with different flavors and ingredients until you find your favorite combination.
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this no-bake cheesecake recipe, the possibilities are endless. This creamy and flavorsome dessert can stand alone without any accompaniments, but if you’re looking to add some extra oomph, there are a few suggestions that will take it to the next level.
You can dress up the top of the cheesecake with some cherry, strawberry or blueberry pie filling or even some chocolate chips for an added texture. You could also try serving it with some whipped cream or Cool Whip to balance out the richness of the cheesecake filling.
For a more balanced flavor profile, you could serve your cheesecake with fresh fruit slices like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. These fruits not only complement the cheese flavor but also add a refreshing burst of acidity to cut through its richness.
If you’re looking for something more indulgent, why not pair it with some preppy kitchen’s condensed milk ice cream? The ice cream’s silky texture together with the creamy and tangy filling of the cheesecake makes for one heavenly dessert experience that is hard to resist.
In conclusion, with a cheesecake as delicious as this no-bake version, there really is no wrong way to serve or pair it. Just go with your intuition and pick your personal favorite from these suggestions, or try something creative of your own.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
So, maybe you aren’t in the mood to indulge in this decadent no-bake cheesecake recipe right away. Or maybe, you want to share it with some friends and family at a later date. No worries! This recipe is perfect for make-ahead purposes.
First off, let’s talk about making ahead. Once you’ve made the cheesecake, pop it into the fridge and let it chill for at least 2 hours before slicing it up. If you don’t plan on eating it within the next day or two, you can also freeze it for later consumption.
Next up – storing. When it comes to storing your no-bake cheesecake, keep it covered with plastic wrap or foil while allowing it to lie flat in the fridge. This will prevent any possible air pockets from forming.
Finally – reheating (if desired). I know what you’re thinking – how do you reheat a no-bake cheesecake? Well, technically speaking, you don’t. However, there are some tips to consider when prepping your refrigerated or frozen dessert for consumption again.
If your cheesecake has been chilled in the fridge, be sure to let it come to room temperature before serving. A warm knife can also do wonders in getting clean slices out of your chilled dessert.
If your cheesecake has been frozen ahead of time, remove from the freezer and place in the fridge 24 hours prior to serving. This will allow ample time for the dessert to thaw properly while not compromising its texture.
Overall, this no-bake cheesecake recipe is not only perfect for immediate indulgence but also great for future consumption. Now go ahead and pre-make a few batches so that you can get your dessert fix whenever the craving hits!
Tips for Perfect Results
I have learned some tips and tricks over the time I’ve been baking that can help you achieve the perfect bake cheesecake every time. Here are some tips for perfect results:
First, make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. This includes the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs. Room temperature ingredients will blend better, resulting in a smoother cheesecake.
Next, don’t overmix the batter once you add the eggs. Over mixing can cause air to get trapped in the batter, which leads to cracks on top of your cheesecake. Mix until everything is just combined.
When it comes time to adding flavorings, like vanilla extract or lemon juice, be sure to measure accurately. Just like with over mixing, adding too much liquid can also cause cracks.
If you prefer a denser cheesecake, swap out the Cool Whip for heavy whipping cream. Whipping cream will give you a richer and more luxurious texture.
When working with a graham cracker crust, make sure it is pressed firmly into the bottom of the pan. A well-packed crust prevents it from crumbling and falling apart when serving.
Lastly, before starting your bake cheesecake recipe, preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). A hot oven helps ensure that your cheesecake bakes evenly and fully without drying out or cracking.
By following these tips and tricks for perfect results, you’ll be able to make an easy no-bake cheesecake recipe that’s sure to impress all of your guests!
So there you have it, the best no-bake cheesecake recipe that will surely leave everyone begging for more. Not only is it easy to make but its creamy, velvety texture and rich tangy sweetness will have you feeling like a dessert master chef in no time. With endless possibilities for substitutions and variations, this recipe can be tailored to your personal preferences and made to suit any occasion.
No longer do you need to worry about spending countless hours in the kitchen baking cheesecake when you can create a delicious dessert in just a few simple steps. So go ahead, give this recipe a try and impress your family and friends with your newfound skills.
Trust me when I say this, once you try this recipe you’ll never go back to the traditional baked version again. It’s simply too good to resist. So indulge and enjoy every last bite of this delectable treat. Happy baking!
Best No-bake Cheesecake Recipe
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- 1 9-inch graham cracker crust
- 1 (12 ounce) can pie cherries
- Beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.
- Add sour cream and vanilla.
- CAREFULLY beat in cool whip (if you aren’t careful, you may end up decorating your kitchen with the filling!).
- Pour into crust and invert top plastic cover of crust.
- Chill 3-4 hours OR freeze 15-30 minutes depending on your freezer.
- Top with pie cherries.
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