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The Best Easy, No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe Ever (With Photos)

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Seriously. This is the best, easiest no-bake cheesecake recipe around.

Seriously. This is the best, easiest no-bake cheesecake recipe around.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Our family loves cheesecake—cherry, strawberry, blueberry, even huckleberry—whenever they can talk Mom into making one. The biggest problem is that some recipes are not very chef-friendly. They take too much time, require odd ingredients, or just take too much effort.

Over the years, we have developed one of the best and easiest no-bake cheesecake recipes around. Now it is almost a staple in the house, right up there with meat and potatoes.

I'll share this recipe with you, but only if you promise not to have it for every meal.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

about 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes unflavored Knox gelatine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust, store-bought
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can pie filling, of your choice

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and vanilla together on medium speed until creamy.
  2. Place the gelatin and sugar in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Bring the water to a boil, then add it to the gelatin-sugar mixture and stir for 5 minutes or until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  4. Immediately add this sugar-gelatin-water mix to the cream cheese and blend thoroughly. Mix on medium speed until smooth and lump-free.
  5. By this time, the mixture will have cooled considerably. Pour it into the pie crust.
  6. Refrigerate 3 hours until firm, or overnight. Top with a canned pie filling as desired. While the cheesecake is good without any addition, it is even better with some kind of topping added. Cherry, strawberry, and blueberry are our favorites, but if you can find or make a huckleberry topping, it will be heaven.

Homemade Crust Option

The recipe above uses a store-bought graham cracker pie crust for ease and simplicity, but if you want to level up your cheesecake I'd recommend making your own graham cracker crust. It isn't difficult and it will be far superior to anything you can buy in the store. Give it a try just one time and see if you don't agree.

Step-by-Step Photo Guide

Ingredients for the cheesecake

Ingredients for the cheesecake

Beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Add the sugar and dry gelatine to an empty bowl.

Add the sugar and dry gelatine to an empty bowl.

Stir sugar, gelatin and water for several minutes until completely dissolved.

Stir sugar, gelatin and water for several minutes until completely dissolved.

Mix the gelatin mixture with the cream cheese. Start with the mixer on slow so that the water isn't thrown out.

Mix the gelatin mixture with the cream cheese. Start with the mixer on slow so that the water isn't thrown out.

Continue to beat the mixture until...

Continue to beat the mixture until...

... the mixture is smooth and lump-free.

... the mixture is smooth and lump-free.

Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Pour the filling into the pie crust.

Refrigerate until firm or overnight.

Refrigerate until firm or overnight.

This piece won't last long.  The work is done, photos taken and now it's time to take a sample for taste tests.

This piece won't last long. The work is done, photos taken and now it's time to take a sample for taste tests.

Finished cheesecake, ready to slice into pieces.  Or eat the whole thing yourself...

Finished cheesecake, ready to slice into pieces. Or eat the whole thing yourself...

More Dessert Ideas

Of course, cheesecake isn't the only dessert recipe possible, it just seems like it sometimes. Here are a few other family favorites:

  • No-Bake Banana Split Pie: Probably the richest pie I've ever had, and one of the easiest to make as well. This one is a necessity at our own holiday dinners.
  • Peaches and Pecan Pie: An absolutely delicious pie. It takes a little more effort than either cheesecake, but it is worth it.
  • Garden Peach Cake: This moist, fruity cake falls into the category of one of the best desserts around. Something to try out one day when looking for something different.

© 2012 Dan Harmon