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The Best Easy, No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe


Dan is a family man who has raised two children. They inspired him to become an expert in no-bake desserts.

The very best, easiest no-bake cheesecake recipe.

The very best, easiest no-bake cheesecake recipe.

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

One cheesecake, about 8 servings


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

Should You Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust?

Yes you can buy one of those rock-hard, tasteless things in an aluminum foil pie tin, but I strongly suggest that you make 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.

No-Bake Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and vanilla together on medium speed in a large bowl until creamy.
  2. Place 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.
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...

Other Dessert Suggestions

Of course, cheesecake isn't the only dessert recipe possible, it just seems like it sometimes. Some options that might take it's place at least once a month or so:

  • 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


Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 25, 2017:

Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

facetube on July 08, 2015:

Cheesecake that melts in the mouth. Great Recipe!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 06, 2015:

Those cheesecake ideas sounds interesting and scrumptious Dan! I would love to try them all. Rotten egg? Hmm. Voted up for useful!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on November 16, 2014:

I like easy, cheesecake, and cherry topping. So voted for all of them! Now I am going to check our your Rotten Egg Pie! Hmm-mm.

Susan from India on April 15, 2013:

Wow. Simply mouth watering. Voted up. Thanks for sharing.

Dil Vil from India on April 15, 2013:

Pic looks delicious and mouth watering. Excellent hub with great recipe.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on February 22, 2013:

That looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing it.

I like that you also have a how-to for the graham cracker crust. Clever and convenient!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 08, 2012:

My family is a huge fan of cheesecake which I do NOT make often. However I must give these a try. I have found all of these yummy recipes as I have been reading tonight. I love that about HubPages. thank you for sharing.. :) ps

Lady Jen Palven from Philippines on October 07, 2012:

Looks delicious! Wanna try that too :)

oceansider on October 06, 2012:

Your recipe sounds delicious and is so easy, I will probably try to make it....thanks so much for a great, no bake recipe!

Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 06, 2012:

That's me too - the easier and simpler the better. I'm no chef, far from it, but I can handle this one.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 06, 2012:

I heard the words 'no bake' and had to head on over :) I like the recipe, sounds good!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on October 03, 2012:

Please, invite us over. Looks delicious. Pinning so I can find this recipe. Thanks.

Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 01, 2012:

@ Natasha: I don't make this one either - my wife does. I just EAT it!

@amberld: Thanks - we all love cheesecake, and you're right that dessert just goes with holidays.

@suzettenaples: I try hard to make the directions for people that can't cook. That mostly describes me, so I have to have something simple or I'm lost.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on October 01, 2012:

This is a great cheesecake recipe and it looks easy to make. Your instructions are great and easy to follow. I like your photos also - very appetizing! Voted up and shared!

Amber White from New Glarus, WI on October 01, 2012:

Your recipe looks great! I will have to try making it soon and can't wait to read more of your dessert recipes, I need some new ideas for the holidays! Voted up!

Natasha from Hawaii on October 01, 2012:

Man! You have so many dessert recipes! I have never made cheesecake because it seemed like such a pain but, you're right, this recipe looks super easy.

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