The Best Easy, No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Updated on February 11, 2020
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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. | Source

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 time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: One cheesecake, about 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
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Ingredients for the cheesecake.beating the cream cheese smoothAdd the sugar and dry gelatine to an empty bowlStir sugar, gelatin and water for several minutes, until completely dissolved.Mixing 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..The mixture is smooth and lump free.Pour into the pie crustRefrigerate until firm or overnight
Ingredients for the cheesecake.
Ingredients for the cheesecake. | Source
beating the cream cheese smooth
beating the cream cheese smooth | Source
Add the sugar and dry gelatine to an empty bowl
Add the sugar and dry gelatine to an empty bowl | Source
Stir sugar, gelatin and water for several minutes, until completely dissolved.
Stir sugar, gelatin and water for several minutes, until completely dissolved. | Source
Mixing the gelatin mixture with the cream cheese.  Start with the mixer on slow so that the water isn't thrown out.
Mixing the gelatin mixture with the cream cheese. Start with the mixer on slow so that the water isn't thrown out. | Source
Continue to beat the mixture until..
Continue to beat the mixture until.. | Source
The mixture is smooth and lump free.
The mixture is smooth and lump free. | Source
Pour into the pie crust
Pour into the pie crust | Source
Refrigerate until firm or overnight
Refrigerate until firm or overnight | Source

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.
5 stars from 3 ratings of No bake cheesecake
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. | Source

What's your favority cheesecake topping?

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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... | Source

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Dan Harmon

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      • Thelma Alberts profile image

        Thelma Alberts 

        2 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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        facetube 

        4 years ago

        Cheesecake that melts in the mouth. Great Recipe!

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        Kristen Howe 

        4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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        frogyfish 

        5 years ago from Central United States of America

        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.

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        Susan 

        7 years ago from India

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

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        Dil Vil 

        7 years ago from India

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

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        Kathryn 

        7 years ago from Windsor, Connecticut

        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!

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        Patricia Scott 

        7 years ago from North Central Florida

        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

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        Lady Jen Palven 

        7 years ago from Philippines

        Looks delicious! Wanna try that too :)

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        oceansider 

        7 years ago

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

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        Dan Harmon 

        7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

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

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        Christy Birmingham 

        7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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        Penelope Hart 

        7 years ago from Rome, Italy

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

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        Dan Harmon 

        7 years ago from Boise, Idaho

        @ 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.

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        Suzette Walker 

        7 years ago from Taos, NM

        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!

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        Amber White 

        7 years ago from New Glarus, WI

        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!

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        Natasha 

        7 years ago from Hawaii

        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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