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Best Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Dan has been a homeowner for some 40 years and has nearly always done his own repair and improvement tasks. He is a licensed electrician.

The very best and easy no bake cheesecake
The very best and easy no bake cheesecake | 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 cheesecake recipes are not very chef friendly. They take too much time, require odd ingredients, or are just take too much effort.

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

I'll share that recipe with you, but only if you promise not to have it every meal. Cheesecake does not go well at breakfast - that is the rightful place of Golden Buck cheesy eggs.

Cook Time

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

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 your own crust 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.

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatine, unflavored
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 pkg cream cheese, 8 oz each
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can pie filling, of your choice
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

No Bake Cheesecake

  1. Beat cream cheese and vanilla using medium speed in a large bowl until creamy.
  2. Place gelatin and sugar in a small bowl; mix thoroughly. During this time, heat water until boiling. Add water to the sugar mixture and stir for 5 minutes or until gelatin has completely dissolved.
  3. Immediately add sugar, gelatin and water mix to the cream cheese and blend thoroughly. Continue mixing on medium speed until smooth and lump free.
  4. By this time, the mixture will have cooled considerably; pour it into the pie crust.
  5. 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 favorites, but if you can find or make a huckleberry topping it will be heaven on the table.
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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
5 stars from 1 rating 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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Other Suggested Desserts

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:

  • Rotten Egg Pie. Probably the richest pie I've had the fortune to try, 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 the cheesecake or rotten egg pie, but is worth it.
  • Simple Peach Pie Another great pie of that's easy to make. I'm a fan of simple cooking (at least when I'm the chef) and I can actually do this one and make it taste great. Recommended.
  • Garden Peach Cake If you've gotten the idea that I like peaches, you're right. 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

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      Thelma Alberts 3 weeks ago from Germany

      Yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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      facetube 2 years ago

      Cheesecake that melts in the mouth. Great Recipe!

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      Kristen Howe 2 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 2 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 4 years ago from India

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

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

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

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, 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 4 years ago from sunny 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 5 years ago from Philippines

      Looks delicious! Wanna try that too :)

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      oceansider 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 Dahnke 5 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 5 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.