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No-Bake Cherry Limeade Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Easy no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares are a delicious and refreshing treat.

Easy no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares are a delicious and refreshing treat.

It's hazy, hot, and humid outside right now, and the last thing I want to do is turn the oven on. As much as I love to bake, it's not my favorite thing to do in the heat of the summer. I'd much rather have something cool and refreshing.

Good any time of the year, these no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares are especially tasty in the summer.

Made with tangy lime gelatin, the squares have a lovely tart flavor that is offset by the sweet cherry gelatin. The ingredients are whipped into a mousse-like texture that is incredibly light and fluffy, and the cake practically melts in your mouth.

The next time you are searching for a treat, but don't feel like turning on a hot oven, try this recipe. You won't be disappointed.

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All the ingredients you'll need to make this dessert.

All the ingredients you'll need to make this dessert.

Preparation Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

4 hours

4 hours 15 min

20 squares

  • 25 vanilla sandwich cookies
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 pkg. lime flavored gelatin, 3 oz. box
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese, 8 oz.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 container whipped topping, 8 oz.
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 pkg. cherry flavored gelatin, 3 oz. box
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Cooking tips

  • Work quickly, especially when adding the cherry gelatin. This dessert sets up rapidly.
  • Use the whisk attachment on your mixer when adding the lime gelatin to the cream cheese mixture. It takes a while to get it smooth and you may not think it will incorporate, but it does.
  1. Line a 13x9 pan with aluminum foil, bringing the foil up the sides and over the ends. Set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave.
  3. Using a heavy duty blender, pulverize the cookies and the melted butter into fine crumbs. I use the Ninja food processor and it works wonderfully.
  4. Pour cookie crumbs into the prepared 13x9 pan and press firmly, evenly covering the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. In a small bowl, pour the boiling water over the lime gelatin and stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add ice cubes and stir until melted.
  6. Mix the cream cheese and sugar until well mixed. Add the lime gelatin mixture and blend until smooth.
  7. Whisk in the whipped topping until fully incorporated.
  8. Pour mixture over the cooled cookie crust.
  9. Prepare the cherry gelatin by pouring 3/4 cups of boiling water over the gelatin. Mix until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of ice and stir until melted.
  10. Pour spoonfuls of the cherry gelatin over the cheesecake. Using a fork, knife or other sharp kitchen tool, incorporate the cherry gelatin into the cheesecake. Use as much, or as little, cherry gelatin as you'd like. You'll have some cherry gelatin left, which can be saved for a snack.
  11. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours until firm. Refrigerate any unused portion.
A great summer dessert, this no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake will steal the show at your next potluck.

A great summer dessert, this no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake will steal the show at your next potluck.

Prepare the Pan

Line your 13x9 pan with aluminum foil.

Line your 13x9 pan with aluminum foil.

Prepare the Crust

1. Using a strong food processor, pour the melted butter over the cookies and puree.

1. Using a strong food processor, pour the melted butter over the cookies and puree.

2. Process the cookies until they are finely ground.

2. Process the cookies until they are finely ground.

3. Spread the cookie crumbs evenly on the bottom of the 13x9 pan.  Cool until ready to use.

3. Spread the cookie crumbs evenly on the bottom of the 13x9 pan. Cool until ready to use.

Prepare the Filling

1. Dissolve the lime flavored gelatin, then melt the ice cubes in the mixture.

1. Dissolve the lime flavored gelatin, then melt the ice cubes in the mixture.

2. Mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

2. Mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

3. Add lime gelatin mixture to the cream cheese mixture and blend thoroughly.  Use the whisking attachment if you have one.

3. Add lime gelatin mixture to the cream cheese mixture and blend thoroughly. Use the whisking attachment if you have one.

4. Whisk in the whipped topping until fully incorporated.

4. Whisk in the whipped topping until fully incorporated.

Prepare the Cheesecake

Pour the lime mixture over the cooled crust.

Pour the lime mixture over the cooled crust.

Prepare the Cherry Gelatin Topping

1. After the cherry gelatin is ready, add spoons of it on the top of the cheesecake.

1. After the cherry gelatin is ready, add spoons of it on the top of the cheesecake.

2. Using a fork, knife or other sharp kitchen tool, blend in the cherry gelatin until you are happy.

2. Using a fork, knife or other sharp kitchen tool, blend in the cherry gelatin until you are happy.

Just look how delicious these no bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares look!

Just look how delicious these no bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares look!

These light and fluffy no-bake cherry limeade cheesecake squares are the perfect choice when a heavy cake or, crunchy cookies, just won't fit the occasion. I hope you think so too.

Enjoy!

Other Flavor Combinations to Try

Cheesecake flavorDrizzle flavor

Lemon

Orange

Lemon

Cherry

Lemon

Strawberry

Lemon

Lime

Lemon

Raspberry

Lime

Orange

Lime

Strawberry

Lime

Raspberry

Cherry

Orange

Cherry

Lemon

Raspberry

Orange

Raspberry

Lemon

Raspberry

Lime

Strawberry

Orange

Strawberry

Lemon

Strawberry

Lime

Orange

Lemon

Orange

Lime

Orange

Cherry

Orange

Raspberry

Orange

Strawberry

© 2014 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on April 29, 2015:

Dear Glimmer Twin Fan: Ouch! Please forgive me for taking six months to get back to you :-(( I would not be so rude on purpose. I'm just unorganized.

Thanks for the info. I don't have a Mac, but I think there are some I can use at the library. I'll definitely check it out. Those are very cool.

Thanks again, dear.

I can't believe I still have not tried making this wonderful recipe. I don't have my own kitchen, though. I have to kind of work around others. That's one reason.

(See? I told you I was unorganized.) LOL

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2015:

Thanks ThatMommyBlogger! My daughter and her friends devoured this when I made it last time.

Missy from The Midwest on April 28, 2015:

I bet my kids would love this!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2014:

@smine27 - Thanks! I'm glad you liked the recipe.

@Huntgoddess - I use Fotor on my Mac. Glad you liked the pics. I have fun writing the text on them.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on October 16, 2014:

Yes, I'm still hoping to make it soon, with the real whipped cream.

Meanwhile: ~~~ I'm interested in learning more about how you get the fonts onto your photos? Photoshop?

It looks really cute! I love it.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on October 15, 2014:

I absolutely love this.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 14, 2014:

Thanks so much for the vote and pin sgbrown! I appreciate it. Hope your husband likes the cheesecake. Mine did.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 14, 2014:

Hi Lisa Keating - This would be great for a pool party! I know when I'm outside I don't like to eat anything too heavy. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 12, 2014:

These look delicious! Hubby love cherry limeade, I bet he would really love this! Up and pinning! :)

LisaKeating on July 12, 2014:

Looks delicious. Think I'll make these for our next pool party. Thanks for the pictures and easy-to-follow instructions.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 07, 2014:

Thanks Melinda! Enjoy the treat and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Melinda Longoria MSM from Garland, Texas on July 06, 2014:

Those just look too yummy!! Will have to try. ;-) Very creative.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on July 06, 2014:

Thanks, Glimmer. Yes, I see what you mean --- about the structure.

You can whip it pretty firmly, I think? I'll let you know.

(I feel kind of sick when I eat Kool Whip.)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

Thanks VirginiaLynne - It's definitely easy and fun to take places too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

Hi Huntgoddess - Thanks for stopping by. I'd be curious to know if the real whipped cream works in this recipe if you try it. I like it better too, but didn't think it would hold up so well. Thank you for the votes.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

Hi bethperry - Thanks so much for your kind comments and enjoy your day.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

Thanks poetryman6969!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

I have a sweet tooth too savvydating. Too much of one I'm afraid, but this is nice and light and hits the spot. Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 06, 2014:

Thank you for your support moonlake. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and appreciate the shares.

Virginia Kearney from United States on July 05, 2014:

Love your photos. I haven't made anything quite like this before. It looks great and easy. Pinned!

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on July 05, 2014:

Wow, very nice recipe! Did you create it yourself? I wish I had such creativity.

I would use real whipped cream instead of Kool Whip, actually. It only takes a few minutes to make, and it's better tasting, and healthier.

Congratulations on HOTD!

Up, useful, interesting, awesome.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2014:

HDbro - This recipe does have a bit of a retro feel and it's nice that it reminds you of your grandmother. Hope you give it a try and enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2014:

Thanks so much Sunshine! Hope you had a nice 4th.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2014:

Many thanks for all of the support Mary! It was such a nice surprise to get this accolade today and I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Have a lovely weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2014:

Thank you for your kind comments SharmaRoshan

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 05, 2014:

Thank you swilliams - I appreciate your kind comments. It's really a nice refreshing dessert. Have a great rest of your weekend.

Beth Perry from Tennesee on July 05, 2014:

Oh, these sound soooo tasty! And the photos are gorgeous.

poetryman6969 on July 05, 2014:

Too tasty! Looking good.

Yves on July 05, 2014:

Wow! This is great. There is no way to go wrong given the instructions with pictures you've listed here. I have to say that I have a definite sweet tooth and if I can make something this good without having to utilize the oven... then I'm a happy camper. By the way, the cheesecake looks delicious! Up and useful.

moonlake from America on July 05, 2014:

This looks so good. I love your photos great job. Congrats on Hub of the Day. Will pin this to my cake board and share.

Dbro from Texas, USA on July 05, 2014:

This looks delicious! It reminds me of desserts my grandmother used to make. I'll definitely give it a try.

Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 05, 2014:

Yummilicious hub! :)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 05, 2014:

What a wonderful job you did on this HOTD! Great photos you took the time to take and include.

Voted up, etc. and shared all around. Will Pin to my desserts board, and on FB and Google+

Roshan Sharma from India on July 05, 2014:

How did you do that?

Amazing.

Simply Superb.

Roshan Sharma on July 05, 2014:

How did you do that?

Amazing.

Simply Superb.

swilliams on July 05, 2014:

What a beautiful presentation! Gorgeous! And it looks good enough to eat! Voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 29, 2014:

Hi aviannovice - My apologies for not responding sooner. I was away for a few days. Glad you stopped by to read and thanks so much for the kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 29, 2014:

Thanks so much teaches! I was out of town for a few days so I could not respond It has been really humid here lately so I think dessert is perfect. Hope you had a nice weekend.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 27, 2014:

This sure looks fabulous for a hot day.

Dianna Mendez on June 26, 2014:

With the summer heat, this is a perfect recipe to make in the kitchen. Your photo has me drooling!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals - I love it when you stop by because your screen name always makes me smile. I love the no bake part too. Glad you'll be giving it a try. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Thanks heart4theword. I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Hi Bill - Nice to see you again. Glad you enjoyed this recipe and I bet you could definitely make them! Surprise your family with it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Hi Lizolivia - I'm not a big fan of Jello by itself, but when it's mixed in with lots of stuff I like it. Glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Thanks so much AliciaC! I'm glad you liked the recipe and the photos. I'm in a recipe kind of mood lately so I've been cooking a lot. Glad you stopped by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 24, 2014:

Thanks Flourishanyway - I will definitely be trying out a couple more of these this summer. They are so refreshing. Have a great day!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 23, 2014:

Thanks so much randomcreative. I like light colorful desserts in the summer too!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2014:

This is my kind of dessert. I love cheesecake. It's look delicious and I especially like the no bake part. I will definitely be trying this. A definite thumbs up and Awesome.

heart4theword from hub on June 22, 2014:

sound really tasty :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 22, 2014:

Hi Glimmer. These sure look yummy. Great job with this hub, very well put together. Looks so easy that even I could make them :). Have a great week.

Lizolivia from Central USA on June 22, 2014:

Jello with whip cream and cheesecake are two of my favorites. Now I can have both at the same time! All I need is the cream cheese and will be making this soon. Awesome hub and good photos, thanks for the recipe.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2014:

These cheesecake squares sound and look delicious! The photos are lovely. They make the cheesecake look very enticing and refreshing. Thanks for sharing another great recipe, Glimmer.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 21, 2014:

These look really good! I like that you provided a table of options for the cheesecake and drizzle.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 21, 2014:

Nothing says summer like a no-bake fruit dessert! And it's so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Hi LeslieAdrienne - Thanks so much for the kind comments. I do like to cook.

Leslie A. Shields from Georgia on June 21, 2014:

If you don't have a recipe book, you should write one and upload it to Amazon... thanks for the recipe!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

oldiesmusic - I think this would be good in any of the other combinations too. The cherry flavor is not too strong if you don't add a lot of the jello. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Hi Nell - Thanks so much for noticing the photos! I've been really trying to finesse my technique. These kinds of hubs do well on pinterest and there are some incredible photos so I'm trying to compete. Hope you try this and like it. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Many thanks for the kind comments travmaj. I hope you give this cake a try. It really is delicious.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Hi Jill - Thanks so much for your kind comments. I've been working hard on trying to take better photos so I appreciate the shout out! I bet you'd enjoy this cheesecake sitting among your pretty flowers. Hope you are having a lovely summer. We have gotten lots of rain.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Thanks so much Crissylite! Have a great weekend.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 21, 2014:

Hi d.william - I would think this could definitely be modified with the equivalent organic ingredients. I'd be curious to know how it turns out. So glad you checked the recipe out. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

breakfastpop - Thanks for reading and glad you like the recipe. Enjoy a piece when you are writing your next observation!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Hi purl3agony - It does remind me a little bit of a retro dessert too. I think it might be the green color! It's definitely a keeper for the hot summer months. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate the support and thanks for your kind comments on my 2 year status update!

oldiesmusic from United States on June 20, 2014:

I love your presentation! I'm not that keen on cherries, so I was delighted to find other fruit flavor combinations. Thanks for sharing your cool (also literally) dessert. Will definitely try this. :)

Nell Rose from England on June 20, 2014:

Wow, not sure what impresses me most, the recipe or your amazing photos! lol! how on earth do you get recipes to look like that? mine would be a total mess! This is great, and something I will definitely try! Wonderful Glimmer!

travmaj from australia on June 20, 2014:

These definitely look delicious and the no bake part is a bonus. Great step by step recipe and the photo's do the cheesecake justice. Mouth watering. Thanks for this.

Jill Spencer from United States on June 20, 2014:

So pretty & fresh for summer! Thanks for the recipe--and your photos are great. Pinned & shared. --Jill

Crissylite on June 20, 2014:

That looks uber delicious!

d.william from Somewhere in the south on June 20, 2014:

Great recipe. I will give it a try. I am a fanatic about not using GMO products, but it will be simple to substitute standard cookies with NON -GMO ingredients cookies from the health food store. Thanks for sharing

breakfastpop on June 20, 2014:

I adore cheesecake, so I am thankful for this recipe. I love the no-bake feature. Rate up, useful and awesome.

Donna Herron from USA on June 20, 2014:

This looks delicious! It reminds me of a recipe that was popular in the 70's, but used ritz crackers for the crust (which sounds kind of gross). This recipe sounds like the perfect treat on a hot day or for a special event. Thanks for sharing! Pinned, etc.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Hi Vellur - Thanks for your kind comments. Enjoy the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

MsDora - Nice to see you again and glad you liked the recipe. It definitely didn't last long in our refrigerator. Thanks for stopping by!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Hi torrilynn - I am a cheesecake fan too. Nice thing about this one is that it is lighter than some other ones. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Thanks AudreyHowitt. This is a fun summer cheesecake, although I'd eat it anytime. Glad you liked the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Thanks so much vocalcoach! I appreciate all of the support. Hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy it. Even my daughter likes it and she is a picky eater. Enjoy your summer!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 20, 2014:

Hi Bill - I can always count on you to read my hubs. Thanks so much. I'm ok, just have the summer writing blues so I am not real active right now. But I have lots ideas in the pipeline. Hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks for reading.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 20, 2014:

Delicious recipe, will try this. The photos are awesome and makes my mouth water.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 20, 2014:

Irresistible for cool snack in the heat of summer. Thanks for sharing such creativity. The pictures make for a good tutorial.

torrilynn on June 19, 2014:

yum yum yum ! I absolutely love cheesecake and the fact that this is a no bake method makes it so much easier! thanks so much. great recipe.

Audrey Howitt from California on June 19, 2014:

Oh yum!! Thank you!! And thank you Audrey for pointing me toward this!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on June 19, 2014:

This is a perfect summer dessert. Your step-by-step instructions and wonderful photos make this easy to follow. Beautiful looking! Will be trying this and know I'll love it!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2014:

Well I like the no-baking part, and they sure do look delicious...guess I'll be trying these.

Hope you are well my friend. Thanks for the recipe.