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Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

Easy no-bake cheesecake recipe that is incredibly light and airy and so much easier to make than traditional cheesecake. Heavy whipping cream is whipped into cream cheese to create a silky smooth and light filling.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake on a cake stand topped with peanut butter cups and shaved chocolate

A few days ago it happened again. It had been a few month, so I knew it was coming soon. The inevitable request from Mr. Baker Bettie for a cheesecake. Cheesecake is not only his favorite dessert, but also his favorite “meal” is his words.

Typically I will make him my famous New York cheesecake recipe. It really is famous! Unbelievably creamy and decadent. But sometimes I’m not in the mood for the long process of making it. 

So when I got the request for a cheesecake this time, I posed a compromise. A no-bake version. The hubs immediately agreed and stated he didn’t think he had ever had one before. This recipe took me about 15 minutes to whip together and then we just had to wait for it to chill and set.

So much more painless than a traditional cheesecake. And we were a little antsy about it so you may be able to tell that we didn’t wait for it to completely set before cutting into it.

Left side: slice of cheesecake on plate, right side: upclose view of peanut butter cup and shaved chocolate toppign

Mr. BB said he thinks he may like this version better than the traditional cheesecake. It is just so much lighter and less dense than a baked cheesecake. It is almost the texture of whipped cream but with a cheesecake flavor.

We folded in chopped up peanut butter cups and topped with chocolate shavings. But you could use cherry topping or any other fruit topping, or serve it plain.

The other awesome part about a no-bake cheesecake is a springform pan is not required because we aren’t baking it. I used mine, because I have one and it looks nice once its unmolded. But a pie plate would work well for this too!

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with a slice taken out on a cake stand topped with peanut butter cups and shaved chocolate

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake on a cake stand topped with peanut butter cups and shaved chocolate

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

Yield: 10-12 Servings
Prep Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

A cheesecake recipe that is incredibly light and airy and so much easier to make than traditional cheesecake. Heavy whipping cream is whipped into cream cheese to create a silky smooth and light filling.

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (we used chocolate graham crackers)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • large pinch salt

For the Cheesecake Filling

  • 2- 8oz packages cream cheese, room-temperature
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 pint heavy cream, very cold
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups chopped peanut butter cups (optional)
  • chocolate shavings (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter, and pinch of salt in a bowl and stir together until combined. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a spring form pan or a large pie plate. Chill until ready to use.
  2. Place the cream cheese and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth and combined. Add the heavy cream and beat on high until thick (about 2 minutes). Add the sugar and continue whipping on high until still (about 2 more minutes). Fold in peanut butter cups if using or any other add-ins.
  3. Pour the filling into the spring-form pan or pie plate and smooth out with a rubber spatula. Top with more peanut butter cups and chocolate shavings if using.
  4. Chill for at least 4 hours and up to overnight before unmolding and slicing.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345

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3 comments on “Easy No-Bake Cheesecake”

  1. A no-bake cheesecake is perfect for summer. No oven=happy baker. Love this! Pinned.

    • Totally agree! Especially for something that typically takes over an hour in the oven! Blech. I will take this over a baked cheesecake any day! Especially since it made for 1 happy husband!

  2. We are cheesecake crazy in this house, and I’m loving the idea of a no-bake cheesecake as an occasional replacement for the full-scale version. I know it wouldn’t be as rich, but in a pinch would milk work in place of the cream? This looks delicious, and I happen to have everything but the cream right now.

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