Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe is light and fluffy with a creamy and luscious filling on a crisp graham cracker crust.

No Bake Cheesecake on cake standpinterestIt’s no secret that I have a passion for quick and easy desserts. If I had to name my all time favorite treat, it would be cheesecake, and a NO BAKE version will be at the top of that list.

I’ve created and shared multiple cheesecake varieties over the years, including these Mini No Bake Cheesecakes and this Key Lime Cheesecake, but never just a full, tried and true BASIC No Bake Cheesecake. It’s about time.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Butter – melted
  • Sugar
  • Cream Cheese – softened to room temperature
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sour Cream
  • Vanilla
  • Heavy Cream

Slice of cheesecake on plate with fork

How To No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

The Graham Cracker Crust –

Start by forming your crust with crushed graham crackers, melted butter and a little bit of sugar. Press the crumbs into a springform pan and up the sides. Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, while you prepare your filling.

The Filling –

Beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the lemon juice, vanilla and sour cream until fully combined. In a separate bowl beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and then pour into the prepared crust.

The Chilling –

Use an offset spatula or rubber spatula to smooth the top of the filling, then cover and place in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours, or preferably overnight for the best texture.

Cherry topping on cheesecake slice.

Crucial Tips For Success:

Listen up!   In order to get the BEST fluffy and creamy texture out of your cheesecake, you’ll want to pay close attention to these two tips…

  • FOLD IT IN     Beat your whipping cream until stiff peaks form, then gently fold this into the cream cheese mixture. Don’t over mix, as this can deflate your fluffy cheesecake filling and cause it to be more dense.
  • CHILL IT       The key is to give proper chilling time in the fridge to allow your no bake cheesecake to set up. You’ll need at least 5 to 6 hours, but preferably 12 hours to overnight. DO NOT place it in the freezer to set up.

Fluffy cheesecake with cherry topping

Cheesecake Topping Ideas..

You can top your basic no bake cheesecake with just about anything you like, but here are a few ideas to get you started…

  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Chocolate Sauce or Hot Fudge
  • Cookies
  • Caramel
  • Fresh whipped cream

No bake cheesecake in pan with cherry topping

It’s really easy-peasy to make this no bake cheesecake. You’re going to love that silky, yet fluffy texture in each bite.

No bake cheesecake in pan with cherry topping
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Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This no-bake cheesecake has a crisp graham cracker crust and fluffy filling that's delicious and easy to make!
Prep Time30 mins
Chill Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 485 kcal
Author: Shawn


For The Crust

  • 2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, (about 20 whole sheets)
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For The Filling

  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream


For The Crust

  • Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar in a large bowl or zip top bag and mix to combine. Pour crumbs into an 8" or 9" spring form pan and press into bottom and up sides about 1".
  • Place pan in freezer for at least 15 minutes for crust to set.

For The Filling

  • Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to mix the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the lemon juice, sour cream and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • In a separate bowl whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream gently into the cream cheese mixture, careful not to over mix. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and use a spatula to smooth the top.
  • Cover and place cheesecake in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours, but preferably overnight for best results.
  • Top with your desired toppings or enjoy plain.


Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1392IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Cheesecake, cherry, Easy, No Bake
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Fluffy No bake Cheesecake

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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