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This No-Bake Cheesecake is an elegant, crowd-pleasing summer dessert. From the crust to the velvety whipped cheesecake center, this is 100% a NO-BAKE dessert. The Strawberry Sauce takes this dessert to the next level so don’t skip it.

If you love no-bake desserts like Chocolate Lasagna or our Berry Trifle, you’ll love this No-Bake Cheesecake.

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Watch Natasha make this Easy No-Cook Cheesecake Recipe.We love the decadence and texture of a Classic Cheesecake, but this no-bake cheesecake is equally dreamy and truly easy.

Mascarpone cheese elevates the flavor and texture of this easy no-bake cheesecake and it doesn’t get any easier. The double strawberry topping is lip-smacking good and you will want the strawberry sauce on all of your desserts.

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The Best No-Bake Cheesecake

On a trip to Maui, we visited a fancy restaurant named Monkey Pod. The food was awesome but the best thing was the slice of strawberry cream pie we shared at the end of our meal. It was tall, gorgeous, silky as can be, and $10 a slice! I asked the waitress about it (of course I did) and she said they mixed mascarpone with whipped cream so I set out to experiment.

Their original cheesecake pie had a baked pie crust which I tested, but I couldn’t resist using this no-bake crust. It was crazy easy, just as good, and it makes this a true no-bake dessert. Most graham cracker crusts are pre-baked but the amount of butter here holds the crust together so baking is not necessary at all.

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Ingredients

We tested these proportions over and over until we got the perfect no-bake cheesecake consistency. It is easy to slice, whipped, airy, rich, and decadent.

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – You can buy these pre-crushed or crush your own crackers
  • Butter – moistens the crumbs and keeps them set in the pan
  • Cream Cheese – provides a classic cheesecake flavor
  • Sugar – we use granulated sugar to add just the right amount of sweetness
  • Heavy whipping cream – be sure to use HEAVY cream for the correct fat content or the cheesecake won’t set properly.
  • Mascarpone – This is a key ingredient. It stabilizes the whipped cream and makes this cheesecake taste like a $10 slice at a fancy restaurant.
  • Lemon Juice – Make sure to use FRESH lemon juice. It cuts the sweetness and balances the cake.

Pro Tip: Be sure to have your ingredients at the proper temperatures. Keep heavy cream and mascarpone chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. You’ll want to soften the cream cheese for 1 1/2 hours at room temperature so you don’t get lumps in your creamy cheesecake.

Tools you will need

  • A 9″ springform pan with 3-inch walls works best for this recipe
  • Parchment paper – we found that adding a round of parchment paper to the bottom of the springform makes it easier to slide and transfer the cake out of the springform mold once it’s set.
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The Best Cookies for a Crumb Crust

A variety of sweet crunchy cookies can be used for a crumb crust and each will give a different flavor profile. We used graham crackers because we usually have them on hand, but these will all work:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Biscoff Cookies
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Chocolate Oreo Cookies (cream removed)

Pro Tip: To crush the crackers, put them into a zip bag, remove excess air, and crush with a rolling pin. You can also pulse them in a food processor until fine crumbs form then follow the instructions in the print-friendly recipe below.

How to Make No-Bake Cheesecake

We love no-bake cheesecakes especially in summer when we don’t have to heat up the oven, but they are great year-round. The best part is, it can make them ahead and even frozen (see instructions below).

  1. Combine Crushed Crackers with sugar and melted butter then press into a 9″ springform pan then chill.
  2. Beat together cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat heavy whipping cream in a separate bowl then fold in the mascarpone.
  4. Fold cream cheese mixture into mascarpone mixture then fold in lemon juice 1 Tbsp at a time.
  5. Spread the cheesecake filling over the crust. Cover and refrigerate until set.
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Make-Ahead Tip: This no-bake cheesecake (the crust, filling, and syrup) can be made for up to 3 days, covered, and stored in the refrigerator. It’s perfect for easy entertaining.

Can I substitute mascarpone?

Just like with a tiramisu, the mascarpone helps the cream set up properly into a thick and sliceable cheesecake. It not only adds flavor but acts as a stabilizer so I don’t recommend substituting it.

(Video) The Best No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe with Strawberry Topping

Can you Freeze a No-Bake Cheesecake?

This is a make-ahead dessert and freezes well. Just be sure to let it set in the refrigerator before freezing. I prefer to keep it in the springform pan for freezing.

  • To Freeze: Wrap with several layers of plastic wrap and freeze it for up to 3 months.
  • To Thaw: set in the refrigerator overnight and it will taste just as good as fresh no-bake cheesecake. We also love it partially frozen because it tastes like an ice cream cake.

Cheesecake Toppings

A great topping is a great way to finish off a cheesecake and keep things exciting with new flavors. These are our go-to cheesecake toppings:

  • Fresh Cherry Sauce – tastes like cherry pie filling
  • Strawberry Sauce – great over pancakes too
  • Caramel Sauce – so easy to make with pantry staples
  • Fresh Berries – we love adding seasonal berries
  • Stone Fruit – slice up nectarines, plums, or apricots
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Have you ever tried making a no-bake cheesecake? It’s so easy and good, it might just spoil you forever. Also, I’d love to hear about your favorite summer dessert in the comments below.

More Summer Desserts

  • Strawberry Pretzel Salad
  • Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Tres Leches Cake
  • Classic Tiramisu
  • Strawberries Romanoff

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No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

4.94 from 198 votes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

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From the crust to the velvety whipped filling, this is 100% a No-Bake Cheesecake. The mascarpone cheese elevates the flavor and texture of the cheesecake. It is an elegant, crowd pleasing summer dessert.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

(Video) Easy No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $10-$12

Keyword: No Bake Cheesecake

Cuisine: American

Course: Dessert

Calories: 443

Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

Ingredients for Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/2cupsgraham cracker crumbs, (from 12 whole crackers)
  • 1Tbspgranulated sugar
  • 8Tbspunsalted butter, 1 stick

Ingredients for No Bake Cheesecake:

  • 8ozcream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2/3cupgranulated sugar
  • 1 1/4cupsheavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 12ozmascarpone cheese, chilled
  • 2Tbsplemon juice, freshly squeezed

Strawberry Topping:

  • 8ozStrawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1Strawberry Sauce Recipe, strained and chilled

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Instructions

Prep:

  1. Make the Strawberry Sauce Recipe and strain through a sieve, pushing on the solids with a spatula to get as much syrup as possible. Set aside to cool to room temperature or cover and refrigerate if making ahead of time. The strained strawberry sauce will keep 3-4 days.

How to Make No Bake Cheesecake:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, coarsely break up graham crackers then pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer crumbs to a bowl, add 1 Tbsp sugar and 8 Tbsp melted butter. Stir to evenly moisten crumbs. Line a 9-inch round springform pan with a round of parchment paper and press crumbs into the bottom of the pan going 1/2" up the sides. Freeze for 15 minutes or refrigerate 30 minutes for crumbs to set.

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  2. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, add 8 oz cream cheese and 2/3 cup granulated sugar and beat on medium/high speed for 3 minutes until fluffy and smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Set aside.

  3. In a separate mixing bowl, using a clean electric hand mixer, beat 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form (3-5 minutes on high speed).Reduce speed to medium/low and beat in 12 oz mascarpone until well combined and smooth.

  4. Use a spatula to fold cream cheese into whipped mascarpone mixture until well blended. Fold in 2 Tbsp lemon juice, adding 1 Tbsp at a time and folding until well incorporated.

  5. Transfer cheesecake filling over the chilled crust and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight until completely chilled. Just before serving, arrange sliced strawberries in rings over the top and brush with the strained strawberry sauce. Serve extra strawberry sauce over each slice.

Recipe Notes

This no-bake cheesecake (the crust, filling and syrup) can be made up to 3 days ahead which is perfect for entertaining.

Nutrition Facts

No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 443Calories from Fat 333

% Daily Value*

Fat 37g57%

Saturated Fat 22g138%

Cholesterol 103mg34%

Sodium 156mg7%

Potassium 92mg3%

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Carbohydrates 23g8%

Sugar 16g18%

Protein 4g8%

Vitamin A 1250IU25%

Vitamin C 12.2mg15%

Calcium 88mg9%

Iron 0.6mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclosure

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FAQs

What is the secret to a good cheesecake? ›

10 TIPS FOR A PERFECT CHEESECAKE
  1. Your cream cheese should always be room temperature. ...
  2. Use a little flour or cornstarch. ...
  3. Add some sour cream. ...
  4. Don't over mix the batter or mix on too high speed. ...
  5. Use a water bath. ...
  6. Leak-proof your water bath. ...
  7. Use a springform pan. ...
  8. Don't open the oven.
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What is the difference between cheesecake and no-bake cheesecake? ›

What's the Difference Between Baked and No-Bake Cheesecake? The main difference is that there are no eggs in a no-bake cheesecake and a no-bake cheesecake "sets" by chilling in the fridge. Whereas a baked cheesecake has eggs in the recipe, then the cheesecake is baked in a water bath, then it chills in the fridge.

Can you substitute mascarpone for cream cheese in cheesecake? ›

Mascarpone is a soft, buttery Italian cheese that's perfect for use in place of cream cheese in cheesecake recipes. This fresh-tasting alternative has a rich and creamy texture that blends well with other ingredients, making it an ideal substitute for cream cheese in cheesecake recipes.

How do you make Gordon Ramsay's cheesecake? ›

The last of your egg. Lovely of course you can use electric mixer. But why go to the gym we can just

How do you keep no bake cheesecake firm? ›

To get cheesecake filling to firm up completely, it needs to be refrigerated for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours. If you skip this step, the texture of the cheesecake will be more like mousse.

What is the best soft cheese to use for cheesecake? ›

Cream cheese is a soft cheese that is mostly used in traditional American style cheesecakes. The cheese lends the dessert a rich mouthfeel and creamy texture. Fun fact: Cream cheese was developed in the 1800s in the USA.

What tastes better no bake cheesecake or baked cheesecake? ›

The main difference between no-baked cheese and baked cheesecake is the latter's superior texture. Baked cheesecake has a smooth, creamy texture that is difficult to achieve with a no-bake cheesecake recipe. Even if the baked cheesecake is baked, it is usually light and moist.

Does no bake cheesecake taste better? ›

I can say with confidence that this No-bake Cheesecake tastes just as amazing as a regular cheesecake that you'd otherwise spend hours making. It's absolutely delicious and has the perfect smooth, dense and creamy texture!

Does No bake cheesecake need to be refrigerated? ›

No-bake cheesecakes may not need an oven, but they do need a refrigerator and several hours to chill before serving.

Is cheesecake better with mascarpone or cream cheese? ›

Since mascarpone or "Italian cream cheese" has a higher fat content than "American" cream cheese, mascarpone has a much richer, creamier taste. The cream cheese we use on bagels has a slightly more acidic taste than mascarpone, which makes it perfect for cheesecakes.

What brand of cream cheese is best for cheesecake? ›

The best widely available pick: Philadelphia Cream Cheese, $2.54 for eight ounces at Jet. If I'm buying cream cheese to use in a recipe, like cheesecake or frosting, this is the one I'll turn to.

Can I use Philadelphia instead of mascarpone? ›

Yes, you can use Philadelphia cream cheese instead of mascarpone. Philadelphia is a rich brand, but cream cheese is less creamy and contains less fat compared to mascarpone, so it's right for you if you're conscious about your fat intake. However, it does have a tangier taste than traditional mascarpone.

Can I use condensed milk instead of heavy cream in cheesecake? ›

No-Bake Cheesecake with Condensed Milk {Without Heavy Cream} This no-bake cheesecake with condensed milk will become your go-to no-bake cheesecake. An easy, one-bowl recipe made with just 5 ingredients, including cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.

How do you keep a no bake cheesecake from being runny? ›

In most cases, the best way that you can fix your recipe for a no-bake cheesecake (assuming that the recipe you are following is not faulty), is adding gelatin to the cheesecake. Gelatin is a natural thickener and it is used in many recipes to help thicken sauces, custards, and other foods.

How do I get my cheesecake to set? ›

Your cheesecake needs plenty of time to chill out and set before slicing. Perry recommends giving it one hour on the counter, and at least two hours in the fridge.

Which is better for cheesecake flour or cornstarch? ›

Is it better with? Cornstarch *really* helps a cheesecake set up while baking, and keep the mixture stable during storage. I've always used cornstarch in cheesecake batter, and can't think of a reason to skip it. Be aware that it can clump in the batter, so mix it in well.

What does a water bath do for cheesecake? ›

A water bath is a pan of heated water that surrounds the pan with your cheesecake. It acts as a buffer for heat so your custard bakes gently and evenly.

Should you beat eggs before adding to cheesecake? ›

Take it easy on the eggs

Over-beating your eggs is one of the quickest ways to ruin a cheesecake. Over-beating can ruin the texture and can cause cracks. To prevent this, lightly scramble each egg before adding it into your batter. Keep your mixer on low speed and stir until just combined.

How do I make sure a cheesecake sets? ›

Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 6-8 hours, but overnight is better. For a sturdy no-bake cheesecake with beautifully neat slices, refrigerate for at least 12 hours. This makes for a great make-ahead dessert! Do not freeze the cheesecake to set it.

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