This No-Bake Cheesecake is made from scratch with a graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling. It’s an easy dessert recipe that will definitely impress!

What’s not to  love about No-Bake Desserts?  They are easy, quick, and  keep your house from overheating!  I was amazed how easy and delicious this no bake cheesecake was.  If you like easy, no bake recipes, you might like these Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars or this Almond Coconut Chex Mix.

A slice of No-Bake Cheesecake on a white plate with a fork and berries on the side.

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!

No-Bake Cheesecake
What is No-Bake Cheesecake

Though the title, “No-Bake Cheesecake” is self explanatory, you may think it sounds too good to be true and wonder what it really means.  Well, “No-Bake Cheesecake” literally means it is not baked at all.  Both the cheesecake crust and the filling do not require an oven or stovetop!  All you need to make this delicious cheesecake  is 6 ingredients and a refrigerator!

You will notice that I do use a baked graham cracker crust. I’ve think it holds it’s shape better. However, you don’t have to bake it. You can follow the instructions for my graham cracker crust, pack it very tightly into the pan and freeze it for 10-20 minutes while you make the filling.

Overhead photo of a full no-bake cheesecake with a bowl of strawberries on the side.

How to Make No-Bake Cheesecake:
  • Prepare the Crust. Here’s my go-to homemade graham cracker crust recipe, or you can use a store-bought graham cracker crust.
  • Prepare the filling. Beat the cream cheese, and then add the powdered sugar. Next add the vanilla extract and sour cream. Beat the heavy cream in a separate large bowl until stiff peaks, and fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour filling in crust. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly into the graham cracker crust.
  • Refrigerate. Cover the cheesecake and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.

Process photos for making no-bake cheesecake including beating cream cheese, adding the remaining ingredients and smoothing into a spring form pan.

Can I freeze No-Bake Cheesecake?

Yes, once the cheesecake has set-up properly in the fridge you can freeze it (or freeze the leftovers). Wrap the cheesecake well in plastic wrap, and then in tinfoil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.

No Bake Cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and whipped cream roses piped around the edges.

Consider trying my other No-Bake Dessert Recipes.  Some of my favorites include:

No-Bake-Cheesecake slice on a plate with a fork taken a bite out.

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Recipe

A slice of No-Bake Cheesecake on a white plate with a fork and berries on the side.
Prep 20 mins
Refrigerate 8 hrs
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 graham cracker crust *
  • 16 ounces cream cheese (full fat), room temperature but not warm
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream , cold

Instructions
 

  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with electric mixers until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
  • Add vanilla extract and sour cream and mix.  
  • Pour heavy cream into a separate large bowl and beat well until stiff peaks.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until combined.
  • Spread cheesecake mixture evenly into graham cracker crust.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4-6 hours or overnight.

Notes

*I use a baked graham cracker crust for this recipe (I think it holds it's shape better). However, you don't have to bake it. You can follow the instructions for my graham cracker crust, pack it very tightly into the pan with the back of a measuring cup and freeze it for 10-20 minutes while you make the filling.
Make Ahead Instructions:
No Bake Cheesecake can be made up 1-2 days in advance. Instructions for freezing no-bake cheesecake are above in the post.

Nutrition

Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 102mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 945IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 0.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    First time making a cheesecake..(Mine fell a bit flat because I over mixed lol) but thankyou the recipe is amazing, was lovely😊

  2. I have some extra maraschino cherry juice and was wondering if I could use it to make this a cherry-flavored cheesecake? If so, would I substitute the cherry juice for the vanilla or use it in addition to it?

  3. It sounds just a little too sweet for my English tastebuds , can I add fresh lemon juice instead of vanilla?

  4. 5 stars
    I still can’t believe how easy this was. Cheesecake is always a little intimidating but not this recipe. SOO good, thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! This is my favorite kind of cheesecake. My question is; did you use a spring form pan, and if so what size? The crust looks really thick, does it take a different measure of cracker crumbs to duplicate this? Thank you so much!

    Debbie C.