No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

No bake cheesecake a.k.a. easy deliciousness. One of the few co-workers of mine that knows of my blog asked me about a “thick, fluffy, creamy cheesecake…like the kind you get at Mediterranean diners.” I had absolutely no idea what she was taking about. I love Mediterranean food, but never order dessert from my favorite place… I order hummus. I love hummus!

Also loving a challenge, I hit up twitter. If you follow me, you may remember me posing this question. If you don’t follow me, please do so, that way you can assist with my cooking conundrums in the future. Believe me, I have many of them! My twEATers didn’t really have answers, so I turned to my good friend, google!

The google search also left me sort of empty handed and I decided to just get in the kitchen and whip something up loosely following a recipe from allrecipes. I quickly snapped a couple of photos with my iphone and sent them to the original co-worker that asked me about the recipe. She responded and said it looked very similar – needless to say I was quite happy that it at least somewhat mimicked her description.

Unfortunately, Danielle never got to taste the cheesecake to make the comparison, but I am sure she will try whipping up this easy recipe in the future! In my opinion,the result was pretty damn good. Thick? Check! No Bake? Check! Fluffy? Check! Creamy? Oh yeah! I felt as though this was a successful dessert and will definitely make it again.

Have a fabulous day, thanks so much for stopping by!

No Bake Cheesecake


1 1/2 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons white sugar

12 ounces cream cheese; room temperature
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons *vanilla sugar (see notes below)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


1. In a bowl, mix together the graham crackers with melted butter and the 3 tablespoons sugar.

2. Press into a *6 inch springform pan (botton and sides). Place in refrigerator until ready for use.

3. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/3 cup plus 3 TBS of vanilla sugar.

4. Whip cream, and fold into cream cheese mixture.

5. Spread into pan.

6. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

7. Top with fruit topping and enjoy.


- I made vanilla sugar using 2 1/2 pounds regular sugar and 2 vanilla bean pods. I mixed the sugar and vanilla bean pods in a sugar canister and let the flavors meld for a couple of weeks. Give it it a stir every so often and add more sugar as you use you supply! This easy concoction is awesome in coffee, sprinkled on berries or cereal! If you do not have vanilla sugar, use regular sugar and simply add a teaspoon on pure vanilla extract to the batter.

- I used a 6 inch spring-form because I wanted a thick cheesecake. If you use a larger pan, your cheesecake will obviously be thinner than the one pictured.


38 Responses to “No Bake Cheesecake Recipe”

  1. Bernadette Robinson — October 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    So great! I'm glad I found your blog, I may actually enjoy making a few of these things :D.


  2. Sarah — October 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I'm sorry I wasn't able to help you out on this one – on the bonus it killed a ton of time for me while I dreamed of delicious Greek food!


  3. Palidor — October 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    That looks fabulous! I've only seen no-bake cheesecake made with gelatin. I much prefer your version with whipped cream!


  4. Bethie — October 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I love it. It is so fluffy and WHITE! I think I need to make this.


  5. thereddeer — October 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Sounds like my kind of cheesecake – mmm creamy goodness!


  6. Jhonny walker — October 7, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    This is unbelievable….just unbelievable. GREAT idea :)


  7. Deanna — October 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, this looks so yummy! I love cheesecake and would like to try it no bake since you don't have to worry about the water bath or crackage :) I even have some vanilla sugar a friend gave me to try!


  8. Pamela — October 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Sigh…that looks SO GOOD right now!


  9. Eliana — October 7, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    This looks fantastic. There's nothing like when you end up with a great tasting dessert that requires little effort.


  10. Sara — October 7, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    So easy and so delicious!


  11. Monica H — October 8, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Oh, it looks so fluffy and creamy!


  12. Chris — October 8, 2009 at 4:40 am

    That looks so good – I'm going to have to give it a try!


  13. Karin — October 8, 2009 at 8:37 am

    You even have the cherry pie filling on top- perfect!


  14. Smitten Sugar — October 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That picture looks so fluffy! What a great looking no bake cheesecake!


  15. Asha @ FSK — October 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Jamie.. that cheesecake rocks! :) it looks just like the one in the greek restaurants down to the cherry topping :))…


  16. Deeba @Passionate About Baking — October 8, 2009 at 10:18 am

    SCRUMPTIOUS …just one word!!


  17. Leslie — October 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Bake or no still for me!!!


  18. Donna-FFW — October 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Loving the no bake treat!! This looks delicious. I dont twitter, Im afraid Ill get addicted..


  19. Deborah W — October 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Looks yummy! There's a similar recipe on the underside of the label on the pre-made graham cracker crusts that you can buy in the markets. Super easy and no-bake – I love to make it in the summer. Love your blog!!`


  20. teresa — October 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

    this looks amazing! i love how fluffy it is!


  21. Jelli Bean — October 9, 2009 at 11:43 am

    This looks like a winner! I've noticed a lot of no-bake cheesecakes in the blogosphere lately. I wish I'd seen your post earlier, as my kitchen wouldn't be quite as hot from the 2 cheesecakes I just finished baking for a church bake sale. Thanks for sharing.


  22. Maria — October 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    My brother loves no bake cheesecake. He used to choose it every year for his birthday!


  23. CaSaundraLeigh — October 10, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I never even knew cheesecake was a Mediterranean food! It looks divine!


  24. rookie baker — October 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    the recipe is so easy.. it great for me who live in indonesia where the summer is never saying goodbye :)


  25. Stephanie — November 9, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I just used this recipe to make individual (cupcake size) egg nog cheesecakes for my husband's birthday. I just swapped out the whipping cream for egg nog & whipped it in with the cream cheese, sugar & vanilla and used ginger snaps in place of the graham crackers. He says they came out really good, so I guess I didn't ruin it by tweaking the recipe. :) Thanks for sharing!


  26. hello-emma — November 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    It looks really really good! The most good looking cheesecake I've ever seen! :D and so simple ingredients! I'm going to make this for sure :)


  27. Nachiketa — January 21, 2010 at 1:16 am
  28. designjr — March 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    wow, I did not know where to start with all the delicious ideas on here but this might just be the one – looks amazing! :)


  29. S — May 3, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Made this yesterday in an 8×8. People liked it! Thanks for sharing the recipe! This one’s a keeper.


  30. Jackie C. — July 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Tried it out for my friend’s BBQ yesterday…so good, everyone raved about it and the best thing is: I didn’t have to sweat it out in the summer heat with the oven on! Thanks a bundle!


  31. Anja — April 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Looks delicious!!! I will make this next weekend / holidays ;-)


  32. Kim — August 29, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I am about to make this for the third time in just over a month. Lol Its delicious!


  33. debi — January 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I have used this recipe so many times, its the best and so easy – the hardest part is having to wait for it to firm up before we can eat :)


  34. Ashley — February 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I made this! It’s really good, just like baked cheesecake but creamier. Personally I’ve never had much success with baked cheesecake so I’m glad I found this.


  35. Heather — July 8, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I made this today and I must say I might never bake a cheesecake again….this was easy and soooooo good!!!


  36. Michelle — February 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    hi! love your blog and i have tried many different recipes with all good results! I am making a red velvet cake tomorrow and i wanted to use this as a separate layer. I do not have vanilla sugar can i just use reg sugar and vanilla? thank u


    • Jamie — February 11, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Michelle, that should be fine.
      – Jamie


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