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No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake

No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate summer. A sweet and salty crust combines with a layer of smooth cheesecake filling and fresh berries to create a delicious dessert for summer entertaining.

Slice of no-bake frozen cheesecake plated on a white plate, topped with mixed fresh berries. Additional slices of cheesecake are in the background

It’s that time of year when I start thinking about simple summer recipes to share with you.

As the temps heat up, we’re outside most of the day, so I bake a lot less than I do throughout the fall and winter months.

Even though I’m not cranking up the oven as much as I normally do, I still want to share easy, delicious recipes that are perfect for the summer months and this frozen cheesecake is all of those things.

Ingredients for no-bake frozen cheesecake arranged on a marble countertop

THE PERFECT SUMMER CHEESECAKE

If you read MBA on a regular basis, you know that I am a huge fan of no-bake desserts. They’re quick, easy, always a crowd pleaser.

With temps soon to be on the rise here in the midwest, it seemed time to bust out my favorite frozen cheesecake recipe.

Spatula stirring together the ingredients for frozen cheesecake crust

This No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake is a mash-up of two of my favorite recipes: Frozen Samoa Pie and Strawberry Pretzel Salad. I turned them into one epic summer treat worthy of any occasion.

I combined a sweet and salty crust with a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling. I popped the cake into the freezer for a couple of hours and topped it with loads of fresh berries right before serving.

Assembled crust for frozen cheesecake pressed into the bottom of a springform pan

About that sweet and salty crust? I used a combination of graham cracker crumbs, crushed pretzels and finely chopped pecans. It really takes the traditional graham cracker crust up to a whole new level.

I seriously could just eat this crust with a spoon. Okay, truth time. I may have snacked on the crust just a little bit.

Spatula about to fold whipped topping into the filling for no-bake frozen cheesecake

NO-BAKE CHEESECAKE FILLING WITH CONDENSED MILK

The filling for this cheesecake is incredibly simple. It only uses 4 ingredients:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Frozen whipped topping
  • Pure vanilla extract
Filling for no-bake frozen cheesecake being stirred with a spatula in a metal mixing bowl

Typical cheesecake fillings, like Vanilla Cheesecake, use eggs and cream. Since we aren’t baking this filling, this one doesn’t have any eggs in it. 

Instead, it uses a combo of Cool Whip and sweetened condensed milk to get that beautiful cheesecake texture, sweeten the filling, and make it perfect for freezing!

Assembled no-bake cheesecake ready to go into the freezer

HOW TO MAKE NO-BAKE FROZEN CHEESECAKE

This entire cheesecake only takes about 15 minutes to prep, so it’s a great option if you don’t have a lot of time to spend mixing something together.

Start by stirring together the graham cracker crumbs, chopped pretzels, chopped pecans, sugar, and melted butter for the crust. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a springform pan.

The crust is done! Easy peasy.

No-bake frozen cheesecake topped with mixed berries, set on a wooden cake stand

To mix together the filling, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes to get it nice and creamy. Add in the sweetened condensed milk and beat for another 2-3 minutes.

Fold in the thawed whipped topping and vanilla with a spatula. Pour the filling into the crust, then cover the pan with foil and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Overhead view of a sliced no-bake frozen cheesecake, garnished with fresh mixed berries

I recommend topping the cheesecake with fresh berries, but you could top it with anything you like! Homemade cherry pie filling, homemade blueberry sauce, strawberry sauce, or salted caramel sauce are all great options.

You could turn this No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake into single-serving cheesecakes just as easily by putting them in individual ramekins. But there’s something about presenting your barbecue crowd with a big, beautiful cheesecake that cools them down, too. Gotta love it.

Pie server pulling a slice of no-bake frozen cheesecake out of the full cheesecake
Pie server pulling a slice of no-bake frozen cheesecake out of the full cheesecake

No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

No-Bake Frozen Cheesecake is the perfect way to celebrate summer. A sweet and salty crust combines with a layer of smooth cheesecake filling and fresh berries to create a delicious dessert for summer entertaining.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 crackers)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • fresh berries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the crust ingredients until well combined.
  2. Press crumbs into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese for 3 minutes.
  4. Add in sweetened condensed milk and beat for an additional 2-3 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to fully incorporate ingredients.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the whipped topping and vanilla extract.
  6. Evenly spread the cream cheese filling mixture onto the crust.
  7. Cover the pan with foil and freeze for at least 4 hours.
  8. Before serving, top with fresh berries.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 593Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 88mgSodium 359mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 1gSugar 44gProtein 9g

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