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No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts. I have made several different types of cheesecakes but they have all been baked cheesecakes. The no-bake cheesecake has always interested me and it was time to try making one. I found a lot of different recipes no-bake cheesecakes, many using different ingredients. In the end I decided to go with a whipped cream and cream cheese mixture to form the cheesecake. With the cheesecake recipe decided it was time to think about a crust. I like a simple graham cracker crust but I was thinking that it would be nice with some pecans in it as well. I then thought that instead of adding sugar and butter to form the crust that I could just use some maple syrup to both add some sweetness and bind it together. With pecans and maple syrup already there I could not pass up on adding some blueberries so I placed a few blueberries in the cheesecake filling and a few more on top along with some maple syrup. The no-bake cheesecake turned out really well! It was lighter that a baked cheesecake and it was nice and creamy and cool and refreshing and good. If I had a choice between a baked and a no-bake cheesecake I would probably go for the baked but the no-bake is excellent in its own way. On a hot summer day it is hard to beat a no-bake cheesecake which does not require you to turn the oven or even the stove.

No Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake

Cool and creamy cheesecake with no baking required.


Servings: makes 2 individual (3 inch) cheesecakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup pecans, ground in food processor
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
Directions
  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, ground pecans and maple syrup.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom of two 3 inch spring form pans.
  3. Mix the cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.
  4. Fold the cream cheese into the whipped cream.
  5. Place the cheese mixture on top of the crust.
  6. Chill in the fridge.

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103 comments:

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

What a great idea. I have never seen a no-bake cheesecake. This is especially great because no one in Mayberry AKA Southern California wants to turn on their oven. Thanks Kevin as always another hit!!

Cheers
Cathy

PS - What a perfect entry for Southern Grace's Beat the Heat!!

Gloria said...

Oh My God!!! Look beauty and yummy!! I love cheesecake too Kevin and is so nice! and no bake, fantastic! xGloria

Adam said...

That's a sharp looking cheesecake Kev. I like how you included the whipping cream, which must of added a nice, creamy texture.

EAT! said...

Don't you just love the no bake cheesecake?!! but your recipe only makes 2 3-inch cakes? I'll need to at least triple that recipe!!

Manggy said...

That looks delicious, Kevin-- I especially like the touch of maple syrup in the crust! :)
Here we like to add gelatin to no-bake cheesecakes to add bite and to protect from melting :)

oggi said...

I like that the recipe is for the mini pans..I usually bake my cakes using these. This no-bake is perfect for summer and I specially love the maple syrup and pecan in the crust, yum!:)

M. said...

My roomie and I are always looking for easy dessert recipes that we can put together in the sad excuse for a kitchen we have in our dorm. this definitely looks do-able...and delicious!

Bridgett said...

The crust sounds delicious. I never pass up cheesecake!

Elly said...

Mmm, cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert although I admit I've never made a no-bake. I am loving this crust with the pecans and maple syrup. Great combo!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Fabulous idea to do a maple-pecan crust instead of the regular graham crust. I love cheesecakes, bake or no-bake.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

For some reason I'm averse to BAKING a cheesecake. (Not to eating it, hehe.) I've tried a no-bake one before using gelatin. It was a White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake. Pretty good! Perhaps I'll try making it your way (without the gelatin). =)

My Wok Life said...

Your cheese cake looks delicious.

I actually used gelatin to hold the shape well in my low-fat no-bake cheese cake recipe.

noobcook said...

I love no-bakes recipe (because I can't bake to save my life)! This is a must try :D

HoneyB said...

Looks de-lic-ious!

Meeta said...

how fabulous is this? I am all for no make cheesecakes - I love your crust idea here!

daphne said...

Me too. I prefer the baked version but the no-baked is a good solution to a quicker fix I suppose.

Dhanggit said...

what a great entry for Beat the Heat event!! easy to make and yet delicious!

Passionate About Baking said...

This is lovely Kevin. More so, coz we don't have electricity most of the time when we need it! GREAT IDEA!!

Paula said...

Hey ... Love the blue berries in your blog title! This cheesecake looks great. I like the idea of preparing this without turning on the oven. The maple syrup puts this over the top. Great recipe and photo!

delhibelle said...

That looks so yummy, and perfect for summer days.
I love the use of maple syrup for the crust.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm with you Kevin in prefeing baked cheesecakes, but also love no-bake! This look great with the blueberries in the middle! And perfect fot this hot weather, when turning the oven on is a torture!

OhioMom said...

Love the fresh bluberries and addition of pecans, I have never made a no-bake cheesecake, looks delish.

Debbie said...

Oh does that look good.....

jodycakes said...

I love how you're using the blueberries this week - most excellent.
I think this recipe is a winner!
Good luck in the Beat the Heat contest!!!
jodycakes

Katie said...

Great idea. My mom makes a no bake cheese cake but it does not look as good as yours. Shhhhh Don't tell her I said that.

Elle said...

Looks great, Kevin, as always!

The DeL Brothers said...

We have just found your blog and.......all of your recipes are fabulous! Evvery time I looked at a recipe, I would go OOH AHH! I could have commmented on all your recipes, but then I'd be here all day!! I did look through your whole archive:)
Thanks for doing this blog!

lisa said...

This looks scrumptious! Question: the last photo shows the cheesecake drizzled with.... something. What is it? Is it maple syrup-ish or did I miss that part? TIA.

Dawn said...

Kevin I would have done the same thing by adding pecans. Good thinking. I'm also interested in adding coconut at some point, but I don't know what kind of cheesecake to make with that.
Gorgeous pic.

Kevin said...

Lisa: Yep, that is maple syrup drizzled on the cheesecake.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Do you have any idea how good that looks???

Pam said...

Your no bake cheesecake looks fantastic. I have never thought of putting maple syrup on cheesecake - it looks really tasty.

Lida said...

looks delicious!!!
i'm so sorry to keep bugging you about this... but it looks like i accidentally created 2 urls for myself, and i've only been posting to one of them. only the one i haven't posted to has the "layout" option... the other one just has something called "template" and it seems like the only way to get links to that is to get a blogroll. the problem was that when i tried to get a blogroll, i couldn't figure out where to paste it into my template to get it to show up.
thank you so much for your help

cindy* said...

kevin, this looks yummy! i always add nuts to my cheesecake crust, good call with the pecans.

Lina said...

maple makes everything Canandian! yummy~!!

Deborah said...

I haven't had a no bake cheesecake in years - but what a great way to make a great dessert without turning on the oven!

Cheryl said...

Every day is an adventure coming here! I can't wait to see what you have cooked up. I have never tried a no bake cheesecake but I will now! Excellent!

Grace said...

this really is a perfect entry--no heat needed to prepare it and it would cool you off as you feasted on it. i love the crust, i love the blueberries, i love it all. thanks for participating with this awesome dessert! :)

Ben said...

It looks amazing, and so easy to make.

Jeanne said...

OMG - that looks incredibly good! I am usually a baked cheesecake fan but as you say, an unbaked cheesecake (or what I grew up calling a fridge tart) has its own charm, especially in hot weather. Can't wait to try your crust - it sounds awesome!

Sandie said...

Mmm... this sounds ideal on a 90+ degree day, especially with this crust and all those luscious blueberries - they are one of my favorite fruits!

Kirby! said...

wow, that looks decadent as a mofo. and so easy!! what a great way to use the beautiful blueberries in season at the market....

Esi said...

Awesome! So excited to get my mini springforms soon so I can try your mini treats.

Marjie said...

I love no-bake cheesecake (or any other kind). Nice looking mini cheesecake; usually you just see the big ones!

Sharon said...

I've had it with baking anything so this is the perfect solution!

toni said...

Wow! I want a bite of that! Perfect answer to dessert in the summer.

Aysegul said...

Looks really really good! Very easy as well! One recipe i need to try!

Lori said...

Wow, I want a piece of that! I love blueberry cheesecake. And if I have to make it myself, I'm also a fan of the no bake version.

Mrs Ergül said...

I like the way you always modify along the way. At the end of it, it becomes your own piece! It's great!

Bellini Valli said...

I love the maple pecan crust:D

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love no bake cheesecakes, but you took this one to the next level with the delicious crust!

Zoe Francois said...

Oooh! That looks great, and I love that I don't have to turn on the oven.

Jan said...

I'm not sure about the maple syrup in the base, I think I would prefer butter, otherwise it looks good.

Jeanine said...

Oh yum! These look delicious! Love cheesecake, and those 3" versions are so cute!

Joe Horn said...

Looks great and easy. Nice pics as always. Great for those hot days when you don't want the oven on.

Jerry said...

Kevin, it looks delicious!

Joy the Baker said...

Gorgeous Kevin!!You've inspired me to try my hand at my own no bake cheesecake! Thanks for the gorgeous pictures!

Jaime said...

maple pecan crust?! mmmm!! i prefer baked cheesecakes but a good no bake cheesecake can be good too!

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

i love this Kevin. How freakin' smart. I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but i could totally do this one. I hate that i just threw a jewelbox of blueberries away... drats!

Aggie said...

I'm a big fan of cheesecake, this one looks fantastic!! I love the crust!

kamailesfood said...

Mmmm...cheesecake w/o turning the oven on. Great summer dessert! :)

amandalouden said...

That looks so great and easy. I might try this tomorrow--I have guests coming. Thanks!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Well done, Kevin! A cheesecake that you don't turn on the oven for and it makes two dainty servings? Brilliant!

kellypea said...

Mmm...haven't made one of these in years. That maple pecan crust is to die for. Delicious!

The Mediocre Cook said...

I absolutely love no bake cheesecake but surprisingly have never made it myself... maybe its time!

noirness said...

I love cheesecake and I love not baking. It's like this recipe was made for me. Awesome blog, by the by.

- Chelsy
Eating for One
http://eating-for-one.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the no bake recipe. I had some extra cream cheese around, so I made this, topped it with a sweet strawberry glaze, and added some frozen yogurt ice cream for good measure. Heavenly! : )

lilkunta said...

@kevin: I HATE crm cheese but will the lemon juice & whip hide the its taste?

Also may whipped cream from teh can be substituted 4 teh cool whip?

@cathy: your comment is SO FUNNY & so TRUE!

pls let me know.My email is my naem at excite domain [dot com].

Kevin said...

lilkunta: Cool whip should work just as well as whipped cream. With the cool whip, sugar and lemon juice the taste of the cream cheese should be minimized. A great alternative might be some mascarpone cheese.

Lizz said...

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Made it and served it frozen and it was wonderful! I made a mistake with the amount of cream cheese and it ended up a bit too heavy, but all in all it was a wonderful recipe and I'm definitely going to try it again. :D

bren said...

something brought me back to this; so damn sexy, pretty and mouthwatering. love it, still!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fantastic recipe! This type of cheesecake is also amazing with a layer of raspberry or other light-flavored jello on top, although it takes it down a notch on the impressive gourmet-looking food factor calculator.

frockandfork said...

I have never eaten a non-bake cheesecake but yours sounds and looks delish! Thanks for sharing your innovative recipe. x Jo

Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe with a substitution (honey instead of maple syrup) and it was delicious. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful little cake! I have some limoncello left from summer and will try that in place of the lemon juice. Thanks for a great idea for tonight's dessert!

rankpay said...

This is ideal for weekend picnic. Thanks for having this here.

rolex replicas said...

I will surely try this one out and see if it will turn out as gorgeous as this.

Tanu said...

Hi Kevin,

Very recently I have started following your blog and no bake cheesecake was the first one i tried out. it was yummy !!
Thank you so much for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kev. I've bookmarked this recipe for a looooong time and I think I'm ready to make it soon! I have a 9 inch springform pan though so could you please advise me on whether I should double or triple the recipe? Thank you in advance.

-S

Kevin said...

For the 9 inch spring form pan I would go with something like this:

Maple Pecan Crust

Ingredients:
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup pecans (ground in food processor)
4-6 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:
1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, ground pecans and maple syrup.
2. Press the mixture into the bottom of your mini spring form pans.


No Bake Cheesecake

Ingredients:
2 8 ounce package cream cheese (room temperature)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream (whipped)

Directions:
1. Mix the cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.
2. Fold the cream cheese into the whipped cream.
3. Place the cheese mixture on top of the crust.
4. Chill in the fridge.

Mona Sultan said...

God how much I love cheesecakes I will try this one

Isabelle said...

Je l'ai fait, I did it last week
C'était merveilleux, simple, frais et bon ! Marvelous, simple, fresh and very good ! Thanks a lot

Emerald Islands Polish Pottery said...

This the first time I have seen a no bake cheesecake. I make a pumpkin cheesecake & this recipe makes me think I could adapt that recipe to a no bake version. Thank you for the inspiration!

Melissa said...

Why all the Thaksgiving recipes, when our Thanksgiving was last month?

Jen said...

I just made this with a few modifications! I made a basic graham crust (no maple syrup), doubled the recipe and added a few splashes of Irish Cream when mixing the cream cheese up....yummy!

Min @ HonestVanilla said...

I just made this! Totally *love* it! :) I didn't have pecans so I just used digestive biscuit as base. One question though, I felt the top didn't set, is it because I didn't whipped the cream enough? I posted up the pictures anyway if you are not sure what I meant

Kevin said...

Min @ HonestVanilla: You need to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks and you need to let the cheesecake chill out in the fridge for a few hours for it to 'set'. I am a bit surprised that yours did not set given that you doubled the cream cheese in it.

Min said...

Hi Kevin, thanks for the advice. Maybe I should cut down on the cream cheese. Definitely will whip it more the next round :)

gail said...

Hey there, thanks for the recipe - this was great! It's the recipe where I conquered whipped cream without turning it into butter (yeah what a noob right lol!) But I did add some vanilla and slightly more lemon juice to it though.

=)
Gail

reluctantwwfoodie said...

this looked so beautiful that i had to give it a shout out in my entry about no-bake cheesecake filling. here's the entry (which has a link to this page!)

http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/no-bake-cheesecake-filling/

fooderific said...

I changed this a bit by using ground almonds and sweet berries in sad of the pecans and blueberries. I also used smaller runs cookie cutters as the molds and put waxed paper in them so that the cheesecakes wouldn't stick. we'll see how they turn out.

fooderific said...

I changed this a bit by using ground almonds and sweet berries in sad of the pecans and blueberries. I also used smaller runs cookie cutters as the molds and put waxed paper in them so that the cheesecakes wouldn't stick. we'll see how they turn out.

buy rift platinum said...

Great! looks really luscious.. thanks for posting this one..sounds really easy to make.=D

Chris said...

This looks soooooo delicious! It's exactly what I would love to eat right now :-)

Chris - http://welovechicken.com/

Constant Erratic said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I am thrilled to have found recipes that are new but not full of exotic ingredients, insanely long wait times, or complicated steps. I, too, have been trying to change things up in the kitchen, and while I have ventured into homemade cheeses, sauces and preserves, I keep forgetting to find everyday meals. Thankfully, I could make a handful of your recipes right now if I wanted- including this divine-looking cheesecake! This is the first no-gelatin recipe I've found! Thank you for sharing your great ideas! :D

Jaime {sophistimom} said...

Oooh, I want one of these, Kevin.

Jan said...

I am not fond of baked cheesecakes, so I have been adapting the baked recipes by removing the eggs and adding Gelatine. I love your Blueberry Cheesecake

Diana said...

Looks great! I especially like because it is not baked.
You cam check Blackberry Cake.
Best regards.

chicken recipes said...

It looks so delicious! I’m getting hungry... Keep up the good work, thanks very much…

Adriana said...

Even though I am looking for recipes that have me turning on my oven, this looks really good!

Judy Goldin said...

Oh my. That sounds and looks scrumptious. What can I use instead of Graham crackers? Can't get them here.

Kevin Lynch said...

Judy Goldin: You can replace the graham cracker crumbs with vanilla wafer crumbs or a similar neutrally flavoured cookie crumb or you could do an all ground nut crust.

Carole said...

I made a yogurt 'cheesecake' for years, using flavored yogurt and whipped topping. I'll have to revisit that recipe, and try this one. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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