No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe
Smooth and sweet with a fluffy texture this no bake cheesecake can be topped with your favorite flavor of pie filling. Cherry almost always wins in our house.
Using a prepared graham cracker pie crust saves so much time and effort, but of course you are welcome to make your own. The no-bake cheesecake portion is cream cheese, whipped topping, and sugar. Top with your favorite can of pie filling and you have a winning no bake cheesecake recipe.
We like the pie shape because that’s how the graham cracker crust can be purchased, but this cheesecake filling can easily be spread over a homemade crust in a square pan.
Do I Have to Bake my Cheesecake?
Many cheesecake recipes do require baking, but this is what I call a “cheaters” cheesecake. I used to make them all the time for the kids when they were young because it comes together so easily.
You simply combine the ingredients and they magically turn into what some would call an icebox pie or an icebox cheesecake. Absolutely nothing in this recipe requires a stove or oven.
What’s the Difference Between No-Bake Cheesecake and Regular Cheesecake?
The biggest difference, of course, is that no-bake cheesecakes require no baking and usually come together much quicker. In a traditional cheesecake, eggs are used in the filling and need to be baked in a water bath. This creates a firmer cake.
In a no-bake cheesecake, no egg is used and the filling is set in the fridge. The filling is much creamer and lighter as well.
There are many ways to switch up this easy no-bake cherry cheesecake. Here are a few suggestions.
Switch up the crust. Instead of a graham cracker crust, you can easily swap the graham crackers for cookie. For a gluten free crust, you can use ground almonds, walnuts, or pecans instead.
Add some toppings. Feel free to use chocolate ganache topping or caramel instead of the cherry pie filling. Or add chocolate shavings to the top of the cherry filling for a “black forest” feel.
Use different fruit toppings. You can use blueberries, raspberries, or other fruit as the topping for this no-bake cheesecake as desired.
How to Store
You can store your no-bake cherry cheesecake with condensed milk in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to keep it covered, either with plastic or the lid of the baking dish.
Can no-bake cherry cheesecake be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze this cheesecake, once it has set completely. I find it best to do it before adding the cherry topping, though you can do it with the topping as well.
To freeze, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, with at least a double layer. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Thaw overnight in the fridge and enjoy!
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