No-Bake Cheesecake – A Perfect Summer Dessert

No-Bake Cheesecake
No-Bake Cheesecake

No-bake cheesecakes are a perfect summer dessert: they use ingredients you regularly have at home, don’t require an oven, and are easy to decorate with in-season summer fruits!

This recipe has been around for a long time. I remember it from when I was a kid, and I see it all the time on the Internet. It’s got a graham cracker crust that is topped with a cream cheese, condensed milk, and lemon/lime juice and zest. That’s it. Place it in the freezer or fridge to set, and top with whatever berries you have on hand. You can also top with cherry pie filling.

I make this no-bake cheesecake in a 9 or 10 inch springform pan. It’s easier and more presentable if you use a springform pan, but you can use a regular pie plate or dish. You can even buy a ready-made crust from the store.

No-Bake Cheesecake
No-Bake Cheesecake

We like lemon and lime zest in this cheesecake. You can use a mix, or stick with one flavor. If you keep this cheesecake in the freezer and use lime juice and zest, it almost tastes like a key lime pie – so yummy!

Here’s the recipe:

No-Bake Cheesecake With Cream Cheese & Condensed Milk


For the crust:

1 stick butter (1/2 c), melted
2 c graham cracker crumbs
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the pie filling:

1 1/2 bricks cream cheese (12 oz), at room temperature
1 can condensed milk
1/3 c lemon or lime juice
Zest of 1-2 lemons or limes, depending on taste


  • Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides
  • Melt the butter in a bowl and add the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix until combined
  • Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan and 1 1/2 inches up the side of the pan. Use the back of a spoon or a small glass to smooth out the bottom and edges
  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth
  • Add the condensed milk and mix
  • Add the zest and citrus juice
  • Pour into the crust and spread evenly with a spatula
  • Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight, or freeze
  • To serve, release from the springform pan and top with in-season berries or pie filling. Garnish with mint leaves or flowers
No-Bake Cheesecake
No-Bake Cheesecake


  • Don’t skip the citrus juice – it thickens the filling
  • Substitute 1/3 cup of brown sugar for the 1 T of granulated sugar in the crust for an even sweeter tasting crust
  • Omit the cinnamon if you wish
  • Leave at room temperature for about 15 minutes before cutting and serving, if you’re storing it in the freezer
  • Make the filling with 1, 1 1/2, or 2 bricks of cream cheese and the result is still yummy
  • Use a 10 inch springform pan and take the crust up one inch of the sides only
  • Be careful when using a store-bought crust: you will have extra filling, so you may want to use only one brick of cheese


No-Bake Cheesecake
No-Bake Cheesecake
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