5 Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake

This delicious and easy 5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake recipe makes a more traditional-looking cheesecake by using a springform pan.

5 Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake

What I love about this recipe for 5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake

I’ve been eating a version of this no-bake cheesecake for years, but it (like most recipes you’ll find online for No Bake Cheesecake) is made in a pre-made pie shell with only 1 block of cream cheese. Honestly, that recipe is more like a pie than it is a cheesecake.

I developed this perfect dessert as an easy recipe to make the most of how helpful a pre-made crust is. By pulsing the crust in the food processor, you easily turn it into a no-bake crust to line a springform pan. I’ve also used more full fat cream cheese (double the amount of most recipes) to yield a thick, rich no-bake cheesecake filling that your whole family will love!

Frequently Asked Questions about 5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake:

How does No-Bake Cheesecake differ from Classic Cheesecake?

Many classic cheesecake recipes (baked cheesecake) call for cooking in a water bath (although my Mocha Cheesecake does not, and it’s amazingly delicious plus super easy) and use a filling that’s a combo of eggs and cream cheese. The step of using a water bath to cook the cheesecake often intimidates unskilled bakers and has them looking for a different recipe. A no-bake cheesecake skips cooking altogether, so no water bath needed.

That said, opting for a no-bake recipe yields a cheesecake with a much different texture. A no-bake cheesecake is much lighter and fluffier, and oftentimes not as rich-tasting. This 5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake is, however, quite rich by using 2 blocks of cream cheese and whole milk lemon Greek yogurt.

Can I substitute whipped heavy cream for the Cool Whip?

I don’t recommend it. Cool whip has stabilizers that help this no-bake cheesecake stand up to removal of the springform, slicing and topping with pie filling, if desired.

Can I use a homemade crust in place of the storebought?

Yes, but if starting from scratch, I would recommend baking the crust for about 10 minutes before topping with the no-bake cheesecake filling.

Can I use fresh berries in place of the pie filling?

Absolutely.

5 Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake
  • graham cracker crust
  • full-fat cream cheese
  • whole milk lemon Greek yogurt
  • frozen whipped topping
  • cherry pie filling (optional)
5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake
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5 Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake

5 Ingredient No Bake Cheesecake


  • Author: Regan Jones
  • Total Time: 24 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Description

Looking for a no-bake cheesecake that looks more like a cheesecake and less like a pie? This is it! This 5 Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake is made in a springform pan. So easy and delicious!


Ingredients

  • 1 (6-oz.) store-bought graham cracker crust*
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkg. full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature**
  • 1 (5.3-oz.) container whole milk lemon Greek yogurt (such as Chobani)
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-oz.) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip), thawed
  • 1 (21-oz.) can cherry pie filling (optional)

Instructions

Notes

*I prefer the classic buttery graham cracker crust here, but you could also use a store-bought crust made of Oreo cookies.

**It’s very important that you use room-temperature cream cheese. Otherwise, when you go to mix the filling, you’ll end up with a not-smooth cream cheese filling with horrible lumps of cream cheese throughout the cheesecake.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Fridge Time: 24 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 285 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 11 g

Keywords: 5 ingredient desserts, 5 ingredient cheesecake, 5 ingredient no bake cheesecake, no bake cheesecake, no bake desserts

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