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