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No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe

These super simple no-bake cheesecake bars are a summer staple! Light, fluffy, and full of flavor. Perfect when paired with your favorite fruit topping.

no-bake cheesecake bar with piece cut onto fork

This recipe was a pleasant surprise. I have been playing with the general idea of a no-bake cheesecake for a while now. It is so inviting to have a staple summer sweet recipe on hand that does not require an oven. So when I gave this a shot, with only a few slight adjustments, we were thrilled with the results!

Apparently a buttery cookie crust, light and fluffy filling, and sweet fruit topping is all this girl needs to be a happy camper during the warm summer temperatures. 

graham crackers in blender

No-Bake Cheesecake Bar Ingredients:

This recipe calls for very basic ingredients. The list is short but the flavor is bold! I used my classic graham cracker crust with just a few tweaks for the base.

  • Graham Crackers- I suggest sticking with the classic honey graham cracker. Also, pulse in a blender for the best crumb!
  • Brown Sugar- A touch of molasses flavor makes the crust oh-so delicious! 
  • Butter- Salted butter works best in this recipe. The butter is used in the crust and salt helps to enhance the cracker flavor. 
  • Whipping Cream- Heavy cream is typically what I reach for. It whips to a nice stiff peak and gives your cheesecake a full but light texture. 
  • Cream Cheese- Two packages at room temperature. 
  • Granulated Sugar- Or regular white sugar. 
  • Lemon Juice- Adds just a touch of tang and brings out the cream cheese flavor. 
  • Vanilla Extract- Be sure to use pure vanilla extract and not imitation. 

How do you thicken no bake cheesecake?

Here is the deal, this cheesecake is unbelievably easy. The secret is in the cream. 

You want to whip the cream to stiff peaks. I chill my mixing bowl for about 15 minutes before I am ready to start stirring. This helps give the cream a nice and cold start and cuts down on the time you need to mix. You want the texture to be full, fluffy, and stiff when you pull the whisk out of the mixing bowl. 

I actually have a great tutorial here

The stiff cream is what holds the form of your cheesecake. Gently fold it in, when called for, and avoid over mixing which can deflate all of the air you beat in. 

bite of cheesecake on fork

How to make no-bake cheesecake bars: 

For the crust:
1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Whisk with a fork until crumbs start to form and the butter is mixed well into the crumbs.
2. Firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Set aside.

For the cheesecake:
1. Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until stiff peaks form, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
2. Place the cream cheese, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth.
3. Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture. Pour over the graham cracker crust.
4. Chill at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
5. Serve topped with fruit pie filling.

cherry pie filling

Cheesecake topping Ideas:

Now, cheesecake is delicious all on its own, but it is never a bad idea to add some of your favorite toppings. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Fruit Pie Filling
  • Crushed Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Fresh Fruit – like strawberries or peaches
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Caramel

Tips for this recipe:

  • Pulse the graham crackers in a blender to get them almost to a powder. This will bind together and give you a stronger crust which will keep your bars from falling apart as you pull them out of the pan.
  • Whip the cream until stiff peaks in order to get a good texture. 
  • Chill your mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 15 minutes before whipping the cream. This will help the cream to thicken faster.
  • No-bake cheesecake will last 5 days stored in the refrigerator. I suggest using a secure container with a lid. 
  • This recipe needs to be refrigerated when storing. Do not leave it out on the counter. 
Cheesecake bar with cherry pie topping

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No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe

No-Bake Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

These super simple no-bake cheesecake bars are a summer staple! Light, fluffy, and full of flavor. Perfect when paired with your favorite fruit topping.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full rectangles)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 1 pint (2 cups) whipping cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese (2 packages), softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pie filling, optional

Instructions

For the crust:
1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter in a medium sized bowl. Whisk with a fork until crumbs start to form and the butter is mixed well into the crumbs.
2. Firmly press the crumbs into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set aside.

For the cheesecake:
1. Pour the cream into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until stiff peaks form, about 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
2. Place the cream cheese, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth.
3. Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture. Pour over the graham cracker crust.
4. Chill at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
5. Serve topped with fruit pie filling.

Notes

Be sure to chill the cheesecake before serving. A well whipped heavy cream and chill will help give this cheesecake a thick but light texture.

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