If you're in the mood for cheesecake but don't have the patience for a long bake time, try one of these easy no-bake recipes. Traditionally, a cheesecake is baked at a low temperature in a pan of simmering water to get that dense yet silky smooth texture. But you can take a few shortcuts and make a dessert that's just as rich and creamy. Take your pick from a classic vanilla cheesecake or try something different—we have recipes for no-bake cheesecakes flavored with Key lime, strawberry, blueberry, and more.One note about "no-bake" cheesecakes: in some cases, the crust does need to spend a few minutes in the oven. But the filling does not need to be baked—it just needs time to chill in the refrigerator to set.
This easy, breezy cheesecake has two different crust options: butter cookie or salty-sweet pretzel. Or you can make this cheesecake even easier with a store-bought graham cracker crust. Serve it plain or dress it up with fresh fruit macerated in jam and orange liqueur. One reader described it as a cheesecake mousse, writing, “you get all the flavor without all the weight.”
Hand-held frozen cheesecake—what could be better? These fun ice cream sandwiches are perfect for a hot summer day, and are truly no bake. You just need an ice cream maker and enough time for the homemade ice cream to freeze. Soft-baked snickerdoodle cookies (pick them up at your supermarket’s bakery section) pair deliciously with the tangy ice cream.
If you’re really pressed for time, cheesecake doesn’t get any easier than this. Made with ready-to-eat cheesecake filling, crumbled cookies, and macerated strawberries, this trifle-like dessert will satisfy the strongest cheesecake craving in minutes.
These dainty cheesecake tarts would be perfect for a shower or special lunch. You’ll need 4-inch tart pans with removable bottoms. The tarts do not bake up very tall, so top each one with your favorite fresh fruit or drizzle with melted chocolate or caramel sauce