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This is THE BEST NO BAKE CHEESECAKE RECIPE EVER! It’s got a thick graham cracker crust and an easy no-bake cheesecake filling without cool whip. If you love a fast no-bake dessert then this is the one you should make. No oven, no cracking, just delicious cheesecake.

BEST NO BAKE CHEESECAKE RECIPE EVER topped with blueberries and strawberries on a wooden board.

5 ingredient No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This recipe is the BEST No Bake Cheesecake Recipe I’ve ever had. I mean sure, I love no bake Oreo Cheesecake and even lemon, but this super simple, plain, easy cheesecake recipe? My favorite. It goes down sooooo easy. Plus, it’s pretty.

This easy No Bake Cheesecake is made with sweetened condensed milk is the BEST one I’ve ever tasted! Plus – no cool whip! It’s got a creamy texture with a tangy cheesecake taste – you’re going to love it.

There’s something so good about a classic cheesecake recipe, right? No frills, no extra flavors, just graham cracker crust and creamy filling. It’s so simple to make and so delicious.

Slice of cheesecake topped with strawberries and blueberries served on a white plate.

Ingredients in no bake cheesecake

  • I made graham cracker crust that’s SUPER thick and delicious. I love a thick crust and this one is the best. Just mix your graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter and press into pan.
  • Cream Cheese – you need two packages cream cheese. Make sure it is softened (room temperature) to avoid lumps. Don’t use low fat cream cheese!
  • Sweetened condensed milk – this adds the sweetness and the creaminess to the cheesecake. Use regular NOT fat-free.
  • Lemon Juice – this doesn’t add a lemon flavor to the cheesecake. It actually creates the chemical reaction with the cream cheese and SCM that makes it set up, so don’t omit! You MUST use fresh lemon juice, not bottled.
  • Vanilla – a teaspoon vanilla extract adds so much flavor – be sure to use PURE vanilla.
6 photos showing how to make cheesecake

How to make No Bake Cheesecake

  1. Place graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl and stir using a fork. I usually crush my crumbs with a food processor.
  2. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-10” springform pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese until smooth using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth.
  4. Mix in vanilla, and lemon juice and mix until smooth and no lumps remain.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture into prepared crust and smooth with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 4 hours before serving so the mixture can set.

How to serve easy cheesecake

A bite taken out of the BEST No Bake Cheesecake Recipe on a white serving plate.

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • A springform pan for this recipe is super important. I have a 9-inch springform pan, but you could use an 8-inch or a 10-inch. A deep dish pie plate would work too, but it’ll be harder for serving. See all about pan size equivalents in case you don’t have a springform pan.

Expert Tips and FAQ

Why do I need to soften the cream cheese?

Using room temperature ingredients is very important to avoid lumps in your cheesecake. No amount of mixing will get out small lumps from cold cream cheese, so make sure it’s softened.

Do I have to use regular sweetened condensed milk?

Yes. Do not substitute fat free or low fat. The fat content is needed to help the cheesecake set up.

Can I use low fat or fat free cream cheese?

No – your cheesecake won’t set up properly. Be sure to use premium cream cheese not store brand (i.e. Philadelphia).

I don’t like lemon, can I skip the lemon juice?

No – the lemon juice is essential for making this cheesecake set up. Make sure you use the entire amount. It won’t make your cheesecake lemony. If you’re worried, add an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract or use vanilla bean paste.

Why didn’t my cheesecake set?

You need to beat the cream cheese until smooth and then slowly add the sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice. Use high quality ingredients and do not omit the lemon juice. It will need at least 8-10 hours to set.

no bake cheesecake with fruit on top

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

3.73 from 139 votes
The BEST No Bake Cheesecake Recipe – this easy cheesecake recipe is completely no bake! It has a thick graham cracker crust and a sweet cheesecake filling. Perfect for Summer and everyone loves it!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 slice


Graham Cracker Crust

  • 3 cups (306g) graham cracker crumbs about 18 sheets/36 squares
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 11 tablespoons (155g) unsalted or salted butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt only if using unsalted butter


  • 2 8-ounce blocks 450g) cream cheese room temperature (do not use low-fat)
  • 14 ounces (1 can/397g) sweetened condensed milk (regular, not low fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (59ml) lemon juice
  • Berries or pie filling for topping
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  • Place graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl and stir using a fork. The mixture will resemble wet sand. Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-10” springform pan. Chill at least 10 minutes before filling.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth using a hand or a stand mixer. Add sweetened condensed milk slowly while mixing. Slowly add vanilla and lemon juice and mix until smooth and no lumps remain. Pour into prepared crust. Chill at least 12 hours before serving so the mixture can set.
  • Top with berries or your favorite pie filling. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cheesecake can be made 1 day in advance, but don’t top it until ready to serve. It can also be frozen.

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Recipe Notes

If it’s having trouble solidifying, freeze for 2 hours.
Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1332mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 63g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Talk about easy!!! Talk about good!!! This is the best recipe I have made and it is a keeper!! I baked pies for 25 years and was looking for something quick and easy not to mention delicious… THIS IS IT!! I didnt change anything in it!!! Awesome with canned cherries or anything else you want to top it with!!! Thank you so much!!!