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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

This EASY No Bake Lemon Cheesecake is the perfect no bake pie! No bake cheesecake filled with tart lemon, it's the best recipe!
Prep Time30 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 8


Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups (147g) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (99g) unsalted butter melted


  • 3 (8-ounce) blocks (678g) cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon packed lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • cup (158ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped Cream for garnish


  • Prepare crust by stirring together melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Stir with a fork in a medium bowl, then press into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch round springform pan. Chill to set while preparing filling.
  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer until smooth, about 1 minute. Mix in sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • In another bowl, beat cold whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold whipped cream into cheesecake filling - to not beat or mix, fold it so as not to break the cream.
  • Place the cheesecake filling in the prepared crust. Chill to set, at least 4 hours.
  • Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.



  • Be sure to use fresh lemon juice for best results, and do not omit the lemon zest, that is where the flavor comes from.
  • If you want an extra punch of lemon, add 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract to the mixture.
  • To substitute cool whip, use about one 8-ounce container in lieu of the fresh whipped cream.
  • Garnish cheesecake with additional whipped cream and lemon slices.


Serving: 1/8 Slice of Pie | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 244mg | Sugar: 32g