Easy No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

This luscious No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is so easy to prep that you’d have a delicious cheesecake in no time without having to turn the oven on. No need to use gelatin yet it firms up nicely. It is so versatile you can also use other fruits for topping. Recipe to make the fruity sauce/topping from scratch is included!



I am totally obsessed with cheesecake! If you’re a follower of Manila Spoon you probably would have noticed that I have so many cheesecake recipes on the blog. I can’t remember the exact number but it’s close to 10, I’d say.



What can I say? I just love this creamy, cheesy dessert, especially when smothered all over with a luscious fruity or berry topping! It’s simply irresistible!

I love cheesecakes so much that I won’t feel guilty breaking my diet (whatever diet I may be on at that time) just so I can eat a slice of it! For me, it would all be worth the extra calories!!!



That is the case with this fabulous cheesecake which is so deliciously perfect for summer because it’s no-bake! No need to turn on the oven and heat up the entire house! Who wants to do that? 

Are you ready to make this scrumptious luscious No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake yet?

Here are some helpful NOTES & TIPS!

First, let’s have a quick rundown of the ingredients you need!



    • graham crackers or digestive biscuits, crushed 
    • pecans or walnuts, crushed (optional, if you don’t like nuts or are allergic to it)
    • a little sugar
    • unsalted butter, melted

In making the crust, I sometimes use digestive biscuits because my English hubby who grew up with it thinks it tastes better than graham crackers.

I don’t know if there’s much difference but I leave that decision to you. You can also choose to add some nuts to the crust (for extra flavor and crunch) or leave it nut-free. Either way works!




    • Philadelphia cream cheese softened at room temperature
    • condensed milk
    • fresh lemon juice
    • vanilla extract

As for the cheesecake, you need to use a good quality cream cheese so it holds up well. I have tried cheaper cream cheeses but they turned up soft and not as firm as I’d want them to be.

Definitely worth getting Philadelphia cream cheese for this or at least Trader Joe’s cream cheese as that’s also what I often use. The latter is pretty reasonably priced and always works well for me!

Make sure to use cream cheese that’s been softened at room temperature previously and not chilled or straight from the fridge. If the cream cheese is softer, it would be easier to beat and cream it ensuring there would be no lumps on your cheesecake.

With this, you would be assured of having a smooth and lump-free cake. No lumpy cheesecake allowed!!!




    • strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
    • a little white sugar
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • juice of 1/2 lemon

This delightful no-bake cheesecake includes a recipe on how to make the yummiest strawberry sauce from scratch. Don’t fancy strawberries? Simply replace the strawberries with your favorite summer berry or fruit if you prefer another flavor. 

With so many berries and fruits that are in season right now, you can opt to use your favorite fruit as topping for this. While I use here one of my favorite summer berries – strawberries – if you are more of a blueberry or raspberry fan – then surely use that instead. 

The sauce is also pretty easy to make and requires very minimal ingredients – just 3 and that already includes the fruit of your choice! How’s that for easy!




Are you ready now to tackle you next cheesecake project? Enjoy! Do leave us a comment once you’ve made any of our recipes as we’d love to hear from you. Thanks and happy summer!

5 from 18 votes

Yummy No Bake Cranberry Cheesecake

This luscious No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake recipe is so easy to make and so scrumptious! No need to use any gelatin yet it firms up nicely. Use the tasty from scratch cranberry sauce recipe included or your left-over from Thanksgiving. Perfect holiday dessert!


Course Dessert
Cuisine American, English, European
Keyword condensed milk cheesecake, cranberry sauce for cheesecake, easy no bake cranberry cheesecake, leftover cranberry sauce, no bake cranberry cheesecake no gelatin, yummy no bake cranberry cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 12 hours
Servings 10


For the Crust

  • 2 cups Gingersnaps or ginger cookies, finely crushed 
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted Butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

  • 3 blocks 8 oz each of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 can (14 oz) condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice

For the Cranberry Sauce / Topping

  • 1 cup orange juice,
  • 2 cups white Sugar
  • 4 cups Cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon of the liquid cranberry sauce (see instructions)


For the Crust

  1. To make the crust, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and side of a greased 9-inch springform pan using the smooth bottom of a glass. Make sure it's evenly spread out. Set aside in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to chill as you make the filling.

For the Cheesecake

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in medium speed until soft, creamy and completely smooth (no lumps). Add the condensed milk slowly and continue to beat until the mixture is smooth. Occasionally scrape the sides of the mixing bowl to ensure that there are no lumps remaining on the side or at the bottom. Pour in the lemon juice (if using) and vanilla extract and beat again until just until it’s mixed. 

  2. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate overnight or until fully set. This can be made 1-2 days ahead. Just before serving drizzle some of the cranberry sauce for topping.

For the Cranberry Sauce / Topping

  1. In a heavy saucepan, dissolve the sugar in orange juice by stirring over low to medium heat. Bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and the spices (if using) and stir. Lower the heat and cook until all the cranberries have popped, about 10-12 minutes. Dilute the cornstarch with about 1 tablespoon of the liquid in the cranberry mixture. Add to sauce, stir and cook just until the sauce has thickened to your liking. It will thicken more as it cools down. Cool completely before using.

  2. The cranberry sauce can be made a day or 2 ahead. Refrigerate if making ahead.

Recipe Notes


For best results, use only Philadelphia cream cheese so the cheesecake sets properly. I learned through experience that if you use cheaper cream cheese alternatives - they would not be as firm.

If you don't have the spices at hand, you can simply leave them out. We love the sauce with some hint of spice but this is optional.

You may use graham crackers or digestive instead of gingersnaps though I personally love the hint of spice in the crumbs when gingersnaps are used.

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  1. Britni
    July 30, 2020 / 11:10 am

    5 stars
    This was so good and the sauce, oh my gosh – I want to eat it on everything!

  2. Taryn
    July 30, 2020 / 11:19 am

    5 stars
    This cheesecake is amazing! We all wanted seconds.

  3. Leslie
    July 30, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    5 stars
    I love cheesecake too! But my favorite kind of cheesecake comes with a nice topping like this! AHH..pure heaven!

  4. Taleen
    July 30, 2020 / 2:59 pm

    5 stars
    I love a good no-bake cheesecake, and that strawberry sauce looks SO good. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Maria
    July 31, 2020 / 6:08 am

    5 stars
    Love this easy no-bake cheesecake. I’m not a fan of using the oven a lot in the summer because it’s just too hot. So this is the perfect summer dessert and the strawberry topping is the perfect complement.

  6. Stine Mari
    August 1, 2020 / 12:56 am

    5 stars
    I agree with your husband that digestives are better in cheesecake crusts! This cheesecake looks fabulous – and I think no-bakes are best!

  7. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    August 1, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    5 stars
    I was looking for a great no bake cheesecake recipe and this one turned out perfect. The flavors are so tasty and the texture is so creamy.

  8. Kay
    August 2, 2020 / 8:06 am

    5 stars
    This no-bake cheesecake looks awesome, a perfect summer dessert for all the family. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kushigalu
    August 2, 2020 / 9:53 am

    5 stars
    This no-bake cheesecake is one of the best desserts to try using strawberries. So delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Marta
    August 2, 2020 / 10:49 am

    5 stars
    I consider myself the cheesecake queen, but I’ve never made a no-bake cheesecake. I loved the creaminess and ease of the recipe.

  11. Alexis
    August 2, 2020 / 11:28 am

    5 stars
    We love cheesecake in my family. I’ve never tried with strawberry jam on the top though, this is an amazing option. Thank you.

  12. Beth
    August 2, 2020 / 8:34 pm

    5 stars
    I love cheesecake and have never tried a no-bake version. I will look for digestive biscuits since I’m also not such a great fan of graham crackers. Can’t wait!

  13. Ramona
    August 3, 2020 / 12:46 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious recipe for a no bake cheese cake, and the strawberry sauce was amazing and so delicious too. Will make it again, no doubt. Liked the nut addition in the crust. Really great idea!

  14. Sarah James
    August 3, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    5 stars
    Your cheesecake looks delicious and so mouthwatering. It’s digestive biscuits every time in the crust for me, they’re my favourite biscuit.

  15. sapana
    August 3, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    5 stars
    I love no-bake cheesecakes, and this one with strawberry looks so so delicious. This is just perfect to use seasonal strawberries.

  16. Lathiya
    August 3, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    5 stars
    The cheesecake looks delicious and I loved it is no bake. The strawberry topping looks luscious.

  17. Sharon
    August 3, 2020 / 7:02 pm

    5 stars
    Cheesecake is always worth breaking the diet! 😉 I love that this is no-bake – perfect for summer with the strawberries.

  18. Jen | Jen's Food Lab
    August 3, 2020 / 11:08 pm

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts! I love the strawberries on top, which looks like it adds an awesome additional flavor. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Gloria
    August 4, 2020 / 10:37 am

    5 stars
    I love simple delicious desserts. What a great way to enjoy fresh strawberries. This is the perfect party dessert.

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