Yummy No Bake Cranberry Cheesecake

This luscious No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake recipe is so easy to make and so scrumptious! No gelatin is needed here. Use the tasty from-scratch cranberry sauce recipe included or your leftover from Thanksgiving. Perfect holiday dessert!

So I had some leftover spiced cranberry sauce from our Thanksgiving celebration. I was thinking of how I can use it for something sweet. After all the cranberry sauce itself is kind of sweet with hints of tang and warm yummy spices, so it is the perfect pair for any dessert-type treat.

Making a cheesecake immediately came to my mind, naturally! My family is totally obsessed with cheesecake so any excuse to make cheesecake is always welcome!

I have previously made a baked cranberry cheesecake and we all loved it so I thought for this time, I would make a no-bake version because, why not? When I made this I didn’t have the luxury of time to wait until the cake was baked because I had to go somewhere. So no-bake it had to be!

I was scared that it may not set properly, but I was happy that it held up quite well after being allowed to set overnight! It looked so yummy and pretty good on its own, too. In fact, I would have been happy eating it plain — but then what would I do with all that cranberry sauce?

I wasn’t sure initially if the cranberry sauce I have would be good for it. After all, it had some spices included in it, and am not sure how it would go with the cheesecake!

Well, it obviously worked pretty well because both my husband and daughter had a slice each and both loved it! I think the hints of spice plus the orange juice flavoring of the cranberries made it so perfect as a topping for the cheesecake! It was quite a yummy pairing, if I may say so!

What I love as well is that it looks so festive and beautiful and had that holiday feel! I didn’t go overboard by adding all the sauce on top but simply added some of the sauce on the sides or edges of the cake leaving some space in the middle so you still see that glorious cheesecake. Then I simply served the rest of the cranberry sauce beside the cake if anyone wanted some more. That way, you can personalize it.

So, if by any chance you still have some leftover cranberry sauce that needs using up (and of course, you are more than welcome to make this delicious cranberry sauce included in the recipe as a yummy option) then certainly make this delicious NO BAKE Cranberry Cheesecake! This is indeed the perfect holiday cake – and you can make it a day or two ahead and without much fuss or fancy – just simply delicious!

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Yummy No Bake Cranberry Cheesecake

This luscious No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake recipe is so easy to make and so scrumptious! No gelatin needed here. Use the tasty from scratch cranberry sauce recipe included or your left-over from Thanksgiving. Perfect holiday dessert!
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword easy no bake cranberry cheesecake, no bake cranberry cheesecake no gelatin, yummy no bake cranberry cheesecake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill 8 hours
Servings 10
Calories 559 kcal
Author Manila Spoon


For the Crust

  • 2 cups graham crackers or digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp salted butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

  • 8 oz each of 2 packs of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cranberry Sauce/Topping

  • 1 cup Orange Juice or Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen Cranberries


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 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 or water by stirring over low to medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries and stir. Lower the heat and cook until the cranberries pop about 10-12 minutes and the sauce has thickened to your liking. It will also thicken as it cools down.
  3. The cranberry sauce can be made a day or 2 ahead. Refrigerate if making ahead. Use as topping for the cheesecake.
Nutrition Facts
Yummy No Bake Cranberry Cheesecake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 0.4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 314mg14%
Potassium 298mg9%
Carbohydrates 86g29%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 73g81%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 764IU15%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 158mg16%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. JW
    December 20, 2022 / 6:45 pm

    I’m sorry, but the recipe doesn’t match the post. Recipe is for strawberry, not cranberry.

    • abigail
      December 22, 2022 / 7:30 pm

      I have updated this. I must have accidentally posted the wrong recipe. It’s all good now.

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