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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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, English, European
Keyword condensed milk cheesecake, easy no bake strawberry cheesecake, how to make strawberry sauce for cheesecake, no bake strawberry cheesecake without gelatin, strawberry sauce for cheesecake, yummy no bake strawberry cheesecake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 12 hours
Servings 10
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

For the Crust

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

For the Cheesecake

  • 8 oz each of 3 packs of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  •  14 oz can of condensed milk
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Sauce/Topping

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • cup white sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste

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 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 strawberry sauce for topping.

For the Strawberry Sauce/Topping

  1. To make the sauce, in a small saucepan combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the fruits begin to break down and release their juices at the same time mashing a few berries to help in the process. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens roughly 10-12 minutes or to your desired consistency. The sauce will continue to thicken as it stands. Leave to cool completely before using. Store in the refrigerator if not using right away. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

TIPS & TRICKS

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!

As for the cheesecake, you need to use a good quality cream cheese (like Philadelphia 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.