This is the easiest no bake cheesecake recipe you’ll ever find, and it always sets up quickly. A plain vanilla cheesecake made with cream cheese, sour cream and a touch of gelatin, it’s quite simply perfect. You know those days when you just can’t bother turning on the oven…
How easy is it really?
This recipe is so dead simple that I almost could have made the how-to video above in real-time. I’ve thought that before, like with my flourless peanut butter cookies. I even tried it at first. But you’d be surprised how unbelievably boring it is to watch someone mix something for even, like, 10 whole seconds. ⏲
But I did time myself while making this no bake cheesecake recipe, exactly as written. It clocks in at 10 minutes flat. And that’s only if you factor in crushing the cookie crumbs for the crust in a mini food processor.
It doesn’t include cleaning the dishes, though. You’ll have to do that on your own time! But this recipe is easy enough that I bet your kids could make it for you while you leaf through a magazine or something.
What makes a no bake cheesecake recipe different?
Normally, you expect a cheesecake to be a bit yellow in color, on account of the eggs that are baked right in. But a no bake cheesecake has no eggs—or you wouldn’t be able to no-bake it. The eggs are what make a traditional cheesecake into a cake you can slice.
The eggs are what make a traditional cheesecake into a cake you can slice. So a no bake cheesecake needs to turn to something else, like gelatin. We only use a touch of powdered gelatin, and it does the trick.
All you do is “bloom” the gelatin in some lukewarm water by mixing them together and waiting for the gelatin to swell. Then, melt the mixture in the microwave or over a double boiler.
The mixture of cream cheese and sour cream in this recipe makes for a silky smooth cheesecake with a slight tang. There’s only 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar in the whole recipe, so it’s never too sweet.
What’s on top there?
This is definitely a plain cheesecake, and the real pleasure is in the silky texture. If you have a fresh vanilla bean, though, try adding some real vanilla seeds for a touch more flavor.
I love fruit with cheesecake, and since I make a ton of smoothies, I always have lots of frozen berries.🍓 I made a super easy strawberry syrup for this simple cheesecake just by cooking down some frozen strawberries on the stovetop and adding a bit of honey for some added sweetness. Then, either pass the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds, or blend the mixture until smooth.
Have some leftover strawberry syrup? Add some fruit juice and some gelatin to it, and make some homemade JELLO-style gelatin. No bake all day long!