Rich, creamy, and irresistible, this No-Bake Cheesecake recipe is an all-around winner! It takes only 10 minutes to prep, and you can let the fridge do the rest of the work for you. This no-fuss cheesecake recipe needs only 7 ingredients, and is perfect for hot summer days and busy holiday dinners!

Do you love making easy, no-bake desserts? If you’re into chocolate desserts, try my No-Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake or my Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies. Or if fruity flavors are more your thing, my Easy No-Bake Blueberry Delight and No-Bake Sour Cream Lemon Pie will definitely hit the spot!

cut No-bake Cheesecake with cheery pie filling on top

Table of Contents
  1. Easy No Bake Cheesecake Ingredients
  2. How to Make No Bake Cheesecake with Sour Cream
  3. Easy No Bake Cheesecake Toppings
  4. How long does no bake cheesecake last?
  5. No Bake Cheesecake Recipe with Sour Cream FAQs
  6. More Cream Cheese Recipes to Try
  7. Recipe for No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

What is your favorite cheesecake? It’s so hard to choose just one! New York? Strawberry? Chocolate? Salted Caramel? I think I’d have a slice of each! 
However, cheesecakes can be kind of tricky to make, especially the baked ones!

Water baths, aluminum foil wraps, cracks on top…cheesecakes are pretty easy to mess up! Enter: the no-fuss No-Bake Cheesecake! We’re literally making a no-bake crust, pressing it into a pan, whipping up the cheesecake body (the main event), and spreading it on top. Let the fridge take care of the rest. That’s it. EASY!

whole No-bake Cheesecake

No bake recipes are the best for the holidays! The oven is already loaded with turkey, sweet potatoes, rolls, and green beans, you just don’t have room for dessert in there too. Make this 7 ingredient no bake cheesecake recipe the night before…and it’s done!

slice of cheesecake

I especially love this recipe for no-bake cheesecake because you can throw whatever toppings you want on it. If you’re serving a crowd, you could even have a Top-Your-Own Cheesecake Bar, where your family and friends can add one topping or as many as their hearts desire. You’ll never have to choose between New York, chocolate, and strawberry again!

served cheesecake with cheery topping
No-bake Cheesecake slice with cheery topping

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Graham crackers: I crushed my graham crackers into fine crumbs to make the crust smooth and even. You can either use a food processor (affiliate link) or place the crackers in a ziplock bag, lock it, and roll it with a rolling pin.
  • Butter: Melted, salted butter is what we need here! Nothing beats a buttery crust, and by using salted butter, you can skip adding extra salt.
  • Brown sugar: Light brown sugar adds sweetness to the cheesecake crust, as well as a caramel flavor that white sugar is lacking.

Cheesecake Recipe No Bake Filling

  • Cream cheese: You can’t have cheesecake without cream cheese! I like to take the cream cheese out of the fridge about an hour before I’m ready to cook. This helps it soften up and makes it easier to mix.
  • Powdered sugar: To make the no-bake cheesecake mixture smoother, I opted for powdered sugar to avoid crunchy granules running through it. It makes the cheesecake texture velvety-smooth.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice heightens the flavor of many sweet and savory recipes, including cheesecake! You don’t need much, but it really makes a difference.
  • Vanilla extract: Just to add a little vanilla flavor to the cheesecake, adding to that classic taste we’re going for.
  • Sour cream: Adds moisture as well as an extra hit of tang emphasize the much-loved tanginess of cheesecake.
  • Heavy whipping cream: Much like the sour cream, heavy whipping cream adds extra moisture as well as richness. Most no-bake cheesecake recipes call for either sour cream or heavy whipping cream, but I like the best of both worlds!
ready to eat cheesecake

How to Make No Bake Cheesecake with Sour Cream

  1. Combine and press. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan, on the bottom and up the sides. It helps to use a measuring up or glass with a smooth, flat bottom.

2. Beat and fold. Beat the cream cheese and then add the sugar, vanilla, and sour cream. Next, beat the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks (but not butter!). Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese. 

3. Spread and chill. Spread the cheesecake mixture into the crust. Chill at least 6-8 hours or overnight.

overheard of set cheesecake

Can I make this no-bake cheesecake recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! I suggest making it the night before so that the next day you only have to worry about the toppings. 

overhead of cheesecake being served with cherry topping

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Toppings

There are endless options, really! Here are a few suggestions to get you started, but you can really let your imagination run wild here!

8 Simple Homemade Toppings

Fresh Fruit Cheesecake Toppings

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Figs
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pineapple

Canned Fruit Cheesecake Toppings

  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Sour Cherries
  • Black Cherries
  • Pineapple
  • Lychee
  • Pears
  • Mandarin

Crushed Cheesecake Toppings

  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Chocolate curls or mini chocolate chips
  • Chopped candy bars
bite of no-bake cake

How long does no bake cheesecake last?

Because of all the dairy, this no bake cheesecake needs to be kept in the fridge! Either in an airtight container, or just cover the pan tightly in plastic wrap.

You can also freeze this no-bake cheesecake (if you have any leftover!). Just wrap it securely with plastic wrap and then tin foil. It’ll keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw it in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

side angle bite of cake

No Bake Cheesecake Recipe with Sour Cream FAQs

Why do you put sour cream in cheesecake?

Not all cheesecake recipes call for sour cream, but I love the creaminess and additional tang sour cream gives to this no-bake cheesecake recipe. However, it can be omitted or replaced with Greek yogurt, if necessary.

How do I get my no-bake cheesecake to set?

You won’t have any trouble getting this no-bake cheesecake to set up provided you add the correct ingredient amounts. Just be sure to completely chill the cheesecake for plenty of time so the filling can get cold and firm up before slicing.

closer side angle bite of cake

More Cream Cheese Recipes to Try

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Recipe for No-Bake Cheesecake

5 from 2 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Rich, creamy, and irresistible, this No-Bake Cheesecake recipe is an all-round winner! It takes only 10 minutes to prep, and you can let the fridge do the rest of the work for you. This no-fuss cheesecake recipe needs only 7 ingredients, and is perfect for both hot summer days and busy holiday dinners!



  • 2 ½ cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • cup light brown sugar


  • 24 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and sour cream and beat again.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks start to form. Be careful not to beat too long though or it will turn into butter. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Spoon and spread into the crust.
  • Chill at least 6-8 hours or overnight. Slice and serve with your favorite toppings.


Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 456mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1595IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg
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Reader questions and reviews

  1. Carolynn Scoffield says:

    The ingredients list 1/3 cup sour cream, but there is no mention of when to add it to the filling in the mixing instructions. 
    So, when and where is the sour cream added in this recipe? 

    1. Amy says:

      You add it in step 2 with the vanilla and sugar.

    2. Joann G says:

      How many days in advance can I make this? How long is it good for?

  2. Margaret Mckenna says:

    Can you use a 9 by 13 pan ?

  3. Maru Sánchez Chao says:

    Hi, the recipe list 3 tablespoons of lemon juice but can’t find when its added, thanks

    1. Amy says:

      Thanks for catching that inadvertent omission! The lemon juice goes in with the sugar and vanilla. I fixed it in the instructions above.