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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake (Video Recipe)

No bake lemon cheesecake – light, creamy, so easy to make. Lemon curd filling, scrumptious Oreo cookie crust, whipped cream topping. Perfect!

(Can’t get enough of lemon desserts? Then you would love this lemon cheesecake recipe, one of the most popular recipes on the blog – it’s been shared more than half a million times and counting!)

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

I love lemon desserts. I know I always say that but I really, really do. I prefer lemon over chocolate, which I also love, so that’s saying something.

This no bake lemon cheesecake is another no bake lemon dessert that I have been happily recipe testing. And now it’s finally ready for you.

It’s so easy to make – which is important to us here at TUB. The simpler the better.

It’s so dang delicious – equally, if not more, important. We make sure all the recipes here are tested and sent out to our volunteer taste-testers for feedback and necessary adjustments.

And thanks to the homemade lemon curd filling, it’s just the right amount of sweet and tart. Let’s get to it!

How to make no bake lemon cheesecake

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Watch the video to see how to make this easy lemon cheesecake step by step! It essentially has two components.

Oreo cookie crust

First you need to prepare the crust.

Just mix all crust ingredients in a bowl until everything is evenly moist, almost resembling wet sand. Then pack it tightly onto the bottom of your springform pan lined with parchment paper.

Set that aside while you work on your cheesecake filling.

Usually, you would use a graham cracker crust for this kind of cheesecake…and you could…but believe me when I say the Oreo cookie crust here is so much better. Chocolate and lemon – who knew we could get the best of both worlds?

Lemon curd cheesecake filling

To make the cheesecake filling, you simply need to beat all cheesecake ingredients – except the whipped cream – using either a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You know you’re done when the mixture is smooth and well incorporated.

Then gently fold your whipped cream into your cheesecake mixture, transfer to your springform pan and smoothen the top.

I love this cheesecake filling because it’s base is homemade lemon curd. You can buy a ready-made jar from the store but I encourage you to try making your own lemon curd – so easy, so much more delicious and packed with lemon flavour.

It’s best to chill the cheesecake overnight. And the waiting? That’s always the hardest part!

No bake cheesecake tips for success

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Making no bake cheesecakes is definitely easier than making baked cheesecakes. You don’t have to worry about water baths, about the tops cracking, or about the whole baking thing, period.

Baked cheesecakes are awesome, but sometimes you just don’t want to deal with all that jazz, you know?

There are still a few things you need to remember though, for perfect no bake cheesecakes every time.

Always use room temperature cream cheese

Whether you’re baking your cheesecake or not, using room temperature cream cheese is a must. It just makes it easier for you to beat the mixture and results in a smoother filling.

The ingredients won’t combine as easily if you’re working with a cold block of cream cheese. And you will most likely end up over beating it. (Plus, your arms will hate you.)

No bake lemon cheesecake without gelatin

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

My one pet peeve about no bake cheesecakes is that sometimes their texture is closer to mousse than cheesecake.

I solved that problem when I made my no-bake mini cheesecakes – the texture was so close to traditional New York-style baked cheesecakes that nobody could tell they were no bake when we served them!

I follow a basic, time-tested guide: cream cheese + base flavour (for example, pumpkin puree for that pumpkin cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving) + heavy whipping cream.

No gelatine, no jello, no fillers. I find that I prefer this texture.

How to make sure your cheesecake sets properly

If you’re worried that your cheesecake won’t set properly without gelatine, just make sure you use heavy cream (fat content between 36 and 40%). And that you whip it properly to stiff peaks.

You can’t substitute low fat cream because you just won’t achieve the volume you need.

And to get that nice volume, make sure that:

  • Your heavy whipping cream is chilled
  • Your whisk is chilled
  • And your bowl is chilled before you start whipping

Also, when you’re folding the whipped cream into your mixture, do so gently so you don’t deflate it.

Why won’t my cheesecake set properly?

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want though. And sometimes, no matter what we do, a cheesecake just refuses to set.

Maybe we made a mistake with the whipped cream. Maybe we put too much lemon curd and it threw the ratios off.

Whatever it is, there are easy fixes. You can try to freeze the cheesecake instead of chilling it in the fridge. Take it out after a few hours and see if you can get a clean slice.

Still a no? Then do what bakers do – improvise! I do it all the time (example: instead of calling it cookies, I call it crumble lol).

So instead of serving it sliced on a plate, serve it in bowls, or in nice little mason jars, parfait-style. It will still be delicious and nobody will ever know.

Easy no bake dessert recipes

If you’re ever not in the mood to bake but still want (or need!) a stunning and delicious dessert, no worries, I got you. Just try any of these delicious no bake dessert recipes and satisfy your craving without baking!

If you’re looking for something fruity and refreshing, make some fresh strawberry cheesecake mousse. It’s bursting with the sweet, wonderful flavours of strawberries.

And do you see that gorgeous pink colour? That’s all-natural!

Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse

Go on vacation with this no bake pineapple coconut cream pie – it tastes like the tropics! So creamy and refreshing.

No Bake Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie

And if you’re in the mood for something boozy, this Bailey’s chocolate mousse pie is chocolatey and will make you feel a little woozy! It also has those chocolate specks in it, which I love.

Baileys Chocolate Mousse Pie
No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Author: Jolina
No bake lemon cheesecake – light, creamy, so easy to make. Lemon curd filling, scrumptious Oreo cookie crust, whipped cream topping. Perfect!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 8 people
Calories 473 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Oreo Cookie Crust:

  • 2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted, slightly cooled
  • pinch salt

For the Lemon Curd Cheesecake Filling:

  • 1 8-oz block cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup lemon curd
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream whipped to stiff peaks

Instructions
 

  • Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, stir all crust ingredients until evenly moist (resembling wet sand). Transfer to your prepared pan. Make sure to pack the crust firmly and evenly on the bottom of the pan. Chill while you prepare the filling.
  • Using an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all cheesecake ingredients (except whipped heavy cream) until smooth and incorporated. 
  • Fold in your whipped cream until combined. Transfer to your pan and smoothen the top.
  • Chill 6-8 hours, preferably overnight. Serve with whipped cream (optional).

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 2gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 229mgPotassium: 47mgSugar: 33gVitamin A: 815IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 0.7mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easter, Easy, Mother’s Day, Spring, Summer
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy no-baking!

Did you make no bake lemon cheesecake? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Rate the Recipe




Lia

Thursday 19th of September 2019

This is so delicious...I chilled it extra to be sure it set. Its so easy to make. Next time I will use your homemade lemon curd recipe. Thank you!!

Jolina

Thursday 19th of September 2019

That's awesome Lia! Glad you liked it :) And yes, homemade lemon curd makes a lot of difference. Enjoy!

Chris Keffer

Monday 12th of August 2019

Hi:

Just wondering if you have ever used muffin tins and made the mini cheesecakes with this recipe?

Thanks

Jolina

Friday 16th of August 2019

Hi Chris, no I haven't, not for this particular cheesecake. However, I do have a recipe for no-bake mini cheesecakes that you might want to check out: https://theunlikelybaker.com/no-bake-mini-cheesecakes/

Rose

Friday 10th of May 2019

I made this last week and it was sooooooooo delicious!!! I used jarred lemon curd. My husband is requesting I make it again soon. Thanks for the recipee!!

Jolina

Friday 10th of May 2019

You are most welcome Rose! This no bake lemon cheesecake has become one of my favourite things to make so far. Glad you and the hubby liked it!

Linda

Friday 15th of March 2019

Oh my...this cheesecake looks absolutely stunning and perfect for spring time. And I love how it's no-bake!

Marisa F. Stewart

Friday 15th of March 2019

What a wonderful recipe template! I love the idea of being able to put in whatever flavors I like. I can see this as a dessert for summer or Mother's Day. As quickly as you can make it, this is perfect as a last minute sweet. I've never made lemon curd but I'm going to do so now.

Jolina

Saturday 16th of March 2019

Thanks Marisa! This is a lovely Mother's Day treat :) And you should definitely try homemade lemon curd, super easy and so delicious!