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No-Bake Cheesecake

Recipe photo courtesy of James Baigrie

There are certain days during the summer when the last place anyone wants to be is in a hot kitchen. But that's when kids can come to the rescue, making a delicious dessert for the whole family without ever having to ask their parents to turn on the oven.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, July/August 2004
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Skip the crust: use cheesecake filling in a parfait and invent a whole new "layer cake." Mix the filling, then put some in a glass. Top with broken-up cookies (such as chocolate or vanilla wafers) or graham crackers, and add fresh fruit (such as raspberries or blueberries). Alternate layers. Refrigerate parfait for 30 minutes, and serve.

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  • Boniboo
    13 FEB, 2018
    Total fail. Followed everything to a t. Left in the frig over night never set, it had the same texture as when I put it in the frig. Good taste but never got firm. :(
  • sugarlulita11
    8 FEB, 2018
    Great overall recipe. I did change the amount of lemon juice to 2 tbsp and my cheesecake sets up nice and firm.
    24 DEC, 2017
    Mixed 1 packet of plain gelatin with hot water until dissolved. Let cool till just slightly warm. Use hand mixer or wire whisk to blend thoroughly. Sets up nice with gelatin. Otherwise was runny.
  • Sansb13
    6 DEC, 2017
    The flavor is ok I guess. I left it in the refrigerator all night and it is still very runny. Hopefully the freezer will help firm it up enough to cut. Won’t make again.
  • sassarowe
    24 NOV, 2017
    Flavour really nice but mixture a little bit runny. Might use a bit of gelatin next time.
  • creaserd
    26 JUL, 2015
    Terrible !!!!! Worst ever. Didn't set up. Never make this again. What a waste of time and ingredients. Very disappointed to say the least. I make cheesecake often and this one is a real dud.!!!!!!
    • ALR4947249DW
      25 SEP, 2017
      Made it exactly wasnt happy with the texture think there was too much lemon juice
    • lollolhigmail
      9 OCT, 2015
      Actually its quite good you just didn't make it right.
  • yenquinnkgmail
    5 DEC, 2016
    Hi, I made the no-bake cheesecake yesterday and left it overnight in the fridge, today when I thought it's ready it turned out so soft... I had followed the instructions and ingredients, can anyone tell me what's wrong? Thank you.
    • ALR4947249DW
      25 SEP, 2017
      Reduce the lemon juice
    • eveofearth25
      3 JUL, 2017
      I added another 8 oz of cream cheese. Really delisious
  • jsreekumar91
    12 FEB, 2017
    I've finished this recipe and placed the cake into the fridge about three hours only just dawned on me as I am reading these comments in a panic that I didn't add the lemon juice :( I've transferred the cake into the freezer now. Someone please tell me this thing is going to set ok :(
    • ALR4947249DW
      25 SEP, 2017
      I used lemon juice and it makes it too soft its probably a good accident that you forgot it !
    • eveofearth25
      3 JUL, 2017
      Yes it will
  • ALR4947249DW
    25 SEP, 2017
    The flavor is good however the texture was too loose for me i think i will make it again but skip the lemon juice i think thats what made it not firm enough
  • MS10400859
    4 SEP, 2017
    Made this yesterday for my husband. Did not have Graham crackers so I used vanilla wafers. This was so good and easy to make. My husband stated he would rather have the vanilla wafer crust. Topped with strawberry pie filling.

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