Rating: 3.58 stars
1816 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 467
  • 4 star values: 562
  • 3 star values: 448
  • 2 star values: 239
  • 1 star values: 100

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.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Put graham crackers in a large resealable plastic bag, and crush them with a rolling pin until very fine crumbs form.

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  • Pour crumbs into a medium bowl; stir in sugar. Add butter, and stir until well combined.

  • Press the crumb mixture into a 9-inch springform pan, spreading it 1 1/2 to 2 inches up the side; press flat. Chill crust in freezer at least 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the filling: Using an electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl, as necessary. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla.

  • Pour the filling into the crust; smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  • Unclasp sides of pan, and remove cheesecake.

Variations

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.

Variations

Chocolate cheesecake: make the crust with chocolate wafer cookies (10 ounces, or about 50 cookies) instead of graham crackers. Once you've mixed the filling, gently stir in 1 cup mini chocolate chips, and then fill the crust. Sprinkle more chips on top of the chilled cake.

Reviews (82)

1816 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 467
  • 4 star values: 562
  • 3 star values: 448
  • 2 star values: 239
  • 1 star values: 100
Rating: 1.0 stars
11/14/2019
[filtered] you Martha Stewart, this a pudding NOT a cheesecake
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2019
I will make these pies Awesome
Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2019
I froze the crust overnight. Mixed the lemon juice( I only had 1 lemon, got 3 tbsp out of it) with the sweetened condensed milk first before adding it to my room temp slightly beaten cream cheese. I used a skull shaped cake pan that is non stick and I greased it first. Had to run a butter knife around all the edges! I cannot believe it turned out as good as it did. Wish I could post a picture.
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
Hi there. Not only am I a huge Martha fan but I am a pretty succesful chef and a home cook. I had no problems with this recipe except for the fact that this cheesecake needs 24 hours to set and be ready for serving. I have made this cake as a lemon cheese cake with lemon zset and just a little morew lemon juice and I have also made it as a lime and coconut cheesecake. For the lime coconut cheesecake I just add lime juice instead of lemon juice, lime zest and I add my dried coconut to my condensed milk and let it sit for a but to soften the coconut shreds. The crust was easy to make and this cheesecake has been made in my home with my 11 year old niece as my assistant. So other than having to be patient to eat the cake the enxt day, I had no issues with the reciupe. And since summers here in MA can be quite hot and humid, this no bake recipe is quite welcome in our kitchen.
Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2019
We used a store bought large graham crust- just right size. We followed the recipe w lemon juice at the end w vanilla. taste is ok but too sweet for us and nothing to compare w "real"cheesecake. Edible but no repeat.
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2019
Very easy and simple cheesecake I've made. Super delicious! I personally had no issues with the crust sticking to the pan. The only two issues I see is time and loose crust. You definitely need more than 2-3 hours to have it harden all the way, so maybe leave the cheesecake over night in the fridge. Second, the crust is very crumbly (but delicious) so I think I would experiment with adding honey to it so hopefully it stays together much better. Overall I totally recommend making this!
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Rating: 2 stars
05/27/2019
Great flavor and easy to make. The consistency was too loose and thin even after 6 hours of refrigeration. Graham cracker crust stuck to springform pan and broke when trying to serve. I would suggest using the filing more as a pudding or in a trifle type dessert.
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2019
I really enjoyed this cake. To try to cut the number of calories, I opted to make the Filling only and used it as a pudding topped with fresh strawberries. Yum!
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2019
I have made this cheesecake several times and my family loves it
Rating: 1 stars
02/24/2019
More than one recipe I tried but the strength of the cheesecake is not coherent 100%
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2019
We love this recipe! Skip the sugar in the crust, mix on low just enough & no more, add chukar sour cherry pie filling on top. Enjoy!!
Rating: 4 stars
01/10/2019
I have been reading the reviews, and it surprised me that they differ so much. First of all, as someone said below, there is a reaction between the condensed milk and the lemon juice. You can actually make a lemon meringue pie, using a mixture of just lemon juice and condensed milk as a filling. Second, I suspect that the problem with the runny cheesecakes is that if you overbeat the cream cheese, it becomes runny beyond repair. I used to teach cooking classes, and this was one of the issues we had when making a cream cheese icing. It´s best to have it room temp, then mix it with the flat beater, and only until it softens. If you mix too hard too long that it gets runny, there is no way back, better add a couple of eggs and bake it. I hope this helps.
Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2018
First of all, the folks in this comment section are dishing out some of the most impressive smack talk I’ve ever witnessed in my life. Sick burn, Carol. Second of all, my mom made this and it didn’t set up. She reduced the lemon juice but only by one tablespoon. She was adding to taste. I was super interested to see that some people are saying the lemon and the sweetened condensed milk react to create a firm texture. I would literally love an example of this reaction in another recipe. It’s super interesting concept, I just want to understand it better without taking another chance on this cake, which was unfortunately, a flop.
Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2018
I loved the creamy centre but I think the crusty base was too thick .. but may have been my miscalculation? Overall a clear and easy recipe to follow !
Rating: 3 stars
12/15/2018
I too used this recipe to make cheesecake and my filling did not set. Because I made a blackberry compote to accompany the cheesecake that didn't set, I ended up making a parfait cup. I also agree with other cooks that the cake was too tart. I was surprised how bad the cake didn't set for it to be a recipe backed by Martha Stewart. I'll find another and try again this weekend.
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2018
This is an amazing recipe! So easy and everyone loved it. The only thing I did differently was that I used three 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese instead of two. That eliminated the runny filling issue completely and it set perfectly in the freezer. Also, the cake remained on the table for well over an hour during dessert with no melting or running. This will definitely be my go-to cheesecake for special occasions.
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2018
I make this No-Bake Cheesecake at least 5 times a year. I find it to be delicious and easy to make. This is one of my family's favorite desserts.
Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2018
I made this twice. First time let it set for 5 hours and I was runny with an awful flavor and worst after taste. I figured I did something wrong. So I tried again and let it set overnight. It wasn't as runny, but still runny, taste improved and no after taste. But still not an enjoyable dessert.
Rating: 3 stars
09/12/2018
My cake tasted really good but it turned up being runny,i reduced the lemon juice to only 1 tbsp but it still ended up runny.
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2018
Honestly, I don't understand the bad reviews. I've done this No-Bake Cheesecake a couple times over the past two years and every time it turns out perfectly just like shown in the picture. The taste is super rich and sweet with a tad of tanginess depending on how much lemon you put in there. This might sound rude but I think some people are better off buying one of those artificial tasting grocery store cheesecakes because they are clearly not able to follow a simple recipe. And others, to be frank, are probably so used to the taste of those artificial chemical tasting commercial cheese cakes that they dislike the taste of this one.
Rating: 1 stars
07/26/2018
The filling sat up fine, but the taste was was too tart for me. We ended up throwing it out.
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2018
Turn out perfect. Very good for a no bake. Those of you who said yours did not set up Did you use evaporated milk? Sweetened Condensed milk is totally different. Look for it next to the evaporated milk in the store.
Rating: 1 stars
06/13/2018
The ingredient proportions for the crust are a disaster. For a 9-inch pan, 1 1/2 cups of crumbs 9about 150 grams) is sufficient, with 4 tablespoons of butter. The crust recipe here makes a soupy mess! For those in different countries, a reference to sheets of graham crackers is meaningless. It would be courteous to add standard measures such as grams.
Rating: 1 stars
05/13/2018
Didn't set after overnight in the refrigerator. Ended up a sticky, runny mess.
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2018
This is delicious! I adjusted the base, using half the graham crackers and substituted Almond Flour for the other half. I found that two pkgs of cream cheese were not enough to give the cream cheese enough body to set properly, so I instead of putting it in the fridge, I put it in the freezer and kept it there. Tasted great! The next time I cut the condensed milk by a couple ounces. It was better but the slices do melt on the plate within 15 minutes. Next time I'm going to add mascarpone.
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2018
this recipe worked PERFECTLY! the cut was smooth, the crust was firm, and everyone asked for seconds. the only downfall was that there wasn't enough for seconds! :D
Rating: 1 stars
02/13/2018
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. :(
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2018
Great overall recipe. I did change the amount of lemon juice to 2 tbsp and my cheesecake sets up nice and firm.
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2017
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.
Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2017
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.
Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2017
Flavour really nice but mixture a little bit runny. Might use a bit of gelatin next time.
Rating: 3 stars
09/25/2017
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
Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2017
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.
Rating: Unrated
07/29/2017
Made this with a few twists. I used a bundt pan and doubled the filling. I agree need to decrease lemon juice to get firmer filling. I made curst on outer side and bottom of bundt pan. I lined inner with lining to assist in separating and made curse on top, actually what would be bottom of cake. When removed I filled center with fruit filling. It is awesome, next time will layer with fruit layers. Will try a rocky road version and a few others as a twist. I don't recall the name of liner but it is made to form to mold. Once cheesecake is flipped to remove from cake pan, you can lift it off cheesecake.
Rating: Unrated
07/20/2017
I followed the recipe almost exactly. I used the cream cheese cold straight out of the fridge instead of waiting for it to be room temperature. I had to beat it a little longer to get the lumps out, but it set very quickly. I put it in the freezer for an hour and then served it with fruit for my family. It turned out great. Now I'll wait if it tastes better tomorrow.
Rating: Unrated
07/06/2017
I made this cheesecake but I used Strawberry flavouring Instead of lemon juice and also 400g of cream cheese. What do I do or should I start again???
Rating: Unrated
06/20/2017
I made the recipe but used a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Not surprisingly the recipe was too much filling and crust so made some mini cheesecakes in ramekins. It turned out great but you really need to refrigerate overnight to get a more solid texture. Definitely would make again.
Rating: Unrated
02/12/2017
I've finished this recipe and placed the cake into the fridge about three hours ago....it 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 :(
Rating: Unrated
12/05/2016
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.
Rating: Unrated
02/14/2016
This was delicious but it never did quite set up right. I used fresh squeezed orange juice instead of lemon juice and homemade crust- wow! The flavor is great and I will make it again just need to figure out how to get it to set up like cheesecake.
Rating: Unrated
01/08/2016
I've made this three times now, and have figured out you really need to let it set over night for it to firm up and taste just right. Also I reduced the lemon to about 1.5 Tablespoon and added 1 Tablespoon of sugar to the filling and had great results.
Rating: Unrated
12/12/2015
Can you use vanilla essence instead of extract?
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2015
I've been making a slightly different version of this for 30 years. It's always a hit!!! SAME INGREDIENTS MAKES 2 PIES! Try this: -1 TABLEspoon of vanilla (instead of 1 TEAspoon) -2 Pre-made Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (instead of making your own...) -1 can Cherry Pie filling (chill in fridge overnite) Follow same instructions EXCEPT to get correct firmness, refrigerate 2 days OR freeze overnight & thaw at room temp 1 hr max. Cover with cherry filling & serve. ENJOY!! ALWAYS keep refrigerated.
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2015
I've been making a slightly different version of this for 30 years. It's always a hit!!! SAME INGREDIENTS MAKES 2 PIES! Try this: -1 TABLEspoon of vanilla (instead of 1 TEAspoon) -2 Pre-made Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (instead of making your own...) -1 can Cherry Pie filling (chill in fridge overnite) Follow same instructions EXCEPT to get correct firmness, refrigerate 2 days OR freeze overnight & thaw at room temp 1 hr max. Cover with cherry filling & serve. ENJOY!! ALWAYS keep refrigerated.
Rating: Unrated
10/17/2015
That looks really good. I so want to try that.
Rating: Unrated
09/12/2015
Thank You! I just did it and made a twist by adding a strawberry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7jQHefQqIY
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2015
I decided to make this c/cake and note changes made. I hope they are helpful, I let c/cake chill for 12 hours 400gm digestive biscuits 150g butter 2 Tbsp sugar (didnt put sugar in base - too sweet) 450g cream cheese 350g condensed milk (i would use maybe 280-300 next time) 1 Tbsp lemon juice (maybe even less again) Consistency 8/10 perfect, but i experienced cracking possibly from c/cheese being too cold, and possibly the citrus from the lemon, maybe even less condensed milk - M
Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2015
This was actually pretty good! I was a little disappointed that the mixture couldn't make the cheesecake a little firmer - maybe next time you could write the resulting consistency. I followed this recipe to a T and it tasted great. Got better the longer it was in the refrigerator.
Rating: Unrated
07/26/2015
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.!!!!!!
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2015
I've made this cheesecake 3 times in the past and it is soooo good. It is best to chill it overnight instead of the recommended 3 hours. Tastes much better and sets perfectly
Rating: Unrated
02/08/2015
Made this tonight, but with gram crackers being so high in calories I decided to use chocolate animal crackers.....one more hour to go until I get to try it!!!!
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2014
Love it!!!! It´s really easy to cook.
Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2014
I made this cheesecake for my boyfriend's birthday and it went down amazingly with everybody. The only change I made was replacing the graham crackers with digestive biscuits, and I decorated it with blueberries. The cheesecake set well, but after an hour of being at room temp it began to melt a little bit. So delicious and so easy - I will definitely make again maybe with some crystallised ginger and gingernut biscuits!
Rating: 3 stars
06/09/2014
I wondered how this would turn out because there was nothing to "firm up" the mixture. I made this with 1/3 fat cream cheese and it was too slack to slice into pieces. I know full fat cream cheese is stiffer, so maybe it works that way. I could have partially frozen this and it might have been slice-able, we just served in bowl as a pudding. I probably won't bother with this again, the canned milk flavor was too obvious for my liking. In this instance, easy was not better.
Rating: Unrated
04/18/2014
Martha Stewart has the simplest and clearest recipes of all! I've linked to this page from our Web list on our favorite subject: no-bake cheesecake at http://readish.com/course/531 Thanks for a classic recipe, Jason
Rating: Unrated
04/11/2014
How does it set? There is no setting agent like gelatine or agar agar. I have been looking for a vegetarian cheese cake recipe for a long time. Just wondering, if it sets like any other cheese cake with gelatine.
Rating: Unrated
04/01/2014
The first time I made this it was for a party and it was a hit! It was so easy too. I've made this several times and everyone loves it.
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
I have been making this cheesecake since it first appeared in MS Kids. I am a huge cheesecake fan and so was my daughter. Every year she wanted cheesecake with strawberries for her birthday in February. She passed away 11 years ago, but every year on her birthday we remember her by making this cheesecake. It is very creamy and not dry like some recipes. And so easy! It's even better if you let it set in the fridge overnight.
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2013
I made 2 cheese cakes 1 from Martha Stewart site and the other from a famous chief site and everyone loved and devoured this cheese cake. I will make this recipe only for future occasions
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
Made 3 of these for Thanksgiving and 5 of them for gifts for my daughters teachers, and I'm in Thailand. Easy as pie, and oh so creamy. I added lemon zest to one and topped another with fresh strawberries. Everybody loved them.
Rating: Unrated
12/01/2013
Dear Bianca T, as you can READ, the recipe calls for Condensed milk and no sugar. That's because Condensed Milk has a lott (and believe me when i say this) a lott of sugar in it. Its really sweet, thus the no sugar. Please try this recipe at home once. I bet you'll love it.
Rating: Unrated
11/24/2013
Bianca must not have actually read the recipe. See? I refrained from calling her an idiot! Darn it...still work to do there. This is a simple and delicious cheesecake. Made it once in my house already and we're making it again for pre-thanksgiving. One word to the wise. make it a day out from your intended service. It really does improve the consistency.
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2013
EW. just... EW. I read over 20 of the reviews before starting, I was somewhat surprised that the filling has no sugar in it. I tried it out and it just tastes like weird cream cheese. I was expecting the consistency, but this recipe needs work. I don't know how anyone else could have liked it at all!
Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2013
I absolutely loooovvveee this recipe. Easy and extremely yummy. It was the best cheesecake I had ever made.
Rating: Unrated
05/13/2013
Great recipe! Easy to make and delicious!
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2013
This was a very easy recipe with wonderful results in the end.
Rating: Unrated
02/11/2013
love this recipe,its easy to make and it taste so good.i must admit i skipped making my own crust.Ive made this recipe twice,first time i couldnt get the filling to harden.so i figured its probaley becaue the filling was too much for just one pie crust.so the second time i bought two pic crust and after leaving the pie in the refrigerater for a few hours it actually stayed in place.
Rating: Unrated
02/10/2013
Perhaps adding a bit of unflavored gelatin will make the cheesecake firmer. Followed the recipe and added a bit of lemon rind to the mix...i tasted the batter and it's great can't wait for it to set.
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2012
Recipe so easy to do love it! Just finished making it and Im sure it will be a hit!
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2012
cheesecake nonbake
Rating: Unrated
09/27/2012
i cant wait to try this recipe,its so simple to make but its looks yummy....
Rating: Unrated
09/15/2012
Has no one ever made or eaten a no bake cheesecake before? They don't set like a normal cheesecake, more like an extremely thick pudding in consistency than cheesecake.
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2012
the cake set perfectly - impatient, i decided to fast-freeze it in the freezer first for about 15 mins and then left it to chill in the fridge. add more lemon juice if you prefer your cheesecake to be more tangy in flavor. easy and delicious dessert to prepare.
Rating: Unrated
07/25/2012
I made this exactly per the recipe (actually I doubled it) and it turned quite well. A few notes: 1. As a no-bake cheesecake it is less cake like and more creamy...still tastes great though. 2. You MUST use freshly squeezed lemon juice. The kind in a bottle has added water and is not strong enough to thicken the filling.
Rating: Unrated
07/16/2012
I agree with the 'did not set up' comments. It took days of refrigeration before it became easy to slice and maintain a shape. I like the idea of making it in ramekins, that would be a nice individual desert and not be embarrassed about it's shape.
Rating: Unrated
06/06/2012
Turned out great! Very easy and it tasted really yummy. My husband said it was the best no-bake cheese cake he had ever eaten. The only deviation from the recipe was that I did not use all of the condensed milk, I added it to taste since I tend to like my deserts less sweet. I probably used about 12 ounces of the milk. It set up really nicely so I am not sure what problems the other reviewers had.
Rating: Unrated
05/28/2012
Not worth the time or money. Although tasty, it never set up despite having been chilled for 8 hours. It was like melted ice cream. Does anybody test these recipes? This is not the first time I've made one of Ms. Stuart's recipes that turned out like crap.
Rating: Unrated
03/08/2011
The cheesecake did not set completely as a cheesecake would be expected to. It's pretty good tasting, but it would've been better in ramekins - I could then serve the cheesecake without having to cut it/spoon it out. We'll eat this one, but I won't make it again.
Rating: Unrated
09/11/2008
I tried this reciepe but it wouldn't solidify in the middle. I had added a chocolate marble swirl but i don't think that should matter. Any ideas why it stayed so soft? I even had it in the freezer for 1 hour before I served it but that didn't help. It still tasted great and everyone loved it, but it was served in a cup with a spoon!
Rating: Unrated
08/22/2008
There is just no comparison between freshly made , buttery, tender, sweet graham cracker crust and the premade crust. It's worth the extra few minutes.
Rating: Unrated
08/21/2008
to save time,why not use premade graham cracker crust ? Maybe I am just lazy,expecially in warm weather.
Rating: Unrated
08/13/2008
Philadelphia Cream Cheese has a low fat version that's really good. It's called Neufchatel and has a 1/3 less fat. They also have a non-fat version but I haven't tried it and I'm not sure it would work in this recipe. Sometimes it's better to follow the original recipe and just eat less of it.
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2008
Hello there! Is there any cheese brand that anyone can recommend? Low fat cheese would be best :)