Recipe: Creamy No-Bake Cheesecake

I wanted to include this creamy no-bake cheesecake recipe because it's made a little differently than the others I’ve posted. This recipe uses unflavored gelatin to “gell” the cake and doesn’t get baked.

This recipe is also easy… be sure to read my Tip of the Day about using unflavored gelatin.

You can top this cheesecake with virtually anything… serve in pre-cut pieces and put the topping on in the kitchen for a spectacular presentation. Use plain sliced strawberries… pie filling…cherry, strawberry, raspberry or blueberry… or drizzle a dessert syrup on it… or even drizzle chocolate syrup on it…. or even serve it plain…. it’s all good.


Creamy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe:

All you need:

For the crust:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
½ stick butter or margarine, melted

For the filling:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
¼ cup cold water
1 package (8 oz.) Philadelphia Brand cream Cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
¾ cup milk
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

All you need to do:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter or margarine in a small bowl using a fork. Mix until crumbly.

Press onto the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.

Soften gelatin by placing the gelatin in ¼ cup cold water for 5 minutes.

Microwave the gelatin on high for 30 to 75 seconds or until it dissolves to a completely clear liquid. If there is any cloudiness, the gelatin has not completely dissolved and the mixture will not set. (Start with 30 seconds and continue until cloudiness has disappeared).

DO NOT boil unflavored gelatin or it will become stringy and unusable.

Beat the cream cheese and sugar at low speed until blended.

Gradually add the gelatin, milk and lemon juice.

Fold in the whipped cream and pour over the crust.

Refrigerate until firm.

Carefully run a knife around the edge of the cake.

Remove the rim.

Top with topping of choice or cut individual pieces, then top with a topping.

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