With all the creaminess of the cooked version, a no-bake cheesecake tart is a genius dessert in a fraction of the time. Top with fresh fruit for a flavorful twist. 

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No-bake cheesecake has got to be one of my favorite things. You get all the creaminess of cheesecake, in a fraction of the time. Also it makes people happy. Ha! Love that.

I have to admit I bake the crust for just a few minutes. The heat helps hold it together by melting the tiny bits of sugar with the butter and crumbs, giving it a tasty, toasty flavor. But this baking thing can be done while you pull out the other ingredients, whip up the filling and lick the beaters.

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5 from 2 votes
No-bake Cheesecake Tart
Work Time
20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
 
I like using graham crackers or vanilla wafers for the crust, but gingersnaps are also tasty.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cheescake tart, cheesecake, graham cracker and vanilla wafer tart, no-bake tart
Yield: 10 Serves 10 to 12
Calories: 119 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups 8 oz very finely crushed cookie crumbs
  • 3 tbsp plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 pkg 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups blueberries or raspberries
  • Honey optional
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. For the crust, stir together cookie crumbs, 3 tbsp sugar and butter until completely combined. Press mixture into a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom and place on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until crust is fragrant and just golden, 10 to 12 min; let cool.
  2. For the filling, combine cream cheese, lemon juice and 2/3 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip cream and vanilla to soft peaks, then gently stir into cream cheese mixture until completely combined. Transfer filling into cooled crust, loosely cover and chill 3 hr or up to a day.
  3. To serve, remove the tart ring and slide a spatula under tart to release it from the pan base. Transfer tart to a serving platter and scatter berries on top. Brush berries with heated honey if desired.
Recipe Notes

Make this gluten free! Just swap in gluten free shortbread cookies or animal crackers for the regular cookie crumbs. Easy!

Nutrition Facts
No-bake Cheesecake Tart
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Sugars 3g
Vitamin A 8.1%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Recipe and food styling: Tara Bench
Originally appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal magazine Aug 2010
Photography: Yunhee Kim
Prop Styling: Deborah Williams

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