No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

Julianne Bayer Dell | Beyond Frosting

This classic No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake is a light and airy lemon cheesecake filling with a lemon Oreo cookie crust. Holy delicious!

I am always surprised by lemon desserts. Lemon usually isn’t my go-to (I’ll never pass up a lemon bar), but the more and more I make lemon desserts, the more I appreciate just how amazing they are.

Even though I have made dozens and dozens of no-bake desserts, I seemed to be missing a classic No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake. After perfecting my Best Ever No-Bake Cheesecake, I continued with a chocolate version and now lemon. Don’t worry, there are more in the works!

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Photo

There are lots of ways I’ve seen lemon cheesecakes done. Some recipe use sweetened condensed milk, some use a pie filling, and some use a pudding mix.

The one thing that seems to be consistent is, if you truly want that lemon flavor to shine through, you need a little bit more than just lemon juice and lemon zest.

I also find that lemon extract can be helpful as well, but this is a less common household ingredient.

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Picture

For this No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake, I’ve chosen to use lemon curd to pack in some of that classic lemon flavor you’re looking for, along with a bit of lemon zest to get the bursts of flavor. To amp it up a bit, I also chose lemon Oreos for the crust instead of your traditional graham cracker crust.

Don’t get me wrong, graham cracker would also be a great option for this cheesecake, as would a Golden Oreo, but I just love the added flavor you get from the lemon Oreos.

I always prefer my cream cheese to be at room temperature, which helps ingredients to be well blended. First, I whip the cream cheese for a couple of minutes and scrape down the bowl as needed. This helps incorporate some air, but also eliminates any lumps.

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Image

Prior to adding the whipped cream, which is usually the last step, you want to make sure that all of your ingredients are well blended together to create a nice, smooth finish.

Typically, I do all my no-bake cheesecakes in a spring form pan, because I am obsessed with how gorgeous it looks when you pull the sides of the pan away.

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Pic

If you find that your crust is sticking to the sides of the pan, there are a couple helpful hints you might try.

Lightly wipe the sides of your pan with a cooking spray and a paper towel prior to adding the crust. I find that lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper also helps.

When you go to remove the sides of your pan, lightly unhinge the spring and then run a flat-edged knife around the inside of your pan to release the crusts from the sides.

File 1 - No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Personally, I do so many of these desserts that I like to use acetate cake collars to line the insides of my pan, which makes it even easier.

If you don’t own a spring form pan, there are other options for you. For instance, you could make this in a 9-inch square pan, or you could double the recipe for a 9x13 inch pan if you need to serve a crowd.

File 2 - No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Recipe

    10 Servings

Ingredients

For the Crust:
  • 1 package Lemon Oreo, (15.25 oz)
  • 7 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
For the Filling:
  • 1 1/4 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Curd
  • zest of one Lemon
For the Topping:
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • Lemon Slices

Directions

For the Crust: 

  1. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by lightly greasing the edges of the pan with cooking spray, and then wiping gently with a paper towel. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grind the cookies into a fine crumb using a food processor or blender.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Pour the melted butter over the cookie crumbs and stir until the crumbs are well coated.
  4. Pour the crumbs into your springform pan and press firmly into the bottom and up on the sides to create a thick crust. Refrigerate the crust while you are preparing the filling.

For the Filling:

  1. Prepare the whipped cream. Chill the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream starts to thicken.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese until it’s completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Next add the granulated sugar continue beating until smooth.
  5. Add the lemon curd and lemon zest and beat until well combined and smooth.
  6. Finally, fold the prepared whipped cream into the cream cheese filling and stir until well combined.
  7. Pour the filling in the prepared crust.
  8. Refrigerate 4-6 hours or until the filling has set.

For the Topping:

  1. Prepare a second batch of whipped cream following the same instruction of above.
  2. Pipe the border using a large open round tip and garnish with thin slices of lemons.

 

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Author: Julianne Bayer Dell
Recipe Yields: 8-10 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 260 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 370
Calories 635

% Daily Value*
71%
Total Fat 46g
97%
  Saturated Fat 19g
13%
Sodium 308mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate 54g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 39g
11%
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Julianne Bayer Dell

About Julianne

Julianne loves all things dessert, and shows it on her blog, Beyond Frosting. She's sharing shortcuts to create decadent desserts using cake mix as our Cake Mix Fanatic!