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No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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This easy no-bake lemon cheesecake is super simple to make and very delicious. The bright citrus flavor of the lemon goes great with the creamy texture of the cheesecake.

Try out this incredible cheesecake recipe today. No need to turn on the oven though, this one is able to be prepped without all the hassle of baking.

No bake cheesecake recipes are great for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that you don’t have to worry about them flopping. Cheesecakes can be fickle and spending all that time and money on ingredients is stressful if they don’t turn out right!

Instead of dealing with all that extra headache you can enjoy this no bake lemon cheesecake recipe along with some other no bake cheesecakes like: Unicorn Cheesecake, No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake, Nutella Cheesecake, Chocolate Cheesecake Pie With Pudding, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe!

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Pin showing the finished no-bake lemon cheesecake ready to eat with title across the middle.

This no-bake lemon cheesecake only takes about 30 minutes to prep and then it will need to go into the refrigerator overnight to set and firm up. It’s a great dessert to share and of course you can prep it in advance because it will need time to set!

No bake lemon cheesecake is beautiful, it’s gorgeous to serve for special occasions and family gatherings. The lemon layer of jelly on top is bright and lovely, not to mention delicious!

Featured image showing the finished no-bake lemon cheesecake ready to eat.

Is this a pudding cheesecake?

No! I have shared some no-bake cheesecake recipes above and I’ll share some below that are made using pudding but this recipe is not pudding based.

It will set and be more firm like an actual cheesecake because we are not using pudding as the base material. If you are looking for a no bake lemon cheesecake that is as close to a baked cheesecake as you can get without actually having to bake a cheesecake…this is the one you want!

A view of the finished no-bake lemon cheesecake ready to eat.

Can I make my cheesecake a different flavor?

I do feel like you could make this pretty much any flavor you’d like. It’s easy to swap out the lemon flavored ingredients to something else.

If you don’t like lemon or you just want to get creative and try something new, give it a whirl. The process will be the same you will just need to adjust the ingredients to make this no-bake lemon cheesecake whatever flavor you’d like!

Ingredients needed to make no bake lemon cheesecake.

Kitchen essentials for tasty dessert recipes:

When you head into the kitchen to make some of these great recipes (like no bake lemon cheesecake) you’ll want to have the best tools on hand.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough. 

Of course mixing bowls, a mixerspatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

For this recipe you’ll also need a cheesecake pan which you can grab here. I like the springform ones because they’re easy to work with!

A top down look at the finished no-bake lemon cheesecake.

Ingredients needed for a no-bake lemon cheesecake:

For this super tasty lemon cheesecake we will be needing just a handful of ingredients. You can find the full amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post and of course I’ll share the shopping list with you here.

You’ll need to grab cookies or graham crackers for the crust, butter, lemon yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, agar agar powder, water, and lemon gelatin powder.

That’s all you’ll be needing to make a no-bake lemon cheesecake that doesn’t use pudding!

A close up side view of the finished lemon cheesecake ready to slice and eat.

How to make an easy lemon cheesecake:

Start by crushing the cookies and mixing them with the butter. Combine until the mixture is well mixed.

graham crackers and butter mixed to make the crust.

Place the mixture in the cheesecake pan, and press the mixture into the bottom with your hands. You can put it into the fridge for an hour to make sure it sticks to the bottom and sides of the pan, but it is not necessary.

crust pressed into the pan.

In a large mixing bowl, add the lemon yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, and agar agar powder. Stir until well combined. Once everything is well combined, pour the mixture into a medium-sized pot on medium heat and bring the cheesecake mixture to a boil, stirring it frequently. This step is necessary, as the agar agar only works once you heat it up.

filling mixture being combined.

After this step, put your mixture over the cookie crust and refrigerate it for about 6 hours or until firm. Once the mixture is solid you can start making the jelly.

filling in the pan ready to be set in the fridge.

I highly recommend following the instructions written in your jelly powder container, as the process can vary depending on the brand. Even so, here I will tell you how I did it.

gelatin being mixed up.

Dissolve the gelatin powder in a cup of boiling water and stir until perfectly dissolved.

jello having cold water added.

Add another cup of cold water and stir again.

Pour the final product over your cheesecake only if it has already solidified in the fridge and wait another 3 hours until the jelly also solidifies.

gelatin layer added to the cheesecake.

Decorate with lemon, strawberry, raspberry, or icing sugar to your liking, and your no-bake lemon cheesecake is ready to enjoy!

Looking for more easy to make recipes?!

Kids will love recipes like Easy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Potato Cheese Soup Recipe, Ruby Tuesday Biscuits, Apple Hand Pies with Canned Pie Filling, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, and Fudge Recipes!

I love to make Delicious Acorn Squash Casseroles, Easy Squash and Zucchini Casserole, Pork Chop Sheet Pan Dinner, Lemon Chicken Tortellini Salad, Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, Beef Pot Pie Recipe, Ham and Pineapple Pasta Salad, and Creamy Cauliflower Soup | Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe!

close up view of the finished lemon cheesecake topped with lemons and raspberries.

If you just want some simple no bake desserts you have to try Easy No Bake Key Lime Pie, No Bake Christmas Cookies, No Bake Pumpkin Dessert, Easy No Bake Cracker Candy Treats, No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Easy No-Bake Chocolate Pudding Cake Recipe, Delicious Cannoli Dip, and Chocolate Cheesecake Pie With Pudding!

Personally I wouldn’t miss out on Fried Apples Recipe, Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, Coconut Pineapple Ice Cream, Delicious Homemade Apple Ice Cream, Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe, or Italian Pasta Salad With Pepperoni!

Printable No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Featured image showing the finished no-bake lemon cheesecake ready to eat.

This easy no-bake lemon cheesecake is super simple to make and very delicious. The bright citrus flavor of the lemon goes great with the creamy texture of the cheesecake.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 oz of graham crackers (140 g)
  • ¼ cup of butter (55 g)
  • 2 cups of lemon yogurt (490 g)
  • 7 oz of cream cheese (190 g)
  • ½ cup of sugar (105 g)
  • 1 tsp of agar agar powder
  • 2 cups of water (480 ml)
  • 6 tbsp of lemon gelatin powder (57 g)

Instructions

  1. Start by crushing the cookies and mixing them with the butter. Combine until the mixture is well mixed.
  2. Place the mixture in the cheesecake pan, and press the mixture into the bottom with your hands. You can put it into the fridge for an hour to make sure it sticks to the bottom and sides of the pan, but it is not necessary.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the lemon yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, and agar agar powder. Stir until well combined. Once everything is well combined, pour the mixture into a medium-sized pot on medium heat and bring the cheesecake mixture to a boil, stirring it frequently. This step is necessary, as the agar agar only works once you heat it up.
  4. After this step, put your mixture over the cookie crust and refrigerate it for about 6 hours or until firm. Once the mixture is solid you can start making the jelly.
  5. I highly recommend following the instructions written in your jelly powder container, as the process can vary depending on the brand. Even so, here I will tell you how I did it.
  6. Dissolve the gelatin powder in a cup of boiling water and stir until perfectly dissolved.
  7. Add another cup of cold water and stir again.
  8. Pour the final product over your cheesecake only if it has already solidified in the fridge and wait another 3 hours until the jelly also solidifies.
  9. Decorate with lemon, strawberry, raspberry, or icing sugar to your liking, and your no-bake lemon cheesecake is ready to enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 6g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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