How to Make 3-Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake

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You need only a couple minutes of prep time to make our mini 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakes.

If you’re craving a rich treat, it’s hard to beat the flavor and texture of a classic New York cheesecake. With a graham cracker crust and a tangy filling, it’s truly a dessert that shines on any occasion. But what if you’re craving a luscious dessert and simply don’t have the time to put together something so elaborate? This easy 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecake recipe will truly change the way you make dessert!

3-Ingredient No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

This recipe makes four mini no-bake cheesecakes.

Ingredients

Ingredients for 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakeMolly Allen for Taste of Home

  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers

Tools You’ll Need

  • Small Canning Jars: Mason jars serve as the ideal vessel to serve this no-bake cheesecake recipe. Choose a slim, tall jar or opt for a short jar for smaller desserts.
  • Hand Mixer: Mixing the cream cheese with a hand mixer will aerate the filling to make it that much fluffier.
  • Food Processor: Pulse the graham crackers for your crust in no time. Throwing all of the crackers in a food processor makes prep a breeze.

Directions

Step 1: Whip the cream cheese

Whipped Cream Cheese 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakeMolly Allen for Taste of Home

In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese. Use a hand mixer to whip the cream cheese until very fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Finish the filling

Condensed Milk Filling 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakeMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Add in the can of sweetened condensed milk. Mix until fully combined.

Step 3: Make the crust

Make The Crust 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakeMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Put the graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture and mix with a fork. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture into each jar. Repeat this step for 4 cheesecakes.

Step 4: Scoop the filling and chill the cheesecakes

Scoop The Filling 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecakeMolly Allen for Taste of Home

Divide the cheesecake filling mixture among the jars. Sprinkle the tops with additional graham cracker crumbs, if desired. Place the cheesecakes in the fridge and allow them to set for at least 1 hour before enjoying.

No-Bake Cheesecake Add-Ins

These no-bake cheesecakes are delicious on their own, but they can also be dressed up for any occasion. If you’d prefer to swap out the graham crackers for another type of crust, it’s certainly doable. Consider using crushed Nilla Wafers, Oreos or any other cookie.

As for the toppings? Top your cheesecakes with jams, cherry pie filling, chocolate or salted caramel sauce. You can even add a layer of fresh fruit as you build each cheesecake jar. It only takes three ingredients to create these no-bake cheesecakes, but the options for add-ins and garnishes are endless.

Here’s What I Thought

As a big fan of classic New York cheesecake, I was skeptical about the idea of a 3-ingredient no-bake cheesecake. Surely it wasn’t possible to mimic that sweet and tangy filling with fluffy texture, right? Well, I was definitely wrong!

While these cheesecakes aren’t served up as traditional slices, they certainly embody the flavor a good cheesecake has. The sweetness is balanced with the right amount of tanginess from the cream cheese. The graham crackers serve as the ideal base to pair with the luscious filling. And quite frankly, I like the ratio of crust to filling a whole lot better with this version.

Keep in mind, these won’t set the same way a baked cheesecake does. But that’s OK! By leaving them in the refrigerator for an hour, you’ll get a great texture. Leave them in the fridge for a few more hours, and the texture is even more rich and fluffy. Truly, they’re hard to put down once you scoop that first bite!

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.