Our Quick & Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Quick and easy no-bake cheesecake recipe with seasonal summer fruit, made with the easiest cheesecake crust from pretzels! The perfect summer dessert for a bbq or picnic in cute mini mason jars

With temperatures heating up and small, safe summer gatherings on the rise, I thought this month’s recipe needed to be something easy and cool: meet the no-bake cheesecake! This recipe is the perfect throw-together dessert, ideal for impromptu gatherings or for the days when you do not want to turn on the oven. Since smaller gatherings seem to be the safest bet for getting together these days, these individual-sized treats not only take 20 minutes at most to make, they save you from having a half-eaten cheesecake lying around (not that there’s anything wrong with that…).

Quick and easy no-bake  cheesecake recipe with seasonal summer fruit, made with the easiest cheesecake crust from pretzels! The perfect summer dessert for a  bbq or picnic in cute mini mason jars

No-bake cheesecakes aren’t a brand new idea by any means, but this recipe adds some fun twists that will help you to set yours apart. This recipe uses pretzel crumbs in place of the traditional gram cracker crust. I love my sweets with a little savory pause—cheesecake benefits from this savory texture that perfectly compliments the rich, smooth cheesecake base. Another way this recipe makes sure everyone gets what they want is by setting up a topping bar to accompany your cakes. I made blueberry and strawberry toppings with my recipe, but I’m pretty sure any fruit will complement the cheesecake.

Quick and easy no-bake  cheesecake recipe with seasonal summer fruit, made with the easiest cheesecake crust from pretzels! The perfect summer dessert for a  bbq or picnic in cute mini mason jars
Quick and easy no-bake cheesecake recipe with seasonal summer fruit, made with the easiest cheesecake crust from pretzels! The perfect summer dessert for a bbq or picnic in cute mini mason jars

Quick & Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Recipe with Seasonal Fruit Topping and Pretzel Crust

Celebrate summer produce with an easy and quick no-bake cheesecake topped with fresh berries — the perfect dessert for when you don't want to turn on the oven!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 6 oz jars
Calories 590 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzel crumbs
  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream chilled
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Fresh berries for optional toppings, such as blueberries and strawberries

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, pulse pretzels until desired texture are reached; some more significant pieces are fine, but don’t leave them all too big. Next melt butter and cool slightly. Mix into the pretzel crumbs, making sure the butter is completely incorporated. Fill the bottom of your jars about 1/2 an inch with the pretzel crust, making as even a layer as you can.
  • Once the jars are prepared, in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese down until it is completely smooth. Add in the vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar until just in combined. In a separate bowl, whip together the chilled heavy cream. Once stiff, fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined. This could take a bit, but don’t over mix or be too rough. You don’t want to deflate the air from the whipped cream.
  • Once combined, you can either use a pastry bag and pipe to fill the jars or spoon the filling in. Either way is acceptable; using a piping bag does produce a cleaner result if that matters to you. Finally, smooth down the tops with the back of a spoon and chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 590kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 8gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 527mgPotassium: 190mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1902IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cheesecake, dessert, no bake cheesecake, no bake dessert, pretzel crust
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Quick and easy no-bake  cheesecake recipe with seasonal summer fruit, made with the easiest cheesecake crust from pretzels! The perfect summer dessert for a  bbq or picnic in cute mini mason jars

These jars should last covered in the refrigerator for about three days, making it a great make-ahead dessert!

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Photography, styling, & recipe by Josh Borden of Wanderlust & Piecrust