No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

A creamy, tart, no-bake lemon cheesecake that can be made in minutes without ever turning on the oven!  Served over a simple graham cracker crust, this sweet & tart summertime treat is a simple party pleaser that’s perfect for your next get-together!

A sweet, tart, and simple no-bake lemon cheesecake, the perfect summer dessert!

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably in no mood to turn on the oven right now.  Even with the air conditioning set a few degrees cooler than my wallet is comfortable with, a 350 degree oven quickly warms up the house and makes the kitchen too hot to bear.

How to Make No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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Recently I’ve been avoiding this by keeping my desserts as oven-free as possible and making a lot of refreshing, no-bake desserts.  This no-bake lemon cheesecake is my most recent bake-less dessert, and not only does it not require turning on the oven, but it is a perfect refreshing warm-weather treat!

A slice of lemony perfection! A sweet, tart, and simple no-bake lemon cheesecake is truly the perfect summer dessert!

Classic cheesecake recipes often need to bake in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, and the thought of leaving my oven running that long in the summertime heat just wasn’t realistic.  Recently I’ve been experimenting and even developed my own no-bake cheesecake recipe, which inspired me to play with different flavors and methods.

What better flavor for a hot summer day than tart, refreshing, lemon? I really do love all things lemon including Lemon Meringue Pie Cheesecake!

This easy no bake lemon cheesecake is the perfect summer dessert. Sweet, tart, and simple!

I played with this recipe a few times using just natural lemon flavoring, but when I broke out the Lemon Jello is when everything really started to come together.  The lemon flavoring gave this no-bake lemon cheesecake the best flavor out of all of the variations that I tried, and is very simple to use.  Just dissolve the gelatin mixture into hot water, but let it get back to room temperature before stirring it into your cheesecake mix.

You can use a store-bought graham cracker crust (though it will end up being pretty full!), or you can use my favorite graham cracker crust recipe, which I’ve included in the recipe below.

Rich and light at the same time, this no bake lemon cheesecake is the perfect summer dessert. Sweet, tart, and simple!


No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

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Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 7 tablespoons butter, melted


  • 1 package lemon Jell-O (3 oz)
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream*
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest



  1. Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugars in a medium-sized bowl. Add melted butter and use a fork to combine ingredients well.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9″ or 10″ springform pan. Use the (clean!) bottom of a measuring cup to firmly pack crumbs into the bottom of the pan and gently press up the sides. Use your fingers to pack crumbs tightly into the sides of the pan.
  3. Place in refrigerator or freezer while you prepare cheesecake filling.

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

  1. Pour Lemon Jello gelatin mix into 1 cup very hot water and stir well.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, stir cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth and well-combined.
  3. Add sour cream and stir well.
  4. Mix in vanilla extract.
  5. Only once jello mixture is no longer hot to the touch, gradually pour into cream cheese mixture.  Stir slowly at first (to avoid splashing) and then increase speed until mixture is completely combined (pause to scrape down sides of the bowl periodically).  Stir very well.
  6. In a separate bowl, pour your heavy cream and use an electric mixer with whisk attachment to beat to stiff peaks.
  7. Fold whipped cream into cheesecake mixture until well-combined.
  8. Fold in lemon zest, if using.
  9. Pour over graham cracker crust and transfer to refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight to chill.
  10. If desired, top with whipped cream before cutting and serving.


*You may substitute 12oz of Cool Whip instead of the heavy cream — skip the part about beating to stiff peaks and fold into cream cheese mixture if you choose to do so.

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Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.

13 comments on “No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake”

  1. Thank you for a delicious sounding and easy recipe. I also like that it doesn’t have to use Cool Whip which can’t compare to real whipped cream

  2. This looks so good! I love no-bake cheesecakes, but I’ve never made one using jello mix. What a clever idea!

  3. Stunning! I’d love a slice of this right now! :-) Delicious!

  4. This sounds amazing! I love lemon merengue but lemon cheesecake sounds even better!

  5. No baking required to this! I am so in! It looks amazing!

  6. Lemon cheesecake is my fav, I love your photos they’re so pretty!

  7. You had me at no-bake! This sounds like the perfect summer dessert!

  8. Will it melt after i take it out of the fridge even though i used knox gelatin? Thank you! 

  9. Could the sugar in the crust and pie be substituted by stevia? 

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