The Best No-Bake Cheesecake

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It’s all fine and good to have a no-bake chocolate cheesecake waiting in the wings to impress everyone in your life, but though I may be the biggest chocolate lover on the planet, even I know that you need options.
 
And that’s why (just like I promised), here is the best no-bake cheesecake on the planet.
 
I should know.
 
I’ve made about a million different versions over the last decade.
 
With so much fervor, actually, that I had to take a break for the last year or so; I was kind of burned out on no-bake cheesecakes.
 
After a short sabbatical and renewed hope (complete with all my notes), it didn’t take long to settle on this rich and creamy version.
 
With just the perfect amount of sweetness, it is everything I want a no-bake cheesecake to be: smooth and velvety, luxuriously creamy, sweet and just a bit tangy, and a perfect proportion of crust.
 
 
 
INGREDIENTS;
CRUST;
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (7.25 ounces, about 13 rectangle graham crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

 

FILLING;
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature (but not warm)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream

 

DIRECTIONS;
  • For the crust, in a medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until well-combined. Press the mixture into the bottom and 1- or 2-inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan or into the bottom and sides of a 9.5-inch pie plate (a regular 9-inch pie plate might work but the crust and filling will be extra thick). Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
  • In a large bowl with an electric handheld mixer (or using an electric stand mixer), mix the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and light, 2-3 minutes. Add the sour cream and whipping cream and mix until very thick and creamy, 4-5 minutes.
  • Spread the filling evenly into the prepared crust. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Serve plain, with fresh fruit or a fruit sauce (see note).

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