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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake


No Bake Lemon Cheesecake has become my kids favorite treat! A tasty no bake cheesecake topped with homemade lemon curd. Quick, easy and perfect for any party or gathering, this is a lemon lover’s ideal cheesecake!

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As a huge fan of no bake cheesecake, I am here to tell you that you’ve got to try this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake!

It’s a power punch of tasty lemon mixed with the creaminess of cheesecake!

Years ago, my husband and I were talking about no bake cheesecake.

We are huge fans.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese in a bowl



My husband then challenged me to find a really good no bake cheesecake recipe.

We wanted a recipe that wasn’t complicated, could be whipped up in a hurry and chilled to a perfect cutting consistency.

Is that asking too much?

We’ve found that there is nothing worse than a melting cheesecake or oozing cheesecake that isn’t presentable.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese blended. Vanilla and lemon juice added to mixture.



However luck wasn’t on our side immediately.

After trying a few different recipes and being disappointed, I finally created what we thought was the perfect no bake cheesecake!

Our favorite recipe is simple to make, doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and has a hint a hint of lemon in it.

We really enjoyed the flavor with the mild lemon because it went well with the various fruits we’d top our cheesecake with.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - the cheesecake mixture mixed but still in bowl



This basic no bake cheesecake recipe suddenly became our go to recipe.

While talking with a few of my fellow foodie friends and we decided to work together on a lemon round up.

We would all create a recipe with lemon in it that wasn’t already on our sites, and link to each others recipe {See bottom of recipe}.

I knew right then that I wanted to make my no bake cheesecake but wanted a more powerful lemon flavor.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - cheesecake mixture poured into a prepared graham cracker crust



So today I bring you this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake.

It’s my favorite no bake cheesecake topped with my favorite lemon curd which makes it a lemon lovers dream come true.

However, I must warn you that the lemon flavor is NOT subtle.

It’s incredible without being overwhelming.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - cheesecake mixture topped with lemon curd



If you have not yet tried my lemon curd then you are really missing out.

Generally speaking, the first question I’m asked by those who have never had lemon curd is: What do you do with it?

Aside from eating it with a spoon, we also love to add it to a variety of treats!

This No Bake Lemon Cheesecake is only one of the many recipes on Num’s the Word that include lemon curd.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - single slice of cheesecake on a plate with a little lemon zest on top. Photo view from the top looking down.



You can easily use the search bar to find some of my other favorite ways to use lemon curd if you need more ideas!

However I will warn you.

Homemade Lemon Curd is ADDICTING.

The store bought lemon curd is off tasting,  disappointing and also expensive for the small amount you get.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - single slice of cheesecake on a plate with a little lemon zest on top. Photo view from the side with a second slice in the background



So if you are going to go to the trouble of making this cheesecake, then do it right and make the lemon curd topping too!

This creamy cheesecake, topped with lemon curd is literally to die for because you’ll eat a minimum of two slices right away!

My kids go nuts for this cheesecake.

Instead of cake, my kids now lean towards homemade cheesecakes.



No Bake Lemon Cheesecake - two slices of cheesecake. One has a a fork full of the cheesecake next to it ready to be eaten.



Sometimes baked, and other times not.

Either way, this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake is quick, easy and packed with flavor!

If you love anything lemon flavored, then you’ll flip for this easy No Bake Lemon Cheesecake!


Yield: 10 Slices

No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 (8 ounce) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed tastes best, but you can use store bought)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Graham Cracker Crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 batch of cooled Lemon Curd
  • Homemade Whipped Cream {or cool whip}


In a bowl blend cream cheese & sweetened condensed milk until creamy and smooth.
Add lemon juice and vanilla and blend well. Mixture should thicken.
Pour mixture into a prepared graham cracker crust.
Top with 1/2 - 3/4 of lemon curd mixture
Chill for 2 hours or overnight. Personally we found it slices best if frozen for 2 hours - overnight. Refrigerated pie is soft, pie from freezer slices perfectly as shown in photo. Pie doesn't actually freeze or need to be thawed.
Slice and enjoy with a scoop of homemade whipped cream.


Originally Posted: February 21, 2016

Text & Photos Updated: June 27, 2018



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20 thoughts on “No Bake Lemon Cheesecake

    • Hi Jess! I’ve never frozen it for 24 hour so I’m not sure. However if you do freeze it, let is stand at room temperature for 30 minutes – 1 hour before serving. It should slice fine.

  1. I made the no bake lemon cheesecake and place it in the freezer for couple hours and spreaded cool whip over my family and friends enjoy it simple and easy fantastic

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