Easy No-Bake Cheesecake

My daughters attended middle school at all girls school which offered amazing elective classes including gardening, programming and cooking. Since most of us love to cook in our family, it was natural that Madeleine would choose cooking for one of her electives. She has saved this recipe from her class many years ago and has made it multiple times. 
Madeleine and Sophie both came home from their summer jobs last night with a friend and immediately started making this cheesecake- its a winner and so easy!!

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake


Graham Cracker Crust:
1 package graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Pie Filling:
8 ounce block cream cheese
1/2 cup (heaping) sour cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Graham Cracker Crust instructions:

  • In a bowl, crush the graham crackers into small crumbs using the heels of your hands or place in bag and crush with rolling pin.
  • When the crackers are well crushed, stir in sugar and cinnamon. 
  • Add butter to create moist, sticky mixture. 
  • Spray a pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press the crust mixture in to the pan, making sure all surfaces are covered and even. 
  • Place the empty crust in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up. 

Pie Filling instructions:

  • Place cream cheese in a bowl and beat until it is soft and fluffy. 
  • Add the sour cream and stir until the two are well combined.
  • Add the powdered sugar slowly, stirring after each addition until it is well incorporated.
  • Add lemon juice and vanilla extract, stirring until the mixture is smooth.
  • Place the filling in the chilled crust and place in the refrigerator until solid.

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