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No Bake Lemon Cheesecake topped with candied lemon slices and mint leaves.

Lemon Cheesecake (No Bake)

Herbs and Flour
This creamy and smooth Lemon Cheesecake is an easy, no bake recipe that's made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest! The cheesecake is the perfect balance between sweet and tart, with a light (but not overpowering) lemon zing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 412 kcal


For the crust:

  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 24 oz cream cheese softened (750g or 3 packages)
  • 3 cups cool whip
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar (i.e. confectioners sugar or powdered sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (1 1/2- 2 lemons will give you enough juice)
  • zest of 2 lemons

Optional toppings:


  • Line the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the graham crumbs, melted butter and sugar and mix together. Press the graham crust mixture evenly onto the bottom of the pan and place in the fridge to chill.
  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the softened cream cheese until fluffy. Add the cool whip, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice and zest and then mix until smooth.
  • Spread the cheesecake layer evenly over the graham crust. [I like to use an offset spatula to smooth the top of the cream cheese layer.] Chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Before serving, top with whipped cream, lemon slices, or candied lemons, if desired.


  • *If you would like a runnier sauce, add a little more water.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 412kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 1031IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 1mg
    Keyword cheesecake, cream cheese, decadent, decadent dessert, easy dessert, lemon, lemon dessert, no bake dessert
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