NO-Bake Easter Cheesecake
This super easy No Bake Easter Cheesecake is rich, dense, creamy, and smooth! Perfect for your Easter celebration, or any occasion your sweet tooth desires!
Servings 10 servings
- 2 cups crushed NILLA Wafers - 1 (11 oz) box (for a thick crust, if you want a thinner crust see notes)
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Knox Original Gelatine Unflavored (1 envelope)
- 4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring
- Whipped cream and sprinkles to decorate (optional)
Mix vanilla wafer crumbs, butter and sugar in medium bowl until well blended. Press evenly into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Chill crust in freezer at least 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the filling: Mix the lemon juice and gelatine and let sit for 2 - 3 minutes. Place the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat over medium speed until it is smooth, creamy, and free of lumps. Beat in the condensed milk a little at a time, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in the lemon juice and gelatine mixture and vanilla.
Divide the cheesecake into 3 portions (each should be about 2 cups). Add 1- 2 drops of gel food coloring into each portion and mixing until the color is smooth and uniform.
Spread the first color over the crust; smooth layer with the back of a spoon. Spread the second color on top of the first and then the third on top of the second; smooth the top. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours, ideally overnight.
Before unmolding run a sharp knife between the cheesecake and the side of the pan. Unclasp sides of pan, and remove cheesecake.
Decorate with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired. Serve.
For a thinner crust use 1 cup crushed NILLA Wafers (1/2 box) + 8 tablespoons unsalted butter + 1/4 cup sugar. Follow the instructions in step 1.
These are the gel food coloring I use. They are easy to use, no funny tastes, vibrant colors. A single drop goes long way.
12/11/2017 Update: Since some readers are expressed that the cheesecake is not firm enough after chilling I have added 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatine to the recipe. It should be noted that I have made this recipe without the gelatine multiple times and it has always set fine. The key is to use full-fat ingredients (cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk) with the right amount of fresh lemon juice (1/2 cup).
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Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 4mg