No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars
These light and creamy no-bake vanilla bean cheesecake bars doesn’t require ANY baking!! Just whip them up and let the refrigerator do all of the work!
It’s no secret that our family LOVES cheesecake. But making a traditional cheesecake takes a lot of time, especially in the oven! That’s where these no-bake cheesecake bars come in. There’s NO baking involved. Everything comes together in the refrigerator & freezer. So on those hot, hot summer days when you’re in dire need of a slice of cheesecake but don’t want to heat up the entire house, break out your hand mixer or stand mixer and make these! They’re just the right amount of sweet, have a nice buttery graham cracker crust, and are surprisingly firm like actual cheesecake. Top them with fresh berry sauce, salted caramel or enjoy them plain. Yum!
I’ve shared a few no-bake desserts lately, but this one is just so darn easy. The crust is similar to a traditional cheesecake crust, except instead of baking it in the oven just pop it into the freezer while you make the filling. Easy, right?
The filling is really straightforward. Beat the ingredients together until smooth and creamy, then fold in the whipped cream. Carefully spread it into the chilled crust, then spread the topping over top (which is totally optional by the way). Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
These no-bake cheesecake bars are perfect for summer! You can easily add your favorite mix-ins to them or top them with whatever fruit, sauce or candy you’d like. They’re easy to make, taste amazing and can be prepared in advance. You’ve gotta try these ASAP!
- 1 c. graham cracker crumbs (from about 8 sleeves)
- 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp. cold water
- 1½ tsp. plain powdered gelatin (I bought a box of little packets)
- 2 (8 oz.) packages original cream cheese, room temperature for 30 minutes
- ¾ c. powdered sugar
- ⅓ c. sour cream, room temperature for 30 mintues
- 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste*
- pinch of salt
- ¾ c. heavy whipping cream
- Sour cream topping (optional):
- ¾ c. sour cream
- 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- To make the crust, in a medium size mixing bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar and salt. Pour the melted butter over top and stir until a soft wet mixture forms. Firmly press into a 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan. Place in the freezer to chill while preparing the filling.
- In a small microwave-safe mixing bowl, whisk together the water and gelatin. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl) beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, salt, vanilla and sour cream, beat just until combined.
- Place the gelatin mixture in microwave and heat for 25 seconds on HIGH. Remove and whisk for 1 minute. Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then with mixing speed on low, slowly add the gelatin to the cream cheese, mixing until combined.
- Using a hand mixer (or if you have another bowl for your mixer, use that), in a medium bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped cream into the mixture. The whipped cream will loosen the filling up a bit and make it slightly more spreadable.
- Carefully spread the filling into the chilled crust. Spread into a smooth, even layer.
- Prepare the topping by combining all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stirring together until smooth. Using a spatula, spread over the top of the cheesecake.
- Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple