Celebrating Summer with No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

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After what seemed like the longest winter ever, Memorial Day weekend finally arrived – and with balmy temperatures to boot! Since TRB has had her eye on this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake featured on Cooking Channel’s Devour The Blog, it seemed like the perfect dessert to prepare for a BBQ on a hot summer day.

Now, TRB loves chocolate (and Nutella!) just as much as the next dessert fanatic, but with food allergies in the family, the recipe had to be modified slightly to include a vanilla crust. It’s worth noting that while this cheesecake is by no means difficult to make, it does require quite a bit of prep time, so be sure to plan accordingly. The good news? You won’t have to turn on the oven!

1. Prepare the crust by grinding up 15-20 Nilla Wafers in a food processor. Combine with 1/2 stick of melted butter. Press the crust into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Put crust in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. In a saucepan, combine 1lb. of frozen strawberries with 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 2 tbsp. of water. Let the strawberries heat through and become soft. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, combine 1 envelope of gelatin with 2 tbsp. of cold water. Puree strawberry mixture in a blender or with an immersion blender. Add gelatin to strawberries and whisk over low heat until dissolved. Reserve 3/4 cup of strawberry mixture in a measuring cup for cake topping.

3. Beat two packages of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. Add the cooled strawberry mixture.

4. Whip 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a stand mixer. Fold into cream cheese mixture.

5. Pour cream cheese mixture into crust. Put in refrigerator to chill for about an hour. In the meantime, slice a pint of fresh strawberries for garnish.

6. Pour reserved strawberry topping over chilled cheesecake. Layer sliced strawberries as desired. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Did you try this or another no bake recipe over the hot Memorial Day weekend? Share with us and post a comment below.

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