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No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Creamy, tangy, and no bake, this easy No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake has it all! Light and fresh, this version has a gingersnap cookie crust and uses key lime zest and juice for the ultimate flavor. Pop in the fridge and wait, no hot oven required!

Serve a slice of this cheesecake after a dinner of our juicy Grilled Shrimp with Key Lime Aioli and Easy Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice to keep the theme of zesty lime flavor. For an after dinner drink with dessert try this tropical Painkiller Drink or a sweet Caramel Iced Coffee.

Bite taken out of a piece of cheesecake.

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

We love cheesecake. But no bake cheesecake? Even better! For this recipe all you need is a good freezer and refrigerator, a mixer, and the right ingredients to make an easy dessert that will impress family and friends alike.

This no bake version is made with cream cheese, plain yogurt, sugar, some whipped topping, and of course that quintessential lime juice and zest for that sweet and tangy flavor. A simple summer dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth and you don’t even have to take a trip to the Keys!

How to Make No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

For the Crust:

  1. Prepare a 9-inch springform cheesecake pan with butter, shortening, or your favorite non stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Using a food processor (or a ziplock bag and a rolling pin) add the ginger and gingersnap cookies. Mix on high speed (or crush by hand) until the cookies are finely ground into crumbs.
  3. Pour in the melted butter (or if by hand transfer the ground cookie mixture to a bowl and add the butter) and mix at low speed until the crumbs pull away from the sides of the processor.
  4. Transfer the cookie crumb mixture to the bottom of the springform pan. Press into the bottom and sides and freeze for at least 20 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer and large bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until free of lumps and smooth in texture.
  2. Continue blending on low speed while you add in the key lime zest, key lime juice, and yogurt. Mix until well combined.
  3. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Make sure to combine until there are no streaks or pockets of unmixed cream cheese.
  4. Pour the cheesecake filling into the springform pan over the frozen crust. Spread and smooth out with a spatula.
  5. Cover the cheesecake and let chill in the refrigerator for at last 4 hours or until the cheesecake has fully set. We recommend letting it chill overnight for the best results.
  6. Top with dollops of whipped cream, key lime zest, and key lime slices to garnish. Serve and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make no bake key lime cheesecake.

Tips and Variations:

  • For the crust, you can use salted or unsalted butter. The extra salt won’t change the flavor of the crust too much so feel free to use whatever is on hand.
  • Swap the yogurt for full fat sour cream for a similar taste and texture.
  • Feel free to use your own Homemade Whipped Cream in place of regular whipped topping. Or get fancy and try a flavored whipped cream like our Simple Chocolate Whipped Cream or Amaretto Whipped Cream Recipe.
  • Not a fan of ginger? Use graham crackers instead!
  • This recipe uses 1 cup of granulated sugar, so it’s not overly sweet. Feel free to adjust the sugar to taste for a sweeter filling.
Top down view of key lime cheesecake on a platter.

Storage

Storage: Store leftover cheesecake covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezing: If you’d like to freeze the key lime cheesecake, cover with plastic wrap and store in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw thoroughly before serving.

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Yield: 1 (9-inch) Cheesecake

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

Top down view of a sliced key lime cheesecake.

Light and fresh, this version has a gingersnap cookie crust and uses key lime zest and juice for the ultimate flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 ½ cups gingersnap cookies
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons key lime zest
  • ⅓ cup key lime juice (bottled or fresh)
  • ¼ cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping, thawed

Optional Garnish

  • Whipped cream
  • Key lime slices
  • Extra key lime zest

Instructions

For the Crust:

  1. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with butter or shortening. Then, set aside.
  2. Place the gingersnaps and ginger into a food processor, and mix on high speed until the cookies are finely ground.
  3. With the food processor running on low speed, slowly pour in the melted butter for about 30 seconds or the crumbs start to pull away from the sides of the food processor.
  4. Transfer the cookie crumb mixture into the springform pan, and press it into the bottom and sides of the pan. Freeze for at least 20 minutes.

For the Filling:

  1. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer at medium speed to combine the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Add the key lime zest, key lime juice, and yogurt, and continue blending on low speed until everything is well combined.
  3. Fold in the whipped topping until just combined and there are no streaks or pockets of cream cheese.

Assembly:

  1. Pour the filling over the frozen crust, and smooth out the filling with a spatula.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (overnight is best) or until the cheesecake is set.
  3. Top with whipped cream, extra key lime zest, or key lime slices, if desired.
  4. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 slice of cheesecake. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Alicia Jeanne Photography.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 394Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 299mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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