Homemade Unbaked Cheesecake

This cheesecake is light and refreshing.  It can be made ahead and frozen.  You can serve it with fruit or plain – either way, it’s delicious.

You can choose regular jello or sugar-free jello and decrease the sugar if you’re wanting to decrease the calories.

The ingredients are lemon jello, evaporated milk, cream cheese and sugar.  For the crust, you’ll need melted butter and crushed graham cracker crumbs.  Adding a small amount of confectioner’s sugar will help keep the crumbs of the crust together, especially since you don’t bake this crust.

For the crust, blend graham crackers in a blender and then mix with the confectioner’s sugar and butter.  Reserve 1/4 – 1/2 cup crumbs for topping.  Press the rest of the crumbs into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan or a 9 x 9 Tupperware container.

Put evaporated milk into the freezer or refrigerator until it is cold and chilled.  To help speed the process in mixing the milk, you can put the bowl and beaters into the refrigerator to chill.  Mix the evaporated milk until it becomes whipped.

For the cheesecake, dissolve the jello  in water and allow it to cool.  Do not let it gel!

Mix the cream cheese and sugar together, then add the jello and whipped evaporated milk.  Pour on top of the crumbs.  Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top.  Chill.

Serve with fruit or pie filling on top, or just plain.

cheesecake plain


Homemade Unbaked Cheesecake
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8-12
  • 1 3-oz. box lemon jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk, chilled
  • 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1½ Tbsp. powdered sugar
  1. Dissolve jello in water; chill but do not set
  2. Mix cracker crumbs, butter, and powdered sugar. Save ½ cup for topping
  3. Spread the rest of the crumbs in bottom of 9 x 9 pan.
  4. Using cooled beaters in a cold bowl, whip chilled evaporated milk until it is stiff
  5. Mix sugar and cream cheese
  6. Add jello mixture and evaporated milk.
  7. Beat mixture for two minutes. then add jello mixture and evaporated milk and beat for two minutes.
  8. Pour into pan and sprinkle with topping.
  9. Chill.
  10. Freezes well also.

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Cream Cheese Fruit Delight

strawberry delight 2bThis is a great dessert, no matter which season of the year.  I grew up on this dessert, and someone almost always brought it to family reunions or church potluck dinners.  It’s one of those dishes that keeps people coming back for more.   We referred to this as Cherry Delight because it was often made with cherries.  Sometimes we made Blueberry Delight.  I’ve changed the name because when you’re making it with strawberries, “cherry” or “blueberry” doesn’t fit!

When there is fresh fruit in the summer, you can make your own pie filling with fresh fruit.  I have made this with wild blackberries that grow in our pasture and with fresh peaches.  You can use the recipe posted here if you want to make your own pie filling.  Just change the flavor of jello you use to match the fruit you are using.

This is a cool and refreshing dessert in the summer and a comfort dessert in the winter.  When no fruit is in season, I use canned blueberry or canned cherry pie filling.  It is always a hit.

blueberry delight partly eaten 2b

cherry delight in pan with spoon 2

This recipe can be made a few days ahead.  I make the filling and then layer it onto the graham cracker crust the day I want to serve the dessert.

graham cracker crust 2

the graham cracker crust (the dish is stoneware from Celebrating Home)

This is a cool and refreshing dessert and is colorful as well as tasty.  You can use low-fat cream cheese or regular cream cheese.  You can use Dream Whip as the recipe calls for, or you can substitute Cool Whip and then not add as much sugar. (Or buy real cream and whip it, adding a little vanilla in place of the Dream Whip.)

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the cream cheese filling

For this recipe, I sliced some fresh peaches and added a little sugar; folks just spooned the peaches on top of the dessert.  I didn’t get any photos because the peaches were gone quickly.  I had also made a strawberry pie filling and the photos you see here are from that pie filling recipe, which can be found here.

Cream Cheese Delight
Recipe type: Fruit Delight (Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach)
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Serves: 12 servings
This recipe is simple to make and makes a great addition to a potluck dinner or any meal. You get to choose the fruit topping, and it can be made a day or so ahead. If you want to substitute
  • 1½ pack graham crackers, crushed
  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 package Dream Whip (1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla)
  1. Mix graham crackers and melted butter
  2. Press into a 9 x 13 in. pan
  3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes
  4. Cool completely
  5. Mix Dream Whip according to directions on the box
  6. Add cream cheese, and confectioners sugar and mix well.
  7. Spread over crust and cover with thickened fruit.