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No Bake Cheesecake with Cool Whip is an easy no bake cheesecake recipe with cream cheese, sugar and Cool Whip. The perfect dessert to share at family gatherings, holidays or summer cookouts!

slice of no bake cheesecake with cool whip in graham cracker crust topped with cherry pie filling on plate

No Bake Cheesecake with Cool Whip is an easy no bake dessert that has been around forever. My grandma used to make this classic no bake recipe for dessert!

Unlike traditional cheesecakes, this easy cheesecake recipe comes together in minutes with a handful of ingredients and is ready to serve in just a few hours. No water bath, no special springform pan, no fuss!

This delicious cheesecake is the perfect make ahead dessert for special occasions, especially family gatherings and holiday dinners. And since this easy recipe does not go into the oven, this simple cheesecake is the perfect summer dessert!

Love cheesecake recipes? Try my cherry cheesecake dip, Reese’s peanut butter cheesecake dip, mini cheesecakes and more easy dessert recipes, including Instant Pot cheesecake recipes in my recipe archives.

cream cheese, sugar, cherry pie filling, cool whip, graham cracker crust, vanilla


You only need a few simple ingredients for this no bake cherry cheesecake recipe. They should be easy to find in your grocery store.

  • Cream cheese — 8-oz full fat cream cheese for the cream cheese filling works best, and room temperature cream cheese is easiest to work with. I use Philadelphia cream cheese.
  • Sugar — granulated sugar for sweetness
  • Vanilla extract — adds a touch of vanilla flavor
  • Cool Whip — or any non dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • Graham cracker crust — I use a 10-inch no bake graham cracker crust for convenience, but you can make your own crust with crushed graham crackers.
  • Can of Cherry pie filling — for the cherry topping. You can use your favorite fresh fruit or canned pie filling.

How to Make No Bake Cheesecake

Just add the softened cream cheese to a large bowl, and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Then, add the sugar and vanilla extract.

cream cream cheese, vanilla and sugar with electric mixer in mixing bowl

Next, fold in the Cool Whip using a rubber spatula.

Don’t use the hand mixer for this part, as the creamy filling may break down.

fold cool whip into cream cheese mixture with rubber spatula

Finally, spoon the cheesecake filling into the pie crust. Smooth the top with the spatula so that it is nice and even.

smooth cheesecake filling in graham cracker pie crust

How to Store No Bake Cheesecake

Refrigerate the cheesecake for 3 hours or until the no bake cheesecake filling is set and firm enough to cut. Store leftover cheesecake in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

You can make the dessert ahead of time and freeze until you are ready to serve it. Just wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil or a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months for best results.

Easy Cheesecake Topping Ideas

Cherry pie filling is my favorite topping for cheesecake. You can use your favorite fruit pie filling — Blueberry pie filling, lemon curd and strawberry pie filling are also great choices.

Either spread the fruit on top of the cheesecake before serving or spoon over individual slices for a cleaner look.

Fresh berries, like fresh strawberries or fresh blueberries, raspberries or other fresh fruit, like peach slices also work well.

no bake cheesecake with cherry pie filling on top

Tips for the Best No Bake Cheesecake

Use room temperature cream cheese for easy mixing and extra creamy cheesecake.

Fold in the Cool Whip with a spatula — never use a mixer for this part.

Allow 3-4 hours for the cheesecake filling to completely set before slicing. For clean slicing, wipe the knife with a napkin after each slice.

If using pie filling, refrigerate the filling before using so it doesn’t warm up the cheesecake.

You can freeze the cheesecake to make it set faster. It should be firm enough to slice after an hour or 2.

Recipe FAQ

Why is my no-bake cheesecake not firming up?

Be sure refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 3-4 hours or more before slicing. Also, measure the ingredients carefully, and use the exact amounts called for in the recipe. If you double ingredients, it will take longer.

How do you know when no-bake cheesecake is ready?

The cheesecake is ready when you can easily slice it without falling apart. If you can make a clean cut, it’s ready to serve.

5 from 10 votes

No Bake Cheesecake with Cool Whip

By: Dee
No Bake Cheesecake with Cool Whip is an easy no bake cheesecake recipe with cream cheese, sugar and Cool Whip. The perfect dessert to share at family gatherings, holidays or summer cookouts!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 oz Cool Whip thawed
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling
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  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until creamy
  • Add in the vanilla extract and beat until well combined
  • Add in the sugar and cream together until fully combined and all lumps are gone
  • Fold in the whipped topping with a spatula
  • Add the cream cheese mixture into the prepared graham cracker pie crust and spread evenly
  • Refrigerate cheesecake for 4 hours or until firm enough to cut
  • Top cheesecake with cherry pie filling before serving


Be sure to use room temperature cream cheese and thawed Cool Whip for best results.
You can use your favorite cheesecake topping, like fresh berries, fresh fruit slices or different pie filling flavors.


Calories: 306kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 178mg, Potassium: 137mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 466IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 58mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Cheryl says:

    Made this for Father’s Day yesterday. I loved how easy it was to make, and Pops adored it!5 stars

  2. Kathlyn says:

    I could have eaten the whole thing by myself! This is by far my favorite no bake cheesecake recipe that I’ve tried and definitely the easiest. It’s just so dang good!!5 stars

  3. Beverly says:

    Wow, how simple! Loved the finished product looked perfect! Everyone loved the flavors! Sorry no leftovers!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked the cheesecake! Thanks, Beverly!