Appalachian Food

Granny’s No Bake Cheese Cake

Grannys no bake cheese cake reicpe

One of the first things Granny taught me to cook was a no bake cheese cake. It’s a super quick and easy dessert and seems especially good to me at the end of a hot summer day.

If you give no bake cheese cake a google you’ll find all sorts of variations of the dessert. Here’s the one Granny and I use.

Granny’s No Bake Cheese Cake

  • 9 inch graham cracker pie crust (you can make your own or pick up one at the store)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh or store bought)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Easy recipe for no bake cheese cake


If you like a crisper crust brush your graham cracker with an egg white and bake it for 5 to 7 minutes at 375 degrees before filling.

To make the pie, mix all the rest of the ingredients till smooth, pour into pie crust, and chill until firm. See I told you easy and quick!

Most any kind of fruit goes especially nice with no bake cheese cake as does a tall glass of cold milk.



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    August 27, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve not had cheesecake in ages – maybe I’ll make one of these soon! Yum 🙂
    One easy dessert I recently learned about is an “ice cream” made with sweetened condensed milk, coolwhip, and crushed pineapple, all blended together. First I was just glad to find a way to use up the extra condensed milk I had on hand, even if it meant buying coolwhip which I am not really crazy about. But the result was so darn refreshing during the weeks of hot muggy weather, I ended up going back to the store TWICE and buying MORE condensed milk and MORE coolwhip, and trying several different fruits! Finally had to get ahold of myself when I realized I was thinking of having a cup of the pineapple version for breakfast one day.

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    August 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I love this cheesecake, been making it for years and sometimes I sub the lemon juice with Key Lime juice….
    It’s good, too

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    Suzi Phillips
    August 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    My all time favorite- and the only thing my mother ever taught me to make!

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    Pamela Danner
    August 24, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Okay, I am seriously going to make this! We love cheesecake, and this one looks so easy.

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    Rev. RB
    August 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Sounds yummy and such a great idea for summertime when you don’t want to run the oven too.
    God bless.

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    Margaret Johnson
    August 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I love the cheesecake recipe and I have written it down for a later time. What I’m really hungry for is a cake of your Pap’s sweet bread. Love it, because my Mother made that when I was a child.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’ll bet that would be even better with some chopped black walnuts mixed in or just sprinkled on top.

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    August 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I buy Jello or the store bought kind in a box all the time, along
    with a Graham Cracker Pie Crust.
    I agree with you, it really hits
    the spot. Sometimes I get the Jello
    Chocolate and do the same way. My
    favorite is the Cherry Instant kind…Ken

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    August 24, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Cheesecake is one of my favorites. With all the recipes you have been sharing, please try to get started on writing that cookbook. I’d like to be first, well, maybe second, in line for one. Right now I’m hankering for a piece of cheesecake. Good thing I don’t have everything in the house for one of them. Of course, I could go to the store and have one ready for dinner. I’m off!

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    Joe Penland
    August 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    This is great with some cherry pie filling on top.

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    Ann Applegarth
    August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    My friend Wanda gave me a similar recipe years ago
    that is identical to this — except you fold in a can of drained crushed pineapple. I’m going to try this one without the pineapple! Sounds scrumptious!

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    August 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I didn’t realize this was so easy to make, or I would have tried it ages ago. I always look for recipes that are simple for family get-togethers and reunions. I remember years ago somebody brought one topped with bright red cherry topping. It went over well, but they never did it again. Thanks for that all time favorite.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 24, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I’ve never seen you make that pie, Tipper. It looks and sounds wonderful. I love anything with sweetened condensed milk in it so I know I’d like this pie!

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    b. Ruth
    August 24, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I love cheesecake! It doesn’t love me! I break out in fat! I wonder if the flavor changes that much with the use of the fat-free condensed milk?
    A touch of pureed with tiny pieces of peach dolloped on top would be good as well as a raspberry preserve topping…
    Shucks, I’m starving my self to make one of those cheesecakes.
    Thanks Tipper for another quick recipe!

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