Plain no-bake cheesecake

Plain no-bake cheesecake


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About this recipe: This recipe is for a standard plain cheesecake, with no baking required - just refrigeration. Once you have your basic cheesecake you can follow some of my tips or add your own extra toppings to make it more special. Just add fruit, chocolate or whatever!

Spellbounddeb Hampshire, England, UK

Makes: 1 cake

  • 300g plain digestive biscuits
  • 200g melted butter
  • 20g butter
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 175ml` double cream
  • 80g icing sugar

Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

  1. Put all the biscuits into a food bag and crush the biscuits with the end of a rolling pin or something similar, until the biscuits are crumbs.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the 200g butter either in a pan over a low heat or for about 20 seconds in a 900W microwave.
  3. Put the crushed biscuits into a mixing bowl and add the melted butter. Stir the butter through the biscuit base until you have a thick mixture.
  4. Use the 20g butter to line the cake tin you are going to make your cheesecake in.
  5. Put the crumb mixture into your cake tin and press down with the back of a spoon to form your base. Place in the refrigerator to set.
  6. Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl (I usually use the same bowl for the biscuits and the topping). Add the double cream and whisk until you have a thick, creamy mixture.
  7. Add the icing sugar (and anything else you want in the topping e.g. chocolate chips, fruit etc) into the bowl and stir well until you have a smooth, thick mixture.
  8. Take your cake tin base and spoon your mixture onto it, smoothing with a spoon as you go.
  9. Finish off the topping with any extras you want (e.g. fruit) and place in the fridge for 2 hours minimum, to let it set.
  10. Enjoy! :)


I use low-fat quark as my cream cheese, but you can use any cream cheese you fancy! :)


If using fruit, juice some of the fruit and stir in at step 7 to make the cheesecake extra fruity!

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Reviews (3)


Way too much butter, my base was swimming in fat. Next time I'll start with 100g butter and see how it goes from there. I had to rescue by adding more biscuits, but this meant the proportion of base to topping was out. My biscuits were very sweet, so I countered this by adding some coffee extract. I also used quark (for the first time) it's very nice; tastes more like yoghurt and is a little bit tart so I added a dash of vanilla extract. - 01 Jan 2013


Perfect !! Ideal for a dad and his daughter to make simply to surprise Mum. 'Dad friendly' easy to follow and an absolute doddle to make. Like it so much we are making another one today for nanna, we put a little jam in with the topping mix and then halved strawberries in a circle around the outside. I guess the buttery base is a matter of preference and we all loved it just as it was. We have worked out the weightwatchers points for this recipe and the result was ... who cares !! :O) - 11 Aug 2013


I topped the base with nutella and added crushed up flake, white chocolate buttons and milk chocolate buttons to the cream cheese. I topped it with more chocolate buttons and maltesers. - 25 Mar 2016

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