Friday, August 17, 2012

No-Bake Cheesecake

This was so easy it was a fright.  Basically 5 ingredients and you're done.  I skipped out on making a homemade graham cracker crust, but that just adds one tiny extra step if you want to make your own.  I just needed something super quick and easy because I didn't have the time to bake the cheesecake and let it sit and refrigerate long enough to take out for my hubby's birthday treat.  He said it was good... does prefer the baked kind better, but this will do in a pinch.  I used the 1/3 fat reduced cream cheese and light whipped topping to reduce fat.  You can use whatever you like if you want the full force of the flavor with the regular cream cheese and whipped topping.  I chose to buy seedless strawberry jam for this recipe, but you could top with whatever jam or jelly you like.  It makes a really quick topping when you don't want to slice up fruit for the topping (or if you don't have the fruit you want).

No-Bake Cheesecake

1 graham cracker pie crust
4 tablespoons sugar
1 8-ounce package 1/3 fat reduced cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups cool whip lite
strawberry jam

In a bowl cream together sugar, cream cheese and cool whip.  Pour into crust.  Refrigerate for 4 hours and add strawberry jam to top shortly before serving.

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