No-Bake Cheesecake :rectnt

No-Bake Cheesecake
Here is the one I used to use at the restaurant.

2 1/4 cups graham crackers, gingersnaps or oreo cookies, crushed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh is best
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (or any flavor) extract
1 pint sweetened whipped cream or 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Topping if desired:
2 cups crushed oreo cookies
2 cups crushed candy bars
2 cups fresh fruit
2 (21-ounce) cans any flavor pie filling


Stir together crushed cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.
Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish or two pie pans
Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and extract until smooth.
Fold in whipped topping.
Pour filling into crust and smoothing the top.
Top with pie filling, if desired.
Refrigerate until firm, 2 to 4 hours.

Posted by Jen in CO
*Note: you can easily halve this recipe, we used to make it for the Sunday brunch in cake pans and cut it into squares. Filling can be altered by using either cool whip or sweetened cream, the cream gives it more of a dense traditional cheesecake type texture, the cool whip a bit lighter. You can further alter it by playing with different extract. At Christmas I'd use half vanilla, half pepermint and put crushed candy canes on top. Keeps well covered with plastic wrap in the fridge or if you use individual cheesecakes, it freezes well too.


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