No-Bake Cheesecake with Gelatin

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This no-bake cheesecake recipe uses gelatin. It is absolutely fantastic. I have impressed many with it and so did my grandmother. It is not a run-of-the-mill cheesecake. You just have to try it — trust me, you'll love it!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
1 9-inch cheesecake


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (such as Knox®)

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®), thawed

  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust

  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling (Optional)


  1. Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add gelatin and beat until incorporated. Mix in whipped topping until smooth. Spread batter in prepared crust, leaving some room at the top. Spread cherry pie filling over cream cheese mixture.

  2. Place in the refrigerator until firm, 3 to 4 hours.

Cook's Notes:

If you use reduced-fat cream cheese, it will take longer to set. Refrigerate 1 extra hour before serving.

There will be a little leftover batter if you use fruit topping. This is for the chef to enjoy!

Any canned fruit filling will work.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

427 Calories
18g Fat
63g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 427
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 111mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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