My husband and I 1980 at his gradation from the Fire Academy
When my husband and I first met in 1979 he asked me if I could cook. I couldn’t, but there was no way I was going to lose this handsome fellow for that reason! He asked me to make him a cheesecake to take to work to share with the guys at the Fire Station. I had no clue how to make one but thankfully there was a boxed mix at the store so I used that.

Well, 20 years later I finally admitted to him that my “homemade” cheesecake which he loved and bragged about all those years ago was actually made by JELLO!  I no longer “cheat” but he still prefers the taste of a no-bake cheesecake so this is my go-to recipe. It’s almost as easy as the mix. 🙂

No-Bake Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Note: This recipe fits a 9″ tart pan with about ½″ deep filling. If you use a pie plate (like I accidently did, double the filling recipe for a fuller pie). Next time I’ll use 4 Inch Round Tart/Quiche Pan Set (6) for individual tarts. I noted this on my recipe by writing “dbl” only I couldn’t remember what I meant by it. 🙂 I also use this quite often in individual tasting glasses - just use 2tbl butter in the crust and spoon it into the bottom of the glasses (leave it loose)
Yield: 6
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  • CRUST Ingredients
  • 8 graham crackers
  • ¼ cup golden brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • FILLING Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup super fine baker’s sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 tsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • TOPPING Ingredients
  • 8 oz fresh raspberries (or as many as you like)
  • ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. CRUST Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Grind the graham crackers and sugar in a food processor until crumbly
  4. Add the butter and process until crumbs are evenly moistened.
  5. Press the crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of a 8″ pie plate or tart pan with removable bottom (see note above about changes for a pie plate).
  6. Bake about 8 minutes or until the crust is firm to the touch by not browned.
  7. Cool crust on wire rack.
  8. FILLING Directions:
  9. With an electric mixer or food processor, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  10. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla and beat until smooth and completely incorporated.
  11. Spread filling in cooled crust and chill approximately 4 hours or until firm.
  12. TOPPING Directions:
  13. Wash and blot dry the raspberries. Arranged them over the filling.
  14. In a small bowl, stir the jam to loosen up the consistency. If necessary, heat in microwave for 15 seconds.
  15. Drizzle the jam around the berries.

Easy No Bake Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Easy No Bake Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Now’s a great time to make cheesecake because both the sour cream and cream cheese were on sale! I shopped at Safeway because they have a fabulous deal right now that rewards you with tickets to see Ice Age, Continental Drift this summer after you purchase $40 in qualifying dairy items

Safeway Dairy Month Earn Tickets to see Ice Age in Theaters

Look for June Dairy Month ICE AGE  shelf tags

Shopping for the dairy products was easy. First I went online to the site to check out the June Dairy specials and to load up my card with manufacturer coupons and my personalized deals.  While I was in the store I looked for the specially marked products – I was surprised to find non-dairy items included as well like Simply Potatoes. You have the entire month of June to accumulate points so check your receipt to see how close you are. I was less than $1 away after this trip.

I love the convenience of the Safeway site and the extras they offer and I really appreciate the personalized deals. Need some ideas for some easy home meals? Something quick and easy? Check out the Easy Home Meals Facebook page  or website for ideas.

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