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No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake Pie

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake PieThis simple-to-make pie tastes like a lemony cheesecake, yet the texture of the filling is so light and delicate, it almost melts in your mouth. It's a luscious pie that's perfect served as is, or it can be served topped with an easy, homemade cherry sauce—or your favorite ready-made pie filling.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (3.5-ounce) package lemon gelatin*
1 cup water, boiling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup heavy or whipping cream

1 (deep-dish 9-inch) graham cracker pie crust, homemade or purchased
Easy Cherry Sauce or ready-made cherry pie filling for accompaniment (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Filling: In a small bowl, combine lemon gelatin with boiling water, stirring to mix well; chill slightly but do not allow to set up.
  2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form with an electric mixer.
  4. Add the gelatin mixture to the cream cheese, then fold into the whipped cream.
  5. Pour mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust.
  6. Chill until set, about 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Serve topped with Easy Cherry Sauce, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

*For variation, try other flavors of gelatin.

Tip: When in season, sliced and sweetened fresh strawberries make an easy topping.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): 357.1 calories; 44% calories from fat; 17.9g total fat; 39.8mg cholesterol; 255.8mg sodium; 59.0mg potassium; 47.0g carbohydrates; 0.3g fiber; 39.8g sugar; 46.6g net carbs; 3.8g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.