No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprints

This isn't your mother's no-bake cheesecake recipe! We used gelatin and almond flour to make a batter stiff enough to be rolled, thumb-printed[ and filled with a strawberry slice. These delightful cookies are a whole new way to enjoy cheesecake.]

Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
25 min
1 hr 5 min
5 min

about 4 dozen cookies

  • One 1/4-ounce packet unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 or 2 large strawberries
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish, optional
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Special equipment: about 48 mini muffin liners

  • Combine the gelatin with 2 tablespoons water in a small microwave-safe bowl and set aside to soften, about 5 minutes.

  • Pulse the confectioners' sugar and almond flour in a food processor into a fine powder. Add the cream cheese, lemon zest, vanilla and salt and pulse until smooth and creamy. Scrape out the mixture into a large bowl.

  • Microwave the gelatin until melted, stirring as needed, about 30 seconds. Add the gelatin to the cream cheese mixture and stir thoroughly to combine. Spread out the mixture in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, stem each strawberry and quarter lengthwise. Cut each quarter into 5 or 6 chunks.

  • Put the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl. Scoop level tablespoons of the cheesecake and roll into balls (dampen your hands with a little water to help). Coat the bottom half of each ball in crumbs, then press the top center in with your thumb to make an indentation. Put a piece of strawberry in each. Garnish each with a mint leaf if using. Store and serve the thumbprints in mini muffin liners. (These cookies can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.)

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