Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

When it comes to digging your spoon into a tall glass of deliciousness, there’s no party quite like a cheesecake parfait party. Sweeten up the deal by bypassing the oven in favor of this 15-minute no-bake cheesecake.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Two (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons chilled heavy cream

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers

1 1/2 cups fresh fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries


  1. Beat the cream cheese, 3 tablespoons heavy cream and 5 tablespoons sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and the lemon juice and zest. Beat until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the remaining 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and the sour cream in a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer (or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment) on high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Add a layer of crushed graham crackers to the bottom of each parfait glass. Top the graham crackers with a layer of the cheesecake, then a layer of fruit (see Cook's Note). Top each parfait with a dollop of the whipped cream and serve.

Cook’s Note

For easier assembly, transfer the cheesecake mixture to a resealable plastic bag or piping bag then pipe it into the glasses All components of the parfaits can be prepared a day in advance and then assembled prior to serving.

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