How is summer treating everyone so far? Has it been nice and hot? To me, summer means a few things – mainly, hot weather and cool treats like ice cream.
No-Bake Orange Dreamsicle Cheesecakes
In the summer, I try to avoid turning on the oven. It’s bad enough that I have to crank the air conditioning to cool off my home from Mother Nature’s heat. No need to increase the temperature on my own, am I right?
I have concocted the most delicious and easy to make no-bake cheesecake mixture and it is perfect for hot days. It is also pretty good for lazy days because it doesn’t require a lot of work and is very forgiving if you make a mistake – not something you will hear me say about anything that goes in the oven, ever.
Begin with 2 packages of softened cream cheese. It’s important that the cream cheese is very soft, otherwise your finished product will be clumpy. Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth, either with a mixer or a food processor. Then add your orange juice and orange zest. Mix this up until everything is well-combined and then slowly add your powdered sugar. When everything is well combined, turn off your machine.
This recipe makes 4 large individual cheesecakes. If you want to make smaller portions or more portions decide now cause we are starting the assembly process. Decide what vessel you want to use to set up your cheesecakes. I like stemless wine glasses and mason jars for my no-bake cheesecakes.
In the bottom of each glass, evenly place 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs. Then distribute the cheesecake mixture in to the glasses so that it is evenly distributed amongst your vessels. It’s okay if it’s not perfect – just try to get it close. Put the glasses in the refrigerator to chill and set for 2-3 hours.
Now you can go relax for a little bit or get dinner ready. If you are using store-bought whipped cream, you can rest the entire time. If you are making whipped cream, start that about 20 minutes before your ready to serve.
The whipped cream should go on top of the cream cheese mixture right before you serve. I garnished mine with an orange sugar candy – you could also garnish with more orange zest or skip the garnish all together. No one will notice if the garnish is missing, because these no-bake cheesecakes are so delicious.
No-Bake Dreamsicle Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest (zest of 1 large orange)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- whipped cream
- 4 orange sugar candies
Beat the cream cheese in a stand mixer, on medium, or food processor until smooth. Add the orange juice, orange zest and vanilla extract. Pulse/mix until everything is well-combined. Then slowly add the powdered sugar. When everything is well combined, turn off your machine.
In the bottom of each glass, evenly place 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs. Distribute the cheesecake mixture into the glasses so that it is evenly distributed amongst your glasses. Put the glasses in the refrigerator to chill and set for 2-3 hours.
After the cheesecakes set, top the cream cheese mixture with whipped cream. Garnish with an orange candy.
Note: Taste the cream cheese mixture before assembling to see if you want to add an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract.
I hope you have enjoyed this fun dessert!
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