No-Bake Limoncello Cheesecake

by cakeduchess on July 30, 2014 · 56 comments

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | Cake Duchess

I almost considered calling this cheesecake “My Favorite Cheesecake!!! Seriously, THE Best Cheesecake I Had in a Long Time” Right…I know, it’s super silly. And it may even seem as if I’m exaggerating. But truly, this is the best cheesecake for me!

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | Cake Duchess

 

Please don’t tell my mom I’m saying this! She is the cheesecake QUEEN and that is why I never make a cheesecake. She takes her time.

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | Cake Duchess

She actually takes a few days to create her pièce de résistance. She gets requests for her cheesecake for holiday parties and birthday parties alike.

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | Cake Duchess

Quite frankly, I’m not sure why she’s not selling them!

 

Scroll down to find an amazing list of recipes by wonderful bloggers celebrating National Cheesecake Day. A BIG thanks to Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking for putting together this delicious event.

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | cake duchess

So you see, the pressure is on when I think of baking a cheesecake, because it has to be as good as hers or I may as well not even attempt one! The truth is, my family is totally satisfied when I make this no-bake version. My husband declared it, “So light and really good!”. My son told me I make the best cheesecakes ever, as he was digging into the pan with a spoon!! Yikes! You know what that means, it’s time to make anther one!

no-bake limoncello cheesecake | Cake Duchess

It’s not completely no-bake. I did make my own graham cracker crust and baked it for about 8 minutes (just to firm it all up). Be sure to completely cool the crust down before you add the filling. You could go ahead and use a ready-made crust…but really, why would you? It’s SO easy to make your own crust and trust me, the flavor blows away the ready-made kind. I use olive-oil in my recipe to make it a little healthier. If you prefer butter, go ahead and use that instead! I recommend letting this chill for at least an hour before slicing. A warning: it will be very hard to wait that long! If you don’t wait that long, it will be almost like pudding texture when you slice. If you do not have limoncello available, you could substitute fresh lemon juice.

 

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No-Bake Limoncello Cheesecake

Ingredients

  1. for the crust
  2. 12 full-size graham crackers
  3. 1/4 cup sugar, optional
  4. 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. for the filling
  6. 10 ounces cream cheese
  7. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 Tablespoon limoncello (or lemon juice)
  10. 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Blend the graham crackers and sugar until it is finely ground. Add the olive oil; process until moist crumbs form. If it seems to dry, you could add a little water (or milk) a tablespoon at a time until you reach the right consistency. (If using graham cracker crumbs, you can use a bowl and wooden spoon to mix the olive oil in, with the sugar added. )
  2. Press this mixture into a 8-inch springform pan (or pie plate); press a little up the sides to form a slight ridge. Bake for about 6-8 minutes (make sure it doesn't start to brown...every oven is different). Let pie crust cool in fridge while you make the filling.
  3. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and limoncello (or lemon juice) in a bowl until smooth; set aside.
  4. Lightly whip the cream, and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Spoon the cheesecake filling on top of the graham cracker crumb base and smooth with a spatula.
  6. Put it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) July 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

You did not! A limoncello cheesecake?! Dying!

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Brenda@SugarFreeMom July 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

Love your no bake lemony recipe!

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Brooks July 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

A nod of approval from family members is gold in my book. Lovely, lovely cheesecake, Lora!

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking July 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

I have made lemon cheesecake before but love your Italian twist on this cheesecake by adding limoncello! Beautiful Lora!
Thanks for joining us

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Sue {munchkin munchies} July 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Lora, It looks amazing! I’m ready to dig in! :)

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

This is heaven, just pure heaven.

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Amanda @The Kitcheneer July 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Love the limoncello twist on this simple cheesecake! Also, thank you for sharing all of those other delicious cheesecake recipe from other bloggers!

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Martha @ A Family Feast July 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

We love limoncello – and what a perfect addition to a delicious cheesecake!

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Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes July 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Could this be any more perfect?! Love it so much!

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Angie July 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm

This sounds just too good to be true. I absolutely adore citrus desserts, especially cheesecake!

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Ginny McMeans July 30, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I adore limoncello and Italy! Ha! The collection and links to recipes is amazing!

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Angela {Mind Over Batter} July 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I go weak over citrus desserts! That its no bake puts it over the top for me. No, wait. It’s the limoncello… No… It’s everything!!

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Samantha July 30, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I love citrus in desserts. and I love cheesecake so bring this baby on! Oh yeah!

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Anna @ Garnish with Lemon July 30, 2014 at 7:57 pm

You had me at no bake, and then you sealed the deal with the Limoncello!

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Lauren Kelly Nutrition July 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Absolutely GENIUS! I love this!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked July 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

One should ALWAYS have limoncello at home, don’t you think? Lora, this is beautiful. I love that you use olive oil in your crust and that filling does indeed look light, airy and creamy. Beautiful job, my friend!

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Coleen @ The Redhead Baker July 30, 2014 at 8:53 pm

This looks fabulous! I’ve never put olive oil in a pie crust before.

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Aimee @ ShugarySweets July 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Love the flavors in this, and your mom should be proud. Looks like you mastered the no bake version :)

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Paula - bell'alimento July 31, 2014 at 10:04 am

I happen to have some homemade limoncello in the freezer. So making this! xoxo

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Meseidy July 31, 2014 at 10:06 am

Limoncello and no bake! Excellent!

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom July 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

Love your lemony cheesecake. Adding it to my must try no-bake to-do list! It was a please meeting you in person at the Food and Wine Conference!!!

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Heather @ French Press July 31, 2014 at 11:25 am

you cake sounds delicious, and in this heat I am all over no-bake

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Liz July 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

There’s definitely room in this world for both the slow baked cheesecakes and the lighter no bake…especially when they’re flavored with limoncello! It sounds incredible, Lora!

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Shaina July 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

YUM! Limoncello is SO delicious, and such a perfect addition to cheesecake!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife July 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

That is one beautiful cheesecake! I love that it looks so light!

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Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos July 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm

The limoncello sealed the deal for me – love that!!

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Nutmeg Nanny July 31, 2014 at 9:25 pm

No-bake is my favorite in the summer! Plus I love me some limoncello.

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Lauren @ Healthy Delicious August 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

Shut. Up. This looks awesome!

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Tara August 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I love limoncello and would adore it in this cheesecake, it is lovely to see you again too!!!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom August 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Hi Lora!! how did I not comment on this one?! I’m back from vacation and trying to get caught up!!! loved this cheesecake!! Anything with limoncello is winning in my book!

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Karyn - Pint Sized Baker August 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

This sounds like a wonderful combo! I have a local distillery that makes a great limoncello!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

This is the second no-bake cheesecake I have fallen head over heels for just looking at it today. I need to get on this no-bake cheesecake train.

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Holly Waterfall August 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

I just love limoncello! What a great idea to make a cheesecake from it! PINNED!

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