Fourth Of July Cheesecake

Faye Patterson Recipe

By Faye Patterson fudgie

No-Cook or Other

I make this EVERY year on the Fourth of July. My family looks forward to it and the little ones love to help decorate the top. It's one of my favorite traditions. I hope you like it!

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Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a classic! Faye's cheesecake is both delicious AND fun. This would look great on any table... picnic or otherwise.

TIP: I prefer a fairly solid crust, so I chose to bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350. Turned out great.


3 c
vanilla wafers
4 Tbsp
butter, melted
3 Tbsp
sugar substitute
1 pkg
unflavored gelatin (1 envelope)
1 c
16 oz
cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 Tbsp
grated lemon rind
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1/3 c
1 pt
2 pt

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Sammie Cockrell sammieac
Jun 24, 2010
I have a question. The recipe calls for sugar substitute but the directions do not mention it. Do you use it in the crust or the filling? Could you use it in both and leave out the sugar? My dad is diabetic and I try to use as little sugar as possible.
Diane Bono JBUC
Jun 29, 2010
Could this recipe be made a day or 2 ahead and put the fruit on top before serving? Also, do u think I could use less sugar in the crust since the vanilla wafers have their own sugar? (i don't like things too sweet). thanks! Di
Faye Patterson fudgie
Jul 8, 2010
Hi Sammie, sorry for the confusion. I sometimes use sugar and sometimes use a substitute depending on what I have on hand and who I'm cooking for. I'll adjust the ingredients to be more clear! Hope you like it.
Faye Patterson fudgie
Jul 8, 2010
And yes, this is a good make-ahead recipe... minus the fruit decoration. I've also made this without using sugar in the crust and it was still very good... so feel free to get creative and adjust the sweetness to your taste.
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Mar 29, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
christina webb christinawebb
Jul 1, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Jul 27, 2011 - Karla Everett shared this recipe with discussion group: Cranberry and Blueberry Lovers United
Louise Hockenson weeser1
Jun 14, 2012
Hi Faye, This looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing
vickie yeiser vlyeiser
Jun 30, 2012
I think that I will try it with strawberries. Thank you. I can't wait to try it.
Lori McGranor lorizcallalily
Jun 30, 2012
Dear Faye,
Congratulations! So nice to see someone from our hometown on Just A Pinch! Can't wait to try this on our 4th of July picnic! I hope to see many more recipes from Erie!
Lori Krasinski McGranor
Rose Selvar potrose
Jun 30, 2012
Faye, Congratulations on this Blue Ribbon winning recipe and for being a featured recipe too!! Looks really great especially for the 4th of July. 6/30/12
Diana Zimmerschied DianaZ
Jun 30, 2012

Would this recipe work with light cream cheese and skim milk? I would like to bring this to a potluck next week, but I am trying to cut down on calories. Thanks.
Anne Lawhon tracysgal
Jun 30, 2012
I'm thinking a graham cracker crust would be yummy too...definitely will make this for July 4th...
Jacque Copeland Jackie1948
Jun 30, 2012
Hi Faye; Looks soooooooooo Yummy. Cannot wait to try. No one in family loves these berries Like I do. So I will put red Buttercream Icing & make red lines across, then take Dark Navy icing, & make in place of the blueberries. & put little dots. Oh! How I wish I could put the berries, or even strawberries. Inside the cake I will have red, white, & blue cake. This is my Idea.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Debbie Bretherick CakeStalker
Jun 30, 2012
Hello Faye, I have made the decorative part on white cake using strawberries (my favorite). Your Cheesecake sounds delicious, and I'm so glad to have this recipe before the fourth. This year it will not only look delicious, but taste delicious, too! Thanks for the recipe and congratulations on the blue ribbon!
Have a safe holiday!