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fourth of july cheesecake

(9 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Faye Patterson
Erie, PA

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

What a classic! Faye's no-bake cheesecake is both delicious AND fun. The lemon filling is poured over the tastiest vanilla wafer crust. Then, it's decorated with bright, beautiful berries. Sweet and creamy, this easy dessert would look great on any table... picnic or otherwise.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(9 ratings)
yield 16 serving(s)
prep time 4 Hr
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For fourth of july cheesecake

  • 3 c
    vanilla wafers crumbs
  • 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 zest
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 pt
  • 2 pt

How To Make fourth of july cheesecake

Test Kitchen Tips
If you prefer a fairly solid crust, bake the crust for 10 minutes at 350 before adding the filling.
  • Sugar substitute, Nilla wafers, and butter in a bowl.
    Mix vanilla wafer crumbs, butter, and 3 tablespoons sugar (to taste) in medium bowl.
  • Pressing wafer mixture into a crust.
    Pat evenly on bottom of jelly roll pan, 15 x 10 inches.
  • Sprinkling gelatin over milk.
    Sprinkle gelatin over milk in small saucepan; let stand 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stirring gelatin until dissolved.
    Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
  • Cream cheese in a bowl.
    Beat cream cheese until fluffy in large bowl.
  • Slowly beating in the milk.
    Gradually beat in milk mixture.
  • Mixing in lemon juice zest, vanilla, and remaining sugar.
    Beat in lemon juice and zest, vanilla and remaining sugar.
  • Mixture poured over the crust.
    Pour mixture over crust. Refrigerate until set, 3 to 4 hours.
  • Decorating the Fourth of July Cheesecake with berries.
    Before serving, decorate to look like a flag, using the blueberries for the stars, the raspberries for the stripes.