Are you a fan of the crust? This traditional cheesecake has two buttery graham cracker crusts, one on the bottom and one on the top. In between are layers of creamy cheesecake. You may think you’re familiar with cheesecake, but these are unlike any cheesecakes you’ve ever seen!
A nice crust is undoubtedly my favorite aspect of any slice, so I’m sure I’ve said this before: I believe the crust to be the single most essential element of any pie, including pizza, and I always make sure to emphasize this point. If you are a crust lover like I am, then I believe you will really appreciate this Double-Crust No-Bake Cheesecake. However, even if you are not a crust lover, the cheesecake element of this dessert is fantastic enough to make it your favorite no-bake cheesecake from now on.
THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL NEED FRO MAKING THE CRUSTS:
- Around 27 grams.Of graham crackers – finely crushed.
- 1/2 Cup.Of light brown sugar
- Melted salted butter – I used 2 sticks.
AND FOR THE CHEESECAKE PART, YOU’L NEED THE FOLLOWING:
- 2 Cups.Of heavy whipping cream.
- Cream cheese; I used 3 blocks.Of 8 ounces at room temperature.
- 1/2 Cup.Of granulated sugar.
- 1/4 Cup.Of sour cream.
- 2 tbsp.Of powdered sugar.
- 2 tbsp.Of cornstarch.
- 2 tsp.Of lemon juice.
- 1/2 tbsp.Of vanilla extract.
- 1st Step – Start by making the dough for the crust. Mix the ingredients together until the butter is evenly spread over the crumbs.
- 2nd Step – Pour and pack half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Make sure it’s really tight with the bottom of a dry measuring cup. If it’s too loose, it will fall apart when you try to cut it.
- 3rd Step – Put the springform pan in the freezer to harden, and set the other half of the crust aside on the counter.
- 4th Step – With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip your heavy cream for 2 minutes on medium-high speed. Then, to stabilize it, add 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar or cornstarch. Whip the cream for another 4–5 minutes, or until it forms stiff peaks.
- 5th Step – Mix the cream cheese and sugar together, either by hand or with a stand mixer. As you go, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix until everything is well combined.
- 6th Step – Mix in the sour cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and the rest of the powdered sugar. On high, beat until smooth and airy.
- 7th Step – Carefully fold in half of the whipped cream, then the other half. Get the bottom crust out of the refrigerator.
- 8th Step – Pour the filling into the baking dish and spread it out evenly. You’ll have to press down on it as you smooth it out to get rid of air pockets and make it fit. Don’t forget that the top crust needs to fit.
- 9th Step – After smoothing out the filling, use a spoon to sprinkle half of the remaining crumbs on top. Smooth them out over the top of the cheesecake with the back of the spoon while gently pressing down.
- 10th Step – Add the last of the crumbs and continue to press and smooth. It’s okay if you have too many crumbs. Try to pack them as tightly as possible.
- 11th Step – Cover the top of the cheesecake with a piece of parchment paper and press down hard with your hands. Wrap the springform pan in the plastic wrap all the way around and put it in the fridge for at least 8 hours, or even better, overnight.