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Sep 4, 2009 10:54 AM

No-bake cheesecake WITHOUT cream or whipped topping

Hi there Chow-people!

I'm looking for a recipe from back in the 60s my Mom used to make. It was a VERY simple cherry-cheesecake recipe, a no-bake one with just a few ingredients, primarily cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and icing sugar. Can't remember if there was anything else. It was the first cheesecake I ever had, one of Philly Cream Cheese's first no-bake recipes, and Cool Whip topping wasn't even invented then. And I know there was no whipping cream in it. Can anybody out there help me out??


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  1. Can't find what you are looking for, but read that Cool Whip was introduced in 66 or 67- Are you sure it wasn't in there?

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    1. re: MazDee

      Oh yeah, I'm sure. We were in northern New Brunswick at the time, and never heard of it!

    2. if there was no cream or whipped topping, my guess is that it was a recipe that calls for either sweetened condensed milk or gelatin. is that possible?

      1. Years ago, I made these little cheese cake cookies, Merry Cherry Cheese cake cookies, that weren't baked. The filling was probably this; Cream Cheese, sugar, orange peel, orange juice, (or lemon) light cream and the fruit you added was in this case chopped marachino cherries and topped with the cherries sliced in half. The crust was vanilla wafers. Sound close?

        1. ok, i've been obsessing about this one today while running errands - i really think that even if the recipe didn't contain Cool Whip, there must have been some heavy whipping cream in there. most of the pre-Cool Whip recipes for no-bake cherry cheesecake filling contained cream cheese, sugar (in this case powdered), heavy whipping cream, cherry pie filling, vanilla extract and lemon juice.

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            In my part of the country, there's something called vinegar pie that has no cream cheese. It tastes as if it did. It, too, goes back to way before cool whip.

          2. My mom makes this one, and my kids help me make it now!

            2 pkgs cream cheese, softened
            1/4 cup lemon juice
            1/2-1 cup sugar, to taste

            Mix all ingredeints with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into a graham cracker crust and chill at least 4 hours or until set. You can top it with cherry pie filling you'd like to have a cherry cheese pie.

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            1. re: boogiebaby

              Sorry, I got 2 different recipes confused. It's 2 packages cream cheese, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Mix until smooth, pour into crust, and chill.