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Cheesecake Dip is the easiest no bake dessert! All you need are 5 simple ingredients and 5 minutes. It tastes just like rich and creamy cheesecake. Add a luscious fruit topping like this homemade cherry pie filling and dip with graham crackers, cookies, pretzels and more.Cheesecake dip. Oh, my, goodness this stuff is GOOD! It tastes just like cheesecake and is just as rich and creamy without all the hassle of making an actual cheesecake.
This is literally the easiest dessert you will ever make. No baking or chilling or wait time involved (other than the time it takes for the cream cheese to come up to room temp). You can throw this dessert together on a whim, at any time.
It's terrific for a party and great to share on a weeknight at home with family. Plus, everything is 100% homemade.
Let's make cheesecake dip
What I love most about this dip is how much it actually tastes like cheesecake!
This cheesecake dip is so deliciously smooth and creamy, perfectly sweet and rounded out nicely with heavy splash of vanilla.
The ingredient list is short and I'm betting that you have everything you need to make it right now. Yes, right now.
I promise you this is the best recipe. It has every element of regular cheesecake; I even added a luscious homemade cherry topping to seal the deal. This easy cream cheese dessert will knock your socks off.
While doing research for this recipe, I was surprised to see so many people stray from the ingredients of real cheesecake.
A lot of recipes for cheesecake dip mixed cream cheese with marshmallow creme, cool whip and butter.
I found all that to be really unappealing.
An easy no bake dessert like this - why wouldn't you make this 100% homemade?? My recipe has everything you'd find in regular cheesecake except for the eggs.
Cream cheese and sour cream make the base of the dip. I also was sure to throw in some lemon juice to brighten up the flavor and add some acidity to cut through all the fat.
Powdered sugar makes this cheesecake dip perfectly sweet. I find the level of sweetness to be perfectly balanced, just as cheesecake is not normally too sweet. But you can always add a bit more sugar if you want it even more sweetened.
Here's how easy this recipe is
- Let the cream cheese soften and come to room temp.
- Add the sour cream. Mix a bit.
- Add all of the other ingredients and mix it until smooth and creamy (which takes all but a minute or so).
Voila!! You're the proud new owner of a bowl of cheesecake dip!
At this point, you have the most basic version. Feel free to go wild and add whatever else you might like. I haven't strayed too far from the original version yet, but I can see myself adding some salted caramel, Nutella, instant espresso, pecans, bananas, ready to eat cookie dough...the sky is truly the limit.
Today, I stuck with a classic Cherry
Cherries are a classic topping for cheesecake, so I thought I would dress mine up with some homemade cherry pie filling.
I can understand why cherries and cheesecake make such a good pair. The thick, rich cheesecake and tart, pop of cherries is a flavor powerhouse that is truly something to behold.
Also, if you're going to add cherry pie filling, I highly suggest making this at home too. My recipe for homemade cherry pie filling is just as easy as this one is.
Please don't degrade this beautiful dip with that fake goop in a can. Please, please.
What to serve with cheesecake dip
Another endless list of options! But here are some ideas to get you excited:
- Graham crackers (try my recipe for homemade grahams to take it to a whole other level!)
- Chewy graham cookies
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate chip cookies
- Apple slices
- Biscotti (I'm thinking Lemon)
- Shortbread cookies
- Amaretti cookies
- Butter pecan cookies
Storing Cheesecake Dip
If I'm making this dip for myself, I like to store it in a resealable container. If I'm bringing it to a party or will be serving it at a party, I spread it into the bowl nicely and cover tightly with plastic wrap before popping it into the fridge. It's important to put the freshly made dip into your serving ware before chilling.
Chilled dip will be a little bit more firm so it may be hard to make it look perfectly presentable after chilling.
Cheesecake dip will stay fresh in the fridge for a solid week (I doubt it will last that long!)
You can even freeze this dip if you want! Cream cheese freezes very well and since this dessert is mostly cream cheese, it will hold up in the freezer great. Just thaw and bring back up to room temp before serving.
For Sugar Free or Keto Friendly cheesecake dip
The base of this recipe is naturally sugar free and keto friendly. The only ingredient that changes the carb & sugar levels is the added powdered sugar.
Since this recipe requires sugar for sweetness only, feel free to swap out the regular powdered sugar with a sugar-free powdered/confectioners sugar equivalent. Lots of brands make this out of stevia, erythritol and monk fruit.
I have personally used Swerve brand and it's a great powdered sugar alternative. If you are using a sugar alternative, you may need less than what the recipe calls for. Be sure to taste along the way.
- 1 lb of cream cheese (softened at room temp)
- ¼ c sour cream
- ⅔ c powdered sugar (more if you want this to be a bit sweeter, see note for sugar-free version)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- pinch of salt
- In a large bowl, add the softened cream cheese. Using a hand mixer, give the cream cheese a quick stir to loosen it up.
- Next, add the sour cream. Combine with the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla & lemon juice and pinch of salt.
- On medium speed, combine the ingredients until everything is combined and silky smooth.
- Add into serving bowl and top with fruit, caramel etc. if desired.
- Store in the fridge covered for up to 1 week.
Recipe by Owlbbaking.com
For sugar free or keto friendly option, swap out the powdered sugar for a powdered sugar replacement (i.e. stevia, etheryol, monk fruit etc.). Start by adding ⅓ c of powdered sugar substitute and sweeten to taste.
- Prep Time: 5
- Category: Cheesecake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Cheesecake, Cheesecake dip, no bake desserts