No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

There’s something about the sweet, citrusy embrace of an orange creamsicle that whisks you straight back to the sun-dappled lanes of childhood summers. You can feel the breeze and hear the distant jangle of the ice cream truck as you bite into that nostalgic flavor. Today, I’m sharing a simple, delightful twist on that treasured treat: No-Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake. This dessert is perfect for those warm evenings when turning on the oven feels like a sin against the season. It’s a breeze to whip up for your next gathering or when you want to spoil your family with something sweet.

This creamy dream of a cheesecake pairs beautifully with a cup of strong black coffee to cut through the sweetness. For those with a less adventurous palate, a dollop of whipped cream on top, a few fresh berries, or a light dusting of powdered sugar makes a charming companion to this vivacious dessert.


1 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
– 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1 package (3 oz) orange Jell-O
– 1 cup boiling water
– 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Zest of one orange for garnish (optional)


1. Begin by lining a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper or give it a light spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

3. Dissolve the orange Jell-O in boiling water, stirring well until completely dissolved, and set aside to cool to room temperature.

4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

5. Slowly blend in the cooled Jell-O until thoroughly mixed.

6. Pour the cream cheese and Jell-O mixture over the crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.

7. Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to set completely.

8. Before serving, add a touch of flair with orange zest sprinkled over the top if you’d like a bit of color and zing.

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