No-Bake Woolworth Icebox Cheesecake: A Vintage Delight Without the Oven

  Travel back in time with a classic dessert that’s as delicious today as it was decades ago. No-Bake Woolworth Icebox Cheesecake is a delightful, no-fuss dessert that captures the essence of a bygone era. With its creamy filling and graham cracker crust, this cheesecake is a nostalgic treat that requires no baking. It’s perfect for those moments when you crave a sweet, simple indulgence without the heat of the oven. Let’s dive into the recipe and rediscover the charm of this vintage dessert.


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

For the Topping:

  • 1 (21-ounce) can fruit pie filling (cherry, blueberry, or your favorite)


Prepare the Crust:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted unsalted butter, and granulated sugar. Mix until the crumbs are evenly coated with the butter and sugar.
  2. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to form an even crust layer. Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to help press it down evenly.

Make the Cheesecake Filling: 3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy.

  1. Add the powdered sugar and pure vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Beat until well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  2. In another bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  3. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until everything is well combined and the filling is light and fluffy.

Assemble the Cheesecake: 7. Spread the cheesecake filling evenly over the graham cracker crust in the baking dish.

  1. Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or until it’s firm and set. Overnight refrigeration is even better for optimal texture.

Add the Topping: 9. Once the cheesecake is set, spoon your choice of fruit pie filling (cherry, blueberry, or your favorite) over the top of the cheesecake filling.

  1. Spread the pie filling evenly to cover the entire surface.

Slice and Serve: 11. Slice the No-Bake Woolworth Icebox Cheesecake into squares or rectangles.

  1. Serve the cheesecake chilled and enjoy the creamy, fruity goodness.

Cook’s Notes:

  • Feel free to customize the topping with your preferred fruit pie filling. Popular choices include cherry, blueberry, strawberry, or peach.
  • For a more decadent twist, you can drizzle chocolate sauce or caramel sauce over the cheesecake before serving.
  • To save time, you can use store-bought graham cracker crumbs or a pre-made graham cracker crust.
  • This dessert can be made a day ahead and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.

  No-Bake Woolworth Icebox Cheesecake is a dessert that transcends time, offering a taste of nostalgia with every bite. Its simplicity and deliciousness make it a timeless favorite for gatherings, potlucks, or when you’re simply craving a sweet, creamy treat. Whip up a batch, top it with your favorite fruit, and savor the delightful flavors of this vintage dessert that’s sure to please both young and old alike!

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