Friday, December 10, 2010

Yummy No-Bake Cheesecake

Ok so this cheese cake was thought up out of the need to get rid of some holiday cookies!  You know the ones I'm talking about, those butter cookies that come in the decorative tin!  Yes they are quite tasty by themselves, but we all know we have loads of tins each year.  Wether we buy them ourselves because we want them or wether they are given as gifts.  So I came up with a way to use them in my favorite dessert form!!! AND the best thing about this is I already have the items needed in my house, ESPECIALLY around the holidays as I do a lot of baking!!!!!

So I took these cookies:

and made this cheesecake (which the hubby and kids got into before I remembered to take a picture)

Heres what you need: 
For crust
1 12oz tin of danish butter cookies
1 1/2 sticks of butter

For filling
2 8oz pkg cream cheese softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8oz tub of creamy cool whip
zest of one lemon
juice of 1 1/2 lemons

To prepare crust melt 1 1/4 sticks of butter in sauce pan.  In food processor pulse the cookies until they are crumbs and resemble sand.  With 1/4 stick of butter grease the sides and bottoms of a 9 x 13 glass pan.  When cookies are crumbled, pour melted butter into them and pulse until just combined.  Press into bottom and just a little up the sides of pan.

To prepare filling:  In large bowl, cream the cream cheese with a hand mixer or by hand.  Add the zest of the lemon and mix well.  Add the juice and mix well.  Mix in the condensed milk.  FOLD in the cool whip so it doesn't deflate.  Pour onto crust and chill for at least one hour!  Serve!!!!!


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