limeIf you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to treat the family this St. Patrick’s Day – you’ll love these easy no bake lime cheesecake squares! Not too sweet, with a delicate crumb crust and that beautiful shamrock green, these are the perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day meal!
*Just a quick note before we get started: These squares need to chill for a few hours before serving, so be sure to plan ahead and get these prepped with plenty of time!
Here’s what you’ll need to get these babies whipped up:
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (can use gluten-free variety as well)
- 2 Tbsp butter or hard margarine, melted
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 pkg lime-flavored gelatin (the 4oz size)
- 3/4 cups boiling water
- 1.5 cups cottage cheese
- 1 block cream cheese, softened (8 oz size)
- 3 cups cool whip
To make the crust:
Line your container with parchment paper. This makes for easier removal of the squares.Use an 8X8 square pan, or a 2 quart baking pan of some sort. I have this smaller rectangular pan so I used that.
In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press into your parchment-lined pan. Pop the crust in the fridge while you start to prepare the filling.
For the Filling:
In a large bowl, dissolve the gelatin powder in the boiling water. Set it aside.
In your blender or a food processor, blend the cottage cheese and cream cheese until very smooth. Remember to scrape down the edges a few times to be sure you get it all well blended.
Stir about 1/2 cup of the cream cheese mixture into the gelatin mixture until it is smooth. Then add the remaining cream cheese mixture in, stirring well. Finally, fold in the Cool Whip.
Spread the mixture on top of the chilled cookie crumb crust and then refrigerate the entire pan until the filling sets up. It takes anywhere from 4-8 hours.
Once the squares have been chilled well, you can cut them into squares and serve!
You guys, these lime cheesecake squares are SO creamy, light, and delicious. I love to garnish with a dollop of leftover Cool Whip and some lime zest – I mean, it just looks pretty!
This recipe would also be delicious with a variety of other gelatin flavors! Let me know what you think and which flavors you’re going to try!
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