No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Do you ever misspell a word so many times that even when you get it right it looks wrong?

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Parfat. Parfaight. Parfaite. Parfaaaaaaaaay. Spellcheck and Google are both reassuring me that parfait is correct but I can’t trust anyone anymore. They’re ALL WRONG.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

I’m pretty sure this is a French word, always a dangerous road when it comes to spelling. Like charlatan, for example. The first time I thought to name my blog The Food Charlatan I googled how to spell ‘charlatan’ first. (Who would have guessed that “a” is the only vowel?) When I’m talking to people In Real Life and they want to know how to find my blog I say, first google charlatan, then google food charlatan. Prooooobably I should get some business cards.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Eric was so sad that I finished off the last of this parfait without him that he left for the store to buy more ingredients for it within minutes of learning that I was a bad sharer. That’s how good it is. I didn’t even mind making it again because it requires like zero effort. (Also, we had leftover toppings. It’s easy to run into the too-much-milk-now-I-need-more-cereal problem with this dessert.)

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Guess what that cheesecake layer is you guys: Cream cheese. Sweetened condensed milk. Vanilla.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

That’s it.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

This is an original Pioneer Woman recipe. Oh Ree, we all bow down to your awesomefullness. I got the DIY idea from Heather over at Heather’s Dish. She posted this for our Gallentine’s Day Party back in February. I loved the idea so much that I used it that very weekend for Charlotte’s 3rd birthday party. I had no plans to post it on the blog, but EVERYONE at the party was raving about it and 2 people texted me that week for the recipe because they were already planning on using it to entertain.

As far as party food goes, this recipe is preeeeeetty tough to beat. 100% make ahead-able? Check. Adaptable to different tastes and audiences? Check. Easy to serve? It’s self-serve. Check. 1000% delicious? Triple check.

The cheesecake layer is basic and can be paired with just about anything. I used cherry pie filling, strawberries, blueberries (with lemon zest!) aaaaaaaand

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

some Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels. Of course. Because I’m obsessed.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Don’t doubt me. It was awesome. #sorrynotsorry

I had fun brainstorming some other flavors you could use. Apple pie filling with caramel and crumble topping. Oreo and chocolate syrup.  Peanut butter and Snickers.  Roasted bananas and butterscotch sauce. Raspberry pistachio. Peppermint ganache. Any kind of cheesecake you could potentially make, you could add the flavors to this. Except it’s waaaay easier and you don’t have to worry about your baked cheesecake getting a fault-line down the middle.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

I think this No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar would be an awesome dessert to serve at an Easter gathering. Light, fresh, and portable, so that you can carry it with you while you are sneaking your kids Easter candy helping them search for eggs.

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese or neufchâtel, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla, or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Your choice of toppings: pie filling, fresh fruit, lemon zest, chopped up brownies, chocolate chips, caramel sauce, etc.


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until completely smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla (or vanilla bean paste) and combine thoroughly, scraping the sides.
  3. Transfer to a pretty bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled 2-3 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium bowl. Add the graham cracker crumbs (they don't have to be perfectly crushed) and mix it up.
  5. Divide toppings among separate bowls.
  6. Let people serve themselves! Party on.


These are great served in clear 8-ounce plastic cups. Still pretty but no cleanup!

I like the butter in the graham cracker crumbs, but you can totally leave it out and it will still taste great.

Source: Very lightly changed from The Pioneer Woman‘s original recipe, DIY idea from Heather’s Dish

Wait!! I forgot to talk about the vanilla bean paste!

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait BarYou can totally use regular vanilla in this recipe. It will taste great. But it will taste AMAZING if you use vanilla bean paste. I asked for it for Christmas and got this huge giant bottle. I swear I use it like every other day.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar

Look at those vanilla specks. I. love. it. Buy it here. <<That’s an affiliate link. Because you love supporting this charlatan right?

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar





  1. says

    Hi. I love your blog, you’re hilarious and I like that.
    I also really like cheesecake.And easy cheesecake that I don’t have to bake so I can skip the gym and just face plant into it RIGHT now instead.
    Not that I’m debating doing that right now or anything….
    But, I am pinning this.
    You, know…just in case.

  2. Kristine says

    This was incredible! So glad you posted this today. I’m having a CAbi show tonight and this is the perfect dessert to serve! I even have all the ingredients!!

      • Kristine says

        I did! It was a BIG hit and I gave YOU all the credit! I had cherry pie filling, chopped strawberries, bananas, blackberries, chocolate and caramel sauce, toffee bits and lemon zest. My favorite was the strawberries, bananas, caramel sauce and toffee bits. I served it in footed dessert dishes and a lot of the women had a couple different parfaits. Really easy, really good and really fun! Lots of compliments and requests for the recipe. Thanks Karen!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh we are totally on the same wavelength as far as cheesecake is concerned! I JUST posted no-bake cheesecake parfaits last night and today you’re sharing this GORGEOUS cheesecake parfaits bar! I’m just loving all your fun cheesecake variations especially that drool-worthy chocolate one! pinned.
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  4. Sarah says

    Easter panic averted. I was going to bake a cake. And a pie. But this is way better. You have probably saved my relationship with my children by providing this fantastic idea (because when I get too involved in baking, there’s screaming, and mud throwing, and….you get the idea).

  5. says

    Wow Karen. Now this is my kind of dessert! I love when you get to “create your own” with toppings and layers. I go a little nuts when I go to those frozen yogurt bars and you get to do your own toppings. By the end my yogurts weighs like a pound. Whoops!
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    • says

      I know, it’s the one thing I hate about my blog name. Not exactly easy to search for, haha. (I’m with you on drinking s.c.m. have you ever bought the squeeze bottles?? Dan.ger.ous.

  6. says

    Oh my do I love some vanilla bean paste too! I first got it for a salted honey pie recipe and will never use plain extract again if I don’t have to. LOVE seeing the little vanilla dots and it has so much more flavor I think.

  7. says

    Freaking #ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I can’t even use social media right right now I’m so excited because I mean going from reading about these AMAZING looking parfaits and thinking about how amazing those butterscotch things looked to suddenly finding out I WON some free ones!??!?!?!?!?! BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!! I mean really.

    !!!!!!!!!!! THANKS KAREN! ALSO YOUR PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AS USUAL and wow that was obnoxious but I felt like telling you that very.emphatically.
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    • says

      Erika I’m so glad you won!! You were actually the 3rd winner, the first 2 didn’t get back to me but now I’m glad :) PLEASE tell me you will eat them all in one day so that I feel better about my life choices.

      PS thanks for the photog compliment. I’m always so surprised when REAL photographers compliment me. If you could see any picture I take that is NOT of food, in the same spot on my sunlit table with the same exact settings every single time, then you would know just how much of a charlatan I am.

  8. says

    If I pin this, my husband will see it. If my husband sees this, he will want me to make these. If I make these, I will feel like I should have a party to go with them. If I have a party, I will have to clean the house . . .
    Oh who cares, I’m pinning it anyway. (Can you tell how many times I’ve read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?” to Wendy? Can you tell how much it has affected my poor sleep-deprived brain?)
    Beautiful photos, Karen, as always. :)
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  9. Misty says

    Awesome idea dude. I think kids would have the best time with this! You could even do an Oreo crust to mix it up. Oh man that sounds good. It all looks good! And not crazy filling.

  10. Sha Lene says

    As I read this I had 3 questions about vanilla bean paste, and by the time I finished reading you had answered them all?

  11. Janice says

    Salted caramels? Oh man, I really want to try this again with chocolate and those delicious versatile caramels :)

  12. says

    Oh man I am SO glad I’m not the only one who has ended up in a downward spiral of messed up milk to cereal ratio. I’ve learned it also happens with chips and salsa and ice cream and cake. It’s a dangerous game. And I’m sure this cheesecake parfait would make it even more dangerous. I love that you were inspired by a Galentine’s Day recipe! Now I have not one but three solid recommendations for this dish. Clearly, it needs to happen.
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  13. Alejandra says

    I found this recipe by google randomly and decided to try it for a farewell party at work. Everyone loved it! Thank you for posting this!

    • says

      I’m so glad it was a success Alejandra! I literally just had this again last night at my cousin’s house. It’s rapidly becoming a family favorite :) Thanks for commenting!

  14. EvenyB says

    It’s always sooo hard to find super easy but delicious desserts out there and this one was Parfection…… Me (and all of my siblings) thank you. It was a big hit! <3
    You are hands down my favorite food blogger! LOVE IT! ^.^

  15. says

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    extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.
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    • says

      Bummer for eaten comments! Dumb internet. I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog Saleh! My biggest advice for writing a blog is to be consistent. With you voice, your style, your number of posts, etc. Good luck blogging!


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