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Woolworth Cheesecake

Woolworth Cheesecake is a no-bake classic dessert with a graham cracker crust and yummy lemon flavor. There is good reason for this dessert to be so famous!
Prep Time20 mins
Chill4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Author: Jill


Crust Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of graham cracker crumbs about 3 sleeves
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter - melted

Filling Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces of lemon Jello
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 3 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese - softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream


  • Directions:
  • Boil the water in a saucepan, remove from heat.
  • Add the lemon Jello and stir until dissolved, set aside.
  • Place graham crackers in a blender or food processor and process to fine crumbs.
  • Melt the stick of butter in the microwave.
  • Place the graham cracker crumbs in a 9 X 13 dish and stir in the 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Pour the melted butter into the crumbs and stir until well coated.
  • Press 1/2 the crumbs evenly in the 9 X 13 dish.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, pour the heavy whipping cream in the bowl and whip until stiff peaks form. (If you have 2 mixing bowls, then place this bowl in the refrigerator - if not, place the whipped cream in another bowl, and place the whipped cream in the refrigerator).
  • In the mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the lemon Jello and mix well.
  • Blend in the whipped cream just until mixed.
  • Spread the filling in the 9 X 13 dish evenly and let set up for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Sprinkle with remaining graham cracker crumbs.
  • Chill at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results.
  • Serve and Enjoy!


NOTE: If the filling is thin after you fold in the Whipped cream, it's okay, it will set up, and get completely thickened in the refrigerator. Let the filling set in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before adding the reserved graham crackers for the topping.