Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Huckleberries

by Holly on June 19, 2010

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I’ve been away for a few days because we are visiting my wonderful (seriously) in-laws up in the wilds of Northern Idaho.  I do mean Northern too, since we are only about 25 miles from the border of British Columbia.  It is truly beautiful up here and we have had a great trip already.
We have enjoyed spending time together as a family and in doing simple things – being outside, boating on a lake, fishing, riding horses and 4-wheelers, playing on a trampoline and playing with the dogs, listening to the cows, driving on country roads, and visiting local attractions.  We even had a campfire so Aidan could make s’mores and both boys caught their first fish!
Among all these things, we even got rained out a couple of days and used the time to enjoy a movies and games as well as some delicious recipes.  I’ll be sharing a crock-pot lasagna recipe in the near future, but I wanted to tell you about this truly delicious and simple dessert in time for any last minute Father’s Day ideas.
My mother-in-law got this recipe from another family member for a no-bake Cherry Cheesecake, and since my husband is such a fiend for huckleberries, and his Mom always makes sure to have some on hand, we decided to top the cheesecake with a warm concoction of huckleberries instead. 
The pie itself is light and fluffy and would be wonderful with most any topping your little heart – or that of any Dad in your life – desires.  Happy Father’s Day!  

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Huckleberries

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix together and press into a 9-inch pie pan, in the bottom and up the sides.  Set aside and make filling.

For the pie filling:
1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups cold whipped cream or Cool Whip
Beat all three ingredients together well, until light and fluffy.  Place in prepared pie crust.  Chill at least 1 hour. Serve with cooled huckleberry topping (below).

For the topping:
3 cups huckleberries, frozen or thawed
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar

Stir together well in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken.  Once thickened, place in a heatproof bowl and allow to cool.  Serve over cream cheese pie.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherry G June 20, 2010 at 3:23 am

I haven't seen very many recipes with huckleberries, more like none. How interesting!

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Amanda June 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Huckleberries, how awesome! Looks great. Sounds like you are having a marvelous time!

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Barbara Bakes June 20, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The huckleberry topping would be fabulous on so many desserts. This looks delicious. Glad you're having a great time.

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Cristie June 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I fell in love with huckleberries while traveling up and back from Victor, Idaho several summers ago. What a delicious way to use these tasty tidbits! How do you do everything you do Holly?

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iknithats June 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

Oh my gosh, I love huckleberries and they are not available here. This looks so wonderful.

It was so nice to meet you tonight. I enjoyed getting to know you and chatting. It would be fun to get together now and then as a group.

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iknithats June 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

Oh my gosh, I love huckleberries and they are not available here. This looks so wonderful.

It was so nice to meet you tonight. I enjoyed getting to know you and chatting. It would be fun to get together now and then as a group.

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Me! June 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I have insane amounts of wonderberries, which are kinda similar to huckleberries. I have been desperately trying to figure out what to do with all of them. This will definitely be one of them.

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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I've never seen huckleberries being used in a dessert. Nice 🙂

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SLCFoodie June 28, 2010 at 9:35 pm

My mother in law makes a very similar dessert and we love it!! I will have to try your huckleberry version.

It was lovely seeing you and your daughter last week. She is adorable! I know you're a busy mom but we should try and get together sometime this summer.

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Gourmified July 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Mmmmm…Huckleberries! We had a big huckleberry bush by our house when we lived in Seattle. BEST pies EVER! Great choice!! Oh, and Um, BTW, I finally broke down and bought myself that beater blade at Sur La Table. Oh yeah!!!

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Twila August 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I know what I’m making for dessert tonight!!! We just took a little vacation at West Glacier and my husband brought a huge bag of berries home and I might have to hide this cheesecake so I actually get some!! FANTASTIC recipe thank you for sharing 😀

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