Here's a great way to be independent: Make a July 4th dessert that sets in the fridge! With a buttery graham-cracker crust, a rich cream cheese and yogurt filling, and a sprinkle of fresh berries, this is one treat that everyone will enjoy this holiday. Make sure to save a slice for yourself (before it all disappears!).
No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
When you're pressing the crumbs into the pan for the crust, use a flat-bottomed measuring cup. It makes it easy to get an even thickness -- and to get into the pan's corners.
15 graham crackers (8 ounces)
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup Greek yogurt (full-fat)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
2 cups fresh berries
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1. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until finely ground (you should have about 2 cups). Add butter, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; pulse until combined. Press crumbs evenly onto the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
2. In a large bowl and using an electric mixer on high, beat cream cheese until fluffy, 3 minutes. Add confectioners' sugar, yogurt, vanilla, and a pinch of salt; beat until smooth. With a rubber spatula, fold in whipped cream. Pour cream cheese mixture into crust and smooth top. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 8 hours (or overnight).
3. Combine berries and remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; let stand 15 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake; release sides to remove from pan. Top with berries and juices.
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