Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake

Written by zakrezki1

The Famous Woolworth Ice Box Cheesecake:

No Bake Woolworth Cheesecake is a classic, light and lemony dessert and will be the perfect addition to your Easter or Mother’s Day menu! I love those recipes that we all grew up with, they are just too good to miss out on.


  • 1 (3 ounce) package lemon Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 12 oz can Carnation Evaporated milk, well chilled
  • Graham crackers, crushed


  • shake the can of evaporated milk and refrigerate until well chilled, at least an hour, but better if overnight.
  • In a small mixing bowl and using a wire whisk, dissolve the Jell-O gelatin in the boiling water, 1 to 2 minutes. 
  • Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar, and melted butter.
  •  Reserve 1/3 cup of the mixture for the topping.
  •  Press the remainder firmly into the bottom of an 11.5×7.5-inch or similar dish. 
  • Refrigerate or put in the freezer until needed.
  • In another large mixing bowl and using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Beat in the cooled Jell-O until well blended.
  •  Refrigerate mixture for now.
  • Shake the can of chilled evaporated milk again and pour into another large mixing bowl. Beat on high speed of mixer until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. It should have the consistency of beaten egg whites.
  •  Beat in the cream cheese/Jell-O mixture.
  • Pour mixture over the chilled crust. Sprinkle top with the remaining crumb mixture. 
  • Refrigerate for several hours before cutting into squares.

Tips and tricks:

  • No bake Cheesecake, which makes it perfect for warmer weather.
  • Alternatives for a graham cracker crust could be a vanilla sandwich cookie crumbs crust, or vanilla wafer crust.  But the graham crackers crust is so easy and it tastes great.
  • The biggest trick is remembering to chill the can milk and that’s what led me to try it out with whipping cream.

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