No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

A deliciously cool summer dessert combining graham cracker crust, a no-bake cheesecake filling, and homemade cherry pie filling on top!

Yield: 

24 servings

Ingredients: 

Crust ingredients:

2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted

Cheesecake filling ingredients:

16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups whipped cream*

Cherry pie filling:

I make cherry pie filling using this homemade cherry pie filling recipe (requires 3 cups of pitted cherries). If you don't have fresh cherries, you can use a large can of pre-made cherry pie filling instead.

Fresh sweet cherries
Instructions: 

1. Combine crust ingredients in a bowl and stir until well-mixed. I like to use a potato masher to crush the graham crackers to make crumbs. :)

2. Spread the graham cracker mixture in a glass 9x13-inch casserole dish. Use a metal spatula or other flat utensil (the bottom of a measuring cup works also) to press the crust firmly into the dish. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

3. To make the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar on high until mixed. Add whipped cream and continue to beat on high until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

4. Spoon the cheesecake filling over the graham cracker crust. When all of the filling has been dabbed on, use a plastic spatula to spread it evenly.

5. Refrigerate the cheesecake while you make the cherry topping.

6. Spread cooled cherry pie filling over the cheesecake. Or, for an even more attractive presentation, spoon the cherry pie filling on each piece as you serve it! Store in the refrigerator.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Additional Notes: 

*We love to use real whipped cream! To make the 3 cups of whipped cream for this recipe, combine these ingredients in a bowl:

1 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Beat with an electric mixer for a couple minutes, until fluffy and stiff!

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Preparation Time: 

45 minutes (includes making the topping from scratch)

Tammy's Review: 

This is my mom's recipe. She makes it frequently using sour cherries from her trees, and in the winter, using frozen sour cherries to make the topping. :)

While this isn't "real" cheesecake, it's quick and delicious, and won't heat up your house! :)

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Comments

This was loved by everyone here! Quick and easy to make, too.

Rating: 
5

I made this with my two daughters, and was somewhat unprepared for the flying whipped cream, which they thought was hilarious. However, I found it a nice, easy dessert, since I used canned topping. My husband liked the taste, but felt the texture could be firmer. I personally liked it, but would've left the cherries off. This may be because I am not a huge cooked cherry fan, though. Still, it was sweet, easy and pretty.

Rating: 
4

I'm not a baked cheesecake lover so I wasn't sure how I would like this one. SO glad I tried it! It was amazing. I'll be making this again soon.

Rating: 
5

I made this for a large dinner party last night. The recipe easily doubled. The cheesecake was SO good and perfect for a hot summer dinner, cold and not too sweet. I was also able to make it the day before and topped with cherries just before everyone arrived. Perfect.

Rating: 
5

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