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Mamaw’s No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Prepare to embark on a journey into the world of sweet nostalgia with Mamaw’s cherished no-bake cherry cheesecake. This delightful dessert is a timeless classic that captures the essence of homemade goodness without the need for an oven. Get ready to savor creamy cheesecake filling nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust, all topped with a luscious layer of cherry goodness. It’s not just a dessert; it’s a taste of love passed down through generations.

Imagine a slice of cheesecake that’s velvety smooth, each bite melting in your mouth, perfectly complemented by the sweet-tart burst of cherries. This recipe embodies the spirit of simplicity and deliciousness, just like Mamaw used to make. The best part? No need to fuss with baking—simply chill and enjoy!

What makes Mamaw’s no-bake cherry cheesecake truly special is the love and tradition it carries. It’s a dessert that brings families together, a sweet reminder of cherished moments around the table. Whether you’re making it for a special occasion or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth, this cheesecake is sure to become a beloved favorite.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Creamy cheesecake filling
  • Butter graham cracker crust
  • Sweet-tart cherry topping
  • No-bake, fuss-free preparation
  • A taste of cherished tradition

Tips and Notes:

  • Use full-fat cream cheese for the creamiest texture.
  • Let the cheesecake chill for at least 4 hours for the best results.
  • Feel free to use other fruit toppings like strawberries or blueberries.

Substitutions and Variations:

  • Swap graham crackers for chocolate cookies for a different crust flavor.
  • Experiment with different fruit compotes or pie fillings.
  • Add a touch of lemon zest for a citrusy twist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different fruit topping instead of cherries?

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Absolutely! Feel free to personalize your cheesecake with your favorite fruit topping. Blueberries, strawberries, or even a mixed berry compote would be delicious.

Can I make this cheesecake in advance?

Yes, you can make it ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. It’s a great dessert for entertaining!

Mamaw's No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Mamaw’s No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

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  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 unsalted butter, melted

  • 16 ounces 16 cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup 1 powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 2 cups 2 whipped topping (e.g., Cool Whip)

  • 1 can 1 (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Press this mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch pie dish to create the crust. Place it in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
  • In another mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to beat until well combined.
  • Gently fold in the whipped topping until the mixture is homogeneous and fluffy.
  • Retrieve the pie dish from the refrigerator and spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust.
  • Carefully spoon the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer, spreading it evenly.
  • Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until it’s set and chilled.
  • When ready to serve, slice and savor Mamaw’s no-bake cherry cheesecake with a smile. Enjoy!

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