Cherry Delight – a dessert that’s always a hit at parties and get-togethers. No-bake cheesecake layer topped with cherry pie filling makes this an irresistible treat!
If you love creamy no-bake desserts, you should try my No-Bake Pumpkin Pie. Serve it for the holidays, along with cookies, like my Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies.
I am so excited to finally share this recipe on the blog! It is a family recipe and a dessert we always look forward to during holidays. It’s super easy to make, requires no baking (although I did bake the crust to set it even more) and looks so festive! My Husband’s Grandmother used to make this dessert for holidays. I never had a chance to meet her but I always think of her when this treat appears on the holiday table. My brother-in-law took over the tradition of making the Cherry Delight.
WHAT IS CHERRY DELIGHT?
Cherry Delight – the name says it all! This dessert is sweet, creamy and absolutely delightful! It’s bound to become a hit this holiday season. Actually, it’s perfect for summer parties too, when you need a no-bake dessert or any get-togethers!
The graham crust can be made with graham crackers. The creamy layer is a no-bake cheesecake layer that requires only 4 ingredients mixed together. It will set and have a mousse like texture. The topping is our favorite pie filling: cherry. You can simply customize this dessert to your liking by using different cookies for the crust, adding different extract to the creamy filling and using your favorite pie filling.
for the crust:
2 and 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 c melted butter
for the filling:
2 8 oz packages cream cheese softened
1 8 oz tub whipped topping I used Cool Whip
1 c powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
for the topping:
21 oz can cherry pie filling
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to make the crust:
Line a 13″ x 9″ pan with aluminum foil.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
Press into the bottom of the pan.
To prebake the crust (it makes it more sturdier): bake for 10 minutes at 375 degree F. Cool completely before adding the filling layer.
to make the filling:
In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well, about 2 minutes.
Add whipped topping in two additions, mix just until combined.
Do not overmix.
Spread the filling over the crust.
Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight.
Cut the dessert into squares. Top with filling just before serving.