Cherry Cream Cheese Delight: A No-Bake Wonder

Indulge in the simplicity and deliciousness of this Cherry Cream Cheese Delight, a no-bake dessert that combines the crunchy texture of a graham cracker crust with the creamy richness of a cream cheese filling, all topped with a luscious cherry pie filling. This dessert is perfect for those who love sweet treats but prefer to avoid the oven.


For the Crust:

  • Unsalted Butter: 7 tablespoons, melted
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: 1 1/2 cups (from about 9 whole crackers)
  • Granulated Sugar: 3 tablespoons

For the Filling:

  • Cream Cheese: 8 ounces, softened
  • Powdered Sugar: 1 cup
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Cool Whip: 8 ounces (1 container)
  • Cherry Pie Filling: 21 ounces (1 can)


Preparing the Crust:

  1. Start by melting the butter in a medium-sized bowl. This can be done in a microwave, heating for about 30 seconds or until the butter is completely melted.
  2. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar until well mixed.
  3. Transfer this mixture to an 8 x 8 baking dish that has been lightly sprayed or greased. Press down the mixture firmly to create an even base. Set this aside.

Creating the Filling:

  1. In a larger bowl, add the softened cream cheese. Use a mixer to blend it until the texture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to blend well.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip, mixing just enough to integrate it with the cream cheese mixture. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Spread this creamy mixture over the prepared crust, using a spoon or an offset spatula for an even layer.

Layering the Cherry Topping:

  1. Carefully spoon the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer, aiming for a uniform spread across the surface.

Chilling the Dessert:

  1. Once assembled, place the baking dish in the refrigerator. Let it chill for at least 2 hours. This chilling time allows the dessert to set properly and the flavors to meld together.

This Cherry Cream Cheese Delight is a fantastic dessert option for gatherings, potlucks, or as a sweet treat at the end of a meal. Its no-bake nature makes it a convenient choice, especially during warmer months when you want to avoid using the oven. The combination of the buttery crust, creamy filling, and tart cherry topping creates a delightful contrast in textures and flavors that is sure to please any palate. Enjoy this easy-to-make, irresistibly delicious dessert!