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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

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This no-bake cherry cheesecake is a rich and decadent treat that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  
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  1. No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This no-bake cherry cheesecake is a classic crowd-pleaser that’s sweet and simple. It’s made from a graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and sweet cherry pie topping.

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 9 graham cracker sheets (one sleeve)
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 16-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8-ounce container Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FILLING: This is a super versatile recipe. Swap out the can of cherry pie filling for your favorite pie filling — blueberry, peach, etc. — to change the flavor of this cheesecake.

CREAM CHEESE: Full-fat, low-fat, or fat-free cream cheese will all work in this delicious recipe.

WHIPPED TOPPING: You can either use a whipped topping such as Cool Whip or make your own homemade fresh whipped cream using our recipe found here. If you’d like to use a spray can of whipped cream, you can, although it will change the texture of this dessert.

How To Make This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

PRO TIP:

If you’re looking to feed a crowd, this is an easy recipe to make and double. Simply double the ingredients and use a 9 x 13-inch pan. Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper for less mess when removing the bars.

STEP ONE: Place graham crackers in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. You can also place the graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake process shot of graham crackers being pulsed in a food processor

STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake process shot of ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP THREE: Line 8×8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Press graham cracker mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator.

STEP 4: In a large bowl with a hand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese, Cool Whip, powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture into an even layer over the top of the graham cracker crust. Chill for about 5 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Make sure that your cream cheese is softened before starting this step. If your cream cheese is too hard it can result in lumps in your cheesecake.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake process shot of ingredients being mixed in a bowl and spread over the cracker crust

STEP 5: Spoon cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer. Gently spread out the cherries with a rubber spatula to cover the entire pan.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake process shot of cherry filling spread over the cream cheese layer

STEP 6: Chill for at least 4 hours. Slice and enjoy!

PRO TIP:

Cheesecake can stick to your knife when cutting it. If you’re having trouble, try coating your knife in nonstick cooking spray first.

How To Serve

The perfect way to enjoy this no-bake cherry cheesecake dessert is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

Our iced tearaspberry iced teasweet peach iced tea, or southern strawberry sweet tea would be perfect to wash your tasty treat down.

Looking for more ways to make cheesecake? This recipe is inspired by our popular original cheesecake. For more no-bake desserts, try our no-bake blueberry cheesecake.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this delicious treat in an airtight container or in the baking dish covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this cheesecake after it has finished setting in the fridge. Just don’t add the cherry filling before freezing your cheesecake, wait to add it after defrosting. Chill your cheesecake for four hours, wrap it in plastic wrap or an airtight plastic bag and freeze for up to three months. To defrost your cheesecake, let it thaw in the fridge. Top with cherry filling before serving.

close up shot of No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a baking pan

I love cherry cheesecake with its creamy filling and sweet cherries, but traditional cheesecake is tons of work. This no-bake cheesecake allows you to enjoy those divine flavors with much less work. In my opinion, it is the perfect dessert!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze this cheesecake?

The cheesecake can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

Can I use a different flavor of pie filling?

You could use any flavor of pie filling that is available in your local grocery store. Any kind would be delicious!

How do you get the cream cheese to room temperature quickly?

To get the cream cheese to room temperature quickly, cut the cream cheese into cubes and place it on a plate for about 20 minutes.

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

5 from 110 votes
This no-bake cherry cheesecake is a rich and decadent treat that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.  
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 9 graham cracker sheets, one sleeve
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce container Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling

Instructions
 

  • Place graham crackers in the food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.
  • In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.
  • Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Press the graham cracker mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Chill in the refrigerator.
  • In a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese, Cool Whip, powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Spread into an even layer over the graham cracker crust. Chill for about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer. Gently spread out the cherries to cover the entire pan.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours. Slice and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Make sure that your cream cheese is softened before starting this recipe. If your cream cheese is too hard it can result in lumps in your bars.
  • If you’re looking to feed a crowd, this is an easy recipe to make and double. Simply double the ingredients and use a 9 x 13-inch pan. Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper for less mess when removing the bars.
  • Cheesecake can stick to your knife when cutting it. If you’re having trouble, try coating your knife in nonstick cooking spray first.

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 1036IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • Layne Kangas says

      I have not tried it that way, so I don’t know if it will change the texture/consistency at all! I would assume if the substitute is supposed to be just like regular sugar, you should be fine.

      • Tammy Dobbelaar says

        I have used Splenda before and it works great. Don’t use a whole cup though it would be too sweet. Maybe half. I don’t usually measure

  1. Debbie says

    Hi! I would like to make this today. I bought gram crackers crumbs. How many cups is one sleeve of crushed gram crackers? Thank you!!

    • Layne Kangas says

      Oh boy, I haven’t made it like that before, but I think it would be about 1 to 1.5 cups!

  2. Nancy says

    Can you used a already made pre package gramcracker round pie shell you buy already made instead of making a gram cracker base 8 x 8 square ??

      • Meagen says

        5 stars
        I seen your comment about buying the already crushed graham crackers but can you use a Graham cracker crust that’s already made at the store for this recipe?

      • Layne Kangas says

        Hi, Meagen – we make this in a square dish and the crust at the store will be round. We haven’t tested this recipe using the pre-made round crust so I’m not sure if any adjustments would need to be made.

  3. Kathleen Hunt says

    I make no bake cheesecake and my family loves it. This will be a new one to try. It looks delicious!

  4. Michelle says

    5 stars
    Omg! Cheesecake is my favorite baked or not baked! I love it any which way but strawberry is my favorite cheesecake.

  5. Lisa says

    I love a basic Graham cracker crust for my cheesecake. I have also used vanilla wafers there great for when your making mini cheesecakes

  6. Mary Wurtbacher says

    5 stars
    I made this a week ago and used a graham cracker pie crust,my favorite dessert,tried peach pie filling,but cherry pie filling is my favourite !

  7. Karen says

    5 stars
    I have made no bakes before when I don’t have time for a baked one. they are very good! wonderful topped with any fruit, but my favorite would be blueberry!

  8. Brianna Jackman says

    5 stars
    I have always loved cheesecake. I actually have tried it with a almond crust before. But only because my husband is a diabetic. It doesn’t change the flavor any. But when it comes to toppings, I have 3 favorites. 1- original New York style, 2- raspberry flavored topping or 3- strawberry flavored topping. I never put whipped cream on it. I feel it hides the flavor.

  9. Darlene Wolfg says

    5 stars
    What’s your favorite crust flavor for cheesecake? Good ole graham cracker crust
    What’s your favorite cheesecake topping? Blueberry
    Do you like chocolate or caramel on your cheesecake? Caramel
    Do you serve your cheesecake with whipped cream? Yes
    Do you prefer no bake or classic cheesecake? No bake all the way
    Have you ever made a no bake cheesecake before? Always make no bake cheesecake – different flavors

  10. Darlene Wolff says

    5 stars
    What’s your favorite crust flavor for cheesecake? Good ole graham cracker crust
    What’s your favorite cheesecake topping? Blueberry
    Do you like chocolate or caramel on your cheesecake? Caramel
    Do you serve your cheesecake with whipped cream? Yes
    Do you prefer no bake or classic cheesecake? No bake all the way
    Have you ever made a no bake cheesecake before? Always make no bake cheesecake – different flavors

  11. Lisa Clark says

    5 stars
    I love the gram cracker crust for cheesecake. I never have tried cool whip for a topping but it’s never too late for that!

  12. Shari says

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe. My husband loves cherry pie and this will be one that I can make easily and quickly. We love cheesecakes and this sounds perfect for all of us with the versatility it has.

  13. Ebony Brewer says

    5 stars
    Awesome no bake recipe! When it comes to cheesecake, I have no preference, they both are delicious and deliver their own unique taste! My taste for cheesecake is the thickness and ability to taste the cream cheese! This recipe does that in exact! It sets perfectly!

  14. Ana Farfan says

    5 stars
    I love cheesecake either if it is bajes or not. Served with vanilla ice cream, with caramel sauce. My favorite crust is with graham cookies.

  15. Debbie says

    5 stars
    I love no bake cheesecake. Their so easy and not time consuming. Love strawberry and cherry toppings but my fav is lemon. Love all your recipes.

  16. johninpa says

    5 stars
    My favorite crust is “No Crust”. I have a recipe that I usually make for Easter, and it is very, very good!

  17. Serenity moore says

    5 stars
    This is by far my favorite old fashion cheesecake.. I love it with whip cream on top and drizzle chocolate!!! Graham cracker crust is so good!

  18. Terri Broussard says

    5 stars
    I have made this cheese cake for 40+ years, only, I leave out the lemon juice, and I use granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. I enjoy the graham cracker crust as you make it.

  19. Cathy says

    5 stars
    I like using chocolate cookie crumbs for the crust, especially with a cherry topping. Might have to give this a try.

  20. Mary Anne Cordick says

    5 stars
    My favorite cheesecake is no bake graham crust with strawberry topping…but this cherry topped recipe is right up my husbands alley. I don’t mind cherry but he doesn’t like strawberry so I will be pinning this, lol.

  21. Angela Russey says

    5 stars
    This is my favorite go to cherry cheesecake
    no baking required. Makes good for comfort easy assemble. Yes I’ve made this pie uncountable times. Quick dessert.

  22. Laura Yarzebinski says

    5 stars
    My go to for a crust is graham crackers, but I also like nilly ayers and sometimes a few nuts mixed in or any of these combined.

  23. Karen Delagorgendiere says

    My favorite crust is shortbread! I like plain cheesecake with the toppings on the side and I am a huge fan of no bake cheesecake! The baked ones are too complicated for me!

  24. Cathy Campbell says

    5 stars
    I have not made a no bake cherry cheesecake, however, I definitely will be trying this recipe! It looks wonderful!

  25. Jessica Markovich says

    I prefer a no-bake cheesecake,mostly bc I don’t own a springform pan. I love caramel and any kind of berries. I’ve also tried using espresso powder for a tasty pick me up!

  26. Jen Bartels says

    Graham cracker crust is typically my favorite cheesecake crust and I haven’t made a no bake yet but I plan to very soon!

  27. Celesti says

    5 stars
    I like to use a ground chocolate cookie crumb for the bottom base of a Cheesecake. Canned cherry filling or strawberry filling is used for my topping to make a knock off of a black forest cheese cake. No other toppings or whipped cream. No Bake is the way to go, it’s quick, simple and ready in no time. And, there is no left overs when this is served to my friends.

  28. Lora Cotton says

    5 stars
    My answer is kind of a twofer, cause my favorite cheesecake topping is caramel. Gonna have to try this no bake version with caramel or strawberries, as hubby can’t have cherries or blueberries due to health restrictions.

  29. Christy says

    5 stars
    This is a definite keeper!! I love no bake and regular baked cheesecakes – I am an equal opportunity cheesecake eater!! lol! Whipped cream is a definite must on cheesecake. I love the graham cracker crust for cheesecake with cherries or strawberries to top it!
    Thank you so much for a fantastic recipe!

  30. Kelly Milatz says

    5 stars
    All I can say is yum! Love your recipes because they’re not over the top half, but all turn out yummy and beautiful!
    Thanks,
    KMM

  31. Linda says

    I haven’t made this because, it looks delicious but, I haven’t figured out how to make it without dairy! The gluten items, I have workable subs for. Gluten free pie filling, got that covered, too! Whipped cream can be replaced with whipped coconut cream. But cream cheese has me stumped! Any suggestions?
    I’m sure there a lot of folks who’d like to know!

  32. Kelly Milatz says

    5 stars
    Grahm cracker crust, BLUE BERRY topping and sometimes Whipped topping…lol Cheesecake is my most favorite dessert ❤

  33. Sarah Whittington says

    5 stars
    While I often receive your emails I have never delved into your site as much as I have today. Shame on me! What caught my eye was the no-bake cheese cake pie. I have often made a no-bake key lime cheesecake for my family, but I had never come across such a wide variety of easy and delicious looking cheesecakes until today. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to get started on these. And my family will thank you too!

  34. Pam says

    5 stars
    Our family grew up on a no bake cheesecake that my great- grandma used to make and we still do. We never knew until we were almost grown up that there was even a baked cheesecake. We prefer grandma’s recipe hands down <3

  35. Maryann says

    5 stars
    So easy and quick. Prefer graham cracker crust. blueberry or cherry fruit. Never made a no bake before this one. Now this is a favorite. Thank you.

  36. Jocelyn Penner says

    5 stars
    I hate cherry pie filling but this would be a great and easy cheesecake with my favorite topping of strawberries.

  37. Renata says

    5 stars
    I’ve made this very recipe for years. I do like the graham cracker crust but I don’t add any more sugar to it.

  38. Tonia Deakin says

    5 stars
    Ooooh I love cheese cake so much. I don’t think I’ve ever tried one I didn’t like. Cherry is my all time favorite though. I love how easy this recipe is and it can be doubled for sharing with a crowd. I’ve never made a no bake cheese cake but I’m excited to give this one a try.

  39. Angie Cateil says

    5 stars
    I made cheesecake all the time, this recipe is easy and quick to make I definitely will try it, my favorite crust is shortbread.

  40. Karen Myers says

    5 stars
    My husband loves cheesecake, or I call it cheese pie. I do make a no bake Cheesecake. Never understood why it’s called cheesecake, when it’s cream cheese we use. But we do love it. We use the cherry filling on top and I love the graham cracker crust. Your recipe does sound yummy.

  41. Terrie Franklin says

    5 stars
    I love both baked and unbaked cheesecake. I love this recipe and it works great for a family gathering, it is one I would always use.

  42. Eugene Mccorkle says

    5 stars
    i prefer graham cracker crust.
    cherry or strawberry or blue berry topping.
    whip topping optional. but great finishing touch.

  43. Mary Lentz says

    5 stars
    I prefer classic cheesecake versus no bake with whipped cream on top. My favorite topping would include berries.

  44. April McBride says

    5 stars
    Love this cheesecake! I prefer a graham cracker crust and love cherry pie filling on top. For a baked cheesecake I love a lemon blackberry topping, as well as the cherry pie filling. I love caramel sauce but have never had it on cheesecake, but had it swirled in the cheesecake.

  45. Sandy Smith says

    New York cheesecake with shortbread cookie crust is my fave!! A little caramel sauce drizzled on top is even better!!

  46. Cassandra Cranmer says

    5 stars
    My favorite topping for cheesecake are blueberries. But cherries would be a close second as a favorite topping.

  47. Gail says

    I love anything that’s cherry/chocolate! My favorite is cheesecake with a cherry topping & an Oreo crust…so good!

  48. Maria Kelly-Bohnet says

    5 stars
    I love both baked and not baked cheesecake. They are both sinfully great. The toppings I like are cherry, blueberry and Carmel sauce.

  49. Lou Ann Styczynski says

    5 stars
    Not a big fan of graham crackers. I usually will make a shortbread cookie crust and a Oreo crust , just depends what kind of cheesecake I’m making

  50. Cathy Pahnke says

    5 stars
    I like a graham cracker crust. I prefer to eat the no- bake style cheesecake because it is lighter. Traditional cheesecake is heavy and harder to bake. I would not use pie filling on top of any cheesecake because all you taste in the end is the pie filling. I would rather use chocolate or caramel drizzle on top of a whipped final layer.

  51. Violet Pfeiffer says

    I like traditional cheesecake baked in the oven. I put Amaretto in the vanilla cheesecake and it is amazing. Top with caramel.

  52. Gail Beam says

    5 stars
    I caramel on my cheesecake. A chocolate crust is one of my favorite crusts for cheesecake, but the traditional graham cracker crust can not be beat. One of my favorite cheese cakes is a Turtle cheesecake.

  53. Amanda Sage says

    5 stars
    I always do a graham cracker or vanilla wafer crust for my cheesecakes. Tastes so much better!
    Really not a cherry fan but gonna make this and experiment with other toppings 🙂

  54. Ricardo Quiel says

    It’s perfect, easy and fast. I can change the topping, it just more than one recipe for this. I love it.

  55. Debbie Phillips says

    5 stars
    I love making cheesecake no bake and classic. I bake both for family and special occasions. I like all different toppings, fruit with chocolate and caramel drizzles.

  56. Linda says

    5 stars
    I love making no bake cheesecakes. They really take no time at all to make and they are so delicious. I love the graham cracker crust and the smooth, creamy filling. I love cherries or blackberries on top of my no bake cheesecake.

  57. Carla Minich says

    5 stars
    I love caramel cheese cake the best. But also thinking Raspberry would be just as delicious. But it’s cheese cake so any flavor is super delicious.

  58. yehyan says

    5 stars
    my all time fav is no bake cheesecake, its so easy to make same in this recipe so awesome especially with blueberry on top,,,😋

  59. Kathleen Palmer says

    Love the graham cracker crust with the cherry pie filling on top. I have made both bake and no bake cheesecakes and in my opinion any cheesecake is good cheesecake 😊

  60. Anne says

    5 stars
    I love cheesecake, both the bake and the non bake ones. My favorite topping is strawberry but I love chocolate and carmel swirl as well.

  61. Alice says

    5 stars
    I haven’t made this cheesecake but it sounds great! I prefer no bake cheesecake with graham cracker crust and cherries on top or my homemade pumpkin butter drizzled on top. 👍🏻👍🏻

  62. Sherrijo capodiferro says

    5 stars
    Nutty Butter crust, Peanut butter cheesecake with a chocolate fudge swirled throughout. More hot fudge on top and crushed Peanut butter cups on top.

  63. jo Lorenz says

    5 stars
    Graham cracker is my favorite crust. Blueberry topping eaten with bananas and whipped cream. I also use eagle brand milk not cool-whip.

  64. Jackie Van Liew says

    This luscious cheesecake dessert will taste even better with my favorite graham cracker crust!! Yumm

  65. Susan Lutman says

    I have never made a cheesecake, but this recipe might change that. The cherry topping looks delicious, and cherry would be may 1st choice for the topping.

  66. Susan Lutman says

    I have never made a cheesecake, but this recipe might change that. The cherry topping looks delicious, and cherry would be my 1st choice for the topping.

  67. SHARON L RAMOS says

    5 stars
    I LIKE THIS RECIPE. THE LAST TIME I MADE ONE, I PUT STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING. MY KIDS LIKE THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST.

    • SHARON L RAMOS says

      THIS RECIPE LOOKS VERY TASTY. I WOULD PUT STRAWBERRY PIE FILLING . MY FAVORITE CRUST IS GRAHAM CRACKER.

  68. Bonda Albers says

    My favorite cheesecake topping is cherry pie filling! It’s non negotiable ! I love your recipes!

  69. Thelma says

    5 stars
    Sounds delicious! Cheesecake is my favorite dessert but I’ve never tried making it. I may have to try this one.
    My favorite crust is graham cracker or shortbread

  70. JP says

    I love cheesecake especially topped with strawberries and a Graham cracker crust! This recipe looks easy and sounds delicious. I’ll be making it for my family soon.

  71. CARLTON SMITH says

    5 stars
    Over the last year, I have been doing most of the cooking! My wife was seriously ill and she passed away in August 10,2022! I love to cook and make desserts! It’s hard but I stay busy! Love all of the recipes that you post! Thanks, Carlton Smith