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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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  1. 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.

  2. 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