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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush

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This no-bake chocolate cherry lush features layers of deliciousness in the form of chocolate cheesecake, Oreo crust, whipped cream, and cherry pie filling.
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  1. No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush Ingredients
  2. How to Make This No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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No-bake chocolate cherry lush might just be the perfect dessert. This decadent treat consists of layers of chocolate cookie crust, cherry pie filling, whipped cream, and chocolate cheesecake, all topped with chocolate sprinkles; your tastebuds will thank you!

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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Oreo Crust

  • 1 (14.3-ounce) package of chocolate sandwich cookies (approximately 36 cookies)
  • ⅓ cup salted butter, melted (plus more for greasing the pan)

For the Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  • 16 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half & half (⅓ cup whole milk can be substituted)

For the Other Layers

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans of cherry pie filling
  • 16-ounce tub of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), thawed 
  • Chocolate sprinkles (optional)
  • 16 maraschino cherries (optional)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

WHIPPED CREAM: You can also use fresh whipped cream to pipe or dollop some decoration on this lush dessert. Cool Whip is fairly soft and does not pipe detailed designs, but it will pipe into soft swirls if you’d like.

SWEETNESS: The chocolate cheesecake layer is lightly sweetened and pairs really well with the chocolate crust and the sweet cherry pie filling. You can sweeten it further with additional powdered sugar if you prefer.

CHERRY PIE FILLING: If you have homemade cherry pie filling on hand, you can use that instead of canned in this no-bake chocolate cherry dessert lush.

How to Make This No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush Recipe

STEP ONE: Grease a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with butter and set aside.

STEP TWO: In the bowl of a food processor, pulverize the Oreo cookies until small even crumbs form. Add the melted butter to the cookie crumbs and pulse until combined.

melted butter added to the cookie crumbs

STEP THREE: Press the crust mixture into the prepared baking dish and place it in the freezer to chill while preparing the next layer.

crust mixture pressed into the baking dish

STEP FOUR: In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and the cream. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature; otherwise, you will end up with lumps in your cream cheese mixture.

cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla blended together in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread the chocolate cheesecake layer over the chilled cookie crumb layer. 

chocolate cheesecake layer over the chilled crust in a baking dish

STEP SIX: Use a spatula to carefully spread each can of cherry pie filling evenly over top of the cheesecake layer

PRO TIP:

If the cheesecake layer appears too soft, you can chill the dish in the freezer for 15 minutes or so between each layer to help firm up the surface.

pie filling spread over the chocolate layer in a baking dish

STEP SEVEN: Top with a layer of Cool Whip, reserving about a cup to pipe swirls on top of the lush if you wish.

pie filling with cool whip in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Spread the Cool Whip smooth. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

STEP NINE: Use a piping bag and tip #1M to pipe soft swirls of Cool Whip on top of the lush.

swirls of cool whip piped on top of the cake

STEP TEN: Place the lush in the freezer to firm up for at least 2 hours.

PRO TIP:

Chilling even longer or even overnight would allow all the flavors to mingle and blend together even more!

STEP ELEVEN: Gently place a cherry on top of each piped swirl.

cherries placed on top of each of the swirl in a baking dish

STEP TWELVE: Cut into pieces and serve.

How To Serve

This heavenly dessert would be a welcome addition to any potluck or family gathering. Add a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side and an ice cold, refreshing vanilla latte or iced mocha to wash it down.

We love decadent desserts, especially those that don’t require heating up the oven. Check out our salted caramel no-bake pie and no-bake blackberry cheesecake for two more amazing recipes.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving. Cutting and lifting individual pieces from the dessert is easiest when the dish is slightly frozen.

close up shot of slices of No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush with a few taken out

The chocolate and cherry flavors are the perfect flavor combination and are reminiscent of a Black Forest cake. This dessert is so creamy and dreamy, you’ll never want to stop eating it. The layers of yumminess are made up of a creamy cheesecake layer, Oreo cookie crust, and cherry pie filling and will be a guaranteed hit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the difference between a chocolate cherry lush, chocolate cherry lasagna, and chocolate cherry delight?

These different names all refer to the same amazing layered desserts. These easy recipes are full of soft layers that everyone loves to sink their teeth into!

Can I use a different type of crushed cookie base rather than the chocolate sandwich cookies?

There are so many possibilities with this recipe. Try banana pudding with golden Oreos or pistachio pudding with chocolate Oreos. Choose toppings that pair well with each flavor.

Can I freeze this chocolate cherry cheesecake lush?

You can freeze this easy recipe in an airtight container for up to three months.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Lush

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This no-bake chocolate cherry lush features layers of deliciousness in the form of chocolate cheesecake, Oreo crust, whipped cream, and cherry pie filling.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Oreo Crust

  • 14.3 ounces chocolate sandwich cookies. (approximately 36 cookies)
  • cup salted butter melted (plus more for greasing the pan)

Chocolate Cheesecake Layer

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half & half ⅓ cup whole milk can be substituted

Other Layers

  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping cool whip, thawed
  • Chocolate sprinkles, optional
  • 16 maraschino cherries, optional

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulverize the Oreo cookies until small even crumbs form. Add the melted butter to the cookie crumbs and pulse until combined.
  • Press the crust mixture into the prepared baking dish and place it in the freezer to chill while preparing the next layer.
  • With a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and the cream. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread the chocolate cheesecake layer over the chilled crust.
  • Use a spatula to carefully spread the cherry pie filling evenly over the cheesecake layer (if the cheesecake layer appears too soft, you can chill the dish in the freezer for 15 minutes or so between each layer to help firm up the surface.
  • Top with the Cool Whip, reserving about a cup to pipe swirls on top of the lush if you wish.
  • Spread the Cool Whip smooth. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.
  • Use a piping bag and tip #1M to pipe soft swirls of Cool Whip on top of the lush.
  • Place the lush in the freezer to firm up for at least 2 hours.
  • Gently place a cherry on top of each piped swirl.
  • Cut into pieces and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature; otherwise, you will end up with lumps in your cream cheese mixture.
  • If the cheesecake layer appears too soft, you can chill the dish in the freezer for 15 minutes or so between each layer to help firm up the surface.
  • Chilling even longer or even overnight would allow all the flavors to mingle and blend together even more!

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg
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