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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake is a delicious dessert to enjoy for any occasion, but baking a cheesecake from scratch is a lot of work! The next time you are hoping to make a delicious dessert for a party, try this simple no bake cherry cheesecake recipe instead. This quick and easy dessert is made with just six ingredients, including cherry pie filling, cream cheese and a graham cracker crust. It can be prepared in a matter of minutes, making it a great choice for any get-together!

Cheesecake is a delicious dessert to enjoy for any occasion, but baking a cheesecake from scratch is a lot of work! The next time you are hoping to make a delicious dessert for a party, try this simple no bake cherry cheesecake recipe instead. This quick and easy dessert is made with just six ingredients, including cherry pie filling, cream cheese and a graham cracker crust. It can be prepared in a matter of minutes, making it a great choice for any get-together!

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What Do I Need to No Bake Cherry Cheesecake?

This delicious recipe tastes just like traditional cheesecake, without all the hard work! To make this simple recipe, you will need:

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients
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How Do I Make No Bake Cherry Cheesecake?

You will need just a few minutes of your time to whip up this delicious dessert. Simply prepare the cheesecake filling and layer the ingredients to create a quick and easy treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Follow these steps to make your own no bake cheesecake:

Step One: Prepare the Cheesecake

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and Cool Whip until well combined, then add the lemon juice and powdered sugar to the mixture. Continue to beat the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.

Step Two: Add to the Pie Crust

Pour the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pie crust and spread it evenly. Place the cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill for several hours until the mixture is set.

Step Three: Top with Cherries

After chilling the cheesecake, spread the cherry pie filling over the top. Keep the pie refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.

Steps to make a no bake cherry cheesecake.

No Bake Cheesecake Tips and Tricks

This quick and easy no bake recipe is the perfect dessert option! And while the recipe is simple to make, you may run into issues as you are preparing your pie. These tips and tricks will make this easy dessert even simpler to make:

Use softened cream cheese for best results. Taking the time to soften your cream cheese will ensure your no bake cheesecake is smooth and creamy without any lumps. You can allow your cream cheese to soften naturally by leaving it sitting on the counter for around one hour before preparing your dessert. Or speed up the softening process by placing the cream cheese in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. You can also help the cream cheese soften more quickly by cutting it into cubes.

Try different toppings for different cheesecake flavors. There are a variety of different options you can use to top your no bake cheesecake. You can use different pie filling flavors, like blueberry or apple. Or try topping your cheesecake with fresh fruit, like sliced strawberries or chopped pineapple.

Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator. If you have leftovers of your cheesecake, simply cover the pie and store it in the refrigerator. This no bake cheesecake will keep in the fridge for four to five days.

No bake cherry cheesecake with a slice removed.

Is No Bake Cheesecake Better than Baked Cheesecake?

I think the answer to this common question is that it depends on your preference. Making a no bake cheesecake is much quicker and easier than preparing the baked version, but the end result between the two desserts is much different. While traditional cheesecake is often light and fluffy, no-bake cheesecake has a creamier, mousse-like texture.

The difference in the textures is a result of the ingredients found in both types of cheesecakes. The traditional recipe is made with eggs, which helps the cheesecake set as it bakes, resulting in a creamy custard. Alternatively, no-bake cheesecake is made by folding in whipped topping or whipped cream, creating a creamier texture that sets as it chills.

Overhead view of cherry cheesecake with a slice removed.

Why Is my No Bake Cheesecake Not Firm?

You can’t enjoy a runny cheesecake! So, if you’re concerned that your no-bake cheesecake isn’t firm, you’ll be happy to know that it’s a common concern. Typically, chilling your cheesecake for a longer time in the refrigerator to help firm it up is the best way to fix a runny cheesecake. For best results, try chilling the cheesecake for six to eight hours, but you could keep it chilled overnight if you want to make your no-bake dessert ahead of time. You can also freeze your cheesecake to help give it a firmer texture.

But the key to ensuring your cheesecake isn’t runny when you take it out of the fridge is to make sure your filling isn’t runny when you add it to the crust. If you notice that your cream cheese mixture is more liquid than solid, try adding more powdered sugar to thicken it. Add 2 tablespoons to the filling at a time until the mixture resembles the thickness of pudding. After that, you can pour it into the pie crust and chill the cheesecake to firm up enough for slicing.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake is a delicious dessert to enjoy for any occasion, but baking a cheesecake from scratch is a lot of work! The next time you are hoping to make a delicious dessert for a party, try this simple no bake cherry cheesecake recipe instead. This quick and easy dessert is made with just six ingredients, including cherry pie filling, cream cheese and a graham cracker crust. It can be prepared in a matter of minutes, making it a great choice for any get-together!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: No Bake Cherry Cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time before serving: 4 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 221kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese and cool whip together.
  • Add lemon juice and powdered sugar to the mixture.
  • Continue to whip mixture until creamy.
  • Pour mixture into pie crust, spread it out evenly, and chill several hours (at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight).
  • After chilling for 3 to 4 hours, top with chilled pie filling.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes

1. Instead of cherry, this pie can be topped with any flavor favorite pie filling if preferred.
2. Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing or it will not mix smoothly and you will get big cream cheese lumps. If you are in a hurry, you can cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces to help it soften quicker.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg
4.75 from 4 votes (4 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Joyce Lusk

Saturday 30th of September 2023

Just finished making it, looks delish. Having dinner guests tomorrow am sure this dessert will be a hit.

A

Monday 10th of May 2021

Looks delicious! Would love to join your Fitness & Food group board on Pinterest too :)

K Maxwell

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I'm definitely going to give this a try! Thank you

Keith Maxwell

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I'm definitely going to give this a try! Thank you