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Cherry Delight

Cherry Delight - a yummy graham cracker crust with a middle layer of homemade whipped filling, all topped with a delicious layer of cherries!

I’m a huge fan of everything cherry…and cheesecakey…well, lets just say that I love desserts!  😉

And lately, I’ve been enjoying baking.  With the holidays quickly approaching, no one in my family is going to argue some extra desserts around the house!  It seems to be my way to relax after a long day of handling a clingy baby and a rambunctious 3 year old, lol!

Recently, Cherry Delight made an appearance in our house.  It’s one of those recipes that I remember fondly from my childhood.  My mom never actually made this dessert but I remember having it at BBQ’s and friends’ houses.  And boy was it delicious!

Cherry Delight - a yummy graham cracker crust with a middle layer of homemade whipped filling, all topped with a delicious layer of cherries!Cherry Delight - a yummy graham cracker crust with a middle layer of homemade whipped filling, all topped with a delicious layer of cherries!Cherry Delight - a yummy graham cracker crust with a middle layer of homemade whipped filling, all topped with a delicious layer of cherries!

I had actually forgotten about this recipe until a few weekends ago when I was craving cherries and wanted to whip something up.  So that’s how Cherry Delight made its way back into my life (and my husband’s…and Mabel’s, lol!).

Now, if you plan on whipping this up, know that it’s super easy!  This recipe also has a thicker graham cracker crust which I prefer since I think it balances the sweetness out of the whipped and cherry toppings.

Cherry Delight - a yummy graham cracker crust with a middle layer of homemade whipped filling, all topped with a delicious layer of cherries!

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Cherry Delight
 
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Ingredients
Crust
  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup white sugar
Filling
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large can of cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For crust - Mix crushed graham crackers, melted butter and white sugar together. Then press evenly into a 11x7 baking dish. Place into oven for 5-8 minutes.
  3. *Set crust in fridge to cool while you prepare the filling...if it's too hot, it will cause filling to melt when you add it later*
  4. For Filling - With an electric mixer in a large bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms small peaks/thickens. Be careful not to go overboard since it will eventually turn into butter if you whip it too much!
  5. In another bowl, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in the heavy cream that you whipped earlier by hand. Then take this mixture and gently pour it onto your graham cracker crust (use a spatula and be gentle since the crust will be a looser type crust).
  6. Then spread the cherry pie filling on top.
  7. Refrigerate overnight. The longer, the better! 😉
Notes
Adapted from QVC

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9 Comments

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    Jessica
    October 5, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I grew up with this pie and love it. We call it cherry O creme pie made with slightly different ingredients. For the cream part I use sweetened condensed milk with the cream cheese and a little lemon juice and vanilla extract mixed in. Everything else is made the same. I’m guessing they taste similar.

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    Suzette
    May 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    We were raised with this dessert also for every holiday. We called it Cherry Dessert. Mom always made it. Now that she has had a few injuries and can no longer handle the mixer my sister makes it.

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    Cynthia
    July 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Has anyone tried a variation with vanilla pudding?

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      maria
      December 13, 2016 at 3:36 am

      My sister makes something similar, butter cookies on bottom, vanilla pudding, leave it in the fridge to thicken, then pineapples slices and jello pudding on top anfd then back to the fridge.

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    Renee Taylor
    February 14, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Been making this since the ’70’s. My children would shoot me if a holiday went by with out it being on the menu.

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    Sheryl
    June 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

    My mom has been making Cherry Delight since I was a child, and it has always been a family favorite. I’m so glad I found this recipe because I will be making it soon!! It’s been too long!!

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    Mary Zimmerman
    July 10, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    My Mom always made this but used Dream Whip.I have looked gor years for her recipe.The crust was baked .

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    Sandy
    July 13, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Just wow this is so good. I used peaches instead of cherries. Sweet but not to sweet. I also did a thicker crust. Try it

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    Deb
    August 7, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve been making a similar version of this cheesecake for years and it’s always a hit! The only difference in my recipe, is instead of whipping 35% cream, I prepare an envelope of Dream Whip, and fold it into the cream cheese and powdered sugar. It is the easiest and yet, the best tasting cheesecake on the planet!!!!

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