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This Cherry Delight is an easy no bake dessert recipe that can be made in just minutes! Three layers of goodness – buttery graham cracker crust, creamy & fluffy no bake cheesecake layer, and topped off with cherry pie filling.

Using canned cherry pie filling is a delicious and easy way to make a showstopper dessert. Make sure and also try this Cream Cheese Cherry Pie and Sugar Cookie Cherry Cobbler.

A slice of this no bake desert with cherry sauce spilling over the edge.

No Bake Layered Cherry Delight Dessert

I am a huge fan of no bake desserts! Most no bake desserts involve some short-cut, semi-homemade ingredients that make them so easy to put together. This cherry delight is just that with its easy prep time and canned cherry pie filling.

A sweet graham cracker crust, a thick and fluffy layer of cheesecake, and then it’s finished off with cherry pie filling. Not too sweet, light & fluffy, and no bake dessert perfection!

Delight desserts are the best! Lots of layers of creamy deliciousness like this Lemon Blueberry Delight or Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Delight.

Overhead of the dessert pan with cherries on top.

Ingredients Needed To Make Cherry Delight

There are three layers in this cherry delight dessert. Each one is fairly simple and completely no-bake! A buttery graham cracker crust, creamy no bake cheesecake, and the “cherry on top” is the canned cherry pie filling.

Graham Cracker Crust

  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – Either crush whole graham crackers or buy a box of graham cracker crumbs from the store.
  • Butter
  • Granulated Sugar

No Bake Cheesecake Filling

  • Cream Cheese – For the best thick texture and taste I highly recommend only using full-fat cream cheese. Make sure it’s well softened to room temperate to avoid any lumps while mixing.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cool Whip

Cherry Layer

  • Canned Cherry Pie Filling – Easy peasy! The canned cherry pie filling is actually really delicious and it makes this dessert super simple to make.
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How To Make This 3 Layer No Bake Cherry Delight Dessert (Step-by-Step Directions)

  1. Prep : Spray an 8×8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Graham Cracker Crust : Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar into a mixing bowl. Stir until it’s combined well and resembles wet sand. Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. No Bake Cheesecake Filling : In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Use a silicon spatula to gently stir in the Cool Whip until it’s mixed in thoroughly. Evenly spread the mixture on top of the graham cracker crust inside the baking pan.
  4. Cherry Topping : Spoon the cherry pie filling over top the cheesecake layer and spread it out evenly.
  5. Chill : Cover the pan with plastic wrap or a lid. Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours before slicing and serving.
Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.
Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.
Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.
Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.

How To Store No Bake Cherry Delight

This layered cherry delight dessert needs to be stored in the fridge and served chilled from the fridge. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap for easy storage.

Cherry delight should not be left out at room temperature for longer than about an hour because it will soften up. Keep the desert in the fridge and pull it out right before serving.

Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.
Process photos collage showing how to make this dessert recipe.

Can I Make Substitutions?

  • Pie Filling : Use any flavor of pie filling that you want. It won’t technically be a ‘cherry delight’ but feel free to make a blueberry delight (with blueberry pie filling), a raspberry delight (with raspberry pie filling), or even an apple delight or peach delight. Simply use the coordinating pie filling for the top layer.
  • Graham Crackers : Crush whole graham crackers for the crumbs, use the store-bought box of crushed graham cracker crumbs, or swap out the honey graham crackers for chocolate graham crackers for a chocolate crust. Chocolate and cherry pair really well together! If you are using whole graham crackers sheets for the crumbs, you will need to crush 9 whole graham crackers to get 1.5 cups of crumbs.
  • Homemade Whipped Topping : If you prefer to not use Cool Whip try making your own. Simply beat 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream + 1/4 cup powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Use this in place of the Cool Whip.
Side view of the layers of this dessert

Recipe Tips

  • Cream Cheese : For the best taste and thick texture only use full-fat cream cheese when making cherry delight. The full fat will help the cheesecake layer thicken and set properly in the fridge. Also, make sure the cream cheese is well softened to avoid lumps in the batter.
  • Chill Time : This dessert needs at least 6-8 hours, but for even better results leave it in the fridge overnight (up to 12 hours) before serving.
  • Pro Tip : To make cutting through the crust easy, place hot water in the sink so that only the bottom and some of the sides of the dish are covered in the hot water. Keep it in there for about 30 seconds. Doing this helps release the graham cracker crust and makes it easier to cut through it when slicing.
  • Wax Paper : Use a piece of wax paper, or parchment paper, to press the graham cracker crust mixture into the pan. You can also use the butter stick wrapper as well.
Close up of the top of a slice
A fork taken a bite out of the slice of dessert.

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Cherry Delight


Author Jessica – Together as Family
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12
This Cherry Delight is an easy no bake dessert recipe that can be made in just minutes! Three layers of goodness – buttery graham cracker crust, creamy & fluffy no bake cheesecake layer, and topped off with cherry pie filling. 

Ingredients
  

Graham Cracker Crust

  • cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Cheesecake Layer

  • 12 ounces full-fat cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip thawed

Cherry Layer

  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling

Instructions

  • Spray a 8×8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

Make The Graham Cracker Crust

  • In a small mixing bowl stir together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and granulated sugar until combined and a wet sand mixture forms. Firmly press the crust mixture into the prepared pan.
    1½ cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Make The Cheesecake Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth.
    12 ounces full-fat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Using a silicone spatula or wooden mixing spoon, stir in the Cool Whip until thoroughly combined .
    8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Evenly spread the cheesecake layer over top the crust.

Cherry Topping

  • Spoon the cherry pie filling over top the cheesecake layer and gently spread it out into an even layer.
    1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • Cover the baking pan with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours, or overnight is even better.
  • Serve chilled from the fridge. Enjoy!

Notes

    • Cream Cheese : For the best taste and thick texture only use full-fat cream cheese when making cherry delight. The full fat will help the cheesecake layer thicken and set properly in the fridge. Also, make sure the cream cheese is well softened to avoid lumps in the batter.
    • Chill Time : This dessert needs at least 6-8 hours, but for even better results leave it in the fridge overnight (up to 12 hours) before serving.
    • Pro Tip : To make cutting through the crust easy, place hot water in the sink so that only the bottom and some of the sides of the dish are covered in the hot water. Keep it in there for about 30 seconds. Doing this helps release the graham cracker crust and makes it easier to cut through it when slicing.
    • Wax Paper : Use a piece of wax paper, or parchment paper, to press the graham cracker crust mixture into the pan. You can also use the butter stick wrapper as well.
    • Don’t Want to Use Cool Whip? : Beat 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream + 1/4 cup powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Start at low speed and increase speed as it thickens. 
    • Changes : Use any pie filling and swap out the graham cracker crumbs for chocolate graham crackers, teddy graham crumbs, Oreo crumbs, Nilla wafer crumbs, or anything else you want. 
    • Graham Cracker Crumbs : 9 whole graham crackers sheets equal 1.5 cups of crumbs. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 762IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

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