Indulge in the delightful symphony of flavors with our irresistible Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert! This heavenly creation combines the richness of cream cheese, the sweetness of cherry pie filling, and the buttery goodness of graham crackers into a delectable treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a gathering, craving a sweet pick-me-up, or simply treating yourself to a sumptuous dessert, this recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you craving for more.
Cream cheese desserts have been cherished for generations, with their origins dating back to the early 20th century. The combination of cream cheese and fruit toppings became popular in American households, offering a convenient yet luxurious dessert option for families to enjoy. Over the years, variations of cream cheese desserts have emerged, each with its own unique twist and flavor profile. Our Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert pays homage to this timeless tradition while adding a modern touch with its easy-to-follow recipe and irresistible taste.
For the Graham Cracker Crust:
- 2½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup sugar
For the Cream Cheese Filling:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
For the Topping:
- 21 ounces cherry pie filling
- 1 cup fresh cherries (optional)
Step 1: Preheat and Prepare
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Graham Cracker Crust
- In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until well mixed.
- Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, forming an even and compact layer.
- Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then remove it and let it cool completely.
Step 3: Make the Cream Cheese Filling
- In another medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar to the cream cheese, beating on low speed until fully incorporated.
- Gently fold the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and well combined.
Step 4: Assemble and Chill
- Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the cooled graham cracker crust in the baking dish.
- Carefully pour the cherry pie filling over the cream cheese layer, spreading it out to cover the entire surface.
- If desired, decorate the top with fresh cherries for an extra touch of elegance.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate the dessert for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to set.
- Press the graham cracker crust firmly into the baking dish to ensure a solid base for the dessert.
- For optimal results, refrigerate the dessert for the recommended time to achieve the perfect creamy texture.
- Experiment with different fruit pie fillings to customize the dessert to your taste preferences.
- Substitute Oreos for the graham crackers to create a chocolate crust variation.
- Explore different fruit toppings such as blueberry, raspberry, or peach for a delightful twist on the classic recipe.
- Serve chilled slices of Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert alongside a cold glass of milk or a freshly brewed cup of coffee for a satisfying treat.
- Pair this dessert with other sweet delights like cookies or brownies for an indulgent dessert spread at parties or gatherings.
- Store any leftovers of this delightful dessert in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
- For longer storage, wrap the dessert tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before freezing for up to a month.