No-Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert Recipe

No-bake cherry cream cheese pie

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 mins
Chill: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 16 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
347 Calories
14g Fat
50g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 347
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 243mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 269mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This dessert calls to mind a very basic no-bake cheesecake and it certainly gives you some of those flavors—but without the time it takes to make the beloved dessert. It calls for canned cherry pie filling, making it a super simple dessert that comes together with minimal effort (just look for filling with the fewest ingredients and whole cherries). This no-bake cherry cream cheese pie requires only 5 ingredients and tastes like a cheesecake that took all day to make. Thankfully, however, it comes together in a few minutes of mixing, followed by a few hours of chilling. It’s creamy and less dense than cheesecake but still offers a delicious sweet and tangy taste. 

This fruity, creamy pie is a cool dessert that tastes especially good in the summertime, and you can vary it with seasonal fruit, if you like. Serve it at your next barbecue or picnic.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cherry cream cheese pie ingredients

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  2. Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature. Beat it with your hand mixer until fluffy.

    Cream cheese beaten until fluffy

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  3. Beat in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt until a thick, batter-like mixture forms.

    Beaten filling for cherry cream cheese pie

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  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust. Chill the pie in the refrigerator for at least four hours to set the filling. (Note: You can also freeze this filling to speed up the process.)

    Cream cheese filling in graham cracker crust

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  5. Once it’s chilled, spread the cherry pie filling over the top of the pie.

    Cherry pie filling on top of cream cheese pie

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  6. Slice and serve immediately.

    Cherry cream cheese pie, sliced for serving

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How to Store and Freeze No-Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert

  • You can make this pie up to three days in advance. Just leave the cherry topping off until you are ready to serve it. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. It should keep up to 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze this cheesecake. Wrap the slices individually and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator.

Recipe Variation

There are so many ways to vary this very simple recipe, you'll have fun experimenting.

Use less sweetened condensed milk for a less sweet pie. This will also give the pie a firmer texture. 
Chocolate Cherry Pie: Use a chocolate cookie crust (or chocolate graham crackers) and top with chocolate shavings for a delicious chocolate variation of this pie. 

Gluten Free: Use a gluten-free cookie crust or gluten-free pretzel crust instead.

Sugar Free: If you're cutting back on sugar, you can try a sugar-free crust.

Berries: Use other pie fillings as a topping. Try blueberry or strawberry pie filling instead; fresh fruit is especially good, and you can also make your own cherry pie filling to use as a topping.

Does Canned Cherry Pie Filling Go Bad?

Unopened, canned cherry pie filling will be good for three years. 

Once you have opened the filling, store any unused filling in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (Leftover filling is delicious over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.) The cherries are still good if they are bright in color, smell tart and sweet, and hold their shape.

Is Sweetened Condensed Milk the Same as Evaporated Milk?

Sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk are not the same.

Sweetened condensed milk is sweetened and very thick, like a syrup.

Evaporated milk is canned milk that has had some of its water removed. It is slightly sweeter than regular milk, but not nearly as sweet as sweetened condensed milk. They cannot be used interchangeably.

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