Cherry Yum Yum recipe has rich and delicious layers of cream cheese, graham crackers and cherry pie filling. This classic Southern dessert is popular at potlucks, holidays and special occasions.

Cherry Yum Yum sliced and served on a plate.
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This recipe for Cherry Yum Yum has a rich and decadent cream cheese filling you can’t resist. It has a lot of similar flavors of No Bake Cherry Cheesecake. It is almost a no bake dessert recipe as only the crust requires baking for just a few minutes.

What is a Yum Yum Dessert?

It’s a no bake dessert with layers of delicious goodness. The dessert incudes a graham cracker crust, cream cheese layer and fruit.

I used traditional Cherry but you can try other flavors. Our family loves cherry desserts the most.

Equipment:

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Cherry Yum Yum- cherry pie filling, cream cheese, graham cracker crust, vanilla, cream.
  • For the Crust:
    • Graham Cracker Crumbs
    • Unsalted butter
  • For the Filling:
    • Cream cheese, softened at room temperature
    • Heavy whipping cream, chilled
    • Cherry pie filling

You can find the complete ingredient list at the bottom in the recipe card.

Variations

  • Cool Whip. Swap the homemade whipped cream for store bought whipped topping.
  • Fruit topping. Try blueberry pie filling, strawberry pie filling, peach and apple.
  • Almond Extract. Swap out the vanilla for almond extract.
  • Nuts. If you like nuts, add chopped pecans or walnuts to the recipe. You can add them into the filling, on top or both.

How to make Cherry Yum Yum:

Bowls of graham cracker crumbs.

Step 1. While the oven is preheating, combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a medium bowl.

Baking dish with crumbs pressed into the bottom with a spatula.

Step 2. Carefully, press the crust mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake the crust for 10 minutes and allow to cool completely before topping with the filling.

Bowl of cream cheese, sugar and vanilla being combined.

Step 3. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat for 1 minute at medium-high speed.

Separate bowl of heavy whipping cream.

Step 4. Get out a separate bowl that is chilled. Add the heavy cream and beat with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.

Mixing bowl combining whipped cream and cream cheese mixture.

Step 5. Gold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

Cream Cheese mixture spread on crust.

Step 6. Carefully spread half of the mixture over the cooled crust. It needs to be completely cool so you don’t ruin the crumb layer underneath.

Cherry Pie Filling spread on top of mixture.

Step 7. Top the cream cheese layer with the cherry pie filling.

Remaining cream cheese mixture being added to the top.

Step 8. Finally, add the remaining cream cheese and whipped cream mixture on top.

Cream Cheese layer spread out on top.

Step 9. Spread out the cream cheese layer. Then sprinkle with the reserved graham cracker crumbs.  

Dish ready to cut and serve.

Step 10. Chill and cut to serve.

Tips for the Best Cherry Yum Yum Recipe

  • Make in advance. Cherry Yum Yum tastes even better the day after it’s made. Feel free to make it a day ahead you plan to serve.
  • Make graham cracker crumbs. You can also use regular graham cracker sheets and crush them for the crumb mixture. Either use a food processor or place them inside a bag and crush with a rolling pin.
  • Softened Cream Cheese. The mixture is easier to combine and will be smoother if room temperature.
  • Crust. Instead of graham cracker crust, substitute vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies.
Cherry Yum Yum sliced and served from the baking dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it last?

It will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. Don’t forget to store leftovers covered with plastic wrap.

How to store?

Cover the dish in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate the dessert.

Is this recipe freezer friendly?

Freeze Cherry Yum Yum up to a month to enjoy later. Make sure it is an airtight container. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator when ready to serve.

Does this recipe require any baking?

Only the crust has to bake. Everything else is completely no bake.

Can I make this recipe in advance?

Yes and I actually prefer it made in advance. It needs at least 4 hours to chill and overnight is even better. I almost always make it in advance to save time and it tastes better too.

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Cherry Yum Yum

4.50 from 10 votes
Cherry Yum Yum recipe has rich and delicious layers of cream cheese, graham crackers and cherry pie filling. This classic Southern dessert is popular at potlucks, holidays and special occasions.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 386

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled

For the Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 cups Heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 21 oz. cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs (reserve 2 tablespoons for topping) in a medium bowl, then mix well.
  • Press the crust mixture into the bottom of the 9X13 baking dish. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Let the cake cool completely before topping with the filling mixture.
  • Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat for 1 minute at medium-high speed.
  • Add the heavy cream to a separate chilled bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Then gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Evenly spread half of the whipped cream or cream cheese mixture over the cooled crust without ruining the crumb layer underneath.
  • Over the layer of cream cheese, spread the cherry pie filling. Add the remaining cream cheese and whipped cream mixture on top. Then sprinkle with the reserved graham cracker crumbs.
  • Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Cherry Yum Yum tastes even better the day after it’s made, but it will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. Don’t forget to store leftovers covered with plastic wrap.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 386kcal, Carbohydrates 32g, Protein 3g, Fat 28g, Saturated Fat 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 79mg, Sodium 149mg, Potassium 136mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 1114IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 60mg, Iron 1mg

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