No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe is a cheesecake lover’s dream come true. This delicious no bake recipe is super easy and has the best cherry topping

Slice of Cherry Cheesecake on a plate.
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Cheesecake is not hard to make, and this recipe is so easy. Once you try this No Bake Dessert Recipe, you will be a fan. We love it so much that some of the kids request to have it as their birthday dessert. 

It is one of the Best Cherry Desserts.

Why We Love This Recipe

It is so luscious and amazing with simple ingredients.  If you enjoyed our No Bake Cheesecake Recipe, you will love this new and easy recipe with cherries on top. Cherry cheesecake no bake is perfect for potlucks or family gatherings.

I have been making it for Christmas, Thanksgiving and more for years.

Can I Use a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust?

Yes, you can make a Homemade Graham Cracker Crust. This No Bake Graham Cracker is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.

We used an already prepared graham cracker crust in this recipe, but homemade works great too.


Ingredients needed - cream cheese, lemon juice, powdered sugar, cool whip, graham cracker crust, cherry pie filling
  • Cream Cheese. Softened at room temperature.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh lemon juice is best.
  • Powdered Sugar. Sift the powdered sugar it is lumpy.
  • Cool Whip. Thaw completely before using.
  • Prepared Graham Cracker or Baked Pie Crust. Either option is delicious.
  • Cherry Pie Filling. This should be chilled.

Get the complete ingredients for this recipe at the bottom of the page.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Whipped Cream – You can use cold heavy whipping cream instead of cool whip if you prefer. Make sure to beat it until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Change the Crust – You can do an Oreo Crust or you can even make your own Homemade Graham Cracker Crust. You can crush graham crackers in a food processor. Then mix the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter.
  • Add Some Flavor – For some additional flavors, stir in lemon juice.
  • Cream Cheese – We used full fat cream cheese but you can use other types. Low fat or fat free cream cheese can be used for this recipe.

How to Make No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Cream cheese and cool whip mixed together in bowl.

Step 1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and cool whip together.  Add lemon juice and powdered sugar to the mixture. Mix until the texture is creamy.

Mixture spread into pie crust.

Step 2. Spread the cheesecake filling mixture into the pie crust.

Mixture in pie crust.

Step 3. Then spread it out evenly with a rubber spatula. Allow to chill several hours. I suggest at least 3-4 hours but overnight is best.

Cherry pie filling on top of cheesecake.

Step 4. After chilling for several hours, top the cream cheese layer with the chilled pie filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cherry Cheesecake with a slice missing with a slice on a plate

Why is My No Bake Cheesecake Not firm?

Overmixing the cheesecake mixture can result in a cheesecake that is not firm. Make sure to only mix for the instructed amount of time and not any extra. 

Pro Tips

  • Softened Cream Cheese – Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing or it will not mix smoothly. If not, you will get big cream cheese lumps. If you are in a hurry, you can cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces to help it soften quicker.
  • Mixing Ingredients – You will need a stand mixer or a hand-held mixer. Either of these will work but I prefer my stand mixer. It makes everything even easier and definitely gets plenty of use. 
  • Refrigerate – Keep refrigerated until ready to serve it is best served cold.
  • Graham Cracker Crust – You can use a store bought graham cracker crust or make your own. Both will result in a delicious cheesecake.

Cheesecake Toppings

  • Any Pie Filling – We love this cheesecake topped with cherry pie filling but you can use any fruit you like. Strawberry pie filling is also really tasty and so is blueberry. 
  • Fresh Fruit – The possibilities are endless. Fresh fruit is always delicious. We love to cut up strawberries for a great topping idea. Blueberries and blackberries are also tasty.
  • Sauce and Nuts – You can skip the fruit and drizzle syrup on top. Make homemade caramel saucehot fudge and chopped pecans on top to make a turtle cheesecake. This is so decadent and amazing.
  • Homemade Whipped Topping Cream – Top with homemade whipped cream and you are set.
  • Other Cheesecake Toppings – Check out our other Cheesecake Toppings.


No Bake Cherry Cheesecake is the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. It is also easy to store leftovers. Cover your cheesecake with a plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. The cheesecake will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

If you are planning on having leftovers, I recommend not topping the entire cheesecake. If you have fruit, whipped cream or other topping it could cause the cheesecake to be mushy.

Just top each slice as your are serving it.

How to Freeze

We do not recommend freezing no-bake cheesecake to get it to set. The refrigerator is the perfect place to have the cheesecake set.

But you can freeze no-bake cherry cheesecake after it has set to the right texture. When we are planning on freezing it, we recommend double-layering the cover over the cheesecake.

Place a plastic wrap and then aluminum foil over the cheesecake and make sure it is covered completely. If stored properly the cheesecake will last about 3 months in the freezer.

When you are ready to serve, remove the cheesecake and thaw it in the refrigerator, and then slice. Delicious no-bake cheesecake served any time of the year.

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

4.86 from 7 votes
No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe is a cheesecake lover's dream come true. This delicious no bake recipe is super easy and has the best cherry topping
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 275


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 8 or 9-inch Prepared Graham Cracker or Baked Pie Crust
  • 1 can 21 ounce Cherry Pie Filling, chilled
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  • In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese and cool whip together.
  • Add lemon juice and powdered sugar to the mixture.
  • Continue to whip mixture until creamy.
  • Pour mixture into pie crust, spread it out evenly, and chill several hours (at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight).
  • After chilling for several hours, top with chilled pie filling.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

1. Instead of cherry, this pie can be topped with any flavor favorite pie filling if preferred.
2. Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing or it will not mix smoothly and you will get big cream cheese lumps. If you are in a hurry, you can cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces to help it soften quicker.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 275kcal, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 3g, Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 25mg, Sodium 157mg, Potassium 130mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 18g, Vitamin A 405IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 59mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try these easy recipes. Looks so delicious ♥️

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it!