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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

You’ll taste the difference in this no-bake cherry cheesecake pie that doesn’t use preservative filled canned pie filling or packaged dessert topping.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

Originally published FEB 2015.

Note on lactose free cheesecake added in recipe.

As a kid, I loved the cherry cheesecake that was sometimes a treat at Sunday dinner. In those days, the recipe probably came off the back of a Philly Cream Cheese package or box of Dream Whip which were the essential ingredients.

Essential too, was the can of cherry pie filling that went on top.

I remember my mom always picked out the cherries because she didn’t like the texture of biting into them. I always thought that was odd, but hey, extra cherries for me!

Changing tastes.

Tastes change over time and I haven’t used packaged dessert topping mixes or canned pie filling in a couple of decades. We mostly avoid processed foods and especially food preservatives in all our family’s cooking and baking now.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

I did taste one of those cheesecakes from my childhood a while back and thought that the pie filling tasted very chemically and artificial. When I looked at the can on the shelf shortly thereafter, the list of unpronounceable ingredients was alarmingly long. It was then that I thought of making my own new version of my childhood favourite.

My new version of Cherry Cheesecake Pie

I used the regular graham cracker crumb crust of course. I still love anything with a graham cracker crust and my daughter Olivia definitely inherited that fondness.

The cream cheese filling uses real whipping cream now, instead of packaged dessert topping and the cherry topping is made from fresh bing cherries.

We had this one for a Sunday dinner dessert a little while back and it certainly did bring back memories. Not to knock Mom’s cherry cheesecakes from years ago, but I think this one actually tastes much better.

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie
Yield: 12 servings

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You'll taste the difference in this no-bake cherry cheesecake pie that doesn't use preservative filled canned pie filling or packaged dessert topping.


For the Graham Crumb Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

For the Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 pound of cream cheese, 2 eight ounce packages
  • 1 cup icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Cherry Topping

  • 3 cups pitted fresh or frozen sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 rounded tablespoon corn starch + 1/4 cup water


For the cherry topping

  1. Make the topping first because it has to cool to room temperature.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the cherries, 1/2 cup water, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in the 1/4 cup of water and slowly stir into the boiling cherries. Stir constantly until the cherries begin to simmer again, then cook for only a minute longer.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a heatproof bowl to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. It is not recommended to cool this mixture quickly in the fridge because you can set the corn starch which will affect the appearance of the finished cheesecake.

For the crust

  1. Lightly grease a 10 inch deep dish pie pan. (This recipe can also be made in a 9x9 pan if you prefer, with the graham crust only at the bottom and then served in squares.)
  2. Mix together the graham crumbs, sugar and hot melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie pan.

For the filling

  1. Remove 3 rounded tbsp of the icing sugar from the 1 cup you have measured. Add the 3 tbsp icing sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer along with the vanilla extract and whipping cream. Beat together to firm peaks, then transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl.
  2. Now add the remaining powdered sugar and the cream cheese to the electric mixer bowl and cream together well until smooth and the cream cheese is well softened.
  3. Add about 1/2 cup of the whipped cream to the softened cream cheese mixture and beat again until smooth. (This step helps soften the cream cheese mixture a little more for the next step)
  4. Finally fold in the remaining whipped cream by hand until smooth, using a rubber or silicone spatula.
  5. Spread the filling evenly into the prepared crust and chill in the fridge.
  6. When the cherry topping has cooled to room temperature, spoon it evenly over the filling and chill for several hours before serving. If you have the time, make this cheesecake a day in advance to get the best set on the cheesecake filling.


I have recently had great success making cheesecakes with lactose free cream cheese and whipping cream. Not a single person I've served it to has noticed yet. This is fantastic news for lactose intolerant folks who love cheesecake but cannot eat it.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 460Total Fat 31gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 85mgSodium 234mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 1gSugar 34gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Tuesday 25th of January 2022

I just tried your recipe for raisin spice bar loaf and it turned out delicious. Thank you for all your recipes.


Sunday 5th of August 2018

Can I make this ahead and freeze it? And can I also substitute bake apples for cherries?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

It never lasts long enough to freeze around here but I'd certainly test it to see.


Thursday 26th of March 2015

so yummy and easy to make! thanks so much for such a sim[le easy to follow recipe :)


Saturday 7th of February 2015

ooooooh this sounds I will be printing this one, thanks so much.


Saturday 7th of February 2015

I have a bag of frozen strawberries just waiting for a recipe like this!! Barry, would you modify the sugar amount in the fruit filling if using strawberries rather than cherries ?

Barry C. Parsons

Saturday 7th of February 2015

Hi Robin, I wouldn't modify the sugar amount but strawberries will leech out more juice so you may have to add a little more cornstarch to the slurry to thicken it enough. Let us know how it went.

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