This easy no bake cherry delight recipe (also called cherry yum yum) is such an irresistible treat! It features a perfect combination of cherry pie filling, a creamy layer of cream cheese and cool whip, and a crunchy graham cracker crust.
It’s a sweet and creamy dessert, but not overpowering with flavor, so it’s perfect for any sweet tooth.
This is a perfect dessert for beginners and is very quick to make. Since it is a no bake dessert recipe you can easily throw it together in about 10 minutes, but you will need to refrigerate it for about 24 hours.
If you are really impatient, or didn’t give yourself enough time and can’t wait that long, you will want to wait at least 6 hours so that the creamy filling has a chance to firm up.
I find that this cherry delight dessert recipe is light enough for hot summer days, and classy enough with the bright red cherries for special occasions too. Whether you make it for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or even the super bowl, it’s sure to become a family favorite!
- 9×13 baking dish
- Measuring cups, spoons or scale
- Large, medium and small bowl
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Food processor
Easy No-Bake Cherry Delight Dessert Directions
This easy cherry delight dessert is a very forgiving recipe as it is a no-bake dessert. If you find you are slightly short on an ingredient and don’t want to run to the store, you should still have success in making this dessert. When I made this recipe I adapted it to what I have in my kitchen.
About thirty minutes ahead of time, pull out the cream cheese so it can get to room temperature. If it doesn’t feel soft or is cool to the touch, let it sit for another twenty to thirty minutes.
First, Spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray or line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and set it aside. Lining the pan with aluminum foil will allow you to lift out the bars easily from the pan after it has firmed up making it easier to cut it into little squares, and look much prettier when plating it.
If this is a party dessert and guests will be serving themselves I recommend not using tinfoil on the base of the pan as the dessert will look best served directly from the pan.
Next, you will want to create your graham cracker crumbs by crushing the crackers. If you have a food processor, you will want to use it as it is the quickest and easiest way to crush the graham crackers.
No food processor?
The next best way to crush the graham crackers is to place the crackers into a large gallon-sized ziplock disposable bag. Squeeze out any excess air and zip it shut.
Lay the bag down flat and use the rolling pin to crush all the crackers into a coarse sand-like mixture.
Don’t have a rolling pin?
When I first started baking I didn’t have a rolling pin and would use the base of a cup on the bag, rotating it in little circles to crush the crackers. It will take longer to break down the crackers, but you will achieve the same effect.
Alright, let’s get back to work!
Pour the crackers into a large bowl. Unwrap the butter, cut it into chunks and place them into a small microwavable bowl. Microwave the butter for 10-15 seconds at a time, making sure to check to see if it is melted between each cycle.
Add the melted butter to graham crackers.
Measure sugar and add to graham crackers and butter. Mix well.
Pour the crumb mixture into the 9×13 dish, pressing the crumbs into an even layer at the bottom of the dish to form the crust.
In a clean, large bowl mix the cream cheese with a hand mixer or stand mixer until it is smooth and no clumps remain.
Measure the cup confectioners’ sugar and add to the cream cheese. Mix together until incorporated and creamy.
Gently fold in the whipped topping. (You can swap out the whipped topping for dream whip or whipped cream if you prefer.)
Using a large spoon, take the spoon and move the mixture from the bottom of the bowl and lift it to the top in a smooth motion. Do this several times. You want the whipped topping to be incorporated, but not overworked.
Spread the mixture evenly onto the top of the crust, and cover the dish before placing the cherry delight dessert into the fridge to set.
Let cool in the fridge for at least 4 hours, however, 24 hours will be best to give it time to set well.
How to serve this easy no-bake cherry delight?
Use the tinfoil to pull the dessert out of the pan to cut. It is easier to cut and serve while it is cool.
After plating the dessert, open up a can of cherry pie filling and scoop some of the cherry filling onto the top.
As I mentioned earlier, if this is a party dessert and guests will be serving themselves, you will want to spray the pan with the nonstick cooking spray instead of lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
It will look prettier, and you can put the cherry topping directly onto the top making it ready for guests to help themselves to this delicious easy no-bake cherry cheesecake dessert.
How do you store cherry yum yum?
For best results, cover any leftover cherry desserts with plastic wrap, or in an air-tight container, and store in the refrigerator for up to a few days.
This cherry delight is such an amazing dessert. I know you will love this creamy treat as much as my family!
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This easy no-bake cherry delight recipe features a perfect combination of cherry pie filling, cream cheese, and cool whip. It’s sweet, but not overpowering.
This dessert is perfect for beginners and is very quick to make. You can throw it together in about 10 minutes, but you will need to refrigerate it for about 24 hours. If you are really impatient, or didn’t give yourself enough time and can’t wait that long, you will want to wait at least 6 hours so that the cherry delight has a chance to firm up.
I find that this easy no-bake cherry delight dessert is light enough for a summer treat, and classy enough for a holiday party dessert too!
- 18 graham crackers, roughly 2-1/2 cups, crushed
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) cool whip
- 1 (21 ounce) cherry pie filling
1.Line 9×13 pan with tinfoil, and set aside. If this is a party dessert you may want to skip this step and have guests serve themselves directly from the pan.
2. Crush your graham crackers by placing your crackers into a disposable bag and using a rolling pin to crush all the crackers into a coarse sand-like mixture. Pour the crackers into a large bowl.
3.Melt butter. Add butter and measured sugar to graham crackers and mix well.
4. Pour the crumb mixture into the 9×13 dish, pressing into the bottom of the dish to make an even base. This is the crust to the no-bake cherry-delight recipe. Set the 9×13 dish aside.
Cream Cheese Mixture
5. In a clean, large bowl mix the cream cheese with a hand mixer or stand mixer until it is smooth and no clumps remain. Measure the confectioner’s sugar and add to the cream cheese. Mix together until incorporated and creamy.
6. Gently fold in the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. You want the whipped topping to be incorporated, but not overworked.
7. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly onto the top of the crust, and cover dish before placing the cherry delight dessert into the fridge to set. Let cool in the fridge for at least 4 hours, however 24 hours will be best to give it time to set well.
8. Using the tinfoil pull the dessert out of the pan to cut. It is easier to cut and serve while it is cool. After plating the dessert scoop some of the cherry pie filling onto the top.
If this is a party dessert and guests will be serving themselves you can put the cherry mixture directly onto the top for the guests to serve themselves.
- Category: Bars, Dessert
Keywords: Easy no-bake cherry delight