No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and is the perfect weeknight treat or dessert for a big gathering.

When we need a last-minute homemade dessert that’s easy and delicious this is one of our family’s favorite dessert recipes!

Close up of a beautiful slice of homemade no-bake cherry cheesecake with the pie filling cascading off of each side on a white plate.

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Smooth and sweet with a fluffy texture this no bake cheesecake can be topped with your favorite flavor of pie filling. Cherry almost always wins in our house.

Using a prepared graham cracker pie crust saves so much time and effort, but of course you are welcome to make your own.  The no-bake cheesecake portion is cream cheese, whipped topping, and sugar.  Top with your favorite can of pie filling and you have a winning no bake cheesecake recipe.

This pie recipe came from my mom who is famous for her easy cheesecakes.  A long-time favorite is her Mini Cheesecakes in a Dessert Bar.  This is another of her easy dessert recipes that we enjoy making often.  She has made this many times for bake sales, benefit auctions, our family and gatherings of friends because people ask for it!

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We like the pie shape because that’s how the graham cracker crust can be purchased, but this cheesecake filling can easily be spread over a homemade crust in a square pan.

Slice of easy cherry cheesecake on a white plate with a fork sitting next to the entire pan full on a red napkin with white dots.

My husband said this recipe is better than the homemade version of a box of Jello no-bake cheesecake.

Our Cherry Delight is similar to this no-bake cheesecake but features a few more steps.  Any type of pie filling can be used in that recipe too.

Ingredients Needed for Homemade Cherry Cheesecake:

  • Cream cheese – We like to use the name brand Philadelphia as the quality will be noticeable in this dessert.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar helps sweeten the filling.
  • Whipped topping – Also known as Cool Whip, we use name brand or store brand for this ingredient.
  • Graham cracker crust – We use the bigger size of Keebler ready crust graham pie crust at 11 oz.
  • Cherry pie filling – Extra cherries creates more visual appeal in this cheesecake, but any type will taste great.
5 simple ingredients needed to make cheesecake pie are cream cheese, Cool Whip, granulated sugar, graham cracker crust and can of cherry pie filling on a white counter top.

How Do You Stiffen a No-Bake Cheesecake

This no-bake cheesecake can be stiffened by chilling it before serving. The colder the cream cheese and whipped topping mixture the stiffer the filling will be.

A chilled mixture is also easier to slice. The pie filling may be poured on top of the entire pie or spooned on each slice as the pie is being served.

Each piece will look more attractive if set on a dessert plate. Then spoon cherry pie filling over the top just before serving for the best look.

Fork full of fluffy no bake cherry cheesecake.

This method is a bit more time consuming than adding the pie filling to the entire cheesecake before cutting and serving. Both have the same great taste!

Tips for Making Quick Cheesecake Pie

There are a couple steps that need to be done ahead of time to make this recipe super easy.

  • Buy the larger size graham cracker crust.  If you look closely there are two sizes of graham cracker crusts, this recipe calls for the 9oz. crust.
  • A square 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan can be used with a homemade graham cracker crust or two regular sized prepared graham cracker crusts can be used.
  • Thaw whipped topping in the refrigerator a day before you plan to make the cheesecake.
  • Let cream cheese soften on the counter for an hour or two (not more than two for food safety reasons) before you mix up the no-bake cheesecake. Beat until the cream cheese is very smooth.
  • Choose your favorite can of pie filling ahead of time.  Cherry is our favorite, but we also enjoy mixed berry.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Add softened cream cheese and sugar to a mixing bowl. Beat for a few minutes until the mixture is very smooth. Scrape the bowl a couple times.

Cream cheese filling in mixing bowl with the beater stirring it.

Add Cool Whip or another generic brand of whipped topping to the mixing bowl and fold in gently.

Light and fluffy cheesecake dip or filling with a spatula folding in the whipped topping.

Spread into a prepared graham cracker crust pie. If pie is prepared ahead of time chill at this step and wait until serving to add pie filling.

White no bake cheesecake filling spread out evenly in large graham cracker crust.

The cover that comes on the pie crust can be inverted and used as a lid. Use the foil lip along the edge to keep the lid in place when storing or transporting.

Cover with homemade cherry pie filling or a can of pie filling. We prefer the can with extra cherries!

Bright red cherry pie filling on on top of a delicious no-bake cheesecake with a couple extra cherries resting on the plate beside the simple dessert.

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Printable No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Slice of easy no-bake cheesecake recipe covered with cherry pie filling

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Servings 8 people
Author: Jennifer
This easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake recipe only calls for 5 ingredients and is the perfect weeknight treat or dessert for a big gathering.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 9 oz prepared graham cracker crust
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped topping defrosted
  • 21 ounce can cherry pie filling or your favorite flavor


  • Beat cream cheese and sugar together; mix until smooth. 
  • Gently fold in whipped topping.  Spread in pie crust.
  • Top with a can of pie filling and enjoy.  Keep refrigerated.  



Calories: 551kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 366mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 935IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 1mg

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Recipe originally published on October 15, 2018 with pictures updated on May 15, 2021.

Piece of quick, no-bake Cheesecake with pie filling on a plate next to entire pie


  1. I am so thankful for all of y’alls family-style recipes 71 yrs.young I’m having fun with them and surprising one of my daughters family with the goodies. yum<3

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! We hope everyone loves the easy cheesecake! You’ll have to make it several times with different pie fillings on top to see which one you like best 😉

  2. Vickie Glinski says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jennifer….my family loves this cheesecake with the cherry topping! I must make it EVERY SINGLE HOLIDAY per Erin, Brooke and the grandkids. In the processing of putting one together for a friend. Another will be made New Years Day. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. I add a little vanilla extract and a squeeze of lemon juice

  4. Rhonda Hahn says:

    5 stars
    Very good, made it once and making it again. Making 2, 1 for my nieces b-day so I had to make one for me and family

  5. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this for my family this weekend. They all love cheesecake. Thank you, for this simple recipe. It looks so yummy. This might just be my go to recipe, for all the Holidays.

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