From scratch cherry delight is the ultimate crowd favorite dessert! Made with a perfectly fluffy whipped cream and cream cheese layer, a simple graham cracker crust, and a homemade cherry topping, you’ll wow your guests with this sweet and tart treat every time.
Cream cheese, fruit, and graham crackers go together wonderfully, and we’re always on the hunt for recipes that include them! Enter: old fashioned cherry delight. It uses simple and easy-to-find ingredients, and (with a little prep work) comes together in just a few steps. This dessert is such a crowd-pleaser. Every time we bring it to a party or gathering, the dish comes back clean! Seriously — people can’t get enough of this stuff. The secret is that we make everything in this cherry dessert from scratch. Between the yummy fruit filling, the fluffy cream layer, and the crunchy graham cracker crust, the results are fresh and tasty! You’ll have to make this dish in pieces for the best results. Start with the fruit filling, then make your crumbly crust, and finally move on to the cream cheese layer. Put them all together and you have a great addition to your dessert lineup!
Is From Scratch Cherry Delight Like Cheesecake?
You can definitely think of this old fashioned cherry delight recipe as a no bake cheesecake! It’s a lot less labor-intensive and the flavors are quite similar. The addition of cherries adds a bit of fruitiness to the final cherry dessert, and the graham cracker crust is exactly like the one you may find with cheesecake.
Cherry Filling Options:
You can of course use store bought cherry filling from a can, but we always prefer homemade! You can also work with frozen cherries, but make sure to thaw them in the fridge overnight before you get started. Another thing to mention — always start by making the cherry filling first. This will give it a chance to cool down while you make your crust and cream cheese layer! You can also make it in advance and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
Cornstarch is an essential ingredient for the cherry dessert filling. It will ensure that it thickens up nicely and that you don’t end up with watery results. If you don’t want to use corn starch, you can replace it with:
- All-purpose flour
- Rice flour
- Almond flour
- Ground flaxseeds
Can I Make This Dessert In Individual Portions?
We love the idea of turning this recipe into individual-sized desserts. You can follow the instructions on the recipe card and use a cupcake tin instead of a baking dish. Just be careful to bake the crust for just 5-6 minutes instead of 10 minutes.
Use this old fashioned cherry delight recipe as a base for several other dishes! You can switch up the fruit and crust to create any of the variations below:
- Fruit: Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, or peaches.
- Crust: Vanilla wafers, Oreos, saltines, or pretzels (follow the instructions for Grandma’s strawberry pretzel salad to create a pretzel crust!)
You need a few pieces of special equipment for old fashioned cherry delight. Below are some easy-to-find substitutions:
- Food processor: The easiest way to make our homemade graham cracker crust is with a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can simply put the graham crackers into a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Remove the crackers and place them in a bowl to mix with the butter and sugar.
- Standing mixer: To make the creamy layer of this dessert recipe, you can use a standing mixer or a hand mixer.
Remember: you can always make this dish in advance. The cherry and cream cheese fillings will keep for about 2 days when stored in the fridge separately. When you’re ready to assemble, make the graham cracker crust, then add the rest of the layers. It’s best served cold!
If you miraculously end up with leftovers, you can store them in the fridge. Make sure to cover them with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container. This cherry dessert will keep for about 4 days.
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