Classic CCherry Delight

Experience the delightful union of a buttery graham cracker crust, velvety cream cheese filling, and a crown of vibrant cherry pie topping. This classic dessert offers a medley of textures and flavors in every blissful bite. Simple to make yet irresistibly charming, it’s the perfect treat for any occasion. Savor the joy of Classic Cherry Delight – a timeless indulgence that never disappoints.


  • For the Crust:
    • Unsalted Butter: 7 tablespoons, melted
    • Graham Cracker Crumbs: 1 1/2 cups (from about 9 whole crackers)
    • Granulated Sugar: 3 tablespoons
  • For the Filling:
    • Cream Cheese: 8 ounces, softened
    • Powdered Sugar: 1 cup
    • Pure Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
    • Cool Whip: 8 ounces (1 container)
    • Cherry Pie Filling: 21 ounces (1 can)


Preparing the Crust:

  1. Melt Butter: Begin by melting 7 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a medium-sized bowl. This can be done in a microwave, typically set for about 30 seconds or until the butter is fully melted.
  2. Mix Crumbs and Sugar: Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar into the melted butter. Ensure thorough mixing to create a consistent texture.
  3. Press into Baking Dish: Transfer this crumb mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish that has been lightly sprayed or greased. Press down the mixture firmly to create an even crust base. Set aside.

Creating the Filling:

  1. Soften Cream Cheese: In a larger bowl, place the softened cream cheese. Use a mixer to blend until the texture becomes smooth without any lumps.
  2. Add Sugar and Vanilla: Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Blend well until fully incorporated.
  3. Integrate Cool Whip: Gently fold in the Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture, being careful not to overmix. Ensure a smooth and creamy consistency.
  4. Spread Over Crust: Gently spread this creamy blend over the prepared crust using a spoon or an offset spatula for an even layer.

Layering the Cherry Topping:

  1. Add Cherry Pie Filling: Tenderly spoon out the cherry pie filling and evenly distribute it over the creamy layer, aiming for a uniform spread across the surface.

Chilling the Dessert:

  1. Refrigerate: Once assembled, transfer the baking dish to the refrigerator. Allow it to chill for a minimum of 2 hours. This chilling time allows the dessert to set and the flavors to meld, enhancing the overall deliciousness.

Serve and Enjoy: Once fully chilled, cut into squares and serve this delightful Classic Cherry Delight. The combination of the creamy filling, graham cracker crust, and luscious cherry topping makes it a perfect treat for any occasion.

Note: Feel free to garnish with additional graham cracker crumbs or a dollop of whipped cream before serving, if desired.


1. Can I use a different fruit topping besides cherry?

Yes, absolutely! While cherry pie filling is classic, you can experiment with other fruit toppings like blueberry, strawberry, or mixed berries for a delicious variation.

2. Can I use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip?

Certainly! You can substitute homemade whipped cream for Cool Whip. Ensure it is stabilized with a bit of gelatin or cornstarch if you want it to hold up well in the dessert.

3. How long does the Classic Cherry Delight last in the refrigerator?

When stored in an airtight container, this dessert can last for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. However, for the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to consume it within the first 2 days.

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