This cherry cheesecake pie is heaven in a pie plate! A graham cracker crust is layered with no-bake cheesecake batter and homemade cherry pie filling. YUM!

There’s almost nothing better than a no-bake cheesecake, and this tasty cherry pie version is incredible (and so easy!).

cherry cheesecake pie in glass pie plate with blue and white towel

No-Bake Cheesecake Batter

This no-bake cheesecake batter is a bit different than the other beloved no-bake cheesecake recipe I have on my site.

It sets up a bit softer and has a slightly creamier texture and flavor. Both are delicious. And honestly, either no-bake cheesecake batter will work here.

Brian is a die-hard fan of this cheesecake batter that uses sweetened condensed milk. It’s similar to the version he grew up eating (almost everyone in their family requested it for their birthday, and with nine people in their family, that meant a lot of cheesecake eating over the years!).

Fun fact: the acidity in the sour cream and lemon juice reacts with the sweetened condensed milk in the recipe to help thicken the no-bake cheesecake batter.

drizzling sweetened condensed milk in cheesecake batter

Graham Cracker Crust

The simple no-bake cheesecake batter goes right into a prepared graham cracker crust. I highly recommend this perfect graham cracker crust recipe. It’s buttery, lightly sweet, and AMAZING.

I love a lot of things in life, and homemade graham cracker crusts are very close to the top of that list (which also includes: joggers, never leaving my house, and scratching piglet bellies).

The cheesecake needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours or up to 24 hours. It will firm up as it chills, so don’t skip this step!

pouring cheesecake batter into graham cracker crust

Homemade Cherry Pie Topping

I’m all about choices. And you have choices with the cherry pie part of this no-bake cheesecake.

  1. You can use your favorite store bought cherry pie filling (we’re using it as a topping in this recipe).
  2. Or you can make a simple homemade cherry pie topping.

It’s brilliantly easy and deliciously fresh-tasting. I use dark, sweet cherries, which is why it’s quite a bit darker than the bright red cherry pie filling from the store.

To make the homemade cherry pie filling, simply simmer cherries, cornstarch, sugar, water and lemon juice until thickened. Let it cool to room temperature before using in the recipe.

homemade cherry pie filling with wooden spoon in pot

You can serve the cherry pie topping on the side, but I like to spread it on top of the set-up cheesecake and serve that way.

It’s festive and fun and a little messy. And I happen to like all of those things.

Remember that this cheesecake has a soft-set, ultra-creamy consistency, so the slices may not be picture perfect, but that’s ok! That’s how it’s supposed to be.

Super soft. Super creamy. Super tasty.

cherry cheesecake pie in glass pie plate with slice cut out

Cherry cheesecake pie is a beautiful thing with all of its laid back vibes and over-the-top delicious layers.

Even better, it can be made a day ahead of time. (Or even longer than that if you wait to assemble all the components until closer to serving time.)

If you love soft, creamy cheesecake and buttery, sweet graham crackers and bright, juicy cherries, this dessert is going to be a dream come true.

slice of cherry cheesecake pie with bite taken out

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slice of cherry cheesecake pie with bite taken out

Cherry Cheesecake Pie

5 stars (10 ratings)

Ingredients

Cheesecake Batter:

  • 16 ounces (454 g) full fat cream cheese (see note)
  • ¼ cup (57 g) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14-ounce can (400 g) sweetened condensed milk

Cherry Pie Topping:

  • 5 to 6 cups (680-825 g) pitted frozen sweet cherries (see note)
  • ½ to 1 cup (106 – 212 g) granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you want it; I usually use about 3/4 cup)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup (37 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions 

  • For the cheesecake batter, in a large bowl, add the cream cheese and beat with a mixer (stand mixer or handheld electric mixer) until the cream cheese is light and fluffy, about a minute.
  • Add the sour cream, lemon juice, and vanilla and mix until well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • With the mixer running, gradually add the sweetened condensed milk and mix on medium speed until thick and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Refrigerate at least four hours or up to 24 hours. (The batter will firm up a bit as it chills.)
  • For the cherry pie topping, combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir well to combine.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring often. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking, until the cherries have softened and the mixture has thickened. Let cool to room temperature before using.
  • Spread the cooled cherry pie topping over the chilled cheesecake. Refrigerate until ready to serve (or serve immediately). This is a soft set cheesecake, so don't worry too much if it the slices aren't picture perfect.

Notes

Cream Cheese: this recipe needs full fat cream cheese – not light or neufchatel. The lightened up cream cheese will make the filling too runny. 
Cherries: frozen tart cherries can be used – double the sugar if using. Fresh cherries can also be used in place of frozen – increase water to 1/3 or 1/2 cup if using. You can also sub your favorite store bought cherry pie filling for the homemade cherry pie topping.
Serving: 1 serving, Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 180mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 36g
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Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe