No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush

 

a close up shot of a slice of Cherry Cheesecake Lush on a plate
Cherry Cheesecake Lush is a luscious no-bake dessert made with a crushed Oreo cookie crust, creamy cheesecake filling, sweet cherries, and whipped topping.
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Table of Contents
  1. No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Cherry Cheesecake Lush is a creamy no-bake dessert made with creamy cheesecake and sweet cherries. This dreamy dessert combines all the delicious flavors of a cherry cheesecake with the creamy goodness of a lush. Friends and family will gush over this amazing no-bake layer dessert. 

If you love creamy cherry desserts you’ll also want to make Cherry Fluff, Cherry Cheesecake Cookies, and No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

a close up shot of a slice of Cherry Cheesecake Lush on a plate

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush Ingredients

Cherry Cheesecake Lush raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

  • 1 – 14.3 ounce package of vanilla sandwich cookies (approximately 36 cookies, 2 ½ cups when crushed)
  • ⅓ cup salted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing dish)
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounce tub of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), defrosted and divided 
  • 2 – 3.4 ounce packages of cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 – 21 ounce can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Substitutions and Additions

RASPBERRIES: For a fun twist on this dessert, try using raspberry pie filling instead of the cherry filling. You can also add some fresh raspberries to the top of the cheesecake. 

WALNUTS: Instead of pecans, chopped walnuts can be a delicious alternative. 

NO NUTS: If you don’t prefer nuts or can’t use them due to nut allergies, you can skip adding them to the top of the cherry cheesecake lush dessert.

How to Make This No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush Recipe

STEP ONE: Butter a 9×13 glass baking dish and set aside.

STEP TWO: In the bowl of a food processor, crush vanilla sandwich cookies until small even crumbs form. Add melted butter and pulse until combined.

melted butter added to the crushed cookies and blended together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Press cookie/butter mixture into the greased baking dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill while preparing the next layer.

melted butter mixture pressed into the baking dish

STEP FOUR: With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup of frozen whipped topping until smooth and creamy.

PRO TIP: Make sure that your cream cheese is softened before starting this step. If your cream cheese is too hard it can result in lumps in your cheesecake.

cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and cool whip blended together in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread cream cheese mixture over the chilled cookie crumb layer and place back into the freezer for another 10 minutes.

cream cheese mixture spread over the crust

STEP SIX: With a whisk or beater, combine both packages of pudding mix, milk, and ½ cup of frozen whipped topping.  Whisk until combined and mixture begins to thicken.

pudding milk and cool whip whisked together in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Spread the pudding layer over the chilled cream cheese layer and chill for 30 minutes or until the pudding is set.

pudding layer spread over the cream cheese layer in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Pour cherry pie filling over the chilled pudding layer.  Spread carefully so that it doesn’t mix with the layers beneath. 

cherry pie filling spread over the pudding layer in a baking dish

STEP NINE: Gently top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and chill in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.  

PRO TIP: Chilling overnight will allow all the flavors to mingle and blend together even more!

whipped cream and pecan placed on top of the cheesecake in a baking dish

How to Serve

This no-bake dessert is a heavenly treat to serve at any potluck or get-together with friends and family. Serve this cheesecake lush with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for an even more indulgent dessert. Wash down this tasty treat with a glass of cold iced tea. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store the no-bake cherry cheesecake dessert in the refrigerator, covered tightly with plastic wrap or in an airtight food storage container. It will stay fresh for up to 7 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Freeze the cherry cheesecake in an airtight, freezer-safe food storage container for up to three months. 

close up shot of Cherry Cheesecake Lush

Cherry Cheesecake Lush has the lip-smacking flavors of cherries and creamy cheesecake in each and every bite. Enjoy a slice of this yummy pie for dessert after dinner or even as an afternoon treat. This easy no-bake recipe is made with a crushed cookie crust, a creamy cheesecake layer, sweet cherries, whipped topping, and a sprinkle of pecans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of crushed cookie base rather than the vanilla sandwich cookies? 

This recipe would also work with a graham cracker crust or a Nilla crust.

I can’t find cheesecake pudding mixes, what other flavor can I use? 

Vanilla pudding would work just as well in this amazing dessert if you can’t find cheesecake pudding.

Can I freeze this lemon lush? 

Freeze the cherry cheesecake in an airtight, freezer-safe food storage container for up to three months.

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a close up shot of a slice of Cherry Cheesecake Lush on a plate

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Lush

Cherry Cheesecake Lush is a luscious no-bake dessert made with a crushed Oreo cookie crust, creamy cheesecake filling, sweet cherries, and whipped topping.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 14.3 ounces vanilla sandwich cookies, approximately 36 cookies, 2 ½ cups when crushed
  • cup salted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing dish)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping, Cool Whip, defrosted and divided
  • 6.8 ounces cheesecake flavored instant pudding mix
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Butter a 9×13 glass baking dish and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, crush vanilla sandwich cookies until small even crumbs form. Add melted butter and pulse until combined.
  • Press cookie/butter mixture into the greased baking dish and place in freezer for 10 minutes to chill while preparing the next layer.
  • With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese, granulated sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup of frozen whipped topping until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over the chilled cookie crumb layer and place back into freezer for another 10 minutes.
  • With a whisk or beater, combine both packages of pudding mix, milk, and ½ cup of frozen whipped topping. Whisk until combined and mixture begins to thicken.
  • Spread pudding layer over the chilled cream cheese layer and chill for 30 minutes or until pudding is set.
  • Pour cherry pie filling over the chilled pudding layer. Spread carefully so that it doesn’t mix with the layers beneath.
  • Gently top with remaining whipped topping. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and chill in fridge for 1 to 2 hours.

Notes

  • Make sure that your cream cheese is softened before starting this step. If your cream cheese is too hard it can result in lumps in your cheesecake.
  • Chilling overnight will allow all the flavors to mingle and blend together even more!

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