Monday, November 5, 2012

No Bake Cherry Dessert

This was brought to many a family Thanksgivings by my brother Dion and his wife and we all loved it.  The first one is their recipe.  I’ll share 3 very similar no bake cherry desserts with you also.  You can pick which one sounds the best. 

2 cups graham crackers, rolled fine
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup melted butter

1  8 oz pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 envelopes Dream Whip (Need to use boxed Dream Whip)
1 cup whole milk

2 cans cherry pie filling 

Make crust by mixing crackers, butter and sugar and pat into pan or you can buy store bought crust to save the work.

For the filling mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together.  Beat Dream Whip with milk and add cheese mixture and beat with Dream Whip.  Pour over crust and cover with cherries.  Refrigerate. 

Variation - I have used marshmallow in a jar in place of the Dream Whip and it worked out well.  You only need the marshmallow and the cream cheese.  Nothing else for the filling.

Or here are another variations of the cream cheese filling.

2  8 oz.  pkg. cream cheese
3 Tbs. milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs. sugar
1 cup  Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 can cherry pie filling
1/2 tsp vanilla


1 pkg. Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 Can Eagle Brand Milk
1/3 cup Lemon Juice
1 tsp.Vanilla
1 Can cherry pie filling
1 9" prepared graham cracker crust

Beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually add Eagle Brand Milk.  Blend thoroughly.  Stir in lemon juice and vanilla.

Pour into prepared crust and chill 3 hours.  Top with desired amount of cherry pie filling.

I always like choices and if I can use something I already have I often wing it.  You can pick the cream cheese filling that sounds the best to you and the topping also.  Strawberry or blueberry  pie filling would be good also.

You can also make them in cupcake papers and have individual servings.  Because of the color, they are also great for Christmas.  Try making the pie crust with chocolate crushed cookies for a chocolate crust. You are only limited by your imagination.  

Be happy and may God bless you and yours.  

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