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Layered Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

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With a cookie-like crust, tangy cream cheese, and sweet cherry pie filling, this layered cherry cheesecake dessert is a simple way to enjoy cheesecake any day of the week.

White plate with a slice of layered cherry cheesecake dessert topped with a maraschino cherry and sprig of mint.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know how much I love cheesecake. Cheesecake recipes are some of my very favorite things to make. 

And one of my favorite types is cherry cheesecake. It’s such a classic, and there’s just something special about the combination of tangy, silky cheesecake and sweet cherries.

But I don’t always have the time or energy to make a fully cheesecake from scratch, so that’s when I like to come up with ways to get those same flavors with a lot less effort.

That’s where this layered cherry cheesecake dessert comes in. It’s cool, creamy, and delicious, and looks totally fancy with all of the pretty layers.

Close up of a slice of layered cherry cheesecake dessert on a platter of slices of the dessert.

WHAT IS LAYERED CHERRY CHEESECAKE DESSERT?

Yes, I’m back with another layered dessert. You had to know it was going to happen! 

These layered desserts are so much fun. They’re easy to make and look so impressive since you can see all of the layers in every slice.

They’re also what I call a “low-bake” dessert – once you’re done baking the crust (which only takes 15 minutes), everything else is no-bake. Perfect for days when you don’t want to have your oven on for hours at a time.

This version has the same cookie-like crust as my layered lemon dessert and the rest follows a similar pattern to my layered pistachio pudding dessert: a fluffy cream cheese layer followed by a cheesecake pudding layer, then a layer of cherry pie filling and a final layer of whipped topping.

It’s got all of the tangy goodness of cherry cheesecake with a fraction of the work.

Baked crust for layered cherry cheesecake dessert in the bottom of a parchment-lined baking pan.

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Don’t let the multiple layers fool you – this layered cherry cheesecake dessert is simple to make! Let’s talk about it.

Ingredients and substitutions

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip or TruWhip), thawed
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages instant cheesecake pudding mix 
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 2 (21-ounce) cans of cherry pie filling
Cream cheese layer for cherry cheesecake dessert mixed in a white bowl.

Not a fan of whipped topping? That’s ok. You can use stabilized whipped cream frosting instead. 

I don’t recommend using plain whipped cream as it doesn’t hold up as well over time, but the stabilized whipped cream frosting will handle the chilling time really well. 

I also usually just grab a couple of cans of cherry pie filling at the store to make this dessert super quick and easy. I usually look for the brands that have “extra cherries” in them. 

But if you happen to have some homemade cherry pie filling on hand, that would be delicious here! 

Cheesecake pudding mixed in a white mixing bowl.

Helpful resources

To make sure your crust turns out perfect every time, make sure you know how to measure flour correctly before you get started. 

You will want your butter and cream cheese to be at room temperature for making the crust. If you forget to set them out ahead of time, check out some of my tips for how to soften butter and how to soften cream cheese

Don’t stress if you run out of powdered sugar. I have instructions on how to make powdered sugar – feel free to use that substitute when making the cream cheese layer in this cherry cheesecake dessert! 

Cherry pie filling spread onto layered cherry cheesecake dessert in a baking pan.

Making layered cherry cheesecake dessert

The first layer for this layered cherry cheesecake dessert is the crust.

Line a 13×9-inch pan with parchment paper and give it a spritz with some nonstick spray.

Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to mix together the flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt until combined. The mixture will be crumbly – that’s ok.

Assembled layered cherry cheesecake dessert in a parchment-lined baking pan, ready to be chilled.

Press the crust mixture into the lined pan using your hands or the bottom of a measuring cup. Once the dough is pressed into an even layer, bake it for 15 minutes, or until golden. Let the crust cool completely before moving on to the next step.

For the cream cheese layer, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in half of the whipped topping, then spread this over the crust.

Overhead view of slices of layered cherry cheesecake dessert garnished with maraschino cherries.

For the pudding layer, whisk together both of the pudding mixes and the milk. Let this thicken for about 5 minutes before spreading it over the cream cheese layer.

Spread the cherry pie filling over the pudding layer, then top the whole thing with the rest of the whipped topping. 

Cover and refrigerate the entire thing for at least 6 hours before cutting and serving.

Slice of cherry cheesecake dessert on a white platter with a bite taken from it. A second slice is visible in the background.

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Love this layered cherry cheesecake dessert? Well, you’re in luck, because making cherry cheesecake desserts is one of my favorite things to do! Check out these recipes for more of that perfect cream cheese and cherry pie filling combo:

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Layered Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

With a cookie-like crust, tangy cream cheese, and sweet cherry pie filling, this layered cherry cheesecake dessert is a simple way to enjoy cheesecake any day of the week.
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Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling and Chilling Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

For the Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt

For the Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping Cool Whip or TruWhip, thawed

For the Pudding Layer

  • 2 packages instant cheesecake pudding mix 3.4-ounces each
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk

For the Cherry Layer

  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling 21-ounces each

For the Topping

  • 8 ounces frozen whipped topping Cool Whip or TruWhip, thawed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×13-inch pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, butter, sugar and salt until combined – mixture will be crumbly. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the floured bottom of a measuring cup to press the dough into an even layer in the pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Once the crust layer has cooled completely, prepare the cream cheese layer by beating the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Use a rubber spatula to fold in an 8-ounce container of whipped topping. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the crust.
  • Next, whisk together the pudding mixes and milk and allow the mixture to thicken for about 5 minutes before spreading on top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Add the cherry pie filling and spread evenly over the pudding.
  • Finally, top with an 8-ounce container of whipped topping. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1mg
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