Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert Recipe
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Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert Recipe

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Pretty layers of graham cracker crumbs, creamy filling and fruit topping make this dessert a standout! For a nice change, you can substitute blueberry pie filling or another fruit flavor for the cherry filling called for in the recipe. —Melody Mellinger, Myerstown, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 12 squares)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 418 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Divide among eight dessert dishes, about 4 rounded teaspoonfuls in each.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add milk until blended. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Spoon 1/4 cup into each dish. Top with pie filling, about 1/4 cup in each. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cherry Cream Cheese Dessert in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p33

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Zuker User ID: 6730078 264138
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2017

"I have been making this recipe in pie form for years and years. When my nieces and nephews were young, they asked for this instead of birthday cake. Making it in individual servings is a great idea. It is a wonderful dessert and is very versatile regarding the topping. The fact that it is so incredibly easy makes it almost irresistible!"

shermanhenryfloyd User ID: 6379642 263975
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2017

"Recipes for Taste Of Home don't have to be "original". Some cooks are new and have not been making this recipe for 50 years. This was delicious and light, versatile dessert and a "keeper"!"

beakpea User ID: 6230484 263946
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"This is an excellent recipe, but my mom was making this in a pie 50 years ago...the only thing different is its split into single servings...not really original."

slocook805 User ID: 7734059 263907
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"I make this in a graham pie shell and it's delicious and is my son's favorite pie how ever it makes 6 servings. 8 servings would be a skimpy tease."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 263893
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"Cherry Delight in single servings............ "delightful""

MY REVIEW User ID: 2044675 263891
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"So easy to make and so delicious. I don't usually use the desert cups I just buy a ready made graham cracker crust and make it into a pie. I really like the idea of of the zest I'm going to give that a try; I think a blueberry topping would go really good with the lemon zest."

Naomie User ID: 9114200 263669
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2017

"Many years ago there was a very similar recipe on the label of the store bought graham cracker crust pie shell. Delish! Too sweet for my groups personal taste so I played with the recipe by using more cream cheese and half the sweetened condensed milk. My group loves citrus, so we have mixed it up using lime or orange, including zest. Also great with fresh fruit on top. A great base recipe to personalize to suit your liking."

Cook38 User ID: 1584232 255087
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2016

"What if I wanted to make in a single dish instead of individual dessert dishes. What size pan would it take, do you think?"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 254385
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016

"This tastes like cheesecake and I think it is delicious! It is so easy to put together. I was concerned about the amount of lemon juice in the recipe, thinking it was too much. I followed the recipe amount and it turned out great. I was out of canned cherry pie filling so I used thawed frozen strawberries with some sugar added instead"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 220485
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"One of our favorite dessert recipes...easy to make, delicious to eat and appeals to almost everyone! Could jazz it up with maybe a little lemon zest in the filling, or as another reviewer mentioned switching up the fruit type on top. Overall it's a great basic recipe though. :)"

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