Classic Cherry Delight

This classic cherry delight dessert or cherries in the snow as some people call it, is still a family favorite. My mom used to make it growing up as it was my dad’s favorite and here I am making it for my kids. I love how older recipes always make a comeback to the table and years of enjoyment. If you haven’t made this cherry dessert, you are missing out. So delicious, refreshing and a crowd’s favorite!

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 graham crackers
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 t salt
  1. Process the graham crackers in a food processor to a fine crumb.

  2. Add the melted butter and process until the crumbs are moistened with butter and it starts to come together.

  3. Press into the bottom of an 9×9-inch pan. Chill until ready to use.

  4. Place the powdered sugar and vanilla extract into the mixing bowl and add half of the whipping cream.

  5. Don't add it all at once. With an electric mixer on medium, mix just until the cream reaches stiff peaks.

  6. Place the whipped cream in the fridge until you're ready to use it. And then do the same with the remaining half.

  7. Use a hand mixer, mix powdered sugar into the cream cheese until combined. Next fold in whipped cream.

  8. Spread filling on top of chilled crust. Top with canned or homemade cherry pie filling.

  9. Chill until set, at least 1-1.5 hrs before serving.

Homemade Cherry Filling

4 cups of pitted cherries, ¼ cup cornstarch, and 1-cup white sugar. This will only take about 15 minutes to make, and it’ll make plenty of topping for your Cherry Delight, as well as have a little left over to reward the cook or cool and save it for another dessert or top it over pancakes or waffles etc.

Start by simply adding your cherries to a sauce pan with a tightly-fitted lid and heating them for about 10 minutes. They’ll start to release their sugar-packed and flavorful juices, as well as break down a little bit to give them the texture you expect from a pie filling.

Now, mix together your cornstarch and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix well. 

Finally, add the mixture to your hot cherry filling, and mix well. Let it simmer for 2 minutes or until thickened. You can let this cool completely to room temperature, place it in a plastic air tight container, and refrigerate it while your cheesecake settles.

Once all of this is done, just spread the cherries across the cheesecake right before serving, and you’re ready to chow down on one of the most addicting desserts I have ever tasted. (cherry filling adapted from Allrecipes).

How to store your Cherry Delight 

Cover with plastic wrap and it will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 

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Nutritional Info:

Serving: 9g | Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1043IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg

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