Amish Cherry Delight Recipe
Old-fashioned Amish Cherry Delight is a classic dessert that features a graham cracker crust, a cream cheese filling, and a topping of fresh or canned cherry pie filling.
This dessert is made in a 9x13-inch dish and is served chilled. The tangy flavor of the cherries and the sweet, creamy texture of the cream cheese filling balance each other out, making this dessert a crowd-pleaser.
Amish Cherry Delight is a simple and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for family gatherings, potlucks, or other special events.
No-Bake Cherry Delight
To make Old-Fashioned Cherry Delight, you will need ingredients such as graham cracker crumbs, butter, cream cheese, sugar, whipped cream, and cherry pie filling.
The crust is made by mixing graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and sugar and pressing the mixture into the bottom of a 9x13" dish.
The filling is made by mixing cream cheese, sugar, and whipped cream together and pouring it over the crust.
Finally, the cherry pie filling is spooned over the top. And this easy No-Bake Cherry Delight is refrigerated until ready to serve.
Blueberry Delight and Other Variations:
Cherry Delight was served quite frequently at our Amish gatherings when I was growing up. This recipe makes enough to serve a group of people, it's easy to make, easy to transport, and overall a great dessert that everyone seems to enjoy.
And this recipe is called cherry delight because it's topped with cherries. But we also used the same base to make numerous other kinds of delights.
Use the same crust and cream cheese filling recipe and top it with blueberry pie filling, peach pie filling, blackberry pie filling, raspberry pie filling, etc. And you an even top it with chocolate pie filling.
If desired, you could also top this cherry delight with chocolate shavings.
Feel free to use chocolate graham cracker crumbs or vanilla wafers for the crust instead of honey graham crackers.
Just have fun, get creative, and make a dessert that your family will love!
Cool Whip or Whipping Cream
When I was younger, I loved Cool Whip! And sometimes I sneaked spoonfuls and ate it like ice cream.
But somewhere along the line I discovered that whipped cream tastes so much better than Cool Whip. It doesn't have the artificial flavor and high fructose corn syrup that's so bad for us. So I switched to whipped cream in almost all of my recipes.
Although, whipped cream is not as stabilized as Cool Whip. So if you make a dessert to take along to a hot summer barbecue picnic, it might be better to use Cool Whip since whipped cream can get runny when it gets too warm.
But I use whipped cream about 90% of the time, and I think it tastes so much better than Cool Whip.
Cherry Delight Recipe 9x13 Pan
This cherry delight with a graham cracker crust has three layers, but none of them take very long to make. So it's a simple dessert that will come together very quickly.
For the crust, you can either crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin in a ziplock bag, or toss them into a food processer to make crumbs. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl , then add the crumbs and sugar. Mix well and spread it into a 9x13" dish. Press the crumbs into the bottom to pack them together.
For the middle layer, beat the cream cheese until creamy. Then mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar. Add the heavy whipping cream and mix, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. Then turn it to high speed and whip it until thick and creamy.
If you are using Cool Whip instead of whipping cream, you will only mix gently after adding it. Cool Whip will get runny if it's mixed too much.
Drop the cream cheese mixture by large spoonfuls over the crust and carefully spread to cover.
Then simply open two cans of pie filling and spoon it over the top. Or you can make pie filling from scratch if desired.
This Old-Fashioned Cherry Delight is a delicious and refreshing treat that is perfect for hot summer days when you don't want to turn on the oven. But with its lovely red topping, it's also a delightful dessert for holiday gatherings, such as Valentine's Day or Christmas.
More Amish Dessert Recipes
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Old-Fashioned Amish Cherry Delight Recipe
- 2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (approx. 1 1/2 pkg.)
- 1/2 c. melted butter
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream (or 8 oz. Cool Whip)
- 2 cans cherry pie filling
- Crush graham crackers and mix with melted butter and sugar.2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (approx. 1 1/2 pkg.), 1/2 c. melted butter, 1/4 c. sugar
- Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9x13" dish.
- Beat cream cheese until creamy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.8 oz. cream cheese, softened, 1/2 c. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Add the heavy whipping cream and mix. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then whip on high speed until thick and creamy. (If using Cool Whip, thaw and stir it into the cream cheese mixture to mix.)1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream (or 8 oz. Cool Whip)
- Drop the cream cheese mixture by large spoonfuls over the crust and carefully spread in an even layer.
- Spread two cans of pie filling over the top.2 cans cherry pie filling
- Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
- Keep refrigerated.