Easy 30-Minute No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

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This cherry cheesecake recipe requires no baking, and is simple enough for a four-year-old to make with limited assistance. It is also delicious!

This cherry cheesecake recipe requires no baking, and is simple enough for a four-year-old to make with limited assistance. It is also delicious!

A Simple Cheesecake Recipe

We have the kids cook on Mondays, as part of a way to increase their knowledge of basic cooking techniques and as a way to develop confidence and independence with food choices. Cooking also helps children refine math skills (understanding that 1/3 cup is less than 1/2 cup, for example) and increases fine motor skills: Twisting a can opener, whisking ingredients together, and spreading pie filling all help develop muscles in the hands, which are required for writing and other detailed work.

This cheesecake recipe requires no baking, and is simple enough that my four year old can make it with limited assistance. This recipe includes lemon juice, which adds vitamin C, and has a fruit topping. It is definitely a dessert with a high sugar content, but the addition of the citrus, dairy, and fruit topping add nutritional value to this fun recipe.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

8 servings


  • 9 graham cracker pie crust
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling


  1. Place the cream cheese, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, and lemon juice into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Thoroughly combine the ingredients with an electric mixer until no lumps remain.
  3. Pour the filling into the graham cracker crust. Cover and refrigerate until the pie filling has set (approximately 1/2 hour).
  4. Pour the can of cherry pie filling on top of the chilled pie filling. Store refrigerated.


This cheesecake recipe may be altered in the following ways:

  • Low-fat cream cheese may be substituted in place of the full-fat version.
  • Lime juice may be substituted for the lemon juice.
  • Other fruits, such as strawberries or raspberries, may be used in place of the cherries.

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Questions & Answers

Question: My cherry cheesecake turned out runny. What did I do wrong? It was refrigerated overnight.

Answer: There might have been slightly too much liquid in the cheesecake filling. It should have a consistency similar to thick icing when you pour it into the crust. Since some measuring cups vary in accuracy, I would suggest cutting the amount of lemon juice added to 1/4 cup. Another common error some people make is using evaporated milk instead of condensed milk: be sure to use condensed milk, as evaporated milk will not work with this recipe.

Question: How do I make a cherry cheesecake pie with a frozen, unbaked pie crust?

Answer: Thaw and bake your unfilled pie crust according to the directions on the package. Allow the crust to cool completely on the counter before making the cheesecake filling. Once the crust is completely cool, you may add your cheesecake filling, top it with the cherries, and refrigerate as per the instructions in this article.

© 2012 Leah Lefler


Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on February 28, 2016:

I hope you like it, Jackie! This is one of our go-to dessert recipes. I love it for summer time events, because it doesn't require any baking!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 25, 2016:

Yum, I think I will try this tonight! So easy, has my name all over it and I have all the ingredients. Thanks.

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on January 04, 2015:

I love this recipe, Joyette! It is always easy to put together in a pinch and it is so simple that my kids can make it!

Joyette Helen Fabien from Dominica on December 01, 2014:

Really simple and quick. Give the kids the go ahead and the ingredients and that's all they need !

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on November 07, 2012:

Hi Raul, it makes one 9" pie, so it would depend on how you slice it. We usually cut it into 8 slices, so that would serve 8 people. You could cut the slices smaller to serve 10-12 if necessary (though the slices would be very small at that point)!

raul on November 06, 2012:

how many servinges is it.

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on May 14, 2012:

Belew34, this one is extremely easy to make, and it doesn't require any baking. I love making this on hot, humid days because I don't have to fire up the oven!

Belew34 on May 14, 2012:

Looks easy enough for me i love cheesecake

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on April 24, 2012:

Thanks, vespawoolf! It is quite good, and the kids love it. Cherry cheesecake is the perfect summer treat - too bad it is snowing where we live at the moment! Now I need to "cook up" a cold-weather recipe!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 24, 2012:

This sounds like a delicious cheesecake. It's hard to beat cream cheese, lemon juice and condensed milk with cherries on top! And I love that it's kid-friendly. Thank you!

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on April 19, 2012:

Our family doesn't often visit in the heat of summer because of the humidity! We do have air conditioning units in our bedrooms upstairs, at least. It makes the nights survivable! I can't wait to see your no-bake recipes. I love fruit dishes - particularly cute little side dishes that can be served with dinner!

Laur from Chicago, IL on April 19, 2012:

I will be posting more hubs with recipes(when I have the time next)for scrumptious fruit salads. I love them for a small party or large crowd during the summer. These no bake's are more like side dishes but are sweet enough for a small dessert too! Most include fresh fruit, but I also use marshmallows and the pie fillings with fruit.

No air...I couldn't live without it. I don't mind the heat with a little humidity, but since in menopause for the last six years, I need that blast of air!!

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on April 18, 2012:

Junegirl, what a fantastic idea for giving your daughter the recipes! When I was first married, I took a lot of my mother-in-law's easy recipes, because I had no clue how to cook. I want my boys to be equipped with confidence in the kitchen, so we cook with them on a fairly regular basis. I love to bake most of the year, though I prefer the no-bake type dishes for the summer (we have heat, high humidity, and no air conditioning)!

Laur from Chicago, IL on April 17, 2012:

I love the easy, no bake desserts...but then I love to cook and bake anyway. Your dessert sounds yummy and reminds me of when my daughters were that age, I did the same thing. Now they are 21 and 23, and I am constantly surprised by my youngest, she will put together some different twist on her burgers, extra spices, etc...

I'm actually planning on pulling together some my super easy recipes for her fall semester at college since she will be in a house with a couple friends.

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on April 16, 2012:

It was really fun today, because Nolan was so excited to run the electric mixer. I am so "behind the times" and missed two Mondays because of Spring Break - one week my mom was visiting and the next we were in Myrtle Beach! Time to get back into the habit!

cardelean from Michigan on April 16, 2012:

So the boys will now be providing dessert at the next family gathering I presume! Another great recipe Leah! Don't you just love cooking with the boys. I know we are having a great time with these cooking times.

Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on April 16, 2012:

It is a really great recipe - we have used it for family gatherings and picnics (we put it in a cooler) - so refreshing and cool, and easy to make in the summer time since you don't have to fire up the oven! Thanks for the comment and vote, teaches12345!

Dianna Mendez on April 16, 2012:

Voted up and five-starred because it is a no bake, easy recipe to follow, and so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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