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A No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert is the perfect way to celebrate summer! With an Oreo crust, a no bake cheesecake center and a cherry pie filling on top this is the best dessert for a potluck. I love that this recipe for cherry cheesecake is NO BAKE!

This post was originally sponsored by Challenge Dairy; I used their cream cheese in the filling and butter in the crust of these cherry cheesecake bars and we loved every bite!

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BEST No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe – NO FAIL

This easy Cherry Cheesecake Dessert is no bake and screams summer to me with all those cherries on top – it’s the best and easiest cheesecake recipe!

My classic Oreo crust is the bottom layer – works every time! The cream cheese is mixed with cool whip, which creates a creamy no-fail cheesecake.  And the top is cherry pie filling, which you can make from scratch or use semi-homemade.

No matter what you call it: cherry cheesecake surprise, delight, lush, or dream dessert, it’s easy, foolproof and so, so good.

How to make Cherry Cheesecake Recipe Video

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What is No Bake Cherry Cheesecake?

With three delicious layers, this dessert is pure heaven.

  • Oreo Crust
  • No bake cheesecake with cool whip
  • Cherry pie filling

It’s a simple dessert recipe that’s put together in just minutes!

slice of cherry cheesecake dessert on white plate with challenge butter and cream cheese

Ingredients in my Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

Normal recipes like this come with a graham cracker or similar kind of crust. I decided to go with a chocolate cookie crust because chocolate and cherry go so well together.

  • Oreos – to make your chocolate crust – no need to remove the filling
  • Butter: be sure and use Challenge Butter to make the crust. Challenge Butter is the only dairy product company that controls the whole process when it comes to making its butter, from milking the cows to transporting milk, to making butter to packaging. Plus, as you all know, Challenge Butter is a product I’ve used my entire life. It’s from a cooperative of California family-owned dairies and is the 2nd largest butter brand in the country. (You can find it nationally!)
  • Cream Cheese – The key to making a no bake cheesecake filling is being sure that your cream cheese is room temperature to avoid lumps in your filling. Enter: Challenge Cream Cheese.
  • Sugar – for sweetness in the no bake cheesecake
  • Whipped Topping – for fluffiness
  • Vanilla – for flavor
  • Cherry Pie Filling – use a can from the store or make your own.

I absolutely love Challenge cream cheese. For one, it’s made right; the old-fashioned way, from the freshest milk from happy cows. But my favorite part about it is that it’s softer than the rest so it takes less time to soften on the counter. This makes it perfect for no-bake desserts like this No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert!

(Their whipped cream cheese is ah-mazing too. We use it daily on bagels and crackers.)

6 photos showing how to make cherry cheesecake

How to make No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This simple three layer dessert really is the best and easiest way to make a no bake dessert for a crowd. It’s like a classic cherry cheesecake recipe but with a chocolate cookie crust!

1. Make Crust: Melt your butter and Oreos and press them into the bottom of a 9-inch square pan.

Want to make your cherry cheesecake dessert in a 9×13-inch pan? Just double the recipe!

2. Make the filling: Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature and your whipped topping is thawed. Mix the cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until smooth then fold in whipped cream.

3. Cherries: Top with cherry pie filling, then chill to set.

By using cherry pie filling, cream cheese, and cool whip you have an easy dessert that will feed a crowd all summer long!

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

FAQ and Tips

  • Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature so you don’t have lumps!
  • You can use fresh whipped cream – about 3 cups whipped – in place of the cool whip.
  • Use my homemade cherry pie filling if you don’t want to use canned.
How long is Cherry Cheesecake good for?

It will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you double the recipe?

Yes – double and make it in a 9×13-inch pan.

Can you make this as a pie?

Yes – make as written and press into a 9-inch pie plate.

Can you freeze cherry cheesecake?

Because this has whipped topping you can freeze it – without the pie filling on top for best thawing results.

Why is my no-bake cheesecake not firm?

No bake cheesecake is fluffier than baked, but it should become solid enough to slice. It may need to be chilled longer, or if it’s made with fresh whipped cream it may have broken – and the result is too liquid.

How long does no bake cheesecake take to set in the fridge?

This is a nice thick cheesecake that will set in less than 2 hours.

Other No Bake Desserts made with Challenge Dairy:

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No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

5 from 18 votes
No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert Lasagna is an easy no bake dessert recipe perfect for a potluck! It has an Oreo crust, no bake cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling on top. This dessert lush is the perfect summer recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving




  • 8 ounces (225g) Challenge Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup (113g) powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip 1 container
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Stir cookies and melted butter in small bowl with a fork until all cookies are moistened with butter. Press into the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan. Chill until filling is ready.
  • Use a hand mixer to mix powdered sugar into cream cheese until combined. Mix in vanilla and fold in whipped topping.
  • Spread filling on top of chilled crust. Top with cherry pie filling.
  • Chill until set, at least one hour, before serving.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.8mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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slice of no bake cherry cheesecake lush on white plate

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Dessert Lasagna is an easy no bake dessert recipe perfect for a potluck! It has an Oreo crust, no bake cheesecake filling and cherry pie filling on top. This dessert lush is the perfect summer recipe!

Last Updated on March 8, 2022

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  1. Surprised my family with your easy delicious dessert! It was a huge hit! I used a blender to crush the cookies and added the butter, rinsed and wiped it out, then used it for the filling! Turned out smooth and creamy. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. I made your no bake cherry cheesecake recipe yesterday and of course its a big hit! Thank you you for the easy to follow recipe photos and instructions!