From Scratch Cherry Delight

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From Scratch Cherry Fudge is a crowd favorite dessert! Made with perfectly fluffy layers of whipped cream and cream cheese, an easy graham cracker crust, and homemade cherry filling, you’ll wow your guests every time with this sweet and tart treat.

Cream cheese, fruit, and graham crackers are the perfect combination, and we’re always looking for recipes that include them! Enter: old-fashioned cherry fudge. It uses simple, easy-to-find ingredients, and (with a little prep work) comes together in just a few steps. This dessert is very popular. Every time we bring it to a party or gathering, the plate comes back clean! Seriously – people can’t get enough of this stuff. The secret is that we make everything in this cherry dessert from scratch. Between the delicious fruit filling, fluffy layer of cream, and crunchy graham cracker crust, the result is fresh and delicious! For best results, you must divide the dish into several pieces. Start with the fruit filling, then make the crispy crust and finish with the cream cheese layer. Put them together and you have one more dessert lineup!

From Scratch Is Cherry Delight the same as cheesecake?

You can definitely think of this old-fashioned cherry fudge recipe as a no-bake cheesecake! It’s much less labor intensive and has a similar taste. The addition of cherries adds a little fruitiness to the final cherry dessert, and the graham cracker crust is exactly what you’d find on a cheesecake.

Cherry Filling Options:

You can of course use store bought canned cherry filling, but we always prefer homemade! You can also use frozen cherries, but be sure to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before starting. One more thing to mention – always make the cherry filling first. This will give it a chance to cool down while you make the crust and cream cheese layer! You can also make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge overnight.

corn starch:

Cornstarch is the basic ingredient in cherry dessert fillings. It will ensure that it thickens nicely and you don’t get watery results. If you don’t want to use cornstarch, you can substitute:

  • all purpose flour
  • rice flour
  • Almond powder
  • ground flaxseed

Can I make this dessert on its own?

We love the idea of ​​turning this recipe into a personal-sized dessert. You can use cupcake tins instead of baking sheets as directed on the recipe card. Be careful to bake the crust for 5-6 minutes instead of 10 minutes.

Easy-to-make variations:

Use this old fashioned cherry fudge recipe as the base for several other dishes! You can swap the fruit and rinds to create any of the following variations:

  • fruit: Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or peaches.
  • Crispy: Vanilla wafers, Oreos, saltines, or pretzels (follow Grandma’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad directions for the pretzel crust!)

Device options:

You’ll need some special equipment to enjoy old fashioned cherry treats. Here are some easy-to-find alternatives:

  • Food processor: The easiest way to make homemade graham cracker crust is to use a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can simply put the graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Take the biscuits and put them in a bowl and mix with the butter and sugar.
  • Stand mixer: To make the creamy layer for this dessert recipe, you can use a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
Top view of cherry dessert.

Note in advance:

Remember: you can always make this dish ahead of time. The cherry and cream cheese filling can be stored in the refrigerator alone for about 2 days. When you’re ready to assemble, make the graham cracker crust, then add the remaining layers. Best eaten cold!

Storage Instructions:

If you miraculously get leftovers, you can store them in the freezer. Make sure to cover them with plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container. This cherry dessert will keep for about 4 days.

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Close up view of a sliced ​​cherry with a bite.

From Scratch Cherry Fudge is a crowd favorite dessert! Made with perfectly fluffy layers of whipped cream and cream cheese, an easy graham cracker crust, and homemade cherry filling, you’ll wow your guests every time with this sweet and tart treat.

Preparation time 30 minute

cooking time 10 minute

chill 2 Hour

total time 2 Hour 40 minute

raw material

crispy skin

  • twenty four Graham Crackers crushed, about 3 cups worth
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar

cream layer

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounce cream cheese soften
  • 1 cup granulated sugar Divided into

cherry topping

  • 3-4 cup cherry cored, can be frozen (needs to thaw)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Graham Cracker Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13 baking pan.

  • In a food processor, chop 24 graham crackers.

  • In a bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Mix together until fully combined.

  • Press into a 9×13 oven-safe pan.

  • Bake for 10 minutes, until it becomes more golden.

  • Let cool completely.

Butter layer:

  • Beat together whipping cream, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

  • In another bowl, combine softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar.

  • Combine whipped cream mixture and cream cheese mixture.

  • Carefully spread over cooled graham cracker crust, making sure all edges are sealed and there are no gaps or holes. Let cool for at least 1 hour.

For the cherry topping:

  • In a saucepan combine cherries, sugar, water, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Mix until combined, then place on the stove over medium-high heat.

  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and stir frequently for about 10 minutes, until the liquid has thickened. Pour into jars or bowls, cover, and let cool.

  • When ready to serve, pour the frozen cherry topping over the cream cheese layer.

Calories: 565kcal | carbohydrate: 48 years oldG | protein: 5G | fat: 40G | Saturated fat: 25G | Polyunsaturated fats: 2G | Monounsaturated fats: 11G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 133mg | sodium: 422mg | Potassium: 166mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 34G | Vitamin A: 1489unit | Vitamin C: 28mg | calcium: 72mg | iron: 1mg

Cherry Delight from Scratch