Easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This Easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake gives us all the rich cheesecake and sweet cherry flavors we love in classic cheesecake, but it does it with zero baking!

Overhead shot of no-bake cherry cheesecake

Cheesecake is a classic dessert that almost everyone loves, but not everyone loves making it the old-fashioned way. We get it. Cheesecake can be finicky. Water baths. Turning the heat off the oven and letting it set. Hoping everything was done just right so the cheesecake doesn’t crack. It can be annoying, to say the least.

That’s why we’re so eager to share our no-bake cherry cheesecake with all of you today. It’s everything we love in cheesecake without the thing we don’t love at all – baking.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

We love making this cheesecake for special occasions and even weeknight desserts because it’s so easy and so delicious. Classic, sweet and tangy cheesecake is topped with cherry pie filling, and it’s all set on a graham cracker crust, creating all the cherry cheesecake flavors we love in every bite. It’s a classic flavor without the classic hassle.

Slice of no-bake cherry cheesecake on plate in front of cheese cake in pan

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients to make this delicious recipe. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Cool Whip
  • lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Prepared graham cracker crust
  • Chilled cherry pie filling

**See the recipe card at the end of the post for quantities.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Instructions

Making this cheesecake is just as easy as shopping for the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps and a few minutes to make. Then, you’ll just have to wait for it to chill.

Step 1: Make the Cheesecake Mixture

Whip cream cheese and Cool Whip together in a large mixing bowl. Then, add lemon juice and powdered sugar and whip until the mixture is creamy.

Step 2: Add to Pie Crust

Pour the cheesecake mixture into the prepared pie crust, spreading it evenly. Then, chill for at least 3 to 4 hours.

Step 3: Top with Cherry Pie Filling

After the cheesecake has chilled, top it with chilled cherry pie filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hint: 3 to 4 hours is the minimum chilling time for this recipe. Chilling overnight is recommended.


It only takes a few simple pieces of equipment to make this super easy recipe.

  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Can opener



This recipe is so easy, there isn’t much in the way of tips to share for it. We only have 2 tips here to help you make the best cheesecake possible.

Fully Softened Cream Cheese – To get that silky texture we love about cheesecake, be sure your cream cheese is fully softened.

Longer Chilling is Better – A minimum of 4 hours is required for chilling this cheesecake, but overnight is recommended.

Overhead shot of forkful of cheesecake over cake pan with more no-bake cherry cheesecake

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Storage

Store this cheesecake covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

More No-Bake Recipes

If you like no-bake recipes, we have some here that we think you’re going to love.

NoBake Holiday Marshmallow Bars

NoBake Pina Colada Pie

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake FAQ

If you have questions about this no-bake cherry cheesecake, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about cheesecake.

Which is better baked or no-bake cheesecake?
They’re both delicious. Baked cheesecake is creamier and smoother than no-bake cheesecake, however no-bake cheesecake is far easier to make and has its own delicious texture.

What’s the difference between baked and no-bake cheesecake?
A baked cheesecake uses eggs and is baked in the oven with a water bath, then chilled in the refrigerator. A no-bake cheesecake has no eggs and sets by chilling.

No-bake cherry cheesecake with slice removed

Where was cheesecake invented?
Contrary to popular belief, the cheesecake wasn’t invented in New York. It was actually invented in the 5th century. Ancient Greeks on the island of Samos created the earliest known cheesecake.

How long is this cheesecake good?
It will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Do I have to use Cool Whip?
Nope. You can use any brand of whipped topping that you like.

Why is chilling no-bake cheesecake overnight better?
No-bake cheesecake sets by chilling. Chilling it overnight ensures that it’s nice and firm.

Try This No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake for Yourself

This delicious no-bake cherry cheesecake is so easy to make and so tasty. It’s rich and sweet enough for special occasions and easy enough to make for a weeknight dessert. Give it a try, and we know you’ll find yourself making it again and again.


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Easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

This Easy No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake gives us all the rich cheesecake and sweet cherry flavors we love in classic cheesecake, but it does it with zero baking!
4.80 from 5 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Rob


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 (8 or 9-inch) Prepared Graham Cracker or Baked Pie Crust
  • 1 can (21 ounce) Cherry Pie Filling, chilled


  • In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese and cool whip together.                                    
  • Add lemon juice and powdered sugar to the mixture.
  • Continue to whip the mixture until creamy.
  • Pour mixture into pie crust, spread it out evenly, and chill several hours (at least 3-4 hours, preferably overnight).
  • After chilling for several hours, top with chilled pie filling.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


Instead of cherry, this pie can be topped with any of your favorite pie filling if preferred.
Make sure the cream cheese is softened before mixing or it will not mix smoothly and you will get big cream cheese lumps. If you are in a hurry, you can cut the cream cheese into smaller pieces to help it soften quicker.

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