Easy No Bake Cherry Delight

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Whip up a super easy no bake cherry delight with Dream Whip, cream cheese, and a pecan crust. The best old fashioned recipe straight from Mom's kitchen.

cherry delight with Dream Whip filling in blue baking dish

When I was growing up, and even still to this day, my mom made what she liked to call cherry crunch. It was pretty much a cherry delight with a pecan pie crust, a creamy Dream Whip cream cheese filling, and cherry pie filling on top.

This cherry delight recipe has always been one of my dad's favorite desserts ever. Mom makes it for birthdays, Father's Day, holidays, you get the picture.

Growing up enjoying this no bake cherry dessert, I looked forward to it every time I walked in the kitchen and saw Mom putting it all together.

Of course, I've switched it up a bit over the years too and made blueberry yum yum, strawberry delight, no bake strawberry lush, and even a no bake pumpkin dessert during the fall season. It's so, so good.

And it's not all that difficult to make either. In fact, it's super easy to make, especially if you make your crust ahead of time.

serving of no bake cherry dessert on white plate with fork


If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the cherry yum yum recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.


The crust is really the foundation of this yum yum dessert. And it's the only part of this dessert that requires any bake time at all.

I usually make the crust the night before so it's already baked and cooled, and I can just throw the rest of the recipe together really quickly.

My favorite crust for this cherry cream cheese dessert is this pecan nut crust, and it requires only 4 simple steps…

  1. Melting the butter.
  2. Mixing the butter with the flour and pecans.
  3. Pressing the dough into a 13″x9″ baking dish.
  4. Then just bake and cool.
baked pecan nut crust for cherry delight recipe in blue baking dish

You can even bake it, cool it, and throw it in the freezer (covered, of course).


Now you can get creative with the crust, as well. For instance…

  • Graham cracker crust
  • Pecan Sandies crust – Make it like you would a graham cracker crust. One of my readers suggested this, and I thought it was brilliant.
  • Press-in pie crust without nuts
  • Vanilla Wafer crust
  • Line a graham cracker crust with sliced bananas – Another brilliant reader suggestion.
  • Press crushed pretzels into the pie crust instead of pecans.

Speaking of bananas, this banana pudding recipe is another one of our favorite no bake desserts.


This is a recipe for cherry delight with Dream Whip. I’ve tried making the cream cheese filling with homemade whipped cream, and for some reason, it just doesn't work as well.

So I usually reserve my whipped topping for the top (if I even add it to the top) and use Dream Whip for the filling, which is what my mom uses in her cherry delight dessert.

Now some people do make this filling with Cool Whip, but I’ve carried on my mom’s tradition of cherry yum yum with Dream Whip, which I like to call angel fluff.


Important tip: Before you ever start mixing, beat the cream cheese in a separate mixing bowl. This will help it soften up more, and it will blend in better with the Dream Whip, once you’re ready for that step.

  1. In a separate mixer bowl with an electric mixer, whisk together the Dream Whip with the milk and vanilla, according to package directions.
  2. Whisk the whipped cream mixture until it begins to form soft peaks, about 4 minutes.
  3. Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar into the Dream Whip mixture.
  4. Whisk the cream cheese mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it’s velvety smooth and creamy.
mixing Dream Whip mixture in KitchenAid mixing bowl, for cherry yum yum with Dream Whip


  1. Add the layer of Dream Whip mixture right on top of the crust.
  2. Then add the cherry pie filling on top.
layering Dream Whip and cherry pie filling on top of crust in baking dish


  • You can split the Dream Whip filling in half to make 2 smaller pies (also, the cherry pie filling and the crust).
  • You can save back just a little bit of Dream Whip to use as whipped topping when you go to serve it.

This recipe is so easy. If you’re not quite ready to serve it, just cover it and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, and it’ll be ready when you are.


You can definitely make this recipe ahead of time, freeze it, and thaw it when you need it.

Now one tip… I would definitely freeze it before adding the pie filling. Especially if you’re using canned pie filling, it’d be super easy to just add that later on after you’ve thawed the crust and creamy filling.

Just be sure, if you do freeze this dessert, to cover it well with freezer wrap or put it in a sealed container so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

cherry yum yum in blue baking dish



13″x9″ Baking Dish – You’ll need this size baking dish for this recipe. I find myself using this size for so many recipes, not just desserts.

Mixer – You’ll need an electric mixer, preferably with a whisk attachment, to mix together the ingredients for the creamy filling.

Spatula – Where would I be without my spatulas? I have a whole slew of them because we’re ALWAYS using them.


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Yield: 15 servings

Easy No Bake Cherry Delight

Easy No Bake Cherry Delight

Whip up a super easy no bake cherry delight with Dream Whip, cream cheese, and a pecan crust. The best old fashioned recipe straight from Mom's kitchen.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  1. Have the pecan crust baked, cooled, and ready to go.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese well.
  3. In a separate mixer bowl, whisk together the Dream Whip with the milk and vanilla, according to package directions. Whisk it until it begins to form soft peaks, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the cream cheese and powdered sugar to the Dream Whip mixture, and whisk for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it’s smooth and creamy.
  5. Spread the Dream Whip cream cheese filling onto the prepared pie crust.
  6. Then top it all off with cherry pie filling. 
  7. Cover your no bake cherry dessert and allow it to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible.
  8. When it’s ready to serve, you can top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or serve it as is. It’s so delicious!


*You can use a regular pie crust or a graham cracker crust. Or get creative with the other options I included in the post above.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 266Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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20 thoughts on “Easy No Bake Cherry Delight”

  1. Hi, my Mom always made this with lemon pudding instead of cherries. It’s wonderful with the lemon pudding. She’d make it at Christmas we called the lemon thing. Thanks for the cherry version.

  2. Hello Mel,
    My mom and I just made a very similar recipe the other day that was my grandmother’s recipe. We lost the recipe card. We are interested in retrieving the amounts necessary to make the pecan crust. You have the ingredients listed just not the amounts. I remember that it was 1 cup softened butter but don’t recall the amount of pecans and flour. We appreciate your assistance in this quest. Thank you, Laurie

  3. This sounds Awesome. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thank you for sharing. Take Care and be Safe. Will let you know how it turned out.Have a Wonderful Holiday. Susie W

  4. I use to make this recipe and it was always a big hit. I lost my recipe years ago but thanks to you and your mom I now have it again. Just reading over the recipe brought back so many beautiful memories with family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. My grandmother gave me this exact recipe and I made it all the time. My favorite. I long lost the recipe and I tried making it just the other day. I didn’t get it just right. So I am so thankful for you posting it. So happy I have the exact recipe again. The Dream Whip is the secret. Cool Whip alone just doesn’t work. Thanks for posting!!


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