Quick Simple Cherry Delight Dessert is a wonderful and easy no-bake dessert. It has a graham cracker crust and a light and dreamy filling with cream cheese and pineapple. Top it with canned pie filling. Obviously, we use cherry if it’s Cherry Delight, but it readily accepts any kind of fruit pie filling your family likes.
Cherry Delight makes a nice presentation too!
It’s great served at BBQs, picnics, and even holidays. It’s impressive when served in a glass 9 X 13 pan, but a disposable pan works just as well and you can throw it out when the pan is empty, or leave the leftovers without worrying if you will ever see your favorite pan again.
Cherry Delight was one of the first desserts Andy ever asked me to make for him. He described how his mom would always make this for him and once he had convinced her to make him just the crust since it was his favorite part. In the end, he decided he doesn’t like the crust plain.
I tried to double the crust once, I may have cracked a tooth. 1 ½ times the crust is edible, not my favorite, but Andy will always remind me that the crust was his favorite part growing up. I never know whether to shake my head or remind him that I already knew that and this is why we have a bigger crust.
My mother-in-law, Sharon, is the salt of the earth. A saint really, she raised 3 boys! She is also the best story teller I have ever met. And she has some stories about my husband. He gave her a run for her money. I have heard stories about a 2 year old climbing an old-fashioned TV antenna, a 5 year old that took a construction tractor for a joyride, and marshmallows in a neighbor’s prized koi pond. Those stories may not sound very funny, but if you could hear her tell the stories they are hysterical.
I am grateful every day he isn’t that mischievous anymore! Don’t get me wrong, he can still find ways to “entertain” himself and scare the daylights out of me.
Sharon knows I love to cook and would buy me any cookbook that people were selling at her workplace. You know, the ones that have fallen out of fashion (in favor of internet searches) that church groups, work groups, and charitable organizations used to put out. This recipe came from one of those, but the cookbook was long ago replaced by a handwritten copy. With that being said, I give a hat tip to my hometown of Kankakee, Illinois and whoever originally provided this recipe to whichever of the hundreds of cookbooks I used to own.
Quick Simple Cherry Delight Dessert
Quick Simple Cherry Delight Dessert – Quick, light and creamy pineapple and cherry dessert recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 Servings
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs, about 16 full graham crackers finely crushed
- 1 stick Butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon Sugar
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 20 ounce can Crushed Pineapple in juice, drained
- 2 cups non-dairy topping, thawed
- 2 21 ounce cans Cherry Pie Filling
- Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Pat into bottom of 9 X 13 cake pan. Bake in 375 degree F oven for 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
- Let cool.
- Mix cream cheese until smooth, add powdered sugar. Mix in pineapple. Fold in non-dairy topping. Spread over graham cracker crust.
- Gently pour and spread cherry pie filling over the top. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Cook time provided does not include 4 hour refrigeration time.
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- Serving Size: 3" X 3" square
- Calories: 445
- Sugar: 24.5 g
- Sodium: 256 mg
- Fat: 19.6 g
- Saturated Fat: 13 g
- Carbohydrates: 62.5 g
- Fiber: 1.9 g
- Protein: 2.8 g
- Cholesterol: 41 mg
For those of you wondering about how many graham crackers it takes to make graham cracker crumbs, I use about 16 full sheets of graham crackers for this crust.
The graham crackers I used came in a 14.4 ounce box, with 3 sleeves containing 9 crackers each.
I had to full sheets left in one package.
This box of crackers would take 2 full graham cracker sheets crushed to make 1/4 of a cup.
Since most standard size boxes of graham crackers come with 3 sleeves, and most standard boxes are 14.4 ounce, you can safely assume that if you have 2 sleeves of graham crackers that you have run through the food processor, blender, or crushed with a baggie and a rolling pin, you will have enough crumbs for this recipe.
Each sleeve of this brand was only 4.5 ounces on the scale with the wrapper on. I did not get 14.4 ounces of crackers in this box, I got 13.5 ounces. Each cracker was 1/2 ounce. Which means I used 8 ounces of cracker to get 2 full cups of graham cracker crumbs.
If your box of crackers has a different number of crackers per sleeve, you can do some math and figure out exactly how many you need. I have another spare sleeve of graham cracker from a different brand that has 8 crackers in it. It weighed in at 4.1 ounces. Even though the crackers were a bit different in sizes, one was wider and shorter than the other, each of the cracker sheets weigh roughly 1/2 of an ounce.
Unlike a standard pie crust, a graham cracker crust is a bit more forgiving. If you are a few tablespoons off in either direction, you will still have a decent graham cracker crust. If you have 8 graham crackers and crush them, you should have 1 cup of graham cracker cracker crumbs. A small 0.1 or 0.2 ounce difference will not make or break your baking day.