What dessert dreams are made of… Easy Cream Cheese Pie topped with lightly tart cherries. No baking, only 6 ingredients (if using a prepared pie crust), about 8 minutes (hands-on time) and lots of kisses and hugs from your Valentine!

cheesecake topped with cherries

I couldn’t tell you the first time I devoured this pie. I’ve been enjoying it since I was old enough to eat pie. It’s a hand-me-down recipe from my sweet grandma… the best kind of recipes, if you ask me. And I’ve requested it for my birthday on more than one occasion.

Slice of cherry cheesecake on a white plate with a gold spoon


This easy cream cheese pie is just an all around great pie that’s perfect for bringing to a potluck, serving after Easter lunch and beautiful enough to surprise your sweetie with on Valentine’s Day. I even made it, this year, for Christmas. Believe me, you won’t be trying to get rid of extra slices. This stuff goes quick.

graham cracker crust in a glass pie plate near two lemons


Assembly could not be more simple:

  1. Make or buy a graham cracker crust (my favorite!). I love a good homemade graham cracker crust and this one is so easy, I recommend just making it yourself. Allow the crust to set in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. Cream the 4 filling ingredients in an electric mixer.
  3. Pour the filling into the refrigerated crust and chill the whole pie for a few hours.
  4. Spoon on the cherry topping… or don’t. My mom and sister actually prefer to eat their cream cheese pie without any topping at all. Much like classic cheesecake, but better! Or keep things a little lighter and throw on some fresh berries.
  5. Enjoy and try not to eat the whole pie, like my son and I did this weekend. Oops! You think I’m joking, but I’m totally not! 😳
cream cheese mixture in a silver mixing bowl

Another fun serving idea… skip the crust and cherry topping and create a dip instead of a pie. Genius!

Serving bowl, fluffy cream cheese filling, served with graham crackers, fruit and cookies. Watch out, you’re about to become very popular!

cream cheese poured into a graham cracker crust

This pie is off-the-charts amazing. Hands down my favorite and pretty much my whole family’s favorite pie. My son is already requesting this cream cheese pie for his birthday dessert in June. 😊 It’s:

Silky smooth
Perfectly sweet
Super quick
And easy as pie!

If you’re looking for other favorite desserts that are on the healthier side, be sure to head on over to my roundup of 30 Healthy Valentine’s Dessert Recipes. SO much goodness!

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Cherry cheesecake on a marble counter

Watch the video below to see just how easy this recipe is to whip up!

cheesecake topped with cherries
4.55 from 20 votes
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cream Cheese Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.8g17%
Saturated Fat 6.1g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.8g
Cholesterol 26.4mg9%
Sodium 232.5mg10%
Potassium 184.5mg5%
Carbohydrates 32.9g11%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 9.4g10%
Protein 6.1g12%
Vitamin A 2900IU58%
Vitamin C 4.3mg5%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:10 slices
Easy Cream Cheese Pie
Prep Time:
4 hrs 8 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 8 mins

What dessert dreams are made of... Easy Cream Cheese Pie topped with lightly tart cherries. No baking, only 6 ingredients (if using a prepared pie crust), about 8 minutes (hands-on time) and lots of kisses and hugs from your Valentine!

For the crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 full graham cracker sheets)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I use slightly less than 1/4 cup)
For the pie:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the topping:
  • 1 (20 ounce) can prepared lite cherry pie filling**
To make the crust:
  1. Combine all crust ingredients and firmly press with fingers into a 9-inch pie plate. Refrigerate for 1 hour before adding the filling.
To make the filling:
  1. Soften cream cheese to room temperature. Using a stand or hand-held mixer, whip until fluffy. 

  2. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk while continuing to beat until well blended. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape down sides and give the mixture a good stir with a spatula. 

  3. Add lemon juice and vanilla; blend well. Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before garnishing with cherry topping or other preferred topping, if using.

Recipe Notes

*Alternatively, use an already made store-bought (9-inch) graham cracker crust.
**For a healthier option, top with fresh fruit. Also, many members of my family prefer this pie with no topping at all.
***Nutritional info calculated without topping.

****Feel free to use lite cream cheese and fat free unsweetened condensed milk. My grandma's original recipe called for the full fat versions, but I've made it many times using less fat and it still turns out great! However, if you use the lighter ingredients, it will not set as well.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cheesecake, easy cream cheese pie, refrigerator cream cheese pie

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