Cherry Delight Pie

valentine pie

 

There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. –Beverly Sills

This recipe is so easy and it makes a beautiful looking dessert and tastes wonderful.  Win, win.

Ingredients:

Crust:
2 and 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 c melted butter

Filling:
2 8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
1 8oz. tub whipped topping (Cool Whip)
1 c powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Topping:
1 21-oz. can cherry pie filling (Use a quality pie filling like Comstock)

Instructions for the crust:

  1. Line a 13″ x 9″ pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
  3. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  4. To pre-bake the crust (it makes it sturdier): bake for 10 minutes at 375 degree F. Cool completely before adding the filling layer.

Instructions for the filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add whipped topping in two additions, mix just until combined.
  4. Do not over-mix.
  5. Spread the filling over the crust.
  6. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  1. Cut the dessert into squares. Top with filling just before serving.
  2. Refrigerate leftovers.

Notes

The total time includes the chilling time.  Pre-baking the crust is optional but recommended.

You can vary this recipe with different crust (like Oreo) and different topping (like Blueberry, etc.)

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