Cherry Cheesecake Dip (no bake!)

Easy, creamy NO BAKE Cherry Cheesecake Dip is one of the easiest AND most delicious desserts/appetizers that comes together in less than 10 minutes!  The ideal make ahead, stress free, crowd pleaser for all your holiday parties!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

I had no intention of posting this Cherry Cheesecake Dip recipe until closer to Christmas because I have so many other recipes to post before Thanksgiving, but after my husband and I inhaled gingersnap after gingersnap smothered in the luxuriously creamy dip, we both agreed how perfect it would be for Thanksgiving.

As I lamented to Patrick that my editorial calendar just doesn’t have room for this dip this month, he said, “but you have to share this before Thanksgiving!  It’s the best appetizer AND dessert ever!”  And if you knew what a food critic Patrick is, that statement carries a lot of weight.

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with gingersnap cookies.

I knew what had to be done.  Patrick loves this dip because of the taste.  I love this dip – and YOU will love this dip – not only because of the taste but because it literally takes 8 MINUTES to whip together AND is better made in advance so it really is the perfect make ahead dessert = less stress on party day!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip with gingersnap cookies on the side.

I got the idea for this Cherry Cheesecake Dip from mini cherry cheesecakes I used to make for baby showers, Christmas goodie plates, etc.  You have probably seen the old school recipe with one saucy cherry, from a can of cherry pie filling, topping a mini cheesecake.  And for whatever reason, that chilled cherry crowning that cheesecake is magical.  Channel that magic into an even creamier dip and we have crowd pleasing appetizer that is sure to become a staple at all your holiday parties!

Close up of Cherry Cheesecake Dip with gingersnap cookies.

To make this Cherry Cheesecake Dip, first place your can of cherry pie filling in the refrigerator.  The cherries taste the absolute best when chilled, so as soon as you get your filling, place it in the refrigerator until you need it.

Next, beat your softened cream cheese until nice and smooth then beat in your sugar, splashes of lemon juice and vanilla.  Finally, add your sour cream and heavy cream and beat on medium high speed until thick and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes then pour into a serving dish.

Showing how to make Cherry Cheesecake Dip cream.

If you are in a bind, you can add the cherries and serve the dip right then but the cheesecake sets up and tastes even better if its allowed to chill for at least one hour – and even better after 24 hours so you can truly make it and forget it until go time.

Adding cherries to Cherry Cheesecake Dip.

Spoon your cherries over top before serving and you’ve just made the prettiest, delightfully rich yet refreshingly light, talk-of-the-party dessert.  And it took you less than 10 minutes.  Now that’s a reason to party.

Dipping into Cherry Cheesecake Dip with gingersnap cookies.

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Easy, creamy NO BAKE Cherry Cheesecake Dip is one of the easiest AND most delicious desserts/appetizers that comes together in minutes! The perfect make ahead, stress free, crowd pleaser for all your holiday parties!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

Easy, creamy NO BAKE Cherry Cheesecake Dip is one of the easiest AND most delicious desserts/appetizers that comes together in less than 10 minutes!  The ideal make ahead, stress free, crowd pleaser for all your holiday parties!
Servings: 10 -12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cherry Cheesecake Dip

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sour cream full fat is best
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 21 oz. can cherry pie filling chilled

For serving

  • Gingersnap cookies
  • graham crackers

Instructions

  • Refrigerate can of cherry pie filling until ready to use.
  • Beat cream cheese until very smooth, about 1 minute. Add sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add sour cream and heavy cream and beat on medium high until smooth, thick and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour filling into a large serving dish (its better for it to be larger than smaller so there is more surface area for the topping). Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour to set, up to several days.
  • When ready to serve, spoon chilled cherry pie filling on top. Best served with gingersnap cookies.

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6 Comments

  1. deb says

    Okay, you and your husband are too cute, and thank you for posting this now!! I am adding it to my list for Thanksgiving!!! It looks amazing!

    Deb

    ps– I check your site daily for all your new recipes. Then I send links to my friends because they all need to see them!! : )

    • Jen says

      ah, thanks for such a delightful comment Deb! I am flattered you check my site often and send recipes to all your friends – thank you so much! You will not regret making this dip – it truly is heavenly!

  2. R says

    What brand of pie fillings do you use? Can you think of any flavors other than cherry filling that this would work with?! Thanks!!

    • Jen says

      I Use Duncan Hines Comstock. Raspberry and Blueberry would probably work well too. enjoy!

  3. JC says

    Do you think I can use canned cranberry?

    • Jen says

      I personally wouldn’t do it with canned cranberries but if you want it to taste like lots of cranberries and be sweet tart then it can work.