Cherry Yum Yum is a delicious no-bake dessert that is popular for family gatherings, church suppers and potlucks. It features a buttery graham cracker crusted topped with layers of whipped, no-bake cheesecake filling and sweet cherries.
Cherry Yum Yum is one of those classic potluck desserts, an easy recipe that never fails to delight.
I always loved when my mom would make the no-bake treat. If there were any leftovers, I would have a bowl for breakfast the next morning.
That tradition still stands!
Cherry yum yum has a sweet, buttery graham cracker crust topped with layers of no-bake, whipped cream cheese filling and cherries.
Cherry Yum Yum Ingredients & Supplies
You’ll find exact measurements and a complete recipe for cherry yum yum at the end of this post. You’ll need the following ingredients to make this yummy no-bake dessert.
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- graham cracker crumbs
- cream cheese
- Dream Whip
- cherry pie filling
You’ll need the following kitchen tools to make cherry yum yum:
- 8X8 glass baking dish
- dry measuring cup
- glass measuring cup
- mixing bowl
- stand mixer or electric hand mixer
- rubber spatula
How to Make Cherry Yum Yum
Start out by making the crust for the dessert. You can crush graham crackers, but I find it easiest to buy graham cracker crumbs.
Pour melted butter over the crumbs, stirring well to coat. Then add sugar to the mixture and incorporate, using a wooden spoon or your hands.
Press the mixture into an 8-inch glass baking dish or deep pie pan and allow to cool. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the graham cracker crumb mixture to sprinkle on top of the dessert.
The cheesecake filling for cherry yum yum is made by combining softened cream cheese, sugar, milk and Dream Whip until it is fluffy. You can also add a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla for added flavor and richness, though I never do.
Some Cherry Yum Yum recipes call for using Cool Whip frozen whipped topping, instead of Dream Whip. Our family prefers the taste and consistency of cherry yum yum made with Dream Whip.
If you’ve never used Dream Whip, you may be wondering what it is. Dream Whip is a powder mixed with milk to make whipped topping — kinda an easy, no-fail shortcut for making whipped cream. You’ll find it on the baking aisle of your grocery store. You may have to ask for help to find it, but most stores should carry it.
Once you’ve made the filling, add a layer of the whipped mixture to the baking pan, on top of the graham cracker crumb crust. Then add a layer of cherry pie filling. Continue alternating the filling, ending with a layer of the whipped mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining graham cracker crumbs and chill before serving.
You can serve cherry yum yum in a few hours, but I find it’s best when allowed to chill overnight.
- 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 package Dream Whip powder
- 1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
In a mixing bowl, pour the melted butter over graham cracker crumbs. Stir until coated, then add 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until combined, using a wooden spoon or your hands.
Reserve 1/4 cup of graham cracker crumb mixture to use as a topping.
Press the remaining graham cracker crumb mixture into an 8-inch square glass baking dish or a deep-dish glass pie pan.
Using a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, beat the Dream Whip and milk together until thick.
Add the cream cheese and remaining sugar to the whipped mixture. Mix until creamy.
Using a spatula, top the graham cracker crust with a layer of the whipped mixture.
Next spoon on a layer of cherry pie fill, then top with another layer of the mixture whipped. Continue alternating filling, ending with the whipped mixture.
Top with remaining crumbs and chill for several hours, or preferably overnight, before serving.
This recipe can be doubled.
You may use reduced fat cream cheese for this recipe.
You can substitute other fruit pie fillings for the cherry pie filling.
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